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Good, bad, pique your interest?  Alternatively do you roll your eyes and hope the movie itself will be better?  Welcome back to author Dennis Cooper’s blog (see post just below) and another long list o’ goodies, this time the title sequences of more dark movies than I can count, with (usually) explanations of how and why they work.  Plus, of course, links to the sequences themselves.

So, how many have you seen?  For reminiscence, comparing notes, or maybe finding what you’ve been missing, please to sample “The Title Sequences of 56 Mostly Horror Movies” by Dennis Cooper on DENNISCOPPERBLOG.COM, courtesy once more of Robert Dunbar via Facebook and LITERARY DARKNESS, by pressing here!

Then in today’s email I also received a list of questions from Martin Ingham regarding Martinus Publishing’s upcoming FORBIDDEN! anthology (see June 10).  Attached are the interview questions that you can answer at your convenience.  I’ll start running the interviews on my blog in a few weeks, and space them out as we get closer to the release date for the anthology.  So, as noted before, things are chugging along pretty quickly, with more to come (including the actual interview date when it becomes known) on these pages!

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Things are moving fast for Martinus Publishing’s FORBIDDEN! anthology (see post just below), with a Sunday afternoon email from Editor Martin T. Ingham:  I am pleased to finally announce that the anthology is nearly complete!  The final stories have been compiled, and the proofing has begun!  With any luck, we’ll have this book ready to release by the end of summer.  So this evening I worked out some of the details then requested, making sure my biography (for publication along with the stories) was up to date, offering suggested mini-taglines (for possible back cover use) to describe the stories themselves, double checking to be sure I’d sent in a photo.  And one more detail, agreeing to do an author interview, more on which will appear here when it’s ready.

A funny story:  On July 22 last year I sent a tale of loss of faith titled “The Wind” to Martinus Publishing, a reprint submission to an upcoming anthology, FORBIDDEN!  TALES OF REPRESSION, RESTRICTION, AND REBELLION.  Sounds intriguing, yes?  So much so, in fact, that exactly five months later, on December 22, having quite forgotten the first — and with a December 31 deadline fast coming — I sent another, originally published in Spring 1990 in PANDORA (and also reprinted two years later in MinRef Press’s ABORTION STORIES:  FICTION ON FIRE), “Fetuscam.”  And then about three weeks after that, an acceptance came for the original submission (“The Wind,” remember?  cf. January 13).  Oops!

Well, not to worry, the guidelines in fact allowed multiple submissions as long as sent separately.  And so it goes.  But then, today, from Editor/Publisher Martin T. Ingham:  Thank you for sending Fetuscam to the FORBIDDEN anthology.  It is a good story, and I thank you for offering it as a reprint in this collection.  I believe it will be a good fit.  I’ve attached the publishing agreement that you can send back when you have the chance.

Some may recall I am not a stranger to Martinus Publishing, having appeared in prior anthologies LIFE OF THE DEAD and ALTERED AMERICA, with stories titled “Girls Gone Dead” and “Avoid Seeing a Mouse,” respectively (see July 31 2016, January 20 2015, et al.), all reprints too.  Martinus is a nice outfit to work with — and not only that but ALTERED AMERICA is still earning royalties (tiny by now, but the first, especially, was quite handsome for an anthology with other authors to divide the goods among).  So now it looks like, with their latest, I’ll have not one but two dips into the pot if sales go well, even if somewhat by mistake.

But, harkening to the guidelines again, it isn’t forbidden.

And talking about a good start to the month, another acceptance came in today, also for a reprint originally published in the Spring 2006 DARK WISDOM.   Thank you for sending “The Wind” to the FORBIDDEN anthology.  As usual, you submitted a well written and captivating story.  I really enjoyed this supernatural take on the theme, and I have kept it under consideration for a long time.  Now, after such waiting, I am pleased to accept it to the collection.  I have attached the publishing agreement which you can send back when you have the chance.

FORBIDDEN, to cite the guidelines, is to be an anthology of repression, restriction, and rebellion.  Quoting Editor Martin T. Ingham, [t]hroughout recorded history, there have been rules and regulations, customs and traditions.  Some have been libertine while others oppressive; the morally strict and the sinfully decadent.  There have always been those who impose the law, and those who reject it.  Wherever there is civilization, there are things that are Forbidden!  In the case of “The Wind,” a once religious man has lost his daughter in a freak accident and, instead of accepting it as he should, he questions not law or society about it, but God.

