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As all expeditions must come to an end, ILL-CONSIDERED EXPEDITIONS (see August 28, et al.) and, a few days ago, ANDROMEDA’S CHILDREN (August 25, et al.) arrived at my mailbox.  Rescued from its darkest interior, both have proved to be 1illCionsideredbeautiful books and, at least to the extent I’ve gotten into them, promising reads.  My stories are “Ice Vermin,” mapping never-before explored parts of early Twentieth Century Siberia, for the former and “Golden Age,” of preserving longevity in the near future, in the latter.

Both can be found on Amazon now, for which for EXPEDITIONS (“a voyage of discovery for all concerned as successive teams of hapless explorers fall foul of the elements and monstrosities lurking in shadowy caves, hidden temples, icy tombs and even alien planets”) click here, and for ANDROMEDA’S CHILDREN (“a timeless mix of traditional, modern and comic visions that explore what makes us human — or not”) here.

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Originally to be called ANDROMEDA’S OFFSPRING (cf. October 17 2013, et al.) and to have been published a bit more than one and a half years ago, the book had its delays.  But that’s nothing new here.  However it’s not only back on track with the slightly updated title ANDROMEDA’S CHILDREN, it’s available now for the next few days at bargain basement prices on andromeda's childrenAmazon.   As spokesperson Adrian Middleton explains:  “After some considerable difficulties with a CreateSpace taking weeks to resolve a technical glitch, the price of ANDROMEDA’S CHILDREN has now been reduced to the bare minimum on Amazon for all territories where authors reside.”  But with that comes the warning, “the price should return to normal on Friday,” so one had best hurry.  My notch in this nursery, I should add, is a tale called “Golden Age” originally published in MINDSPARKS in Spring 1994, of an older woman in a future not exactly like that of the Sundance short film “World of Tomorrow” (see August 21, below), but which still attempts to put off aging — and death — in its own way.

For the anthology itself, to quote the Amazon blurb:  “Science fiction is a diverse playground and ANDROMEDA’S CHILDREN are a timeless mix of traditional, modern and comic visions that explore what makes us human — or not. For all their diversity, these adventures have one thing in common — strong women whose adventures reflect the spirit their namesake.”  But see for yourself by pressing here!

(Table of Contents)

Cover – Jim Burns
Introduction – Theresa Derwin
Desert Storm by Pauline E Dungate
Overview by Sean Chatterton
Cut and Run by David Perlmutter
Electric You by Damon Cavalchini
Being Ready by Lynn M Cochrane
Roses are #FF0000 by Stewart Hotston
A Quiet Run to Quintos by Caroline Cormack
Golden Age by James S Dorr
Quit by Jay Wilburn
Brodsky by Margaret Karmazin
To the Altar by Therese Arkenberg
The Enlightened Soldier by Matthew Sylvester
Shelved Desires by Damon Cavalchini

Horror is always game for a life; no bone is left unturned, no body ignored in the haunt for a good joke.  In the pages that follow, punishments are meted out in inventive fashion, a his-and-hearse mix of stories utterly in tomb with each other.  Language, it seems, is truly the Devil’s plaything, and why should he have all the good jokes?  After all, are we not all entitled to carrion laughing?  In the end, dying is awfully good at raising the spirits and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Thus another book from the UK and this one a long, long time in coming, but late Monday the word came from Editor PUNbookOFhorrorTheresa Derwin that TERROR TREE PUN BOOK OF HORROR (cf. January 27 2015, March 8 2014, et probably al.) has been published in print, with an ebook version to go live, hopefully, by the end of July.  Other changes are also afoot, with Teresa stepping back somewhat from publishing, though not entirely, including Steve Shaw taking over the ownership of Knight Watch Press.

But getting back to the book at hand, my tale is one of zombies and the running of the bulls at Pamplona, Spain,* titled “Olé Bubba and the Forty Steves” and originally published in 2005 in Yard Dog Press’s INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF BUBBAS.  For more, check out its entry on Amazon (including the opening quote, above) by clicking here.
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*In one of those kinds of coincidences that couldn’t possibly be planned, Monday was also the opening of this year’s Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, with this morning marking the beginning of the eight days of “Running of the Bulls” ending July 14.  For those good with Spanish, to get more from the (as it were) horse’s mouth, check here.

Sometimes things seem scarcely to move at all, then sometimes they move fast.  This is a case of the latter.  Only hours after the previous entry on my guest post about marketing and its tale of the odyssey of THE TEARS OF ISIS from casual conversation to print, the first of two emails arrived in my inbox.  This was an acceptance from Theresa Derwin of a dark-humored reprint, “Olé Bubba and the Forty Steves,” for the upcoming British anthology THE PUN BOOK OF HORROR.  The story itself originally appeared in Yard Dog Press’s INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF BUBBAS in 2005, about a zombie apocalypse flareup in Pamplona, Spain and its strange effect on the annual running of the bulls.  To be published by Fringeworks, Theresa hopes to get the book out fast, at least in time to advertise it — if not actually have printed copies — at SciFi Weekender in Wales at the end of March.

And then, even before the celebratory champagne could come out (or in my case, actually a cappuccino — but with whipped cream!) another email came, this from Editor Bill Olver of BIG PULP, accepting another reprint story, “Cold, Lifeless Fingers,” for an as-yet-untitled zombie-themed anthology.  “Successful subs will look outside the box.  We’ve seen zombie hordes, zombie hunters, and zombie super-heroes.  What else have you got?”  In this case a story originally published in the October 1999 GC MAGAZINE, now set to come out next year in April 2015 about a traditional Haitian zombie who has come to America, he knows not how, and a misunderstanding-prone encounter with a local who is into defending his Second Amendment rights.




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