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If a New Orleanian vampiress didn’t have enough problems of her own, Aimée — and her fellow filles à les caissettes (cf. May 2, et al.) — had best take extra care in the bathroom as well.  Or so says Kate Baggaley on POPSCI.COM in “Invasive Treefrogs Have Snuck into Louisiana and They Are Not Good Neighbors.”

To quote Ms. Baggaley:  Cuban treefrogs, which can grow as big as the palm of your hand, compete with native treefrogs for shelter and create a number of nuisances for people.  “They get into the plumbing sometimes and people will find them in their toilets, which is always a surprise,” says [Brad] Glorioso, an ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Once thought to be confined in the US to Florida, the Cubano natives may have arrived in a shipment to New Orleans’s Audebon Zoo of several palm trees from Lake Placid in 2016.  Relocated in the elephant exhibit, these refugee frogs have spread into an area between the zoo and the Mississippi where, as the article further explains, [t]hey can clog your plumbing and have caused costly power outages in Florida by short circuiting utility switches.  Cuban treefrogs have also been known to take over birdhouses and lay eggs in pools that haven’t been cleaned.  And if they’ve been hanging out around your door, Cuban treefrogs will sometimes drop onto you as you try to get inside.  “I have no idea why they do that,” Glorioso says.  It could be that the frogs are seeking out warmer or more humid conditions, he speculates.  On top of all this, Cuban treefrogs secrete a noxious slime that causes a painful burning sensation if you get it in your eyes, mouth, or any open cuts.

And the thing is, they’re good at taking over from native species, and they are spreading.  So watch when you flush and, to read more, press here.


So call it two days late, THE SIRENS CALL #38, dated April 2018, is an enormous issue, some 186 pages in all with work crammed in it by forty-eight authors and poets.  With my part in this potpourri, “Casket Girls” (cf. April 3, et al.), not even listed until the top of the second contents page, there noted to start on page 137.  And not only that, you can read it for free!

“Casket Girls” is the origin story, as it were, of the coming of the vampiress Aimée — and “conversion” of les filles à les caissettes aboard the ship with her — to the New World from France, and is based on a New Orleanian urban legend.  Originally published in DAILY SCIENCE FICTION on April 10 2014, this latest spotting just goes to show that you can’t keep a bad girl down, especially should she have a desire to wander.

So even if you’ve met Aimée before, if you’d like to say “bonjour” again (and remember to scroll way, way down to page 137), press here.

Ahhh, the first story acceptance for spring, via Sirens Call Publications Editor Lee A. Forman, along with co-editors Julianne Snow and Nina D’Arcangela:  We’re delighted to let you know that we are accepting your submission of Casket Girls (with one time publication rights) for this issue.
We’re sending you suggested edits in the document attached to this email.  Please review the document and return it within one week with your acceptance or decline for each suggestion. 
Short and sweet.  “Casket Girls” is the original tale of Aimée and the coming of vampires to New Orleans, originally published in DAILY SCIENCE FICTION on April 10 2014, as well as in several other places (see February 6, January 23 2018; October 30 2017, et al.).  She does get around.  And with a magazine title like THE SIRENS CALL, how could she refuse the lure of yet another outing.  This will be the April 2018 issue of SIRENS CALL eZine, so look for it soon (the email, in fact, asked for any changes to be sent back in a week; the only ones here though seemed to be regarding house style, so back it went with my “OK” the same afternoon).
More on THE SIRENS CALL, and Aimée, here as it becomes known.
It’s not any pay other than a good word with POETS & WRITERS, but there is an amount of prestige.  ARIEL CHART is dedicated to brevity.  Shorter works don’t get as much attention in the publishing world.  We are also committed to the literary work.  Genre ok.  But no fan fiction, please.  This is an Art journal. . . .  Nevertheless, the New Orleanians Aimée and les filles à les caissettes were game, urban legend-based though they may be (see March 6 2016, April 28 2015, et al.), and so late on Monday the word came back:  Thank you for submitting to ARIEL CHART.  We enjoyed reading your story, “Casket Girls,” and would like to reprint the piece in the upcoming February issue.  It is a well-written piece of prose that keeps the reader engaged throughout.  And of course, who doesn’t like a good vampire story?  Who doesn’t, indeed!
“Casket Girls” was first published in DAILY SCIENCE FICTION on April 10 2014 and has since spawned a few other stories as well, about Aimée herself and several others of les filles.  So it may be fitting that she, starring in her original tale, should provide the third story acceptance for a hopefully successful new year.

