Dark of the Moon: Christmas Acceptance for Cthulhuesque Horror
Well, maybe not strictly Cthulhuesque. The guidelines read, “Technology gone wrong. Madmen playing with science beyond their control. Alien creatures with malign intent. Welcome to DARK HORIZONS, where the future is lost.” And the story I sent, “Dark of the Moon,” was a reprint originally published in THE CHILDREN OF CTHULHU (Del Rey, 2002), so maybe it’s not too far from that either. Be that as it may, the word came back from editor/publisher Charles P. Zaglanis at 7:09 p.m. (EST? PST? does it matter?) on Christmas Day. “Loved the story, please fill out and email the contract back to me.”
So Saturday, later today, I’ll see to the contract — and, gee, it’s like a Christmas present! But then why not, I did get a rejection from someone else the day before, on Christmas Eve, which I suppose means that art knows no strict calendar-based boundaries. Or is that commerce?
Be that as it may, DARK HORIZONS is to be published by Elder Signs Press and is currently scheduled for Fall 2016. As such, it will be a companion volume to STREET MAGICK: TALES OF URBAN FANTASY (cf. December 5), also due out in Fall 2016 and with my story “Bottles,” a vampire tale of late 1950s Cambridge Massachusetts (originally published in 2004 in CROSSINGS, by Double Dragon; appearing as well in THE TEARS OF ISIS). Oddly, both stories also have something to do with Russia, “Bottles” with fear of the USSR in a Cold War setting and “Dark of the Moon” about a multi-national near-future lunar expedition told from the point of view of a female Russian crewmember.
And of “Dark of the Moon,” an even worse fear.