Posts Tagged ‘Cemetery Riots’

No, this isn’t the one I mentioned June 16 as having received the questions for (though I’ve since sent the answers back); nor is it the one previewed on June 3, published in England on the 6th.  No, this is the interview mentioned May 8 for Grim and Grimmer Books’s DEADSTEAM anthology, conducted by Editor-Publisher Bryce Raffle, on such subjects as dreadpunk, historic fiction, Victorian funeral directors, and . . . well, you know.  If I’ve done it right, there’ll be mentions as well of THE TEARS OF ISIS and TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, the books I’m flogging for myself.  But the major point of this one is DEADSTEAM, the anthology due out later this fall in which my entry is “The Re-Possessed,” a saga of the funeral profession in 19th Century England (originally published in CEMETERY RIOTS by Elysium Press in 2016) and inspired by thoughts during a real-life memorial service.

This will be the fourth interview Editor Raffle has done of DEADSTEAM authors, previous ones having appeared on June 8, May 11, and February 25, and can be read by pressing here.  Or if you would like to read some of the others (presumably after mine, of course) the blog main page can be reached here.  Or, for mini-biographies of all DEADSTEAM authors, one can indulge by pressing here.

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DEADSTEAM is an anthology of dreadpunk, gaslamp, and dark steampunk. These are tales of the ghoulish and the gothic, chilling stories of haunted streets, of vampires and demons stalking the city from fog-drenched alleyways lit only by gas lamps.

17 chilling stories of the monsters lurking around every corner, the ghosts haunting the darkest streets of Victorian London, and the dead things crawling out of their graves to consume the flesh of the living.

And there you have it.  As for my part in this, I have a reprint originally published in CEMETERY RIOTS (Elysium Press, 2016; cf. September 3 2016, et al.) about a Victorian funeral directer and an incident from his early days in the business.  All right and proper like.  But now something new:  DEADSTEAM editor Bryce Raffle is featuring a series of interviews of some of the authors, of which mine has just been scheduled to appear on June 29.

So it’s something to look forward to for the summer, with the first of the interviews already posted on DEADSTEAM’s blog site for which one may press here.  Or for a reminder of DEADSTEAM itself (see also January 31, 16, 11), plus mini-biographies of more of the authors, please to press here.

I want your stories that embrace the traditional horror story-telling of the Victorian penny dreadfuls and gothic mysteries.  Steampunk is certainly welcome here, but I’m more interested in Poe and Mary Shelly than Verne and Wells.  I will happily accept tales that pair the gothic with the steamy mechanical contraptions inherent to steampunk.  Give me the fog-drenched dreadpunk Victoriana.  [and]  Your tale should include at least one dead creature, be it a ghost, a vampire, a zombie, or some creature of your own invention, and should fit into some alternate version of the Victorian era.

Sounds like fun, yes?  Such was the call last fall from Bryce Raffle for the upcoming DEADSTEAM, an anthology that aims to showcase the dark side of steampunk, the ghoulish and the gothic, tales of gaslamp and dreadpunk that embrace the macabre.  And who was I to resist it? So, the money not much but reprints allowed, off went a story published originally in CEMETERY RIOTS (Elysium Press, 2016), “The Re-Possessed.”  And Thursday the word came back:  Thank you for allowing me to read your story. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and think it will be a great fit for the DeadSteam anthology. Honestly, I got chills reading it!

Also attached was a contract with other information concerning proof copies, payment, and publicity, etc., the former to be sent back Friday. According to the guidelines last fall, the hope is to release the anthology Halloween this year, and, at least from the descriptions above, it sounds like a neat one!  More will be here as details become known.

“Imagine yourself in a cemetery.  Void of all light at the base of a tree.  But it’s no ordinary tree.  This tree abounds with the dead.  Now envision that each tree limb is a short story with its own vision, its own length of words, and its own insanity. . . .”

So begins the description on Amazon of CEMETERY RIOTS (cf. May 5; September 2, August 27 2015), dated the last day of June, the 30th, by Editors T.C. Bennett and Tracy L. Carbone with stories by such as Richard Christian Matheson, Hal Bodner, Cemetery RiotEric J. Guignard, John Palisano, William F. Nolan, and, um, me.  A “new collection of dark cautionary tales” in which mine, “The Re-Possessed,” might be seen as a warning to never stiff (yes, pun intended) the funeral director.

But hey, this is one we’ve been waiting for, so without, as they say, further ado, for more information/ordering press here.

Then, received this afternoon, my fantasy/mystery courtroom novelette “By Force and Against the King’s Peace” has received a publication date for Bards and Sages Publishing’s THE SOCIETY OF MISFIT STORIES (cf. June 23), a new electronic-only series tailored for science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories from 5,000 to 20,000 words that may find themselves at an awkward length for submission elsewhere.  “By Force. . . ,” at a tad less than 10,000 words, is itself a reprint (which is okay, though it’s expected that most “Society” members will probably be new) originally published in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE in December 1999, and is being tagged here to appear on September 9.

