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This is another announcement I’ve missed by a few days (so it goes, cf. March 26) but DIGITAL HORROR FICTION ANTHOLOGY is now available on Amazon in print as well as Kindle.  Also the Kindle sale is over, with the price there gone up to $4.99, while the paperback price is $12.99.  My story in this, as noted before, is “The Borrowed Man,” a TOMBS world story but one that does not appear in the novel TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH itself.  Originally published in THE GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD, BOOK 1 (Fox Spirit Books, 2014), “The Borrowed Man” tells of a women who hires the help of a corpse-train master to build a man out of selected parts — legs for dancing, lips for kissing, etc. — from the recently dead in order to construct a perfect lover.  But a question remains:   What of this man’s soul?

If interested, for more on the print edition press here, while a link to the Kindle version can be found in the post for March 26, below.


This is sort of a stealth announcement, the publication of one of my stories that I only found out about today, obliquely, via another author’s tag on Facebook.  So it goes.  The anthology is DIGITAL HORROR FICTION ANTHOLOGY:  VOLUME 1, by Digital Fiction Publishing Corp., and the story, sixth on the contents list, “The Borrowed Man” originally published by Fox Spirit Books in 2014 in THE GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD, BOOK 1 (cf. August 30 2017; August 8 2014, et al.).  “The Borrowed Man,” incidentally, is set in the world of TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH although not a part of the novel-in-stories itself, and concerns a wealthy New City woman who wishes to possess a perfect man.

In all, DIGITAL FICTION HORROR ANTHOLOGY contains 25 stories, and looks at least to cover a variety of types and topics.  For more one may peruse the table of contents, below, or check it out on Amazon here where, at least for the moment, the Kindle edition can be obtained for just 99 cents!

2:51, Behind the Caterpillar — Gregory L. Norris
A Dream for Sugar — Bruce Memblatt
A Pocket of Madness — Samuel Marzioli
Aces and Kings — David M. Hoenig
The Animals — Aaron Gudmunson
The Borrowed Man — James Dorr
His Own Personal Golgotha — Geoff Brown
Building Condemned (Seeking Asylum) — Adrian Ludens
Compartmental — Jay Caselberg
Democracy — Larry Hinkle
Demon Driver — Adrian Cole
Late for Eisheth — Tracie McBride
Giving at the Office — Geoff Gander
Shadows of the Darkest Jade — Sarah Hans
Intermediary — Jason A. Wyckoff
Ark of the Lonesome — Jenner Michaud
SdroW — Bruce Lockhart 2nd & Suzie Lockhart
Roadkill — C.M. Saunders
Sapphire Eyes Shining — Rie Sheridan Rose
Suggestive Thoughts — H.L. Fullerton
Symeon — Bill Zaget
The Good Life — Michelle Mellon
The Great White Bed — Don Webb
The River Slurry — Rue Karney
Where There Is Life — Renee Miller

I might mention, also, that I have a story due to come out in DIGITAL SCIENCE FICTION, a companion volume of sorts, or maybe even out by now.  More tags via Facebook, perhaps, will tell.

For those going to NASFiC, the North American Science Fiction Convention at Detroit later this month (cf. June 27, March 24), also known this year as DETCON1, it looks like I’ll be on two panels plus several other events including a mass Friday evening Meet the Authors and Autograph Session at 8 p.m.  This is the convention put on in lieu of WorldCon in years the latter is held overseas to give fans who can’t afford the passage a more local destination to go to.  But, ah, to get to Detroit from Indianapolis, the nearest airport to where I am — so near and yet so far! — that may be a story in itself.  Suffice, for now, to say that the cheapest airfare is via Atlanta and takes at least four hours airport to airport.

So how I will get there may be revealed later.  But once I am in Detroit, look for me on the Friday program at 11 a.m. where I and two other authors, Laura Bickle and Cath Schaff-Stump, will be sharing the hour to do a reading, followed for me by a 12 noon panel on “Maps in Fantasy.”  Then on Saturday I have a panel on “The Darker Side of Science Fiction and Fantasy” at 12 noon while, for those who’ve signed up at the convention information desk beforehand, there will be a Kaffeeklatsch starring me at 2 p.m.  So be sure to sign up — I don’t much fancy sitting around talking to myself  — but also, if we’re lucky, there may even be free coffee (but probably not French roast and beignets).  And, yes, that last is an inside joke, but all may be explained then if you ask, as well as how I really got to Detroit, as well as the latest in intimate facts about THE TEARS OF ISIS.

Who would want to miss that?

Also a short note from Adele Wearing of Fox Spirit Books concerning THE GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD arrived Sunday with a proof copy of Volume 2.  My story, “The Borrowed Man” (cf. June 24, et al.) is actually in Volume 1 so the proof was mostly just sent as a preview, but the news to be added is that, as of now, the expected release date for Volume 1 will be July 15.

Two items to note on a sunny May Sunday.  The first is that my absurdist short short “Rocky Road,” which we’ve met briefly before (cf. April 6, March 2), about how one’s diet might affect dating patterns has been accepted by DAILY SCIENCE FICTION.  More on this as more is known, but judging from previous publications there, most likely it will appear sometime around earlyish fall.  For more on DAILY SCIENCE FICTION now, though, including archive access to my earlier stories “Casket Girls,” “Naughty or Nice,” and “Killer Pot” press here (for best results use just my last name, Dorr, in the search box in the right hand column).

Then, speaking of romance, “It’s the end of days.  The sky is falling, the seas are burning and your neighbour is a zombie.  It’s brutal out there.  It’s every man for himself and these heels are going to have to go; you simply can’t run in them!

“Across two volumes, THE GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD offers forty-one striking visions of the apocalypse and the women and girls dealing with it.  From gods to zombies, from epic to deeply personal, from the moment of impact to a future where life is long forgotten; book-1-1-bk-cover-300x212bestselling authors and exciting new writers deliver tales you’ll still remember when holed up in a fallout shelter with one remaining bullet and a best friend with a suspicious bite mark on their neck.”

So says the blurb, and my story “The Borrowed Man” (see January 11 this year, October 25 2013) is third in the lineup for volume one, according to proof sheets received late last night.  This is a British anthology long in the coming, originally projected for January-February this year, then sometime in March, with corrections and/or comments now due by the end of May.  But it’s a big book with lots of stories, volume 1 taking in apocalypse-related, pre-, and during-apocalypse tales; volume 2 those of what comes after, and I expect it should be worth the wait.

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