Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Well small, if not scary.  The story in question was called “Silent Scream” and the book, SCARY SNIPPETS:  HALLOWEEN EDITION (cf. November 11, October 30, et al.).  This is a book of “micro fiction,” Halloween-appropriate tales of only 500 words or less, with at least a hundred between the covers.  So right off you know any royalty received will not be large, that is if it’s to be shared among 100 authors, with more shares for editors British London satire caricatures comics cartoon illustrations: Dancing bearprobably as well — so it’s rather like the “dancing bear” maxim, that what’s important is not whether the bear dances well, but rather that it dances at all.

And so, today, Saturday, Suicide House Publishing posted on PayPal . . . well, a sum more than half way to a dollar.  This was after a check on Friday to make sure my PayPal address was right, and less than two months since the book was published which, in the world of royalty payments, is FAST.  If interested in the book itself, one can press here, perhaps to buy one and make the next full quarter’s take larger.

The question came up, can SCARY SNIPPETS, the book of short horror for Halloween of stories of no more than 500 words apiece (see October 30, et al), now be obtained in hard copy as well?  Or, to quote Amazon’s blurb:  Trick or treat.  Bloody feet  A hundred souls for ghosts to eat.  Nothing screams Halloween more than horror.  And nothing can be more horrific than scary stories.  Here in this collection, we’ve gathered together over a hundred micro sized pieces of terror.  From all around the world we’ve put together an anthology that will make you hungry for more.

So I gave it a check and the answer is yes, at least according to Amazon’s site, as well as Kindle which we knew before.  My tale in this is one is called “Silent Scream,” of why one must make as little noise as possible RIGHT NOW.  And as a bonus, we now have a picture of the cover as well as, with an extra click at the site, a table of contents and a few sample stories, all of which may be found by pressing here.

The title was SCARY SNIPPETS:  HALLOWEEN EDITION and the contents to be stories — lots of stories — horror of 500 words or less (cf. September 27, 21), to be out for Halloween.  “Ghosts, goblins, any and all horror is accepted.”  So Tuesday night the word came from Editors Kyle Harrison and Natalie Brown, and with it authors’ electronic copies:  Thank you so much for submitting!  We are so honored to have you be a part of this!

So there it is, a very short post for some very short tales, mine titled “Silent Scream” on the golden aura of quietness.  To see, or order for oneself press here.

Says the National Cat Day website:  We explode the internet every October 29th.  We live to celebrate cats and help them to find forever homes.  Through our large social media & press platform, all year long we’re able to partake in the wonderful world of cats and put the plight of cats in shelters, center stage.  We educate literally millions all year long but on October 29th . . . it’s party time!  We encourage you to spoil your fur baby a little more on National Cat Day than any other day (you don’t want them to get too demanding do you?) by buying them a new toy drenched in cat nip, giving them something simply scrumptious to eat, offering LOTS more cuddling and making a donation to your local shelter in their honor.  The best way you can celebrate though is to save a life!  So if you can . . . ADOPT . . . don’t shop.  Estimates reveal that there are approximately 4 million cats entering shelters every year with 1-2 million being euthanized.  Often cats are overlooked and under-appreciated because they don’t usually have jobs like dogs.  But cats still lower blood pressure, offer unconditional love and companionship, tons of laughs and alert their owner to danger.  Many cats have been named heroes.  So take that . . . dogs!

(And Triana, a mostly black rescue cat herself, intends to celebrate Halloween just two days from now as well.)

Came the announcement and with it the link:  AURELIA LEO’s All Hallows’ Eve Sale is around the corner!  Horror, dark fantasy, and paranormal titles are up to 25% off from October 27-November 7th!  Grab a discounted haunting tale before it’s too late!  Pay using credit or debit, including your bank account, using PayPal, Square, or CCBill.  You can even mail a check!  And so there’s more to it than just one book, but that’s the one that interests us (i.e. me), the Saturnalia-themed anthology HYPERION & THEIA and in it my long poem, originally published in White Wolf’s 1994 DARK DESTINY (also a Rhysling Nominee that year), “Dreaming Saturn.”

