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The devil lures with sweet words and promises, do you fall for his trap or trick him instead?  Can you really have it all?  HOW TO TRICK THE DEVIL tells stories of trickery and deception; of monsters lurking in unexpected places; of the lengths we might go to get what we want.  Much more than your average deal-with-the-devil tale, the talented authors in this collection explore the motivations behind the choices we make, be it out of fear, greed, or desperation.  The trickster works in HTTTD Cover7-2confidence, never expecting the twists that just might tear his plans apart.  Evil is not always rewarded, but the hero does not always win.

So says the Amazon blurb, but what of the authors?  Well, along the way Editor Stephanie Buosi had put out a call, “I would love to post a small mini-series of interviews on my webpage in order to highlight the anthology, and the wonderful authors (you guys) who contributed.  I’m hoping to feature four or five interviews, so please let me know if this is something you would like to be a part of.”   I had agreed, and it happens today I received my questionnaire.

My part in this is a tale of a carnival’s sideshow denizens who decide to go out trick or treating one Halloween, titled “Lobster Boy and the Hand of Satan” (cf. October 14; September 29, 25, et al.), originally published some while back in CYBER PULP’S HALLOWEEN ANTHOLOGY 2.0 (Cyber Pulp, 2003).  But will I be able to remember the answers to such questions as “Where did the inspiration for such a story come?”  Possibly yes as I keep notes on stories in their file folders.  In any event, we can find out together — information will come on these pages when the interview is completed and set to be published.

And while we wait, in addition to Lulu and Erebus Press’s own site (see October 14), HOW TO TRICK THE DEVIL can now be found on Amazon too, for which one may press here.

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Stephanie Buosi has announced a minor diabolical ruse, a shift of release date one day forward to October 15 for Erebus Press’s HOW TO TRICK THE DEVIL (see September 25, et al.), including my story “Lobster Boy and the Hand of Satan.”  Moreover, she tells us that for “the first week, following the release, Horrified press will give 10% off the RP and will provide free global delivery,” so beHTTTD Cover7-2 alert and be aware!  And, one more thing, the cover designed by Shaun Brassfield has now been unveiled as well.

Also announced Monday by Community Manager Kathryn Lively, AReCafe.com will be hosting a guest blog post by me on October 22.  This will be an updating of a piece I had had on the Open Book Society in 2012 on networking as a help in marketing ones work titled “To PEDS and Beyond:  Community and the Writer,” using as examples (among others) four stories from Untreed Reads Publishing that are available on AllRomanceEbooks’s sister site OmniLit.  The chapbook/stories are VANITAS, I’M DREAMING OF A . . ., PEDS (a novelette), and the full-size anthology YEAR’S END:  14 TALES OF HOLIDAY HORROR with my lead story “Appointment in Time.”

The titles themselves can be found now on OmniLit by pressing here, then typing in “James S. Dorr” in the search box for author.  And on October 22 or after, “To PEDS and Beyond” will be available here — but not until then, please.

Stephanie Buosi, of Erebus Press, has announced a release date for HOW TO TRICK THE DEVIL (see September 9, August 8, et al.) in just three weeks, October 16.  She also points out that this will be the publisher’s debut anthology, with more projects to come.  My tale in this one is of carney life (and possible death) titled “Lobster Boy and the Hand of Satan.”  As for more on the book as a whole, to quote the back cover:

The devil lures with sweet words and promises, do you fall for his trap or trick him instead?  Can you really have it all?

HOW TO TRICK THE DEVIL tells stories of trickery and deception; of monsters lurking in unexpected places; of the lengths we might go to get what we want.  Much more than your average deal-with-the-devil tale, the talented authors in this corpus2collection explore the motivations behind the choices we make, be it out of fear, greed, or desperation.

The trickster works in confidence, never expecting the twists that just might tear their plans apart.  Evil is not always rewarded, but the hero does not always win.  

Then in other news, I’ve just received a cover image for CORPUS DELUXE: UNDEAD TALES OF TERROR , for which one need only look up to the right.  My offering in CORPUS DELUXE is a “Tombs” series story called “River Red,” of which see yesterday’s post directly below.

The holiday weekend over, it’s time to get back to work on a dim, rainy day that may spell the end of summer too.  This time it’s nothing spectacular, nothing hard, just the routine of life, in this case another proof copy, received 170px-Devils-from-Rila-monasteryyesterday from Stephanie Buosi of Erebus Press, which, corrections checked over and okayed, a few more added, a little clarification of dashes and hyphens discussed, went back in the email about two hours ago.  The anthology is HOW TO TRICK THE DEVIL (cf. September 2, August 16 and 8) with my story in it “Lobster Boy and the Hand of Satan,” a lesson in what not to do when trick-or-treating on Halloween.  As of last notice, HOW TO TRICK THE DEVIL was scheduled for release by the end of this month and, so far, it looks like it should be on schedule.

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.”

Another short note, that the anthology HOW TO TRICK THE DEVIL (see August 8) is on schedule, according to Editor Stephaine Buosi, and heading for publication at about the end of September.  My act in this artifice is a tale of Halloween chicanery and carnival wiles, of small crimes and horror called “Lobster Boy and the Hand of Satan.”

More to appear as it’s revealed to me.

It sounded interesting, if not high paying, and reprints were okay.  The title is HOW TO TRICK THE DEVIL, but stories didn’t have to be literally about Satan.  “Deception plays a large role in folklore, fairy tales and mythology.  The hero will often use trickery to best their opponents, marry the princess, win treasure, or achieve the upper hand.  Many tr2erebuspressicksters end up with happy endings — think Hansel and Gretel, or Puss in Boots — but sometimes they only find punishment or loss.”  So said the guidelines.

“Dark fairy tales, bizarre, horror, surrealism, dark science-fiction and steam punk are all cool here.”

So I sent them a reprint originally published in CYBER PULP’S HALLOWEEN ANTHOLOGY 2.0 (Cyber Pulp, 2003 — also in WELCOME TO YOUR NIGHTMARE:  AN ANTHOLOGY OF SCARY STORIES, cf. October 13 2013), “Lobster Boy and the Hand of Satan,” a saga of scams and carnival “trick-or-treat” connivers, for which the answer came today from Editor Stephanie Buosi:  “I am pleased to inform you that we have accepted your short story ‘Lobster Boy,’ to be included in Erebus Press’s upcoming anthology. . . .”

It may not be much, but, hey, an acceptance is an acceptance.  And this one could be fun.




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