It was one of my first professional sales, by SFWA’s rules at the time, a just under 2000-word outer space tale about humans revived to be wired into spaceships called “No Place to Hide” to the now long defunct SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW.  The issue was dated Summer 1991.  And the story was good, it had been reprinted once or twice (notably in FANTASTIC STORIES PRESENTS: SCIENCE FICTION SUPER PACK #1, cf. November 30 2014, et al.), and then the call came from ASTOUNDING OUTPOST:  We live in an amazing time, technology and humans are coexisting in a way we’ve never seen before.  It also can be a terrifying time.  What if humans and technology can’t coexist?  What if the A.I. take over, or the computer viruses jump off of the net and into our biology?  What if we’re just all living in a matrix?  These are just some of the questions and ideas that have shaped science fiction and this call.  Give us your visions of how it all plays out.

Send us your best 7500 word or less story that relates to Neural Nets, Uplinks, and Wetware.  Submission is open until October 28th.

So out it went a week before deadline and yesterday afternoon came the acceptance:  Thank you for your submission.  We enjoyed your story and have selected it for publication.  It will appear on the website during the month of November and also in the anthology that will be released on December.

And so it lies, a first sale for November, to publish some time this month though I don’t know when yet — so watch this space for more news when it comes with appropriate link. Yes, it will be a freebie, a lagniappe if one will. And yes, please read it when the time comes, because payment comes in the form of a contest, readers will be asked to vote for their favorite during the first week of December (at more or less which time the stories will also be published together in an anthology too, I believe to be in Kindle at least and possibly paper), and the high scoring winners get the most money.  So look for an announcement and link on this blog as well when the magic time comes.

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Two quick items, the first that Gehenna and Hinnom’s YEAR’S BEST BODY HORROR 2017 ANTHOLOGY (see September 25, et al.) arrived in yesterday’s street mail just in time for a glance through on Halloween, which seemed sort of proper.  It is a big book, as noted before just from the contents, with my story in it a reprint from some years back titled “Flesh,” about a man who wishes to gain weight.  For more on YEAR’S BEST BODY HORROR 2017 one can press here.

Then this morning I came across a short tale on Carrie Ann Golden’s A WRITER & HER ADOLESCENT MUSE blog, “A Halloween Haunt Story,” which is well in the spirit and can be read here.  But the thing is, then scroll down to the end and at the right is a link to “Author Interview:  James Dorr” — a rerun, as it were, of Carrie’s last year’s just-after-Halloween (cf. November 14 2016) interview of . . . moi.  So for still valid info on me, for those who may have missed it, on the not yet out TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH as well as THE TEARS OF ISIS, themes found in my writing, characterization, an excerpt from TOMBS, and other such lore, just give it a click as well.*

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*As now it happens (November 2) that the links below the story may change from day to day, mine no longer being in the slot.  So, if still interested in Carrie’s year ago interview of me, a direct link is here.

(Triana is dressed as “The Princess of Darkness”)

Remember Aimée and the Casket Girls?  My original story (cf. April 7 2014, et al.) was based on a New Orleanian urban legend which, bursting with ideas, has resulted in several additional stories (March 6 2016, April 28 2015, . . .) the last of which probably has not yet been written.  But there are many urban legends, some familiar, some possibly less so, so for our run-up to Halloween (having skipped a day Sunday — well, so it goes) herewith, by Steven Casale on THE-LINE-UP.COM, “Trick or Treat: 6 Creepy Halloween Urban Legends.”  But the thing is it doesn’t end there.  Four of the six in fact include links to related topics — for instance, number four with “The Origins Behind 9 Terrifying American Urban Legends” — and for click bait diehards some of these may in turn contain links of their own!

Therefore if you dare (or have time on your hands for some exploration), for six urban legends . . . and more press here.

No need for a picture here on the posting, plenty are waiting for those who click the link.  And so for Saturday, three-days to go before Halloween, we have “Inside Germany’s Creepy American-Inspired Halloween Parks” by Nick Kirkpartick with photographs by Tomasz Lazar, on WASHINGTONPOST.COM.  And if that weren’t enough, watch for the links within to other Halloween-themed features.  For more, for the brave, your journey starts here.

