Posts Tagged ‘Lovecraftian Horror’

Also in the Smart Rhino sale, INSIDIOUS ASSASSINS, which has a story of mine in it, “The Labyrinth,” about myths and terror in modern-day Crete. In all, eight books will be included along with that and ZIPPERED FLESH 3 (with my “Golden Age” closing out the contents, see November 10, et al.), the others being the original ZIPPERED FLESH, THE BOX JUMPER, GREEN TSUNAMI, BROKEN: STORIES OF DAMAGED PSYCHES, and THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER AND HUCK FINN (both Adult and YA editions).  This will be for Kindle editions only, starting at $0.99 each at midnight, Friday, December 1 and ending at midnight December 8.  But the thing is, the way these countdown sales work, the prices will gradually increase until they reach the original list price, so it’s best to buy early — again, starting midnight, Friday, December 1.

(For an early look at these, as well as some non-sale titles, one can press here.)

Then also this Friday, December 1, DEADMAN’S TOME CTHULHU CHRISTMAS SPECIAL AND OTHER LOVECRAFTIAN YULETIDE TALES (cf. November 26, et al.) will be officially released, to celebrate which . . . well, let’s let Editor Jesse Dedman explain in his own words:  This Friday Marchese and I will host a live drunk reading where I’ll consume a mass amount of shots.  The amount of shots I consume is totally up to the number of pre-orders we receive!  Can my liver take it?  Will I wake up with regret?  Will I wake up in the front yard completely naked, again?  Let’s find out.  He goes on to say you can listen to the reading yourself Friday night at 10 p.m. CST by using this link, or catch the recorded version of the show afterwards on Spreaker, iTunes, YouTube, and other podcast apps.  But to reiterate, the degree of drunkenness he plans to attain is dependent on how many pre-orders CTHULHU CHRISTMAS SPECIAL receives, for which (if one wishes to egg him on, or just order the book early for yourself) press here.



Speaking of cats, the Goth Cat Triana is napping happily next to the keyboard, joyful that I have returned home to her.  More of what I did at NASFiC to come, but for now there are items to be caught up on.  And so this first popped up in today’s email from PHOBOS magazine (cf. February 24, et al.):  Good news!  The print edition of “Deep Black Sea” is now up for sale on Amazon!

Apologies for the delay, but I feel confident in saying this is our strongest issue yet, which of course is a result of the high quality stories by everyone present.  Thank you all for being a part of it.  Our next step will be putting out a Kindle version and making it available at select local bookstores. 

In the meantime, feel free to direct anyone interested to the Amazon site — and have them drop a review about how great your story is!  Reviews go a long way, even if it’s not five stars.

So . . . my story in this is a Lovecraftian romp, “The Dark Call of the Sea,” of a summer vacation at Innsmouth gone wrong.  For more, press here — and as quoted above, if you enjoy the issue, or just my story, please give the Amazon folk a review!

Then for a second item, my copy of CAT’S BREAKFAST: KURT VONNEGUT TRIBUTE (cf. June 15, et al.) arrived from Third Flatiron Publishing while I was gone, in a print edition at a (for Third Flatiron) whopping 270-some pages long.  My story in this is “Dead Girls, Dying Girls,” originally published in SO IT GOES:  A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2013, see April 24 2013, et al.), about girls both alive and dead . . . and bears.  More on it can be found here and, should you enjoy, it can be reviewed too.

Stranded on an off-world base, a tech specialist seeks to outwit a confused AI before it kills him.  In the depths of space, a mining ship finds a vein of ore that will make everyone aboard rich — if they figure out what happened to the crew of the ship that was here before them.  Waiting for the unwary reader of this book are stories of madmen playing with science beyond their control, and alien creatures with malign intent.  Welcome to Dark Horizons, where the future is lost.  Featuring fiction by Jay Caselberg, Eric Del Carlo, Aaron J. French, and Christopher Fulbright.  And also me, which the Amazon text doesn’t state specifically, but you can’t fit everyone in a blurb.  And Dark_Horizonssomewhat hilariously when you check out the”About the Authors” section in the book itself, is that the one that’s under my name (“. . . a mysterious recluse from the wild mountains of Pennsylvania . . .”) is not about me!  If anyone knows who it is about, I would be curious too.

But that’s not important.  What is are the stories, of which mine is the first in the book, “Dark of the Moon” (cf. September 18, 15, January 22, et al.), one of three that are reprints, originally published in CHILDREN OF CTHULHU (Del Rey, 2002) and later reprinted in FUTURE LOVECRAFT (Innsmouth Free Press, 2011; Prime Books, 2012).  “Dark of the Moon” is a tale of a lunar landing gone bad (they all go bad in a book like this, don’t they?), this one the first on the moon’s back side, the side we never see that always faces away from the Earth.  In addition are eighteen other stories, all of which look like potential winners.

