Archive for February, 2018

“Writers & The Animals They Love” is the overarching theme of Heather Baker Weidner’s a bit off the beaten track PENS, PAWS, AND CLAWS blog, on which books take a back seat to the Goth Cat Triana.  Well, not entirely, TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH and THE TEARS OF ISIS do still get considerable mention, but their pictures are displayed well below that of you know who.  And subjects covered include not just such standards as the difference between horror and dark fantasy, but also the use of pets in stories and favorite movies/books with animals in them.  Angela Carter’s “The Company of Wolves” would be an example of the latter, while, in general, for a slightly different take on the usual “author interview” of yours truly, be welcome to press here.

Ms. Weidner also mentions that her readers like to leave comments, so feel free to join them with your own.  I’ll make an effort to stop by to answer them two or three times later today, before getting ready to leave for StokerCon Thursday morning.

Five funny things, actually.  Lately my poetry has tended to ultra short, epigrammatic pieces, hopefully with a small punch or a laugh.  The one I had in the fall STAR*LINE, for instance, “Wet Work” (see December 2, et al.), is an example.  So it was that I sent five more to STAR*LINE in mid-December, the last of which in fact, I noted, was sort of a commentary on “Wet Work,” though goofier, maybe.  But to the point, the email came back yesterday from Editor Vince Gotera:  All five were accepted!  They’ll come out over the course of the rest of the volume year.  Probably one or two at a time.  So despite rainy, gloomy weather outside, Saturday ended up being a great day (I also finished a story that afternoon, in itself reason enough to celebrate)!

The poems (watch for them!  They’ll likely come out in a different order) are titled “From the Zombie Hunter’s Field Guide:  Tracking the Zombie,” “The Young Transylvanian’s Guide to Dating:  Taking Your Date Home,” “Never Trust a Vampiress,” “What She Learned,” and (this the one based on “Wet Work”) “Oh No She Didn’t?”  While more on STAR*LINE and sponsor/publisher Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association can be found here.

For Kindle, that is, with a publication date listed as March 10 and, hopefully, a print edition to come later.  The book is MONSTROSITIES, Third Flatiron Publishing’s Spring anthology, on [t]hings that are just too big or that don’t scale.  Whether it’s the new shopping mall down the street, kaiju attacking Tokyo, flawed utopian ideas, the supposed ultimate weapon, or somebody who’s way too big for his britches. . . .  Well, you get the idea.  And my part in this one is a short story, “Got Them Washday Blues,” about a bad night at a local laundrette.  (And what’s a laundrette?  Well, read it to find out.)

So you probably know what a laundrette (also, “launderette”) is anyhow, or can figure it out, though the word’s more English English than American.  While as for MONSTROSITIES, more information can be found here.

We’ve just announced the eleven extraordinary short films that will be competing for the $1,000 Grand Prize in our Final Frame Film Competition.  This event has become one of StokerCon’s most anticipated and popular features, so be sure to mark Friday night on your con calendar!  So, indy film lovers, these ones are shorts, to be shown at StokerCon Friday night from 8 to 11 p.m..  Or to quote more fully from the latest Progress Report, received yesterday afternoon:  The Horror Writers Association is proud to announce the third annual short film competition held in conjunction with StokerCon 2018, held at the fabled Biltmore Hotel, in Providence, Rhode Island on March 1st through March 4th, 2018.  Final Frame celebrates the darkest, weirdest and fantastic short horror films from around the globe.  The winner will be announced at a cocktail reception after.
So if you’re going to StokerCon too (cf.February 13, et al.) perhaps I’ll see you there.  A quick rundown on the films themselves can be found by pressing here.

Remember RE-QUEST?  The reprint anthology to come out from Pole to Pole Publishing that had accepted my S&S tale “The Blade of Gudrin” (see February 2)?  While its companion science fiction volume RE-LAUNCH has been filled (including by me, see February 4), the all-fantasy RE-QUEST still seeks a few good stories.  There are a few rules, or as Editor Kelly A. Harmon points out:  RE-QUEST requires dark fantasy reprints on the theme of “quests.”  For both anthologies, stories should be 3,000-5,000 words and meet the central theme of the anthology.  Reprints currently available on line are not eligible.  Preference is for stories that haven’t been published in at least a year.  Older reprints will carry more weight than new ones.  Also, as I recall, preference was for “classic” fantasy as well, of course, that the [a]uthor must possess the rights to offer the story for submission.

