Tears of Isis, et al., Royalty Received for June

Well, maybe it’s not really, truly “mammoth,” but it’s enough for an upscale meal at a local restaurant.  Including tip.  And it’s not entirely for THE TEARS OF ISIS, nor just this quarter (though that’s there as part of it, in itself enough for, maybe, a burger and fries and isis-ecover-664x1024that’s something too).  Also included are moneys accumulated in past quarters, enough to make it worthwhile for Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing to cut a check, or more accurately a PayPal payment, for a pleasant start for the month of June.  A sign of summer, and nice times to come?

A small amount as well — perhaps a tad over a twentieth — is for my story, “Dead Girls, Dying Girls,” in the Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology SO IT GOES (cf. May 27; also January 3 2013), also published by PMMP.  Anthology royalties generally are small since they have to be divided among a number of authors.  But the nice thing is, although the money is nice to have too (being on PayPal, it’ll actually most likely go to a couple or three horror DVDs, perhaps some somewhat rare or expensive ones that I might have otherwise put off buying — for what’s the point of having money if not to afford the occasional treat?) — but the nice thing is the reminder that a few dollars are being earned each quarter, a few more copies are being bought of THE TEARS OF ISIS.

For more information on THE TEARS OF ISIS (which also, I might add, has three “Tombs” stories), one is invited to click on its center column picture.  From that one may navigate to other books, including SO IT GOES if one desires.

And the thing is this — it all adds up.



  1. I loves my PayPal too, for same reasons as you indicate –spending your rewards with care. A dinner is a dinner but a DVD or a book, you can continue to enjoy a long time.
    TEARS of ISIS certainly is a stellar collection –I urge any readers to buy a copy –I’ve read some of the stories several times. So that is a very good investment!

  2. Marge, thank you for the good words!

  3. And the “rewards” have been ordered:

    1. Nobuhiko Obayashi’s HOUSE, the a little bit expensive one on my list of wants after seeing it once at IU Cinema, of which (to quote Amazon): “How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie HOUSE (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via a series of mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equal parts absurd and nightmarish, HOUSE might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, it’s one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.”

    2. The serendipitous discovery (of which I’m curious, but also aware that the director himself never finished editing, so we’ll never know what the REAL film was): Orson Welles’s MR. ARKADIN.

    3. And, with just a few bucks left over, for the all-important “guilty pleasure” the low-budget anthology movie with at least one vampire segment (out of four, plus frame story), CREMAINS.

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