So yesterday DARK HORIZONS arrived with “Dark of the Moon” in the computer cave mailbox, sent in the dark, end days of October (the 29th by postmark to be exact, and never mind Amazon’s November 15 publication listing).  For more, press here.

Seven days more until Halloween, starting the countdown today.  And to help all to celebrate Halloween week, Max Booth III of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing has pmmpsalechosen my 2014 Bram Stoker® fiction collection nominee THE TEARS OF ISIS, with nine other books, to put on sale for one week only for 99 cents each!  To let Max tell it in his own words:  Starting now and ending November 1st, we are offering ten of our horror titles for only 99c on the Amazon kindle store.  If you’re the kind of person who loves horror and cheap eBooks, then look no further.  Well, okay, look a little bit further — you still have to actually click the links.  So first click here, then scroll down to THE TEARS OF ISIS, fifth on the list — or, to get to TEARS directly, just press here.

In other news, it is nearly Election Day as well and aren’t we all beginning to think in political clichés?  But this one marks the first new fiction acceptance for all of October (not to mention on Halloween week to boot), making it a pleasant surprise indeed!  And oh, the odds!  The email came Monday from Bob Corry of PHOBOS:  After rejecting more than five hundred stories, I’m very happy to accept “Dark Call of the Sea” for our fourth issue.

Well, there were a few things in its favor, though the acceptance did take some time.  The theme for the issue is “Deep Black Sea,” for stories, flash, and poetry hauled from the brine of oceans both real and fantastic. . . .  Did I mention the story’s title is “The Dark Call of the Sea?”  And in fact it hisisnewad been narrowly rejected by PHOBOS for a previous issue, with an apt, but not quite that apt theme, and with a suggestion for a small change which I thought was okay and so adapted to a slightly rewritten ending.  The story itself is a Lovecraftian fable of music and art and a summer ill-spent on a seaside vacation at Innsmouth.

And, speaking of sea stories (as well as art), let me point out that the opening prose tale in THE TEARS OF ISIS — on sale through Halloween, remember? — is “In the Octopus’s Garden.”  For more information on THE TEARS OF ISIS you can click on the link above or, for perusing reviews from its Amazon site, press here.

We have a quick a double header to announce for today, that not just one but two Elder Signs Press anthologies are now available for pre-order from Amazon:  DARK HORIZONS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF DARK SCIENCE FICTION (see just below) and STREET MAGICK: TALEstreet-magick2-194x300S OF URBAN FANTASY (with DARK HORIZONS, see also January 22, et al.).  Needless to say I have stories in both, the near-future set “Dark of the Moon” in the former and a late 1950s tale of vampires and Cold War paranoia in Cambridge Massachusetts, “Bottles,” in the latter.  Both have histories, “Bottles” also appearing in my own collection, THE TEARS OF ISIS, and now both will be available for new readers as well.

More on both these anthologies can be found on Amazon, DARK HORIZONS by pressing here and STREET MAGIC here, while for THE TEARS OF ISIS one can click on its picture in the center column, or check it out on Amazon here.

Also, yesterday’s street mail brought my copy of EVERYWHERE TALES, VOLUME 2 (cf. July 25, et al.), from Press 53, with my “The Wellmaster’s Daughter,” originally published in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, an adventure of deserts and double crossings for more on which one can press here.

This is encouraging news!  Charles P. Zaglanis of Elder Signs Press announced today via Facebook:  “Barnes & Noble wants multiple copies of DARK HORIZONS in all its stores chain-wide.”  Elder Signs Press, we may remember, will also be publishing my upcoming novel-in-stories, TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, in spring-summer next year (cf. July 24, 15, et al.), though of course that doesn’t guarantee that B&dark-hor-5-199x300N will want it as well.  But it does give the feeling the door could be open.  And it happens the lead story in DARK HORIZONS is also one by me (cf. January 22, et al.).

Technology gone wrong.  Madmen playing with science beyond their control.  Alien creatures with malign intent. . . .  Thus saith DARK HORIZONS’ official blurb.  And as noted above, the fun begins with a tale by me, “Dark of the Moon,” of an international space expedition gone very, very wrong.  Originally published in THE CHILDREN OF CTHULHU (Del Rey, 2002), the story concerns the first manned exploration of the moon’s dark side — the side perpetually hidden from Earth — and what’s there to be found.  And perhaps more pointedly, how it was it got there in the first place.

DARK HORIZONS is scheduled for release this fall, with more to appear here as it becomes known.

It also brought sunshine and low-to-mid nineties heat — summer had come at last! — with the only rain Sunday, literally, just a few drops.  And that came just after my reading had ended.

Could that have been a message?

Well, probably not, but mine was the only presentation listed as a reading of horror.  This was on the Spoken Word Stage presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington (cf. July 26, May 31, et al.) with partial support by the Bloomington Arts Commission, as part of Saturday and Sunday’s annual local 4th Street Arts Festival.  This is something the Writers Guild has participated in for the past five years, including an information table, a “Poetry on Demand” station (with donation jar) where member-poets create poems for the public with final drafts done on manual typewriters (and, no, given the subject matter of so much of my work, this is one I don’t participate in), and the aforementioned Spoken Word Stage with work read by local and semi-local poets and prose writers in half-hour sessions.

