Posts Tagged ‘So It Goes’

There ain’t no stopping the Halloween spirit!  Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing has announced its own pre-Halloween sale beginning today.  Through the end of the mo9780988748842_p0_v2_s260x420nth, a 31 percent discount will be in effect for all PMMP titles.  The discount code:  HALLOWEEN31.

May I semi-humbly note that this includes my own 2013 Bram Stoker Award® nominated fiction collection THE TEARS OF ISIS, information and ordering for which can be found here.  Also included is SO IT GOES, a tribute anthology for Kurt Vonnegut with my story in it, “Dead Girls, Dying Girls,” about a young lady with big ambitions . . . and bears . . . and for which press here.  Or for general browsing, one can reach the PMMP Store by pressing here.

Just remember for nearly a third of the price off from now through October 31, enter HALLOWEEN31 in the “Apply Coupon” box when checking out.  Happy reading!

I don’t do my email first thing in the morning, especially on holidays, so I almost missed this one.  As it is, if you’re in my time zone there may be little more than four hours left to take advantage.  So quickly, quickly:  Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing is running a special Labor Day Sale, 25% off any title including three dogs I have running in this pack.  These are the cIsisNewhildren’s cancer charity anthology BLEED and Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology SO IT GOES, and my Bram Stoker Award® nominated collection THE TEARS OF ISIS.  The promo code is 25LABOR

To check these out press here, then scroll down to the end for THE TEARS OF ISIS.  You’ll notice the two anthology titles on the way along with some others.  Also, if you want to sample other titles from PMMP, go back to the list of links at the top and click on “Our Library.”

But go to THE TEARS OF ISIS first and remember, the promo code to fill out during checkout is:  25LABOR

Its summer hiatus having ended with August, the Bloomington Writers Guild (cf. post just below) is back with its regular schedule, including monthly prose readings every first Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at local bookstore Boxcar Books.  This year’s fall season started with a perhaps more science fiction/fantasy/horror bent than most, with three featured readers, Joan Hawkins (author of CUTTING EDGE:  ART HORROR AND THE HORRIFIC AVANT-GARDE plus a number of articles on film and popular culture), Richard Durisen (Professor Emeritus on Astronomy now writing poetry and short fiction, often with fantasy, dark fantasy, or sf components), and Karen A. Wyle (author of four novels “of science fiction and other genres”).  This was followed by an open mike session for which I’m beginning to run low on sufficiently brief short pieces to read, but for which this time, mindful of the coming of fall, I selected a b0c8c403-07a4-4ac0-9a8e-9c4d3810ee14_PMMP_LOGO300-word opus called “School Nights” in which a young girl learns things definitely not in the standard curriculum.

Als0 yesterday came an announcement from Max Booth III of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing that they were changing their official logo.  There had been some discussion about it before, but Saturday was the official unveiling which is now shared here.  “PMMP,” we may recall, is the publisher of THE TEARS OF ISIS as well as, also in 2013, the Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology SO IT GOES with my story “Dead Girls, Dying Girls” in it (cf. April 9 and 24 2013, et al.).

Two quick notes.  Today’s email brought an announcement from Editor Mark Crittenden that TECHNO-GOTH CTHULHU (cf. April 21, et al.) is now officially aiming for a release by Red Skies Press at the end of this month.  These will be stories informed by “the Cthulhu mythos, with a Cyber-goth/Cyber-punk slant . . . futuristic, post-apocalyptic, modern, old-world, parallel universe . . . the more boundless and strange the better.”  My story in this is perhaps more associational than some, set in my own universe of the “Tombs,” a far-future dying Earth, but one upon which — who knows? — there may be some stain of Cthulhu as well.  But find out for yourself for updates if any within the remaining not-quite-a-week, as well as for links as soon as they go live to Amazon, Amazon UK, and Createspace, by pressing here.

Then the word has come out that Eric J. Guignard, who we’ve met before as the editor of AFTER DEATH (see April 17, et al.), has one of two reviews up at this time on Amazon for SO IT GOES (see also April 9, et al.).  Both give the book five stars out of five and Eric’s goes on to offer brief glosses on seven favorite stories, one of which (ahem) is my “Dead Girls, Dying Girls” (“. . . a bit absurd, but that is to be expected by the very theme of the book.”).  To see for yourself, with other info from Amazon, check here.

Two items, both to do with SO IT GOES, of which you have read here often (e.g., March 31, et al.).  The book itself has arrived in Monday afternoon’s mail.  This is the tribute anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing for Kurt Vonnegut, and I believe the first anthology published by the emerging press.  Just from a glance it looks like a winner — and certainly, in concept soitgoes-copy-202x300alone, it makes for a bold start.  And I might mention too, another first for PMMP will be their initial single-author collection next month, THE TEARS OF ISIS (cf. March 21, February 27, et al.) by (ahem) me, scheduled for release on May 15.

Then for more on SO IT GOES, Editor/Publisher Max Booth III has escalated on his April 3 offer, posted below, to potential reviewers.  But let him explain for himself:

Christian A. Larsen is one of the authors involved in our recent anthology, SO IT GOES:  A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT.  Today he’s come up with a brilliant idea that everyone can participate in, and even get a chance to win free money!

Here is what Mr. Larsen posted on his blog:

“I and everyone involved would love to hear what you think.  Consider this a formal appeal for your review.  If you’re looking for an idea of how to write one, the following is adapted from an Isis4_2assignment given by Kurt Vonnegut to his students in his “Form of Fiction” course at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop:

“Any review would be awesome, whether you want to follow those instructions or not.  But if you do follow Vonnegut’s framework, I’m a big boy. If my story falls in the bottom three category, I can take it. I’ll take it with tears, but I’ll take it.”

