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The life goes on.  Amidst contests and interviews, Wednesday’s email brought a contract from Shacklebound books for my story “The Cyclops,” set to appear in the reprint flash anthology SINS AND OTHER WORLDS (cf. June 17).  Originally published in DARK MOON DIGEST YOUNG ADULT HORROR for June 2013, “The Cyclops” is told from the point of view of a fast-growing baby with physical problems, but with an advanced enough intelligence that he’s beginning to figure things out.  Say what?  Well, the contract went back to Editor Eric Fomley later this afternoon as requested, so watch here for further information on when SINS is published and ready for purchase to see for yourself.

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Exciting times!  A story of mine is running neck and neck in Carrie Ann Golden’s latest A WRITER AND HER SENTIMENTAL MUSE competition, this one for a tale of 100 words or less as prompted by the picture just below.  And as of last notice there were two entries in the running, each with exactly fifty percent of the total vote.  Or most likely, each has just one vote.

Should you wish to tilt the odds, you can find stories “A” and “B” in their entireties, the picture again, and a link for voting in the poll here.  And as a bonus, scroll toward the bottom and there’s a link to an interview Carrie Ann did of me on her blog back in 2016.  See early comments on my as yet to be published novel-in-stories TOMBS, as well as some dish on THE TEARS OF ISIS and on New Orleans’s filles à les caissettes.  What better to read on a warm, sunny Wednesday?

And, as for which of the stories is mine, well, you know me.  It’s likely to be the more “horrible” of them.

The poetic cup runneth full this Saturday with proofs received from not one, but two upcoming publications.  The first in order of fulfillment, that is to say reading the proof sheet and sending it back with minor corrections, was from our fast-moving recent friend ALTERNATE THEOLOGY (ALTERNATIVE THEOLOGIES?), cf. July 1 and 2.  Either title seems to exist depending on the page you go to, but to the chase, my part is the poem called “Tit for Tat,” a “little Willie” in which our naughty lad finds the afterlife not as had been advertised.  The poem itself has been published before, originally in an anthology called GHOSTS:  REVENGE (James Ward Kirk Publications, 2015), but the subject seems one worth repeating and, with one or two minor editorial changes, has been returned.

Then a PDF for the Summer issue of STAR*LINE was perused, with my entry in this one a new poem, “What She Learned,” one of five accepted last February and four of which have already appeared in the current Spring issue (see May 16, April 11, et al.).  Things thus moving fast all around, within the hour that proof was returned as well to editor Vince Gotera with other information requested and a note that no changes were needed.

A very happy Fourth of July to all, on a sizzling, sunny, summer day!  On the menu tonight, “American Dream” ice cream, consisting of three broad stripes of strawberry, vanilla, and blueberry flavors.  Yum!

Triana looks forward to licking the bowl (maybe).

Gee, it’s a three-figure check, that is counting both sides of the decimal point!  Well maybe not quite, but mid-year mammoth royalty payments are upon us again, and the first for me is here this last day of June.  Or, well not the payment, but the report which if not huge contains one nice datum:  that the several solo items I have with this publisher all made at least some sales (by contrast to a multi-author item which usually does better, but sold zero copies this time out).  Also, however, has come an announcement that unless what’s owed exceeds a certain level, the publisher (as is my custom, I’ve declined to identify either this or the actual books involved to avoid embarrassment on both sides) says they’ll hold back sending an actual check till the end of the year.  A wise choice, I think, as I settle down to wait six more months for it.

No, this isn’t the one I mentioned June 16 as having received the questions for (though I’ve since sent the answers back); nor is it the one previewed on June 3, published in England on the 6th.  No, this is the interview mentioned May 8 for Grim and Grimmer Books’s DEADSTEAM anthology, conducted by Editor-Publisher Bryce Raffle, on such subjects as dreadpunk, historic fiction, Victorian funeral directors, and . . . well, you know.  If I’ve done it right, there’ll be mentions as well of THE TEARS OF ISIS and TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, the books I’m flogging for myself.  But the major point of this one is DEADSTEAM, the anthology due out later this fall in which my entry is “The Re-Possessed,” a saga of the funeral profession in 19th Century England (originally published in CEMETERY RIOTS by Elysium Press in 2016) and inspired by thoughts during a real-life memorial service.

