Posts Tagged ‘Labor Day’

Labor Day, the “official” ending of the summer season, no wearing of white till the next Memorial Day, the beginning of work through fall and winter, and . . . what’s that about a connection between Edgar Allan Poe and Winnie the Pooh?  For that last, welcome to the first interview for Fall 2018, courtesy of THE TATTOOED BOOK GEEK (cf. August 20), coming to us from across the Atlantic.  The answers to questions which sometimes boil down to “I don’t know either” — and some where I do!  The origins of ideas?  Writers of influence?  What can a reader do (other than buying his or her books, of course) to best help an author?

And what of connections not just between Poe and Pooh, but art and death?  Revealed perhaps in a peek at the Stoker(R)-nominated THE TEARS OF ISIS.  And “mosaic” novels?  The hint’s in a note and a blurb for my latest book, TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH.  Again to find out, some things possibly already known, other things all new, one need but click on the books’ own pictures in the center column, and also for British blogger Drew Weldon’s THE TATTOOED BOOK GEEK interview, press here.


As the hours grow late and the Labor Day Holiday Weekend dies down, here is a memory for readers to take with them.  Found in my e-mailbox this afternoon courtesy of Bobbe Cummins and Facebook, please to peruse “13 Seriously Disturbing Pictures of Children’s Nightmares” via BUZZFEED.COM, a photographic essay by Joshua Hoffine right here.

I especially like Nightmare #4, “Meet the Wifey,” noting particularly the deadpan look on the face of the child.  But #6 (“Bon Appétit” — I’d almost like this one better without the figure on the right, though), #11, and #13 (doesn’t the doll to the right of the closet look creepy as well?) are also nice.

Which ones are your favorites?

Kindle readers alert:  For a start on the upcoming Halloween season, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing has gone one up on its Labor Day sale (see September 1) with a month-long special discount on the Stoker Award® nominated dark fantasy/horror collection THE TEARS OF ISIS.   In effect from now through September 30, according to publisher Max Booth III, the electronic edition can be obtained for just 99 cents.

To quote from the blurb on the PMMP site:  . . . the book we have here, THE TEARS OF ISIS, begins with a poem about a sculptor, a modern Medusa, and concludes with the title story of another sculptor who travels a continent for inspiration, in search of the IsisNewgoddess, “the Weeping Isis,” and ends with discovery of her own self.  But THE TEARS OF ISIS, the book, is a journey too, encompassing, yes, “forms such as never were in nature,” as not just “La Méduse,” but also a man’s soul absorbed by an octopus, vampires both physical and metaphorical, music and retellings of Cinderella, an Ancient World caper involving the Golden Fleece of legend, a far-future recasting of Sleeping Beauty — one of three stories in THE TEARS OF ISIS set in the author’s world of the “Tombs,” another “Tombs” tale of the origin of ghouls, cockroaches spawned by war, insects by UFOs, Lovecraftian monsters called forth by candles, a woman who takes in a rat as a pet, the “death planet” Saturn and women who buy birds, the life-cycle of dragons, another “Tombs” story of love and a zombie-like form of revenge, and at last to Isis — her search to create but destroying as well, as is part of her nature, and back full circle to sculptress Medusa who “spoke to her hair at times” and “in her dreams . . . her hair hissed its/ answers.”

The sale is just for the electronic edition, normally priced at $2.99, but there is a print edition as well for only $12.38 on Amazon, reachable from the Kindle site for those who prefer the feel of paper.  For further information including readers’ reviews, or to order, press here.

And as for the portion I wrote in this one (excepting the introduction), all of it.

I don’t do my email first thing in the morning, especially on holidays, so I almost missed this one.  As it is, if you’re in my time zone there may be little more than four hours left to take advantage.  So quickly, quickly:  Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing is running a special Labor Day Sale, 25% off any title including three dogs I have running in this pack.  These are the cIsisNewhildren’s cancer charity anthology BLEED and Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology SO IT GOES, and my Bram Stoker Award® nominated collection THE TEARS OF ISIS.  The promo code is 25LABOR

To check these out press here, then scroll down to the end for THE TEARS OF ISIS.  You’ll notice the two anthology titles on the way along with some others.  Also, if you want to sample other titles from PMMP, go back to the list of links at the top and click on “Our Library.”

