In Saturday’s mail, but no, it wasn’t concerned with TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH which, after all, was only published at the beginning of last month.  No, this was a 6-month-plus check for stories in two Elder Signs anthologies, DARK HORIZONS and STREET MAGICK (see March 16; November 27, 4 2016, et al.), that came out in October and November last year, respectively.  The stories in these were both reprints, “Dark of the Moon” in DARK HORIZONS, of lunar exploration and . . . monsters originally published in THE CHILDREN OF CTHULHU (Del Rey, 2002), and STREET MAGICK’s “Bottles,” from CROSSINGS (Double Dragon, 2004)*, of Cold War paranoia and vampires.  And best of all, even though anthologies rarely bring in BIG bucks (the royalty having to be divided among, say, twenty or so different authors, plus editors, et al.), the check for these books is for a respectable two-figure sum.

So no need in this case to keep things anonymous — both books, in fact, were on the shelves briefly in Barnes & Noble’s brick and mortar stores (though not, alas, TOMBS, though I understand it was considered) — as has been the case for most royalties periodically received, in order to avoid embarrassment all around.  Indeed the amount here, put into edible terms, would easily have been enough for a decent dinner for two back in the days when I was courting the woman who was to become my ex-wife.  (Though perhaps it wouldn’t go quite that far now.)  That is, to cover both nourishment and love, which is not a bad deal at all.

 

*And also reprinted in THE TEARS OF ISIS.

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  1. So, Jim, you mean you had enough for a steak dinner back in the day of courtship? And ice cream for dessert! I’ll skip the dinner (were I younger) and go for the ice cream.

    TOMBS is a MUST read, must own, in my book!

  2. Hi Marge, yes, but now let’s see in six months if TOMBS can make a similar royalty — and not split among thirty-five writers (I counted them) over two books. (Thank you, incidentally, for your review on Amazon too. These things help a lot!)

    • My more recent fictions are in humongous anthologies and I’ll just forget about any stipends! However, I prefer anthologies over the smaller presses because they will accept my work! only a handful of smaller presses like my stuff –or so it seems!

  3. Finding the ones who’ll accept my work is a big thing with me too! 😉




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