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It’s Halloween, so let’s celebrate by reading some spooky stories available online for free.  You have no excuse not to take a look at every single one of these.  And hey, maybe buy a couple of the books linked below each entry.  You can’t go wrong with any of them.

Thus begins “The 20 Best Horror Stories Available Online for Free” via LITREACTOR.COM (as is also the illustration), by Max Booth III, and note please his mention that every entry also links to a book you can buy.  Max may be better known for Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, his company, and bringer among other things of (*ahem*) my collection THE TEARS OF ISIS.  For the latter, one can click on its picture in the center column, but back to the point, Max has listed a number of stories, some of which I’ve read, some of which not (but am likely to soon for my own Halloween pleasure), and all of which you might find worthwhile as well.

For more, press here.

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Perpetual Motion Machine Publications has announced a Friday the Thirteenth sale, to be in effect the entire Friday the Thirteenth Holiday Weekend.  To quote their email:  We’re also celebrating this special day by marking all of our books in our webstore off by 13%.  Simply visit our webstore and enter code PMMP13 upon checkout.  We have . . . a lot of books available.  Please consider picking up one or two or twelve.  The discount code expires on Sunday.

That’s thirteen percent off today through Sunday by using the code PMMP13 when checking out, but more to the point one of the books you can get discounted is my Stoker Award(R) nominated collection THE TEARS OF ISIS.  To go to the PMMP site press here.  And, after you’ve added TEARS to your shopping “cart,” to order two or a dozen other titles click “SHOP” at the top which will bring you to a page for browsing through additional selections.

So came the announcement from Editor/Publisher Juliana Rew:  It’s hard to believe that summer’s almost here. And so is the new anthology, CAT’S BREAKFAST:  TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT.  A double issue, it contains 30  all-original  science fiction and fantasy short stories inspired by the wit and wisdom of  the late Mr. Vonnegut, releasing on June 15.

An international group of new and established contributors to “Cat’s Breakfast” makes this a remarkable and varied collection that is sure to please fans of science fiction/fantasy, humor, and horror.  The ebook’s available for pre-order on Amazon, and print books will follow shortly.

And so here it is, the lineup including my “Dead Girls, Dying Girls” (see April 27), a tale of a modern young lady . . . and bears . . .  originally published in Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s own tribute anthology, SO IT GOES, in 2013.  While as for that ebook pre-order and other info, one need but press here.

Contents

Spooky Action by David A. Kilman
They Grow Up So Fast by Konstantine Paradias
The Jim-Aaargh School of Philosophy by Rati Mehrotra
Command Decision by James Beamon
Hear by Tim Jeffreys
Honour Killing by Iain Hamilton McKinven
Talk to the Animals by Jill Hand
The Pigeon Drop by Gregg Chamberlain
Formica Joe by Anne E. Johnson
One Is One by Vaughan Stanger
Emerging Grammars by Christopher Mark Rose
Picnic, with Xels by Keyan Bowes
Scenes from a Post-Scarcity, Post-Death Society by Peter Hagelslag
The Static Fall to a Standing Walk by Jason Lairamore
Beyond the Borders of Boredom by Ville Nummenpää
Snakes and Ladders by Rekha Valliappan
Drop Dead Date by August Marion
Monkeyline by Jonathan Shipley
Quality Testing by S. E. Foley
Dead Girls, Dying Girls by James Dorr
The Bringers by John J. Kennedy
The Confrontation Station by Ryan Dull
The Edge of Toska by Veronica Moyer
Violadors on the Run by Corrie Parrish
37 by Dan Koboldt
The Losers’ Crusade by Neil James Hudson

Grins and Gurgles (Flash Humor):

Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O’ahu Frenzy) by Benjamin C. Kinney
Strange Stars by Laurence Raphael Brothers
iPhone 17,000 by E. E. King
The Service Call by Edward Ahern

Then in other info, it’s one of those signs of spring becoming summer, and one of those little things sometimes buried under other activity, but the 2017 RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY(cf. April 19, 2, March 29, et al.) made a safe landing here in last Saturday’s mail.  This is the collection of award nominees in the Science Fiction and Poetry Association’s annual Rhysling Competition, in which my prize fight poem “Godzilla vs. King Kong” appears in the Short Poem division (cf. March 29, February 22).

More information on the Rhysling Awards and the SFPA may be found here.

The writing life, the writing life.  Last night the proof copy came for “Golden Age,” the closing story for Smart Rhino’s upcoming anthology ZIPPERED FLESH 3:  YET MORE TALES OF BODY ENHANCEMENTS GONE BAD (see April 19, et al.).  The changes suggested were unobtrusive, so back it has been sent today with my okay, plus one small correction.  “Golden Age” itself is a reprint, originally appearing in the science fiction magazine MINDSPARKS for  Spring 1994, and probably will be a bit more “gentle” than much of the content of the finished anthology.  Maybe a lot more gentle, in fact, but also in Editor Weldon Burge’s opinion with a sense of finality that may make it perfect to be the closer.

