Posts Tagged ‘Kristina Stancil’

“BLOOD REIGN LITERARY MAGAZINE is a new digital magazine that caters to lovers of the horror genre,” was the lead in examiner.com’s November 4th announcement.  “Its premier issue comes out on FridBloodReignCoveray the 13th. December 13th is the last Friday the 13th for this year. The launch on such a bizarre day is to pay homage to the movie franchise and will set a precursor for the parent company, Thrillerz 13 Entertainment as it releases special items on the 13th. The annual anthology will debut in 2014 will also release on a Friday 13th, this one in June 2014, the only ‘Freaky Friday’ for 2014.

“The debut edition is shaping up to be an amazing smash! Even though its primary focus is to BloodCov2offer a voice to new or relatively unknown authors occasionally better known, active members of the Horror Writers Association have given it notice. James S. Dorr offers us a view of the macabre with a reprint of his short, ‘The First Hundred Years,’ and L. Andrew Cooper’s anthology submission, ‘Silence.’

“Submissions for the December issue closed officially on November 1st allowing writers to have most of October to offer their morbid best. . . .”

And now here it is, available and on time from Editor Kristina Stancil.  For my submission (cf. November 1), “The First Hundred Years” is a zombie story but of the traditional, pre-Romero sort, about Haitian folk-beliefs and magic — and why you don’t want to mess with someone who knows how to use it.  But other types of horror abound as well, including vampires, ghosts, and the paranormal according to the blurb on Smashwords, which adds, however, this word of warning.  “Adult-content rating:  This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.”

If that’s not a deterrent, ordering and other information can be found by pressing here.  Or for more general information, for BLOOD REIGN’S own site, including submission information, press here.

But also, last night (after midnight so it was  the 13th too) I watched a film that only about five minutes in I realized I’d seen on TV before.  Many years before — but that I still remembered enough to be glad I’d now found at a library sale and could watch again.  THE GRAVE is a surprisingly well acted Southern Gothic, scary as needed and peppered with dark humor.  And in that first five minutes, just the music accompanying the credits also reminded me of the Stephen King/John Mellencamp musical GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY (see October 11), reinforced in the opening scene in a prison cell, dark, with two people seen in silhouette, one speaking in a hoarse, raspy voice as a narrator-guide, complete with homey aphorisms here and again as the TheGravefilm played out, reminiscent of (and even sounding like) GHOST BROTHERS’ “Zydeco Cowboy.”

The premise, as others have said, may not be new — the somewhat chance joining of disparate people in a treasure hunt, in this case for a fortune left by the region’s richest man, that no one could find a trace of when he died.  So, getting a clue from one of their fellows, two prisoners escape from the state farm with one of the guards’ help and start the search, bringing in an ex-girlfriend, and a parolee now employed as a mortician, and friends of his, one a good ol’ boy as dumb as a post, and. . . .  Well, the common bond between them is greed, to which add no sense of honor among thieves, and you just know it’s not going to end well.  There’s even one small scene that reminded me of the first SAW movie, which, however,  THE GRAVE preceded by some eight years.

And yes, the treasure is found in a grave, or rather beneath one — and not the grave of the rich man himself — in a cemetery out in the swamp, remote and eerie, and excellently suited for double crosses.

THE GRAVE is available on VHS (though not on DVD that I could find) and, apparently sort of a minor cult classic, may cost a few dollars.  It’s worth the price.

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It’s that semiannual time of year again.  Every April and November for the past several years Poetry Editor Robert Brewer of WRITERS DIGEST has supplied daily prompts, suggestions for topics, phrases, etc., for poets to write poems from.  Thirty days equals thirty poems, or sixty a year, plus between these special months Brewer offers a weekly prompt every Wednesday.  So you do the math, but it amounts to a lot of poems a year if one sticks to it.

The secret for me is that I made a deal with another local poet where we meet every week to compare our output, thus making it into a contest of sorts plus adding a “shame” factor to keep us from quitting .   A lot of the poems are crummy, of course, especially on otherwise busy days, but these can always be rewritten — or just thrown away.  The thing is, some of the poems aren’t crummy and, at least in my case, have resulted in quite a few sales, such as those accepted by CTHULHU HAIKU II, two of them previously published as well, just a few days ago (see October 25 ).

For more information on how it works — or at least how I work it — cf. April 1 2013, December 8 and November 4 2011, et al.  Or to try it yourself for this November and possibly after, check out Brewer’s site by pressing here.

Also, the day before Halloween (in another of those at the last minute submissions) I sent a reprint traditional zombie (that is, pre-NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) story to a new magazine I’d just run across two days before, BLOOD REIGN LITERARY MAG.  Later the same day I got a reply from Managing Editor Kristina Stancil to the effect that if I could wait a few days she’d get back to me to discuss pay rates.  I emailed back saying that would be fine, then yesterday, Halloween, came the official acceptance and offer which I okayed in turn.  The story in question, “The First Hundred Years,” was first published in my second Dark Regions collection DARKER LOVES:  TALES OF MYSTERY AND REGRET and has to do with a Haitian transplant to Jamaica and her adventures both above and below the ground.  As I understand it, it’s set to be published in the first issue on December 13 (a Friday, a glance at the calendar tells me), of which more information will  be posted here as it comes to light.

And finally a short note that I’ve been featured in today’s “Author Spotlight” on the NIGHTMARE STALKERS & DREAM WALKERS (cf October 23, et al.) Facebook page.  Discover my best moments as an author both professionally and personally — or is one of these more like the “most bizarre” one?   It’s also a very short interview, with just those two questions, for answers to which one need only press here.




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