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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.

Speaking of vampires, today’s the day my short-short, “Flightless Rats” (see November 30, 26), has gone up on T. GENE DAVIS’S SPECULATIVE BLOG.  “Flightless Rats” tells of a brief encounter with the vampiress Aimée (who wCirqueduNuitBall-2013e may recall from “Casket Girls,” cf. April 17, et al.) about a century after her original 1728 arrival in New Orleans, who, finding herself temporarily between husbands, has decided to experiment with dating.

T. GENE DAVIS’S SPECULATIVE BLOG, to quote from its blurb, “releases a family-friendly speculative story every Monday, mostly by guest authors.”  Rather like DAILY SCIENCE FICTION, publisher of the original “Casket Girls,” it can be subscribed to for free and offers generally high quality fiction, also usually rather short.  It can be reached by pressing here to read “Flightless Rats,” as well as for information on signing up for those who wish to.

And yes, Aimée does walk home alone, at least on this night.

Happy New Year to all!  Mine has started off well, albeit with a bit of queasiness when I first woke up this morning.  Not a hangover, mind you, but a reminder that eggnog counts for even the mildly lactose intolerant.  Still, it seemed a good idea at the time. . . .

Parties are parties even though I hosted this one, with the real payment to come as I “re-mess” the house, putting all my stuff back where it belongs, cluttered about me for convenient use, after having boxed it and hidden it away to make room for last night’s guests.

Arnold Böcklin, circa 1878

Arnold Böcklin, circa 1878

But first today I wrote a story, the first of the new year.  It is only a short one, just 900 words, based on Greek mythology (as it translates to more modern times) called “Medusa Steps Out.”  But if nothing else, it gives me something for my writers group meeting later this month.

Also concerning stories not much over 1000 words, my last official writing act of the year just past was two days ago, December 30, with the receipt, agreement, and sending back the contract for “Dead Lines” (see December 23) to DAILY SCIENCE FICTION, along with a bio-note and brief description of how the story came about.  You too will be able to read this when “Dead Lines” is published, but that probably won’t come for several months so, for now, let me just say a lot of it goes back to Edgar Allan Poe.

Yes, they have arrived, “Casket Girls” (cf. April 3) as they’ve been called in English, first in New Orleans in 1728 and now, if you subscribe to DAILY SCIENCE FICTION, in your own e-mailbox! What did they come for and at whose behest? What did they really bring with them from France? Find out all this and more and, should you not be a subscriber yourself, you can subscribe for free at their website, reachable by pressing here!

One might argue, in fact, that DAILY SCIENCE FICTION is worth a look even without my story — my third for them actually, two having appeared in 2011 and still available in the DSF archives. The first, Ursuline_Convent_New_Orleans_1733“Killer Pot,” was in August that year and the second, the vampiric Christmas tale “Naughty or Nice,” in December (cf. August 16, 9 and December 28, 21, et al.). But more than that, as a subscriber you’ll receive another free story every day except on weekends.

And even if you don’t subscribe, “Casket Girls” will go into the archives itself next Thursday, April 17, a week from today, where it can be read by anyone on the internet. So I’m calling it a lagniappe as well, as a free gift for reading this blog, even though it’s technically courtesy of DSF Editors Michele Barasso and Jonathan Laden.

A bit of proofreading to do in the next few days came from DAILY SCIENCE FICTION along with the announcement that my story, “Casket Girls” (cf. November 24 and 19 2013), is scheduled to go out to subscribers next Thursday, April 10.  And who might these girls be?  St._Louis _Cathedral_1790sWell there’s this sort of urban legend about New Orleans. . . .  But one needn’t go into details here since one can read it for oneself in a week.

DAILY SCIENCE FICTION is sort of a neat thing itself, a free ezine that sends its subscribers a new science fiction, fantasy, or horror story every weekday morning.  These are generally pretty short — about the right length for enjoying with one’s second cup of coffee — and, if I may repeat, absolutely free courtesy of Editors Jonathan and Michele.  They pay a professional rate to writers too, and the quality of stories they present is generally high.

“Casket Girls,” of the coquettish Aimée, exiled from her home, and what really happened, will be my third for DAILY SCIENCE FICTION, with two previous tales published in 2011 titled “Naughty or Nice” and “Killer Pot” (see May 5 2012, December 28 and 21, August 16 2011, et al.).  More information can be found here, including directions for subscribing to DSF and archives for those who might wish to read my previous stories there.

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