This will be the fourth interview Editor Raffle has done of DEADSTEAM authors, previous ones having appeared on June 8, May 11, and February 25, and can be read by pressing here.  Or if you would like to read some of the others (presumably after mine, of course) the blog main page can be reached here.  Or, for mini-biographies of all DEADSTEAM authors, one can indulge by pressing here.

Good, bad, pique your interest?  Alternatively do you roll your eyes and hope the movie itself will be better?  Welcome back to author Dennis Cooper’s blog (see post just below) and another long list o’ goodies, this time the title sequences of more dark movies than I can count, with (usually) explanations of how and why they work.  Plus, of course, links to the sequences themselves.

So, how many have you seen?  For reminiscence, comparing notes, or maybe finding what you’ve been missing, please to sample “The Title Sequences of 56 Mostly Horror Movies” by Dennis Cooper on DENNISCOPPERBLOG.COM, courtesy once more of Robert Dunbar via Facebook and LITERARY DARKNESS, by pressing here!

Then in today’s email I also received a list of questions from Martin Ingham regarding Martinus Publishing’s upcoming FORBIDDEN! anthology (see June 10).  Attached are the interview questions that you can answer at your convenience.  I’ll start running the interviews on my blog in a few weeks, and space them out as we get closer to the release date for the anthology.  So, as noted before, things are chugging along pretty quickly, with more to come (including the actual interview date when it becomes known) on these pages!

Things are moving fast for Martinus Publishing’s FORBIDDEN! anthology (see post just below), with a Sunday afternoon email from Editor Martin T. Ingham:  I am pleased to finally announce that the anthology is nearly complete!  The final stories have been compiled, and the proofing has begun!  With any luck, we’ll have this book ready to release by the end of summer.  So this evening I worked out some of the details then requested, making sure my biography (for publication along with the stories) was up to date, offering suggested mini-taglines (for possible back cover use) to describe the stories themselves, double checking to be sure I’d sent in a photo.  And one more detail, agreeing to do an author interview, more on which will appear here when it’s ready.

And here it is, as promised (June 3), UK writer and blogger Jacky Dahlhaus’s Wednesday MEET THE AUTHOR with the interviewee for the start of June, me.  Find out the answers:  What do I like to do in my free time (excepting reading)?  Favorite authors, and how they’ve influenced me?  Pen or typewriter or computer?  My favorite genre (well, you probably know that) but also why?  Pseudonyms, writing styles, the moral of TOMBS?  And more on both TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH and THE TEARS OF ISIS — for these and more, along with a “thank you” to Jacky from me, press here!

Comes June and with it a bright sunny afternoon, breezy and in the lower 80s and, with that, the start of the Summer Reading Season.  What better way to celebrate, then, than with a new interview of . . . me, this one by UK author and blogger Jacky Dahlhaus, tentatively to go live Wednesday morning?  So three days from now be prepared for more dish on TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, a mention or two (it mustn’t feel left out!) of THE TEARS OF ISIS, the importance of (*ahem*) reviews to all authors, plus details on the inspiration and influence of Poe and Bradbury (with mentions here of Ginsberg and Brecht), whether I start writing with a pen or on the computer . . . well, you may have seen interviews by me before, but maybe this one will have new stuff to say too.  You can’t really tell until you read it, coming up Wednesday.

And a quick second note, Ms. Dahlhaus is looking for a few more interviewees for the summer, if any other writers out there might be interested in some free publicity.  But there are a few qualifications in terms of work already published, more on which can be found at her website by pressing here.




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