Let us recall last July and a special dispatch from NASFiC at a happier time in San Juan Puerto Rico, and the news that Casket Girls tale “Flightless Rats,” originally sent as an anthology submission, had just received an acceptance instead for FANTASIA DIVINITY #14 to be out in September (see July 7).  Then came September’s announcement that, lo, it had appeared, in fourth position out of five on the FANTASIA DIVINITY website (see September 5, et al.).  And now, albeit a few days late, please to be informed that vampiress Aimée’s adventure concerning a date gone bad in 19th Century New Orleans is now available in a print edition as well (with, it is promised, much nicer formatting) which can be found by pressing here.

Originally published in T. GENE DAVIS’S SPECULATIVE BLOG on Jan 12 2015 as well as, in print, in MOCHA’S DARK BREW (Mocha Memoirs Press, Jul 2016) it can still be read, too, on the FANTASIA website for free by pressing here.  But (fourth out of five, remember?) only after a lot of scrolling down.

Told you so (cf. May 7; also April 28, 21 2015, et al.), and now it’s up.  A tale of les filles à les caissettes of New Orleans, in particular of the one named “Lo,” being interviewed by a reporter from the Times-Picayune.  But let’s let Short Mystery Fiction moderator Kevin R. Tipple make the formal announcement.

Today, James Dorr shares his “paranormal detective story” archived at DAILY SCIENCE FICTION titled “Dead Lines.”  James adds that the tale is also “. . . intended as a tip of the hat to Edgar Allan Poe as a father of the detective genre.”  While at the site, James has another story, “Casket Girls” in the archives for your reading pleasure.

So what’s the occasion?  May happens to be International Short Story Month and in celebration, the SMFS has been posting a story a day from society members throughout the month.  To see for yourself, one need but press here.  This takes you to the Society’s blog from which there’s not only the story du jour, but scrolling down (e.g, .mine will be one story below if you happen on this tomorrow, Friday May 12) you can read the stories of previous days all the way to May 1.  So how’s that for a deal?

And one thing more, as Kevin points out, an additional link to “Casket Girls” invites you to go to the background tale of les filles’ arrival at the Big Easy in 1728, and the one named Aimée.  And as a further bonus, when on the DAILY SF site if you type my last name in the search box on the right, you can find three additional  stories by me, though not in the New Orleanian series.

Now it has been revealed!  My story, “Flightless Rats,” has made the list of finalists for the Mocha Memoirs Press Women in Horror Month Flash Fiction contest.  Or, in the official wording:  The following stories have been chosen as the TOP TEN Flash Stories of 2016!  These stories (pending various technical stuffs) will be compiled into a micro-anthology for use by the press.  However, now we need YOUR VOTES to determine the winner of the GRAND PRIZE — $20 Amazon GC!  So use the form below to find your favorite (CLICK THE TAB FOR WiH Flash Fiction Contest 2016) and VOTE!!!!   “Flightless Rats” was originally published in T. GENE DAVIS’S SPECULATIVE BLOG for January 12 2015, and is one of several flash pieces I’ve been working on concerning the origin and further adventures of the “Casket Girls” of  New Orleanian urban legend (cf. February 18, et al.).

Following is the list of finalists which can be reached for voting by pressing here.  Also for those who want a reminder read-through of some or all tales, texts of the original twenty-plus entries can still be found by pressing here.

The Top Ten Flash Fiction Finalists!