So if you’ve got a sword and sorcery story, or grimdark, or otherwise darkish fantasy published a while back that you rather like and would like to share with a new group of readers (as well as receiving a small payment for it), just check out the guidelines by pressing here.  But you’d do well to hurry.

This one comes to us courtesy of Mike Olson via ON THE EDGE CINEMA and pretty much speaks for itself:  “25 Great No-Budget Horror Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen” by Kieran Fisher on FILMSCHOOLREJECTS.COM.  For what it’s worth, I don’t think I’ve seen a single one either, though several are available through Amazon.  As author Fisher puts it, [t]he best horror movies are often produced outside of the studio system.  This isn’t me knocking studio movies by any means, but most connoisseurs of fright fare would agree that a lot of their favorite films are independent ones.  That said, some independent movies still receive media attention, promotion, and even the occasional theatrical release on their way towards a home video release of some kind.  Independent horror is great, and while there are lots of lists out there dedicated to celebrating overlooked gems this one is dedicated to the movies that bubble under the surface, dwelling in the darker, more obscure corners of spooky cinema.  That’s right — we’re going underground here.
To join on the journey yourself, just press the magic button.  (And a happy Valentine’s Day to all!)
A quick schedule update for StokerCon has been announced.  We may recall (January 29) that I had been slated for two panels at the early March Convention, on Friday for poetry and Saturday to moderate a session on vampires, but due to an early flight back home on Sunday morning could not be scheduled for a reading slot.  Kudos today go to
Kathleen Scheiner on the StokerCon staff who emailed this morning that there has been a sudden opening at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, for which I’ve emailed back “I’ll take it!” (or words to that effect).  So as of now, for those who wish to join me, I’ll be sharing the Saturday morning opening slot with Nathan Carson and Karen Bovenmyer.
As set up, I understand, these will be one-hour sessions with three readers each, giving us about fifteen minutes apiece allowing time for introductions, “class changes,” etc.  And so, from TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, I think I’ll be able to read a shorter piece, most likely “Carnival of the Animals” from Section III, “Intimations of Future Disaster,” in just about the time allowed.

As a small note, the question had come up whether the list below was complete, or if there were more names.  Also, that there may be some mistakes on it, in terms of spellings and the like, the answer to this one being yes, that it is a long list and needed to be sent out quickly so errors here and there would be likely.  And as for the former, the “official” word on Facebook is that “[t]he list of stories written in Spanish is closed.  All the stories that are chosen from now on will be the ones that come from other languages and are being translated or corrected.”

So, yes, there should be considerably more (though don’t look for me to publish it in its entirety here 🙂 ) — since stories were to be only 200 to 300 words each, even a hundred would come to 30,000 words at the most, which would still make for a rather thin book.  On the other hand, some on the list are apparently already ones that were translated, my “School Nights” (to give the original title) for instance having been submitted in English.

And the list gets longer!  Yesterday brought the announcement, c.f. just below, of the first forty selections for the upcoming Spanish Anthology TODO EL MUNDO EN UN LIBRO while FaceBook today provides more authors and titles as the process continues.  So here’s where it stands now, and this time in an English translation (again, look for my story “School Nights” or, as it appears here, “Learning Nights”):

This is the list of the first 100 stories selected for the book “Nanocuentos del planeta tierra – Todo el mundo en un libro”.  We remember that there are stories to be translated, and that many of them will be added to the list in the near future.  This list only closes the contest for the writings that were presented in the group directed by Sergio Gaut Vel Hartman and whose original language is Spanish.  Thank you very much for your strength, drive and participation.  For people whose writings have been left out, for many different reasons (explained in a previous post), we remember that it is the writings that have been left out, not the people, and that if there is something bigger than a book or story is the person who writes it.  Let´s go.