The sessions I got to I thought were fun, with poets perhaps outnumbering the essayists and fiction writers more this year than in years before, but in general giving a good idea of the range of writers and work produced locally.  Mine was the one session actually labeled by genre, as “horror fiction,” which might have kept the hypothetical crowds at bay, though it was more likely that I had the next-to-last Sunday, 4 p.m. slot (that is, when people were starting to call it a day, stopping by perhaps to rest their feet, we being one of the few venues there with a sunshade and chairs, rising again on realization of what they were hearing and scurrying all the faster to their cars — would that we writers actually had that kind of power!) and, in any event, some people did show up and stayed for the stories.

And so, I opened with “The Calm” (cf. below, October 5 2014, et al.) from my early collection, STRANGE MISTRESSES:  TALES OF WONDER AND ROMANCE, a Lovecraftian tale set in northern New York at the time of the French and Indian War, originally published in NEW MYTHOS LEGENDS (Marietta Publishing, 1999).  This ran perhaps a little longer than I had rehearsed, though it might also be that we started a couple of minutes late, but not to worry.  For my closing story I had pre-selected two, both from THE TEARS OF ISIS, anticipating perhaps a time problem (things running a couple of minutes late at events like this is not exactly unprecedented) and so chose the shorter, “Bones, Bones, the Musical Fruit” (cf. March 29, January 26 2014, et al.),  originally published in BONE BALLET (Iguana Publications, 2005) and concerning the problems endured by artists who craft musical instruments from human bones.

It all seemed to go over well enough.

Sneaking through the night as it were, and into the mailbox, or actually through the day in the letter carrier’s cart except that the former sounds so much more appropriate, my copy of TECHNO-GOTH CTHULHU (cf. April 28, et al.) has arrived.  And what a book it is, complete with illustrations for many of the stories, including my own, “Ghost Ship,” in the number twImageo position in the contents!  In all, TECHNO-GOTH CTHULHU consists of eleven short stories and a concluding novelette with such enticing titles as “The Dark Net,” “False Awakenings,” “The Avenue of Blades,” “Meditation on a Dead World,” “Whispers of the Ruling Class,” the list goes on.  I’m behind on my reading myself, what with going over proofs, contracts, submissions, etc., in what’s been a very busy end of April and start of this month, but I’m looking forward to having a chance to get into this one.

For ordering information (Createspace, Amazon, and Amazon UK), see the April 28 post noted above which also includes links.  Edited by Mark Crittenden, TECHNO-GOTH CTHULHU is published by Red Skies Press.   And actually, despite sneakings through nights,  the book has arrived in the midst of a beautiful, sun-filled day!

A very short note: Paul Anderson of Post Mortem Press has announced that TImageORN REALITIES and two other titles are available for a limited time in a deluxe hardcover edition format.  My dog in this manger, TORN REALITIES reprints my story “The Calm” — as well, one might add, as Clive Barker’s novella “Rawhead Rex.”  Orders must be placed by May 31 and, if at least ten copies of a given title have not been ordered, a full refund will be made.  Copies are numbered and will come with dust jackets and are available with free shipping in the US and Canada.

If interested, more information can be found here.

Ah, the administrative part of writing.  Today I signed the contract for “The Calm” from Post Mortem Press, to appear in the Lovecraft-inspired anthology TORN REALITIES (see Jan. 26, 21), with a note to try to get things back to the publisher as soon as possible.  Thus the contract will be in the mail the first thing in the morning.  If all goes well, publisher Eric Beebe hopes to have the book out in time for World Horror Convention, in Salt Lake City March 29 through April 1.  In addition there’s been a change in the cover picture with the new one something truly spectacular — although, alas, on a file too big for the cave computer to reproduce here (a funny story, the internet portion of the old cave computer complex just got replaced within the last week, but the new unit is still uncomfortable with illustration files over about 1 megabyte), but hopefully readers who get to WHC will have a chance to see it there!  And, if you buy TORN REALITIES and like my story and want to read some others like it, look for me at WHC as well with copies of  my not-necessarily-Lovecraftian STRANGE MISTRESSES where “The Calm” appeared some years before, along with DARKER LOVES and VAMPS and maybe a few other things as well.

Then less than two hours later a final proof copy of DREAMS OF DUALITY (see Mar. 8, et al., with its new cover illo already announced — the old “cat” picture, incidentally, has been moved inside where, at least on the proof, it now illustrates Marge Simon’s story “A Matter of Conscience”) arrived with another request to check it at top speed.  My story is “Jessie” and, if editor Mark Crittenden has his way, it may be out in time to read at World Horror Convention too.

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