In other news, we may remember Third Flatiron Publishing which we last met in conjunction with my short short “Chocolat” in their IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION anthology (cf. March 23, February 21).  They do these themed anthologies quarterly and, concerning their latest, the word came earlier this week from Editor/Publisher Juliana Rew:  We’d be pleased to accept the story, “Dead Girls, Dying Girls,” for inclusion in Third Flatiron Publishing’s Summer 2017 anthology, with the theme, “Cat’s Breakfast.”  This is to be a Kurt Vonnegut inspired collection, inspired itself somewhat by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s 2013 SO IT GOES:  A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT.  And so a couple of us writers who both had stories in that one (aha!  so see January 3 2013, below) and have been at least occasionally part of Third Flatiron’s stable were invited to send our work in for possible reprint consideration.  The email added that it would receive a reprint rate, which had been understood, and that a contract should be along soon.  Thus “Dead Girls, Dying Girls,” the tale of an up-and-coming modern American young lady — and dancing bears — has earned a new home, more of which to be revealed here as it becomes known.

So it goes.

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.

Came the announcement late Friday evening from Publisher Max Booth III:

Starting now and lasting throughout the weekend, all Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing titles are 20% off.  Purchase now and get them in time for Christmas.

Featuring books by T Fox Dunham, David James Keaton, John Foster, Kurt Risis-ecover-194x300eichenbaugh, Vincenzo Bilof, Jessica McHugh, Craig Wallwork, James Dorr, Sue Lange, Jay Wilburn, Rafael Alvarez, Matthew Dexter, Eli Wilde, and Polly DeVine.

My Rudolph in the reindeer pack is, of course, THE TEARS OF ISIS, 2014 Stoker® Fiction Collection Nominee, starring along with the Egyptian Goddess such luminaries as La Méduse, Maria Sanchez, the vampiress Ms. Celaeno, the Bone-Carver, Cinderella’s Godmom, the Ice Maiden, Waxworms, the Christmas Rat, more. . . .  But see for yourself by clicking its picture in the center column!

Then from there, if one wishes, one can find other books in the PMMP store (look for stories by me as well in SO IT GOES and BLEED!).  But please do consider THE TEARS OF ISIS — “The Christmas Rat” will be forever grateful.

And for all selections, this weekend only, be sure to enter the discount code HOLIDAY20 at check-out.

“Within this anthology,” so said the guidelines, “modern day witches and warlocks shape reality to their will.  Creatures of legend make back-alley deals under cover of darkness.  The city’s inhabitants encounter items and events imbued with mystic power.  Because cities have a life — a magick — all their own.”

Well the city here is Cambridge Massachusetts in the year 1958 and the mood is more noir, with Communists seen around every corner — at least by those who would call themselves patriots.  There are the “Minutemen” — self-styStreet-Magick2-194x300led “militias” — and a burgeoning John Birch Society.  This is, after all, only a few years after the Senate McCarthy hearings, and for a young Puerto Rican woman not exactly a time of tolerance for people who are seen as “different.”  The story, “Bottles” is in fact a reprint, originally published in CROSSINGS (Double Dragon, 2004) and, as I selected it later to be in my 2013 collection THE TEARS OF ISIS, I was suddenly struck by how little some things have changed.  Substitute Near-Eastern extremists for Communists, Mexican-Americans for . . . well, it occurred to me then as now that the story may deserve to be kept in circulation.

Oh yes, and one more thing about “Bottles” — this version of Cambridge has vampires in it.  But of a particularly Hungarian (and presumably anti-Communist) derivation.  Which all adds up to last evening’s email from Charles P. Zaglanis for Elder Signs Press (also editor of White Cat Publications’s AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATONS, cf. May 27 et al.) that “Bottles” has found an additional home in their anthology STREET MAGICK:  TALES OF URBAN FANTASY, currently set for fall 2016.  “Great story.  Please fill out and send back the contract and a bio.”

More to be reported here as it becomes known.

Another day, another deal.  This one’s from publisher Grey Matter Press and is good for 40 percent off — that’s forty percent — all paperback titles through this Friday, September 11th in exchange for keying in the discount code 2NDANNIVERSARY when checking out.  The occasion, as the announcement put it:  “Two years ago today, in 2013, Grey Matter Press released its first volume of dark fiction, DARK VISIONS:  A Collection of Modern Horror — Volume One. That volume went on to be nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in an Anthology only five months later.  . . .  And today, in celebration of our five year anniversary, fiction fans can fill their Labor Day Weekend with dark thoughts while saving 40% off the trade paperback cover price of not only our first Stoker-facebook_cover_GuyFawkes40nominated volume [but] any other volume in the Grey Matter Press catalogue of exceptional fiction.”   But it’s for one week only, starting Saturday September 5 and ending Friday September 11, so now’s the time to decide, and buy.