Tales / one hundred such:

– “Blood Harvest” by Jenny Kangasvuo
– “demographics” of balázs farkas
– “the middle name”, of Dolly Garland
– “the hope”, of servando clemens
– “my last fear”, by Graciela Yaracci
– “a kiss for granny”, by gergely buglyó
– “post apocalypse”, by Alejandro Bentivoglio
– “this is the forest”, of Mary Rosa lojo
– “in silence”, of so blonde
– “names”, of José Luis Zárate

– “you look just like” Jorge Ariel madrazo
– “the tramp”, from samuli antilla
– “Emporeio”, by kostas paradias
– “before it’s late”, by Luisa Axpe
– “confession”, by Armando Azeglio
– “State of siege”, by Eduardo Cerdán
– “the sacrifice”, of Fabio Calabrese
– “the human library”, of martijn adelmund
– “steps in the sand”, by Giovanni Agnoloni
– “the assault”, by Carlos Almira Picazo.

– “learning nights”, by James Dorr
– “Mud”, by jay caselberg
– “Dayland”, by Alejandro Marcelo Guarino
– “Handmade”, by Sergio Gaut Vel Hartman
– “another day”, by Pedro José García Gambín
– “Diamair”, by Julia Martin
– “the man of the train”, by Bruce Memblatt
– “this city”, of j.s. meresmaa
– ” someone saw him?”, from Hector Ranea
– “children and kittens”, by John Paul Allen

– “the end of the vigil”, of mark e. Pocha
– “another day in the life”, of Holly Schofield
– “love above all”, of betina goransky
– “the female status”, of Karen Jennings
– “Transformation”, by Valjeanne Jeffers
– “the departure”, of Alberto Chimal
– “the rest room”, by J.J. Haas
– “murder without witnesses”, by Javier López
– “cultivated sorrows”, of rosana canosa.
– “rebirth”, by l.v. cervera merino

– “the fourth-hour mirror”, by Juan Pablo Noronha
– “vicious circle”, of João Ventura
– “five friends”, by José Eduardo Lopes
– “the scarecrow”, of Carlos Manuel Cruz Meza
– “says my mother”, lucas cristofaro de vincenti
– “the bell rang for a long time”, of katica kulavkova
– “wishes”, by Leonardo Killian
– “Solux”, by Michael Marak
– “sacrifice of life and death”, by Gerard Houarner
– “decision”, by Jorge Candeias

– “disappearances”, from Lori Saint Martin
– “Grandma and the rest”, Steve Rasnic’s.
– “the group”, of Susana Revolt
“modesty” by Susana Ricciardi
– “in the labyrinth”, of Vladimir Rivas iturralde
– ” h.i.j.o.s.”, by Marcelo Rubio
– “bird friend”, of know ali
– “every day”, Daniel Salvo
– “death wish”, from salik shah
– “sign language”, by Julia address

– “don’t make me”, Diana Ponce
– “in the way of the bird”, of estela porta
– “for ugly”, from Gloria Ramirez
– “I will miss this”, from Francisco Chiappini
– “she”, from reccared silebo boturu
– “Arno”, from dalmira tilepbergen
– “the time of the function”, of Debbie Willems
– “meat market” by Anna Hill
– “American pregnant prisoners” from marleen s. Barr
– “the cars, refrigerators and women” of Karla Barajas

– “mere suggestion”, by Fernando Sorrentino
– “the time of slavery”, by hervé madaya
– “permanence of the song”, by yulia watanabe
– “so soft, so tender”, from Magdalena Hai
– “only sixty seconds”, of noshin shahrokhi
– “a conversation between the left hemisphere and the right”, of Marta Markoska
“Paris, London”, by Jean Luc Raharimanana
– “Homeland” of mend-heard gom gojav
– “desolate”, of innocent ilo
– “waiting”, for okwudili nebeolisa

– “the man and the dog”, of mohamed saïd raihani
– “dream covered in white”, by ruba nassereldeen
– “dust to dust”, from valery riddle
– “Black albino”, from tulani ngwenya
– “Mutant journey”, by Gerardo Horacio Porcayo
– “Protein”, by Cristian Arenós rebolledo
– “chicken coop”, of peace palau
– “ingredients”, by Rogelio Ramos signes
– “two bodies”, of Carlos Chernov
– “the construction of the universe”, of ana maría shua