Or as Amazon has it, HYPERION & THEIA:  An Illustrated Anthology features otherworldly speculative poetry, stories, and art.  Gods and Goddesses of old prepare for destruction.  A demonic circus delivers a haunting finale.  The Shebeast lurks in the forest and pulls at heartstrings.  Alien diet supplements wreak havoc in near-future San Francisco.  Three women conspire to break an oath with a wicked witch.  The Herculaneum Scrolls reveal the role of ancient aliens.  A Roman warrior and a warrior turned slave venture into the territory of a Queen of ancient Egypt.  Two cowboys track dark magic in the Wild Wild West.  Ghosts stuck in the mortal realm high off drugs.  You are a lone radio jockey after the apocalypse.  Including, heading the contents, my multi-page poem “Dreaming Saturn.”

The sale, as said, covers other books as well and will run from October 27 through the first week of next month, ending November 7.  For more, press here.

This is a from a site I’m not familiar with, BOOKSANDBAO.COM, but via a more familiar THISISHORROR.CO.UK it seemed of interest:  “9 Translated Horror Stories to Chill Your Blood” by Will Harris.  The titles themselves are Japanese, Korean, Chinese — a majority of them are Eastern — but also two Spanish and one from Sweden.  The last of these, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, being the only one I’m at all familiar with and that, I confess, is from the movie.
So why read them at all?  As Mr. Harris tells us:  So many of our greatest stories of terror and the supernatural come from faraway lands.  A nation’s laws, customs, traditions, politics, and religion will have a profound effect on what kinds of stories they want to tell.  Horror is a magnificent genre that takes heavy themes, chews them up, and spits them out as something mangled and wonderfully strange.  And so many of the greatest horror stories of today are translated from languages near and far — from Spanish to Japanese.  Here are nine of the very best translated horror stories to enjoy during October, as the nights creep in and the air gets colder.
But also, why not just for something different — I know I’m curious.  To open this world for yourself, press here.

Set in the “universe” of TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, but an ancillary story not in that volume, “Ghost Ship” was first published in TECHNO-GOTH CTHULHU in 2013.  But again on the haunt, with Halloween coming, it has more recently been in the news with its acceptance, and then contract signing for a special “Derelicts” issue of science fiction journal BLACK ETERNITY (cf. September 15, August 11).  And so, again, it has materialized; from Editor Tom English:  Here’s “Ghost Ship” for review.  Please let me know if anything (text or formatting) needs adjusting.  If possible, please get back to me by Tuesday or sooner.  Thanks again!

So the writing life ticks on.  The issue will be BLACK INFINITY #5, set to be out later in October, in time for you-know-when.  And, the copy checked over and my reply sent, I’ll be looking forward to it in time for reading as ghosts and pirates and who knows what else flock to my door questing for Halloween candy.

Interesting things come sometimes from strange places.  Like SNOPES.COM, which is normally a site to debunk, or confirm, controversial political or other claims, but today came up with a straight science topic:  “The Science of Fright:  Why We Love to Be Scared” by Arash Javanbakht and Linda Saab.  So for we who write horror, and so are sort of in the business. . . .
Well it’s not too profound — we’re hard wired to be afraid of some things as a simple technique for survival, but as intelligent beings as well we can also analyze situations, taking into consideration why particular horrors (e.g. sights experienced in movie theaters) might not be dangerous to us after all.  But, basking in relief, wasn’t that fun (or at least stimulating)?
Well maybe, maybe not.  Individuals may have individual fears, some stronger, some weaker, so giving movies as an example one person may be thrilled while his or her companion is bored.  Or sometimes we laugh.  But for more, press here.

The illustration is by artist and poet and current Horror Writers Association trustee Marge Simon, who some years ago challenged me to write a poem about it.  The result, titled “Émile’s Ghosts” (the title was also Marge’s, for the illustration), was published originally accompanied by the picture in ILLUMEN in Spring 2008 and also appears in my 2011 poetry collection, VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE).  And now it, still with the illustration at my suggestion if Marge was willing, has been published again in the HWA’s October NEWSLETTER, a special expanded Halloween issue, with a full dozen poets included, including such names as Linda Addison and Alessandro Manzetti, Michael A. Arnzen, Christina Sng, Stephane M. Wytovich . . . the list goes on.  So for HWA members, just press “Gallery of Poets” in the October NEWSLETTER (fourth from the bottom in the issue’s contents), then scroll down and down until you see the picture, the only illustration that’s there, with the poem to its left.

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