Posts Tagged ‘The Dark Call of the Sea’

And so why not?  Do we remember the post on PHOBOS, the Deep Black Sea issue (and with my Lovecraftian story in it, “The Dark Call of the Sea”)?  Pause for a moment to scroll, below, to January 4.  And do we recall now that strange mermaid cover, reaching down to some tentacled thing beneath?  The artist for that was one Abigail Larson who, through the power today of pure serendipity, we have a chance to meet again.

Or, to quote writer Gwendolyn Nix:  Step back, Disney.  A new artist is in town, one that stays true to the dark truths of our beloved fairytales.  Inside the world of Abigail Larson, monsters lurk in the shadows and melancholy protagonists face what they fear most – their own imagination.  Crafted within a Victorian-era inspired backdrop, Larson’s imagination comes to life on the page, visually ushering in a new era of Tim Burton inspired lines and Edward Gorey aesthetic with skillful application of watercolor, ink, and Photoshop.

The article is “Darker Than Disney:  The Shadowed Imagination of Abigail Larson” and it comes to us via DEARDARKLING.COM — and the art is delicious.  A treat for a snowy, snowy Monday from where I’m writing, for more of which (including the aforementioned mermaid) press here.

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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.




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