– “collector”, by Ricardo Bernal
– “go de polyphemus”, by Diego Muñoz Valenzuela
– “the pariah”, of Enrique tamarit cerdà
– “Fairy Tale”, by Daniel Frini
– “encounter”, by Edgar Omar Avilés
– “sacrilege”, by Antonio J. Cebrián
– “silhouettes”, by Ana Delia Carrillo
– “wasteland”, of light darriba
– “Hecatomb”, by Jorge Etxeverry
– “the pianist”, of angel fabregat

The objective of this group is to go towards the realization of an anthology of microfictions between 200 and 300 words whose subject is human life as an essential value.  The thematic axis must be the struggle of human beings to preserve or gain their dignity, identity and integrity.  I will have preference for texts describing abuses, mistreatment, persecution and discrimination against women, children, the elderly, the different, persecuted for political or religious reasons.  The deadline is September 30, 2017.

Such was the call, the book TODO EL MUNDO EN UN LIBRO or ALL THE WORLD IN A BOOK, but in Spanish (though submissions in English would be okay).  So why not?  I had a less than 300-word piece called “School Nights,” about a girl who discovers a vocation to be a vampire, which sort of fit the scheme anyway.  So off it went to “Compiler” Sergio Gaut Vel Hartman.  And now, via FaceBook, we have announced what I think is the final list of forty accepted authors and stories:

Aquí va la lista de los cuarenta siguientes:

“Estás igualito”, de Jorge Ariel Madrazzo
“El vagabundo”, de Samuli Antila
“Emporeio”, de Kostas Paradias
“Antes de que sea tarde”, de Luisa Axpe
“Confesión”, de Armando Azeglio
“Estado de sitio”, de Eduardo Cerdán
“El sacrificio”, de Fabio Calabrese
“La biblioteca humana”, de Martijn Adelmund
“Pasos en la arena”, de Giovanni Agnoloni
“El asalto”, de Carlos Almira Picazo.
“Noches de aprendizaje”, de James Dorr
“Barro”, de Jay Caselberg
“Dayland”, de Alejandro Marcelo Guarino
“Artesanal”, de Sergio Gaut vel Hartman
“Otro día”, de Pedro José García Gambín
“Diamar”, de Julia Martín
“El hombre del tren”, de Bruce Memblatt
“Esta ciudad”, de J.S. Meresmaa
“¿Alguien lo vio?”, de Hector Ranea
“Niños y gatitos”, de John Paul Allen
“El final de la vigilia”, de Mark E. Pocha
“Otro día en la vida”, de Holly Schofield
“Amor sobre todo”, de Betina Goransky
“La condición femenina”, de Karen Jennings
“Transformación”, de Valjeanne Jeffers
“La partida”, de Alberto Chimal
“La sala de descanso”, de J.J. Haas
“Asesinato sin testigos”, de Javier López
“Penas cultivadas”, de Rosana Canosa.
“Renacimiento”, de L.V. Cervera Merino
“Espejo del cuarto de hora”, de Juan Pablo Noroña
“Circulo vicioso”, de João Ventura
“Cinco amigos”, de José Eduardo Lopes
“El espantapájaros”, de Carlos Manuel Cruz Meza
“Dice mi madre”, de Lucas Cristofaro de Vincenti
“El timbre sonó durante un largo rato”, de Katica Kulavkova
“Deseos”, de Leonardo Killian
“Solux”, de Michael Marrak
“Sacrificio de vida y muerte”, de Gerard Houarner
“Decisión”, de Jorge Candeias

“School Nights” (or translated here, “Nights of Learning”) was originally published in GOTHIC BLUE BOOK IV: THE FOLKLORE EDITION (Burial Day Books, 2014 — cf. October 13 2017; October 29 2014, et al.), with TODO EL MUNDO EN UN LIBRO originally set to be published in Spain in March, but with the announcement of authors out just this month (originally to have been December 31), could be running five or six seeks late.

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