Long-time readers may note this is not the first mention here of Martinus Publishing/Martinus Press, publishers also of the zombie anthology LIFE OF THE DEAD (with my “Girls Gone Dead”) and ALTERED AMERICA (“Avoid Seeing a Mouse”), and while paying in royalties has — especially with ALTERED AMERICA — done so fairly handsomely (cf. July 31 2016, January 20 2015, et al.).  Publication for FORBIDDEN is tentatively set for spring, most likely in May.

Just a few quick items for the end of July, the first being a royalty payment from Martinus Publishing.  As mammoths go, it’s a bit on the petite size which isn’t exactly world-shattering news, but the thing is part of it’s for the anthology ALTERED AMERICA (see January 20 2015, March 28 2014, et al.) with my Y2K story “Avoid Seeing a Mouse” which, although it’s clearly ending its run, has paid quite handsomely over the past three years, in fact probably nearing professional rates had it been paid for by word count.  And the story is a reprint to boot, originally published in ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES (Dark Moon Books, 2012).

The other anthology in the mix, though, LIFE OF THE DEAD with my “Girls Gone Dead,” has (to pardon the expression) pretty much died.

But speaking of zombies, for those who might be in Indianapolis in August, be sure to check out the Indiana State Fair or, more precisely, the Purdue Extension Agriculture/Horticulture Building.  To quote the news release, one will find therein “a walk-through maze and interactive video game designed to simulate a zombie apocalypse.  The maze ends at an underground shelter stocked with all the supplies necessary for survivalCorpseFlower in an emergency.”  Why?  According to the Extension’s Steve Cain, “the goal is to help visitors learn about disaster preparedness.”

And then, lest local Bloomington folks feel left out, about 9 p.m. Friday the Indiana University biology department’s nine-year old Amorphophallus titanum, or “corpse flower,” bloomed for the first time.  Named Wally after a former department greenhouse administrator, the corpse flower is so called because of the rotting-meat stench it emits to attract insects for pollination and its bloom is short-lived, averaging only 24 to 36 hours.   It is also a native of western Sumatra and one of the world’s largest species of flowers.

I occasionally run across arguments, often by people who’re looking into self publishing, about why that’s a better choice than going through a regular editor/publisher arrangement under an imprint other than your own (or Amazon’s or some for-pay press).  So this seemed worth checking out, a report of an admittedly unscientific poll of some thousands of writers about which they thought was really best based on their own experience.  But let blogger Barbara Rogan explain:

“An interesting study about publishing and writers recently came out, and one thing is clear: writers are not a happy lot.

“The study, called the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Study, is based on responses from 9,210 aspiring, published and self-published writers to a survey conducted in the fall of 2013. The lead researcher was Dana Beth Weinberg, professor of sociology at Queens College in NYC. You can download the report in full from Digital World for a mere $295; if that seems a bit steep, you can get the gist of the results from Digital Book World’s post and this one by Dr. Weinberger herself.”

Kudos first to The Horror Sociey for publicizing Rogan’s report, to be found on BARBARA ROGAN — IN COLD INK.  And then, to read it for yourself, press here.

Then in other news, Martinus Publishing’s alternate history anthology ALTERED AMERICA (cf. March 19, 14, et al.) has been published, a copy arriving in my mailbox yeaterday afternoon.  My bull in this china shop is called “Avoid Seeing a Mouse,” a tale of Y2K fears, Ancient Egypt, and why some days are decidedly worse than others, originally published in ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES (Dark Moon Books, 2012).

“If I could go back in time, what historical event would I like to change (hint:  don’t pick killing Hitler, everyone wants to do that)?”  I’m not quoting these exactly, but that’s the idea.  “What event would I want not changed?”  And so it goes, a new interview of me with Martin Ingham for ALTERED AMERICA (cf. March 14, et al.) is now available, along with a link for more details on the alternate history anthology itself.  My entry in this, “Avoid Seeing a Mouse,” has ancient Egypt saying hello to the USA at the last millennium’s end and, needless to say, is covered in the interview too.  But to discover what’s wrong with seeing mice, you’ll have to read the story yourself.

Also, of course, there’s a mention of THE TEARS OF ISIS, but commerce is commerce, and maybe there’s a little more about me there as well.  And also comments on music and movies and television and new publications to look forward to — to read the interview for oneself one need only press here.




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