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A quick note from the wee hours of Friday morning.  Thursday brought a copy of the final edits of my story “The Re-Possessed” (cf. June 14, May 12) from Editor/Publisher R.L. Burwick.  This is the copy, still in manuscript format, but with all agreed to changes — in this case very few, mostly having to do with the occasional use of italics for emphasis and/or foreign words and phrases — set out in their final form.  In this case due to a busy, busy Thursday I didn’t get to it until a little past midnight, but thus at about 2:15 this morning I sent the edited copy back with a note saying no changes were needed.  The anthology-to-come is tentatively titled 25 GATES OF HELL and will be a continuation in spirit of the 2018 anthology 19 GATES OF HELL.

“The Re-Possessed” itself has been around a bit, originally published by Elisium Press in 2016’s CEMETERY RIOTS, and is a paean to the undertaking trade as practiced in nineteenth century London, especially prior to the Warburton Act of 1832.  And what’s the Warburton Act, you may ask?

Well, you’ll just have to read the story then when it comes out, won’t you?

Just a quick note for “The Writing Life,” Saturday afternoon brought an edited copy of “The Re-Possessed” (cf. May 12) from 25 GATES OF HELL Editor R.L Burwick for a “first round” go-through.  First round in this case means it’s still in manuscript form but with editorial changes made, for me to go through and approve or alter — that done there’ll probably be at least one check more, to see if the new corrected version is still to everyone’s liking (to guard against, mainly, computer glitches, errors introduced simply by the file having been worked on — this writing life can get complicated!), then possibly another in publication format either alone or as part of the whole book, or both.  It goes on and on, this preparing a story for publishing does.

But the thing is, it’s one more step on the journey completed.  In this case there were few changes made either by the publisher or me, most that were there having to do with the use of Italics, so, bleary eyed, I completed my end at just about midnight and, in the wee hours of Sunday morning, sent the slightly changed MS back.

It started with a friending on FaceBook but led from there to a brief conversation (on my FaceBook “wall,” the antique laptop not comfortable with Message), an invitation, and a very quick acceptance for May.  The story is “The Re-Possessed,” initially published in CEMETERY RIOTS (see November 9 2018, et al.), and the book-to-be titled 25 GATES OF HELL, a sequel to the general horror anthology 19 GATES OF HELL published by Kydala Publishing, Inc., in 2018.  Beyond this I don’t know terribly much about dates or details:  the invitation came Saturday with my deciding on an appropriate story and sending it in this morning (Tuesday), and the acceptance from Editor R.L. Burwick came this afternoon.  A sort of whirlwind business affair, as one might say.  While the story itself is a tale of Victorian funeral practices — as it were, targeted for the longer term — and dark Haitian magic.

Reader beware: to open this tome is to invite dread into your heart.  Every page you turn will bring you closer to something wicked.  And when the dead begin to rise from the steaming pits of hell, only then will you discover that it is already too late.  Your life is forfeit.  Featuring an introduction by Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Eterna Files and Strangely Beautiful saga, DeadSteam plays host to the scintillating writing of David Lee Summers (Owl Dance, The Brazen Shark), Jen Ponce (The Bazaar, Demon’s Cradle), Wendy Nikel (The Continuum), Karen J Carlisle (The Adventures of Viola Stewart), Jonah Buck (Carrion Safari), and more…  With seventeen chilling tales of dreadpunk, gaslamp, and dark steampunk, DeadSteam will leave you tearing at the pages, desperate for more.  For within these pages, the dead rise from their graves to haunt the London Underground, witches whisper their incantations to the wind, a sisterhood of bitten necks hunts fog-drenched alleyways lit only by gaslight, and only one thing is certain:  that dread will follow you until you turn that final page.  And that sinking feeling in the pit of your chest?  That fear that something is following you, watching you, hunting you?  It is not for nothing.  Look over your shoulder, dear reader.  Watch behind you.  Listen to the whispers in the darkness.  But know this . . . it is all inevitable.

Thus the Amazon blurb for Grimmer & Grimmer Books’s new anthology DEADSTEAM (see September 4, et al.), still listed for an official October 1 release. But strange are the ways. . . .  That is, yesterday my author’s paperback copy had nestled itself into my mailbox, seemingly more than two weeks before its official existence!  None the less, my tale in the tome (tomb?) involves not a premature birth of sorts but, recounted through the eyes of a Victorian London undertaker, perhaps an overly quick dismissal of death.  The title is “The Re-Possessed,” originally published in CEMETERY RIOTS (Elysium Press, 2016).

Not complaining about the date, though (albeit putting down its publication as September 2018 in my bibliography (cf. under “PAGES” in the right hand column) — it is in fact a lovely book.  And pre-orders are being taken now, so those who wish to indulge may press here.  And not only that, there will be an additional hardback edition, to pre-order which one may press here.

To continue September 3’s announcement, two posts below, DEADSTEAM now has an updated website, including links for pre-ordering from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, !ndigo, and Kobo, with links as well for a special hardcover edition from all but Kobo.  To check out the website, one need but press here or, if in a hurry, to get to the ordering links directly give a press here.  The release date remains October 1, with more information to be revealed here as it becomes known.

DEADSTEAM is an anthology of dreadpunk, gaslamp, and dark steampunk, to quote an early blurb (for a more complete one, see two posts below).  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.  And amongst the seventeen stories therein presented, please to peruse mine, “The Re-Possesed,” on the importance of scrupulous honesty in the funeral profession.*

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*In the interest of full disclosure, therefore, “The Re-Possessed” was originally published in CEMETERY RIOTS (Elysium Press, 2016).

Reader beware:  to open this tome is to invite dread into your heart.  Every page you turn will bring you closer to something wicked.  And when the dead begin to rise from the steaming pits of hell, only then will you discover that it is already too late.  Your life is forfeit.

Featuring an introduction by Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Eterna Files and Strangely Beautiful saga, DeadSteam plays host to the scintillating writing of David Lee Summers (Owl Dance, The Brazen Shark), Jen Ponce (The Bazaar, Demon’s Cradle), Wendy Nikel (The Continuum), Karen J Carlisle (The Adventures of Viola Stewart), Jonah Buck (Carrion Safari), and more . . .

With seventeen chilling tales of dreadpunk, gaslamp, and dark steampunk, DeadSteam will leave you tearing at the pages, desperate for more.  For within these pages, the dead rise from their graves to haunt the London Underground, witches whisper their incantations to the wind, a sisterhood of bitten necks hunts fog-drenched alleyways lit only by gaslight, and only one thing is certain:  that dread will follow you until you turn that final page.

And that sinking feeling in the pit of your chest?  That fear that something is following you, watching you, hunting you?  It is not for nothing. Look over your shoulder, dear reader.  Watch behind you.  Listen to the whispers in the darkness.

But know this . . . it is all inevitable.

And there is now a Hardcover Edition as well!

This came late Sunday from Editor Bryce Raffle for a, for all practical purposes, Labor Day revelation, the main that Grimmer & Grimmer Books’ DEADSTEAM (cf. June 29, January 31, et al.) now has an official October 1 release day set.  Hence the new blurb, above, plus an updated cover, in a necessarily truncated holiday post (blame the computer cave’s primitive ways) with more info to come in the next day or so.  And for those who’ve forgotten, my part in this is a tale about fast times in the Victorian English funeral biz, “The Re-Possessed,” originally published in CEMETERY RIOTS (Elysium Press, 2016).

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.

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.




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