Today brings some of the ancillary aspects of writing, the major bit being to go over proof sheets from CEMETERY RIOTS for “The Re-Possessed” (cf. May 5, et al.), my tale of the business side of Victorian funerals.  First, to be sure, one must find an honest undertaker — but then the bereaved must be certain that he is Cemetery Riothonest himself as well.  If things stay on schedule the book is expected later this month, so corrections, if any, should go back tonight.

Then, unrelated, an acceptance and contract came today, the latter of which must be read over, signed, and popped into the mail tomorrow.  For what, one may ask?  But here’s the odd part.  That must be a secret, at least for a few days in deference to other writers who may still be awaiting word.  Which is fair enough.  So stay tuned and, in time, all will be revealed.

And then, speaking of timetables, I now have an expected release date for “Bubba Claus Conquers the Martians” and Upper Rubber Boots Books’s THE MUSEUM OF ALL THINGS AWESOME AND THAT GO BOOM (cf. March 17, et al.).  “Bubba Claus,” of course, is a Christmas story — in this case one that also has zombies — and so, for visions of sleighs and snow (or at least a space shuttle) in the height of summer, it’s slated for publication next month on July 26.

Let’s take a short trip on the wayback machine, pausing at September 2 and August 27 2015.  The subjects, the acceptance and then sending back the contract for a new story, “The Re-Possessed” about a deal gone bad for an undertaker in Victorian London, for an also new anthology titled CEMETERY RIOTS.  Flash forward to now (or actually yesterday, Wednesday, by now) and comes an update from editor T.C. Bennett, that the anthology is on target for publication in June, and could I send a current biography?   And also 11401216_108575572813296_1964991277105814082_na suggestion I check co-editor Tracy L.Carbone’s website for a list of authors selected thus far.

So, with editor Bennett’s permission, here’s the update, actually going back itself to about mid-March, but pretty impressive even with a few names yet to come.  Or, in Tracy’s words:

This stellar anthology is coming out in June of 2016 by Awol from Elysium Press a.k.a. T.C. Bennett.  I’ve been excited to edit this with him as I’m seeing some fantastic talent come across our virtual desks.

The stories are strong, character driven, good old fashioned horror.  Cautionary tales that will stay with you long after you have finished reading.

We’ve got some great stories from seasoned bestsellers and brand-new fiction writers. . . .

    James Dorr
    William F. Nolan
    Kelly Kurtzhals
    Tracy L. Carbone
    John Palisano
    Hal Bodner
    Eric J. Guignard
    Ray Garton
    Chet Williamson
    Michael Sebastian
    Michael D. Nye
    Taylor Grant
    Kathryn McGee
    R.C. Matheson
    Jack Ketchum
    Lisa Morton

and works in progress from several others that will be added here very soon.

Two short updates for “the writing life” — the little things that are done between selling the story and seeing it published.  Yesterday, with admirable speed, the contract and payment (on acceptance, also admirable!) arrived from T.C. Bennett of Awol From Elysium Press for CEMETERY RIOTS (c.f. August 27), the latter of which went to the bank today while the former, signed, went into the mail.  Then also today Stephanie Buosi of Erebus Press sent this concerning HOW TO TRICK THE DEVIL (see August 16, 8):  “In the next upcoming days I will be sending you back your edited short stories.  If you could take a look at them and get back to me with your approval as soon as you can, I would greatly appreciate it.  I will be sending them as a .docx file, please let me know if you would prefer to receive it as .doc instead.  Also, I am still waiting for author bios from a few of you.  If you have not already done so, please send me your brief bio, 200 word maximum, sometime by next week.”

The stories in question are “Lobster Boy and the Hand of Satan,” a contemporary tale of carnival grifters originally published in CYBER PULP’S HALLOWEEN ANTHOLOGY 2.0 (Cyber Pulp, 2003) for HOW TO TRICK THE DEVIL, and for CEMETERY RIOTS the heretofore unpublished Victorian-set story of “The Re-Possessed.”

The anthology’s name is CEMETERY RIOTS, though, ghostlike, it seemed to lurk in shadows.  There has been a note and cover picture on Editor Chris (“T.C.”) Bennett’s Facebook wall since about the second week of June and a web page probably in the near future.  Yet there was an air of mystery when I recei11401216_108575572813296_1964991277105814082_nved a “request to moderate” from WordPress concerning a comment on one of last week’s posts.  It turned out not to actually be a comment as such, but rather means of contacting me with an invitation to submit.

There was a note concerning the Facebook page and a tentative publication date for early to mid 2016, plus word count limitations and info on payment.  And there was an email for further contact.

So, intrigued, I checked out the picture and some other info, then emailed with some content-related questions.  The answer to that, in effect, was pretty general “as long as it’s horror,” as well as some details on formats and files. Also there might be more anthologies coming in the future.  So why not, thought I?  A few days later I emailed a tale called “The Re-Possessed” about, keeping the CEMETERY RIOTS title and cover in mind, an undertaker’s arrangements gone wrong in Victorian London.

Then this afternoon the answer came:  “I received your story.  Love it.  Sending out contract and payment.”  So the moral, I suppose, is it’s always a good idea to follow up on mysterious emails.




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