Sounds fun, right? Well here’s where we up the stakes: anyone who participates in this challenge will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. The lucky winner will be chosen at random on July 1st.  So do make sure, that if you do involve yourself in this project, that you email us at so your name doesn’t slip through the cracks!

More information — as well as the actual adaptation of Vonnegut’s own advice to reviewers — can be found by pressing here.

A quick note for any serious book reviewers out there.  Earlier this afternoon on Facebook, SO IT GOES Publisher/Editor Max Booth III (cf. March 31, 20, et al.), in noting that the Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology was officially published Easter weekend, added this offer:  “I am also, for a limited time, offering free e-copies in exchange for honest reviews.  So if you are interested, now is the time to contact me about that.  Either PM me or email me at”

Needless to say I have a pony in the paddock myself, “Dead Girls, Dying Girls” (read the story to find out why the Jerry Garcia version of “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic,” David Grisman accompanying on banjo, would make an excellent choice for background music 🙂 ), in the coveted Number 13 spot in the contents listing.  But don’t let that stop you, there are lots of other stories there too — as the man says, “the works of authors like Jay Wilburn, T Fox Dunham, Chris Larsen, James Dorr, Sue Lange, Jonathan Balog, Eli Wilde, and many more!”

To check out the Facebook announcement, press here, or see the email address in the first paragraph, above, to contact Max directly.

Another day, another contest?  Well, not quite, but Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing has announced as part of its launch party for the Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology SO IT GOES (see March 10, 2, et al.) that five copies will be given away on Goodreads.  Goodreads adds that, while there’s no obligation other than signing in for the contest, it would certainly be nice if the winners were to write reviews of the book once they received it (at which point they should also disclose that they got the book free through the Goodreads First Reads program).  So to be the first in your neighborhood (maybe) to read your own copy of SO IT GOES — and for fame and gratitude if you should decide to review it — press here to be whisked to the Goodreads site.  Also, only one entry to a household and the contest closes on April 1.

Well, it’s actually been on the SO IT GOES website for more than a week now, as announced in my posting for March 2, along with “a biography of Kurt Vonnegut, essays by several of the authors appearing in the anthology, author portraits . . . and an opportunity to pre-order it.”  But now my entry on the essay page, “Vonnegut and the Absurd.” has been featured on Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s Facebook page as well.  And so, as a sort of phony lagniappe (that is, in that you could have gotten to it anyway via earlier posts), for those who would like to read the essay it can be reached by pressing here.

Also, for those who have read it already, a fifth essay has been added to the site, by K. A. Laity, along with two contests for those who want to try to win free copies of SO IT GOES, plus the continuing pre-order information for the less lucky.  The anthology itself is scheduled to be published at the end of March.

Editor James Ward Kirk has announced that a new anthology, GRAVE ROBBERS, has come out under his own imprint.  Originally planned to be published by Static Movement (cf. June 7 — the second anthology noted there, HELL, is also out but, a funny story, in the confusion of changing Imageimprints a story of mine that was going to be there, “The Sidewalk,” was accidentally dropped and — are you ready for something truly weird? — seems to have ended up in GRAVE ROBBERS too!  So it goes), GRAVE ROBBERS features both poetry and fiction, including my own poem “The Resurrection Man,” concerning the need for anatomy subjects in medical colleges a few centuries back.  “The Resurrection Man” is itself a reprint — a resurrection, if one will — previously appearing in the Edgar Allan Poe/”The Raven” tribute anthology ONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT (Unnameable Press, 1995), now out of print, but risen again can be found in its new home by clicking here.  (As also can “The Sidewalk,” cf. just above, originally published in the Fall 1996 edition of TERMINAL FRIGHT, although not really having to do with graves, per se., or robbery.)

And, speaking of SO IT GOES (see March 5, 2, et al.), Max Booth III has announced a new contest, this one for non-writers with Photoshop-type skills, with one or more copies of the Vonnegut tribute anthology offered for prizes.  More information can be obtained via the Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing link in the March 2 posting or, to go directly to Max’s newly created “contests only” page, just press here.

The Adler in question is Margot Adler, author of  DRAWING DOWN THE MOON, National Public Radio correspondent, and granddaughter of psychotherapy pioneer Alfred Adler, who gave a lecture yesterday (Monday) evening on . . . vampires.  More properly, she spoke on the continuing prevalence of vampires in popular culture and how it relates to moral struggles.  The talk was interesting — it ain’t all sex or even mortality, but more a question of use and misuse of power which Adler saw relating, since the late 1960s, increasingly toward misuse of the Earth itself.  If vampirism is a blood addiction, to what extent is our modern civilization, with its addiction to oil, a society of vampires?  Thus the moral choice, to abuse or abstain.  But also — and this is more for the future, an aspect she says she’s only beginning to explore herself — can one find beyond that a spiritual dimension as well?

These are things writers can struggle with (and as a result, for me, perhaps not all that ground shaking in its conclusions, but still interesting in Adler’s approach).  If the vampire does not have at least moral qualms, can it still hold interest as a character, or does it become simply a monster, a hazard that’s there for no other reason than to be escaped or destroyed?  For writers also, though, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing Editor/Publisher Max Booth III has proposed a contest.  He harks to the memory of Kilgore Trout, the fictional science fiction writer who pops up from time to time in Kurt Vonnegut’s novels, and challenges readers to write an excerpt from one of Trout’s “own” works, the best and/or worst of which will win copies (one hard copy and two electronic editions are offered as prizes) of the Vonnegut tribute anthology SO IT GOES (see below March 2, et al.).  The deadline for this is March 25, with more information available through the SO IT GOES website, linked to in the March 2 posting, or directly by pressing here.

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