Diabolique by Tracy Vincent
Flightless Rats by James Dorr
Pickman’s Model by Jason Ellis
Hell on Earth by Carrie Martin
The Damned by Melissa McArthur
Servant Girl Anihilator by Robert Perret
Staying by Myriah Strozykowsky
Hag by Marcia Wilson
What the Dollhouse Saw by Karen Bovenmeyer
Thin Ice by Marcia Colette

February is Women in Horror Month, and we here at Mocha Memoirs Press love our ladies of horror!  In celebration of “Ghoul Power,” MMP is hosting a February Flash Fiction contest!  Flash fiction is quickly becoming popular on the eBook scene.  They’re super short pieces (usually less than 1000 words) that you can read on your phone, tablet, or eReader while you’re waiting your turn at the salon, stuck in traffic, or right before bed.  So here’s how it works:

The call went on to say stories had to be horror with a female point-of-view character, no more than 1000 words long, and in by a deadline of February 15.  Stories would then be posted on the Mocha Memoirs Press blog on the 17th, whereupon a panel of judges would choose the ten best, with voting for readers to choose from these to start next Tuesday, February 23.  There would be a prize for the MochaMemoirs_horrorthequebest, although not a big one, but nothing was said about sending in reprints (despite the fact that someone had asked in a “comments” section) so why not? I thought.  Authors “of all genders” could submit and the top ten tales would also be “featured in a promotional mini-anthology used to promote Mocha Memoirs Press.”

So I’ve been published by them before (cf. January 18 2016, October 28 2013, et al.; also November 18, 7, 4 2015) and, anyway, that which promotes them also helps promote me, so why not indeed?  Off I sent a more or less 950-word story, “Flightless Rats,” originally published January 12 2015 in T. GENE DAVIS’S SPECULATIVE BLOG (see August 24, January 12 2015, et al.), concerning the vampiress Aimée of the “casket girls” and a date gone bad on a 19th century, gas-lit New Orleans summer night.

But worry not, she could cope.

Anyway the word came Wednesday that the initial stories are up for preview viewing, for which one may press here.  “We had over twenty submissions and each one is more bone-chilling than the last!”  And mine is there, one of the later ones, possibly handicapped as it is labeled “Reprint” at the top (most of the others not being so noted, a quick glance tells me, meaning either they’re all originals or some of the authors may be more candid than others).

So call it a lagniappe, a pretty good freebie which Mocha Memoirs would like you to peruse, adding that you should take note of your favorites as “the top 10 stories (chosen by our own ladies of Horror) will be up for voting next week.”

Our perky French vampiress, lately of New Orleans, is at it again.  Yes, Aimée, the original fille à la caissette (see April 17, 10 2014; also August 24 2015 et al.), is embroiled in a contemporary mixup of suitcases at Louis Armstrong Airport in a tale called, simply, “La Valise.”  But what might she have lost in her overnight bag and, photo-originalperhaps more important, what would she find in the one she picked up instead by mistake?

These and other questions (e.g., what does one do for a late supper in the French Quarter?) can now be addressed.  The word came late — a mixup apparently at his end — from Editor/Publisher Lester Smith:  “Reviewing my email, I find that although I’ve saved ‘La Valise’ to my ‘accepted’ folder, I may not have responded to you.  . . .  Thanks for the story — accepted.”  The publisher is Popcorn Press and the anthology will be ZEN OF THE DEAD, hopefully, from the guidelines, to be out in ebook form Saturday, Halloween, with the print version to be published shortly thereafter.

Also, as a lagniappe, for two more stories starring Aimée check the dates in the citation above — or, more directly, “Flightless Rats” can be found here while the original “Casket Girls” is available here.

I don’t think DAILY SCIENCE FICTION even has the one week wait any more to add stories into their archives, but whether they do or not, here is the New Orleans mystery-horror story “Dead Lines” (see April 21, et al.) permanent address.  Does the lady Lo know anything more than she Deborah-Ann-Woll-trueblood-vampireprofesses, or is it just that she’s a bit scatterbrained at times?  And is the first thing she says in the story really purloined from Edgar Allan Poe?

Well, for the second, you might need to check out the “author story comments” by plunking the link at the end of the story, but it’s all there now — as well as another button at the end of the comments paragraph that can take you to “Casket Girls” (cf. April 17 2014, et al.), last spring’s tale of Aimée and her voyage from France that started it all.

And then, just for fun, our New Orleanians not being the world’s only bloodsucking women, for those of us who are partial to lists please to peruse, courtesy of HORRORNEWS.NET, the “Top 15 Hottest Sexiest Female Vampires” by pressing here.

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