Flightless Rats for Fantasia Divinity September Issue; Caught in the Rain in San Juan

Received last night, from FANTASIA DIVINITY Editor Madeline L. Stout:  I really enjoyed this story.  I love the twist.  For inclusion in this particular anthology however, it doesn’t really fit.  . . .  Although it doesn’t fit what we are looking for in the anthology, I would like to publish this in our September issue.  Please let me know if that would be something you are interested in.  And so, yes, I emailed back that I would be interested — the money’s not much, but the story, “Flightless Rats,” originally published in T. GENE DAVIS’S SPECULATIVE BLOG on January 12 2015 (see November 30, 26 2014) and starring New Orleanian vampiress Aimée (cf. April 17 2014, et al.), is a reprint and publication is publication, so why not?  Details to be revealed as they become known.

So this is being written on a hotel computer in San Juan Puerto Rico where I arrived MASFiC2017safely yesterday afternoon, checking into NASFiC and attending Opening Ceremonies that night.  More details on the convention will probably wait (except maybe for snippets, like this) to come most likely after I’m back home.  But one note — ah, those tropical weather patterns! — Opening Ceremonies plus a following “Ice Cream Social” over, who would get caught in a sudden, brief rainstorm?  Me, that’s who, who am writing this at the end of a similar rain event Friday morning and must rush back to the convention hotel now.

Again, more to come later.


  1. Great news re: “Flightless Rats”! I remember that one. Rain: You said you brought a folding umbrella so I hope you had it on your person for the cloudbursts! Ice cream = YUM! Enjoy!

  2. The ice cream was good! Umbrella not on my person, however, so on the walk back to my hotel I became cold on the outside as well as the inside. 😦

  3. Good news Sunday, despite dire weather forecasts for the p.m., did NOT get caught in rain while exploring the castillos in Old San Juan! (Bright and sunny, but also did not get sunstroke despite having to go hatless due to strong breezes on the esplanade, battlements, etc. But also refreshingly cool in the various tunnels within the forts.)

    • So glad you didn’t get rained on today. There is a lot of history where you are, the forts, etc. You have been to St. Augustine FL? Lots of old Forts here, Native American burial ground mounds, etc. I gather the programming went very well so you can reveal more when you get home. I know a certain little kitty will sure be glad to see you! Safe trip home!

  4. Hi Marge, I did see the castillo at St. Augustine as a child, many years ago, but if I were in the area I’d go again. Also Revolutionary War era forts at various times as Fort Ticonderoga guarding Lake Champlain, upstate New York. Tunnels are to allow movement from one part of the fort to another while under fire, also large enough to move cannon through (in Morro Castle including ramps within the walls for moving artillery between levels, with steps on either side and landings at around every 6 steps to allow the soldiers hauling a cannon up the ramp to catch their breaths), also sometimes booby trapped with explosives if an enemy actually gets inside the castillo (or so they said of Morro Castle — look for the horizontal streaks at about shoulder height on the walls, presumably where mortar could be [or was] dug out and gunpowder stuffed in). El Morro also has a working lighthouse on the top (sixth) level, which was interesting though you can’t go in, added early 20th century I think.

    • Aha! El Morro sounds fascinating. In one of the series of Horatio Hornblower books, Horry gets captured by the Spanish after they invade a fort. Lots of history in that one, also as I recall, in the video sets that I have. Things like the horizontal streaks at shoulder length (and why) are so interesting to me. You are home by now, right?

      • Yes, got in last night a bit after 8 p.m., with a wailing Triana in the front window encouraging me to hurry through the front door!

      • Wonderful!! Poor dear, she must have been half out of her mind with worry –if a cat worries. Whatever the cat-word is for it! And I doubt she thinks she was being punished by your leaving her there for a few days. It’s like “hey he isn’t here” and then “hey here he is!”

  5. My ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAG. story, “The Sending,” mentions a Spanish castillo in northern Florida, in fact, with graveyard attached (it’s a ghost story in part), as well as a lighthouse, thus St. Augustine-like, published more than 15 years ago, but has been reprinted a few times since. “Bibliography 1” under PAGES, above, can give actual dates*. No (or at best vague) details given, though, since it had been so long since I’d actually been in the area — and also, of course, had to have things arranged for the purpose of the story.

    *One reprint is in my first collection, STRANGE MISTRESSES, in 2001.

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