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On a weekend marred by real-life terror in Orlando Florida, perhaps there was a bit of prescience in Editor Marty Young’s request Friday evening for address updates for authors’ copies of BLURRING THE LINE.  BLURRING THE LINE is the Australian anthology (cf. December 3, November 26 2015, et al.) that asks the question of when fiction starts and reality ends.  Where, precisely, may that line be drawn.  But various other realities forced changes in the book’s publication schedule, the electronic version being released way back in late November last year, the printed book only available now (Sunday, although being fair, it might have come up as early as yesterday).  Don’t believe me?  Check it out on Amazon here.  Though in fairness too, all has not been idle during the interim, blurringthelineBLURRING THE LINE also recently winning an Australian Shadows Award for best anthology, not to mention having extremely good sales in its Kindle edition!

My offering in this one (on a day when it’s ninety-plus degrees outside with a summer thunderstorm just coming up) is a Christmas tale of young Dickensian witch hunters in London called “The Good Work.”  Could it really have happened?  Well maybe, maybe not, but there are claims at least that those caroling urchins we see in the movies, so cute, so sweet, so out of tune, may have actually been running an extortion racket.

And then one thing more:  It’s not easy to find in printable form, but I finally have a list of the contents of BLURRING THE LINE, with some powerful names including the late Tom Piccirilli (to whom the volume is dedicated), for which see below.


Blurring The Line

Introduction – Marty Young
“Our Doom is Nigh” – Tom Piccirilli
Blurring the Line (non-fiction)
“Woolen Shirts and Gum Boots” – Lisa Morton
“Clown’s Kiss” – Tim Lebbon
Seeing is Believing (non-fiction)
“Empty Cars” – Lia Swope Mitchell
“How Father Bryant Saw the Light” – Alan Baxter
Candlelight and Circles (non-fiction)
“The Good Work” – James Dorr
“Fearful Asymmetries” – Peter Hagelslag
Big Brother is Watching (and Predicting) You (non-fiction)
“1-2-3 Red Light” – Gregory L. Norris
“Miskatonic Schrödinger” – Steven Lloyd Wilson
Monsters Don’t Exist (non-fiction)
“Old Green Eyes” – James A Moore
“A Peripheral Vision Sort of Friend” – Alex C. Renwick
The Undiscovered Supernatural (non-fiction)
“Consorting with Filth” – Lisa Hannett
“Hoarder” – Kealan Patrick Burke
Human Monsters (non-fiction)
“With These Hands” – Brett McBean
“The Body Finder” – Kaaron Warren
Building Frankenstein’s Monster (non-fiction)
What’s A Monster without Resurrection? (non-fiction)
“Salt on the Tongue” – Paul Mannering
“Every Time You Say I Love You” – Charles L Grant
“Honey” – Annie Neugebauer
The Voices Told Me To Do It (non-fiction)
“Distorted and Holy Desire” – Patricia J. Esposito
“Nita Kula” – Rena Mason


(The book also begins and ends with two Biblical quotations, from DEUTERONOMY 28 and LEVITICUS 26 respectively.)

And here it is!  See November 26 for the first, in this case editor interview of the creators of BLURRING THE LINE, the anthology that explores the line between fictional and real life horror.  It has been published, at least electronically with print to follow, and so too the parade oblurringf daily (excepting weekends) author interviews has commenced.  And Friday, December 4, to end the first full week, the interviewee in the spotlight . . . c’est moi!

So check it out here for what I have to say about inspiration for my tale “The Good Work,” on Dickensian urchins hunting for witches; the meaning of horror; the number one best horror story and novel; and . . . UFOs?  Well, it seemed to make sense when I answered the question.  But remember, the page won’t go live until 10 a.m. Friday — and that will be Australian time (which, actually, should make it a lot earlier than where I’m writing from . . . but I could be wrong).

And should what you read pique interest a bit one can find out more about the anthology, or even buy it, by checking here (be sure to scroll down its first review to get a blow-by-blow look at the stories).

Yesterday saw proof sheets for my story “Bubba Claus Conquers the Martians” (cf. September 3, et al.) from Joanne Merriam of Upper Rubber Boot Books for the anthology THE MUSEUM OF ALL THINGS AWESOME AND THAT GO BOOM, which in turn were returned by me in the wee hours of this morning with two very minor corrections noted.  This will be the third Christmas story of mine this year that came out, or will come out (THE MUSEUM appears to be on track to be published the first thing in 2016) a month more or less from or after the darker_love1Yuletide, in anthologies which themselves have nothing to do with Christmas.  The others are ”A Christmas Carnage” published November 13 in THE FIRST ANNUAL GEEKY KINK ANTHOLOGY (see November 18 et al.) and “The Good Work” published on Kindle November 26 with print to be out soon in BLURRING THE LINE (see November 22 et al.), with “Bubba Claus” a tale tipping its hat to perennial “Top Ten Worst Movies” listee SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS, originally published in HOUSTON:  WE’VE GOT BUBBAS (Yard Dog Press, 2007).