But go to THE TEARS OF ISIS first and remember, the promo code to fill out during checkout is:  25LABOR

Just a short note that my second story in 2014 for DAILY SCIENCE FICTION went out to subscribers this morning, to celebrate Labor Day.  The first, “Casket Girls” (see, e.g., April 17), was on April 10 which celebrates nothing to my knowledge other than a story of mine being published on DAILY SF.  These are the third and fourth for me and the previous two, “Killer Pot” and “Naughty or Nice,” were also both published in the same year, 2011.  Numbers 1, 2, and 3 are also still posted in the DAILY SF archives — just press here, then enter “Dorr” (no, without the quotation marks) in the SEARCH box at the upper right — and, while you’re at it, you can use the box just below it to subscribe free to the ezine too.  Or, if still a non-subscriber, “Rocky Road” should go into the archives itself on September 8.

Then, finally, two fun facts about “Rocky Road”:  (1) At less than 500 words, “Rocky Road” is the shortest of the four stories I’ve had in DAILY SCIENCE FICTION while, at nearly three times the length, the Christmas story “Naughty or Nice” is the longest; (2) of my four stories in DAILY SCIENCE FICTION “Rocky Road” is the only one that contains no words in French.

The word came later than usual for DAILY SCIENCE FICTION (cf. April 17, et al.), these things happen, but there it was this morning, the proof sheet for my latest story plus the announcement that it would be posted this Monday, September 1.  That’s right, Labor Day, so if you have a holiday that day, there’s plenty of time (that is, after marching in the parade if you’re scheduled to do so, otherwise watching it and enjoying the picnic after) to read and reread all approximately 500 words of the story, called “Rocky Road.”   “Rocky Road” is the tale of a woman who develops unusual habits after a surfeit of Rocky Road ice cream and so has to give it up.  As for the habits, well. . . .

The neat thing, though, is that this is my first story for DAILY SCIENCE FICTION that will include the warning, ***Editor’s Note:  Adult Story, Mature Themes***.

Then speaking of DAILY SCIENCE FICTION, this afternoon saw me on the Spoken Word Stage at this year’s Bloomington Arts Fair (more properly, the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts, cf. August 1, et al.) for a half hour prose horror reading, the final story of which was “Casket Girls,” originally published there earlier this year on April 10 (q.v.).  Far from the sweaty sun-filled weather expected, this morning was marked by thunderstorms, serious enough that the start of the Indiana University football team’s 10645193_709074875815015_7329336544313172549_nopening game elsewhere in the city was delayed due to lightning.  However, the show went on — the Bloomington Writers Guild had a shelter the readings were under which helped during rain spells, granted originally planned for protection from the sun — and by the time my “prime time” 2:30 p.m. slot came round (the afternoon weather having improved to warm but cloudy), things were only running about five minutes late.

In all I had a pretty good crowd as these things go, about a dozen people give or take or roughly half the seating capacity which, to put it in perspective, was comparable to the number Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras got at his reading two hours later, despite his being accompanied by a very cute dog.  The other stories I read, in order, were “Tombs” story “River Red” from THE TEARS OF ISIS (July 23, et al.) and, as a light interlude, my flash “Undying Love” from UNTIED SHOELACES OF THE MIND (January 6 2013).

Last night a really nice review of THE TEARS OF ISIS appeared on Amazon stating that, among other things, “It flows so well that you may not immediately see the overall picture that [has been] knit so well together.”  And although the “stories range in length and genre,” the darkness overall is also noted.  So be forewarned (or, I never said I wasn’t a horror writer), but if “dark” is your thing, although some stories may be darker than others, you might consider giving the collection a try.  Just click on its picture in the center column for more information including ordering.

It has not always been that everyone has loved THE TEARS OF ISIS (see, e.g.,  June 1).  Chacun à son goût, eh?  But if you should read it or have already and found it worth while, you might also think about writing your own review.  The info behind the book’s picture in the center column also includes, for those who scroll down almost to the bottom, an email address reviewers can use to ask for a free electronic edition.  And any honest review (though preferably good, to be sure 😉 ) would be much appreciated.

And lest one wonder what “Medusa in the rear view mirror” has to do with a nice review of THE TEARS OF ISIS, press here to see the review for yourself.  Image

Also Untreed Reads Publishing has announced that “all Untreed Reads titles will be on sale from Friday-Monday in The Untreed Reads Store at a discount of 40% off. No special coupon codes will be needed. The discount will be taken during the checkout process.”  They also note that by buying directly from them, “people get PDF, EPUB and Kindle formats for the same price as buying just one format from any other vendor.”  And while THE TEARS OF ISIS is published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and, hence, is not a part of this sale, you can take advantage of Untreed Reads’s offer by checking out any or all of PEDS, I’M DREAMING OF. . ., and VANITAS, all of which are displayed to the right in the center column.  And, while you’re there, you also might look at Untreed Reads’s 2012 New Year’s anthology YEAR’S END:  14 TALES OF HOLIDAY HORROR with its lead story, “Appointment in Time,” written by . . . me.

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