Then also a quick reminder:  For those who receive THE HORROR TREE’s “Weekly Posts From the Horror Tree” roundup, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of today’s edition where their interviewee this time is . . . me.  Or scroll down here to October 22 where you’ll find the link when it first came out.

It’s Halloween, so let’s celebrate by reading some spooky stories available online for free.  You have no excuse not to take a look at every single one of these.  And hey, maybe buy a couple of the books linked below each entry.  You can’t go wrong with any of them.

Thus begins “The 20 Best Horror Stories Available Online for Free” via LITREACTOR.COM (as is also the illustration), by Max Booth III, and note please his mention that every entry also links to a book you can buy.  Max may be better known for Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, his company, and bringer among other things of (*ahem*) my collection THE TEARS OF ISIS.  For the latter, one can click on its picture in the center column, but back to the point, Max has listed a number of stories, some of which I’ve read, some of which not (but am likely to soon for my own Halloween pleasure), and all of which you might find worthwhile as well.

For more, press here.

Lish McBride on TOR.COM, began it this way:  At first I thought, I’m not going to do a Halloween post.  After all, what can be more terrifying than this year?

Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  2017 jumped the shark a long time ago in regards to how mind-numbingly horrifying it has been.  I can’t think of a worse time.  (Except maybe high school.)

But then she recalled that horror sometimes helps in forgetting, if for a moment, one’s own aversions — and humor, most definitely, can as well.  Thus another list was born, to be reported here — “Necessary Whimsy:  Vampire Bunnies and Other Weird-But-Fun Halloween Reads,” with one caveat, perhaps, that some (most?) are geared to young adult readers or even children.  But does not Halloween bring out the inner child in us too?

Let all be revealed by pressing here.

The word is out!  Gehenna and Himmon’s one-week Halloween sale — October 25 through October 31 — has started today with prices slashed to 99 cents per publication (cf. October 16).  As anticipated, the sale will apply only to electronic editions, but even at that bargains abound.  Also, HINNOM MAGAZINE 003, scheduled to be out on Halloween day, cannot be included but, in Editor/Publisher C.P. Dunphey’s words, “to make up for this, the magazine will have a promo during November, leading up to the YEAR’S BEST TRANSHUMAN SF 2017 ANTHOLOGY.”

Titles that are included are HINNOM MAGAZINE issues 001 and 002, YEAR’S BEST BODY HORROR 2017 ANTHOLOGY (including *ahem* my story “Flesh”), GEHENNA CLASSICS:  H.P. LOVECRAFT Volume 1, and GEHENNA CLASSICS:  PHILIP K. DICK Volume 1.  Or to read it on G & H’s own site, including live links to all sale titles, press here — but remember, again, regular prices go back in effect after Halloween!

Today brings an email plus PDF proof from Editor Vince Gotera of the latest STAR*LINE for Fall 2017.  Please proof your piece(s) . . . as well as your listing(s) in the table of contents.  Could you please get back to me with any corrections ASAP?  In my case the page of interest is the twelfth with, sharing poems by Christine Sng and by R. Mac Jones, tucked neatly in at the bottom right my three-liner “Wet Work” (cf. October 13).  And this time, aha!, there was an error, one of the sort that would sneak past a computer spell-checker (whereas, ironically, the correct word might not).

So not to worry, I’ve sent back the change along with mailing and payment details.  More to come when the published issue arrives.

Nine days to Halloween — how time does fly!  So to anticipate the upcoming holiday, THE HORROR TREE has just posted an interview of me, a long one by Ruschelle Dillon which even includes a question, with picture, about the Goth Cat Triana (with mention as well of dear departed Wednesday).  Did you know both of them have their own web pages (look for their names under “Pages” to the right)?  Captain Kirk or Jean Luc Picard?  (Yes, that’s one of the questions, but how do the “Casket Girls” fit in?)  Meldings of horror, science fiction, and romance.  Art and Death. Which TOMBS tale was “honorable mentioned” in Circlet Press’s BEST FANTASTIC EROTICA 2007?  Inspirational kitties.  Novels-in-stories.  And what does Poe’s “Poetic Principle” have to do with it all?

These and more — you know the routine!  Some things secret, some better well known, but all of them open for readers’ enjoyment by pressing here.

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