Then in other news, I discovered today that clicking the center column picture for DARKER LOVES:  TALES OF MYSTERY AND REGRET led to a no longer open web page.  That has been corrected as of this afternoon, with a new link that should take readers to the book’s listing on Amazon.

“I also wanted these stories offset against non-fiction material.  Some people might not get why non-fiction is included, or find this jarring, but it was an attempt at trying something a little different to what is standard practice.  For me, it’s one thing to suspend belief for a story’s sake because you know, deep down, that what you’re reading isn’t real, no mblurringatter how realistic it might be.  That’s the whole fun of horror fiction, right?  It’s a safe scare.  But it’s something else altogether to read details of actual real events or technological breakthrough that defy belief or cause you to question the world.”

So says Editor Marty Young of Cohesion Press’s BLURRING THE LINE (see below, November 22 et al.) in the first of a daily series of interviews of the anthology’s authors.  That is, look for mine in a few days too!  But for now, the lead interview also marks the promised November 26 publication date of the book as well, at least on Kindle, with the print edition to follow soon.  And so, to hear from the horse’s mouth (in a manner of speaking) just what the book’s all about, readers may press here.  And if you like what Marty has to say, Amazon’s page can be found here.

Among other activities on Halloween, I sent back an interview plus pictures, etc., to Alan Baxter for publicizing Cohesion Press’s upcoming anthology, BLURRING THE LINE, including my Victorian-set tale “The Good Work” (see July 13, March 23, February 7).  Now word has come back:  “Thanks to you all for getting the author interviews back to me so promptly  — we’re all in and well ahead of schedule. I have plenty of time now to create each post.  BLURRING THE LINE is due for release on 26th November, and I’ll be posting your interviews in the same order as the Table of Contents of the book, with Marty blurringYoung’s interview as editor going up first.”  These, Alan goes on to say, will appear one by one each weekday following the 26th, hopefully with subjects and friends helping to pass the word around, or, in Alan‘s own words, “[l]et’s hope this series of posts gives the book some extra exposure.”

This is the one that asks, “Do you really know what’s real and what isn’t?

“What we’re looking for:  BLURRING THE LINE . . . is seeking to blur the line between what is fiction and what is non-fiction.  We want horror stories, tales that are serious and frightening, hard-hitting and imaginative.  We want monsters; vampires and zombies and werewolves and the mummy and creatures from the Black Lagoon and giant killer plants and mutated ants and demons and devils and Mothmen and everything else you can think of or that hasn’t been thought of yet.  But we also want your serial killers and demented and depraved humanity. We want it all. Push your imagination and take us into the far reaches of your darkness, without letting go of reality.  Make us believe.”

And so “The Good Work” informs us of urchins in a Dickensian London with Christmas coming, which means that one must work extra hard to combat the witches — or what are believed to be witches — lest the season’s holiness be corrupted.  But did they really?

Watch this space and, with luck, by the end of the month there should be some links to help one find out.

Latish this evening the contract came from Cohesion Press for my story “The Good Work” for publication in BLURRING THE LINE (see February 7).  This is the Australian anthology that asks the question “Do you know what’s real and what isn’t?”  So concerning my story, one might consider whethblurringer there were witches in 1850s London.  And if there were witches, then what of witch hunters?

Going back to the original blurb, “BLURRING THE LINE will take you into the far reaches of your darkness, without letting go of reality.  It will make you believe.”  So following some initial delays, the book is now one more step closer to publication, originally set, according to Editor Marty Young, for the “third quarter 2015.”  Then, to quote tonight’s email, once contract details are settled all around he (and, hence, I) “will let you know the TOC, and we can begin the promotional train.”

Do you know what’s real and what isn’t?

There are many tales and urban myths of monsters that shouldn’t exist, of demons and devil possession, of serial killers wearing human skin, of ghosts terrorizing families . . .

But these tales also sound like fiction, don’t they?

We hope so.

But . . .

But what if . . .

So begins the description from Editor Marty Young for Australian publisher Cohesion Press’s upcoming anthology BLURRING blurringTHE LINE, currently due out the third quarter of this year.  And yesterday, late night by US clocks, the word came to me:  a story of mine of witch hunters in Victorian England, “The Good Work,” will be among its contents.

But is it fiction or is it a true tale.  Ah, that is the question — it could happen, couldn’t it? Stranger things have.  The guidelines last fall noted that, for instance:

A man called Arnold Paole was accused of being a vampire in 1732 in Yugoslavia, after his body was dug up five years after his death and found with long pointed teeth and nails, with blood in his mouth.

The Mothman of West Virginia was a winged man-sized creature with glowing red eyes and huge moth-like wings sprouting from its back, seen repeatedly during 1967 and 1968.

In 1977, a dead creature that looked a lot like a plesiosaur was caught in the nets of a Japanese fishing vessel, the Zuiyo-maru, offshore east of Christchurch, New Zealand.

The sage Apollonius of Tyana, born in Turkey at the start of the first century AD, hunted demons, and once saved one of his students from a vampire who was going to drink his blood and eat his soul.

These are all supposedly true stories . . .

So to see for yourself this fall, check back here for more information on BLURRING THE LINE as it becomes revealed.


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