My romp in this roundup is a single story in a single volume, SPLATTERLANDS (see, e.g., February 1, January 28 2015; August 27 2014; November 22 2013), which, to quote the publisher’s blurb, “reawakens and reimagines the hypertensive writing style and controversial themes indicative of the original Splatterpunk movement.  Containing the work of some of the freshest voices of our modern time, it is an anthology of deeply intelligent short stories whose extreme themes and graphic depictions of violence and terror are intended to have a lasting effect for years to come.”  So get a literary history lesson as well as a great read!  My own tale is one of working-class aspirations and love betrayed titled “The Artist,” or, as reviewer L.D. Johnson of SPLATTER CAFÉ put it early this year, “[t]his brilliantly written tale is about a man who loves his art and his wife, but his wife, unable to comprehend the beauty of art starts to drift away and into another man’s arms.  A sculptor of meats, Vince creates these wonderful meat sculptures for dinner parties and banquets.  Dorr’s elegant writing of this twisted tale settles deeply into my psyche.  He turns the act of revenge into a work of art with Vince’s final masterpiece.  It will be his greatest creation ever!”

And hence, somewhat of the theme as well of my own Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing collection THE TEARS OF ISIS, of art and destruction, for which see two posts below, September 4, for its own Labor Day discount of 20 percent — but only through the holiday itself.  (So okay, I’m pimping, but if I don’t who will?)  Or for SPLATTERLANDS and other Grey Matter Press titles for the whole week, and at 40 percent off, press here.

“Do you love to discover new books?  Do you review and recommend books online, in print, for your bookstore, library patrons, blog readers, or classroom?  Then you are what we call a ‘professional reader,’ and NetGalley is for you.  Registration is free, and allows you to request or be invited to read titles, often advance reading copies, on your favorite device.”

Does this describe you?  If so, to continue their description, “NetGalley is a service to promote titles to professional readers 9780988748842_p0_v2_s260x420of influence.  If you are a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, you can use NetGalley for FREE to request, read and provide feedback about forthcoming titles.  Your feedback and recommendations are essential to publishers and readers alike.”

Thus in today’s email, Max Booth III and Lori Michelle of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing have announced the availability of THE TEARS OF ISIS, my (ahem!) Bram Stoker Award® nominated fiction collection, on NetGallery for reviewers until the end of the month of July.  Which brings the point that, should you have sort of thought maybe you might want to read THE TEARS OF ISIS (that is, of the Egyptian goddess, no relation to recent Mid-Eastern geo-politics) yourself sometime, to see what the buzz is about and all that and maybe add to it, now would be a good time!  As noted above, registration is free.

If interested, curious, just hankering for something to do on a lazy summer afternoon, more on NetGallery (including registration, should one desire) can be found here.  Or for inspiration, to see what some other reviewers have said about THE TEARS OF ISIS before, one can also press here.

‘Tis the season to be commercial, but sales are sales, so a quick reminder that Untreed Reads Publishing’s Cyber Monday sale, including my chapbooks PEDS, I’M DREAMING OF A. . . ., VANITAS, and the YEAR’S END New Year’s Eve anthology with my story “Appointment In Time” are being offered at a 1-day only forty-percent off Cyber Monday discount on all titles (cf. November 25 – discounts will appear on the payment page during checkout).  For more info press here.  Also Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s Thanksgiving Weekend sale ends today (see November 29, et al., below), with a twenty-percent off discount on THE TEARS OF ISIS included, for more on which press here.

Then, on a slightly different note, A ROBOT, A CYBORG, AND A MARTIAN WALK INTO A SPACE BAR Editor J. Alan Erwine (see September 26, et al.) has announced that a kickstarter to help defray costs for the anthology will continue for two weeks more.  He stresses that the anthology will definitely be published in any case, but a successful drive will help with (ahem!) payments to the authors.  More information can be found here.photo-main

And who might these authors be?  To quote publisher Nomadic Delirium:  “A ROBOT, A CYBORG, AND A MARTIAN WALK INTO A SPACE BAR is a serious literary work of science fiction and fantasy stories that look to delve into…no, not really.  This book is a collection of comedic science fiction and fantasy stories written by some truly talented authors.

“The book includes stories from Francis W. Alexander, Lou J. Berger, Wayne Carey, James Dorr, Laura Givens, Alan Ira Gordon, John Grey, Carlos Hernandez, Gilda A. Herrera, Ahmed A. Khan, Sheryl Normandeau, Robert Lowell Russell, John Skylar, Glen R. Stripling, and Scott Virtes.”

My story in this is a romantic reverie concerning a sentient robotic toaster called, oddly enough, “Toast.”




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