Archive for October, 2012

Story Acceptance!

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Received word last night that my story “Phone & Games” has been accepted for Necro Publications’ forthcoming INTO THE DARKNESS anthology.

I’ve always been impressed with the quality of Necro’s publications, both the content and the format – great stories, beautiful books. I was a fan of the original INTO THE DARKNESS magazine back in the day and can’t express how thrilled I am to be part of Necro’s continuing legacy in the dark fantasy genre.

Two New Books

Posted: October 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

     

Time to pimp a couple new books just released : A new story collection by veteran writer Ken Goldman and a first book of poems by Alexander Thorne. (Click on the covers above for ordering info.)

First off is DONNY DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, a 150-page collection by Ken Goldman.

If you’ve followed horror or crime fiction at all in the past thirty years, you’ve likely seen Goldman’s name – he’s only had 650 stories published during that time.

The new collection gathers two of his darkest novellas and three of his best short stories.

The book is available in trade paperback and for all ereaders via Amazon, Kobo & Smashwords. It’ll be coming soon to Barnes & Noble, Sony, and other ebook markets.

Here’s the skinny on the stories:

Donny Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – First there was the awful incident with Donny and the turtle. Artie, Donny’s childhood best friend, could forgive that. Then Donny grew up…

Hotline – What’s poor, insecure Phoebe to do when the unstable caller on the other end of the phone thinks he’s dialed the suicide hotline?

A Museum Piece – The strange skull in the display supposedly stems from a demonic love triangle. But bewitching tour guide Belinda also has a wicked tale of infidelity to tell…

Sine Qua Non – Cultured, privileged, prim and proper, Timothy will tell you: Trying to kill yourself can be murder!

‘Vette Fever – Wally’s midlife crisis toy seems to literally be making him younger. But the worship of speed, horsepower and youth demands sacrifices…

Next is ANOTHER MISTAKEN ANIMA by Alexander Thorne.

Full reveal: I’m on the acknowledgements page, and Alex is the son of one of my best friends.

But the poems reveal someone who knows the territory. Alex studied under Stuart Dybeck, for example, and his work is more sharp, insightful and intriguing than anything I was writing at the same age. For now his book is only available on Smashwords, but I’m encouraging him to publish it lots of other places.

Alexander Thorne was born in 1989 and spends most of his time living in western Michigan. His written work has appeared in the e-magazine Phoenix Lore, the short fiction and poetry collection There Are Monsters Everywhere, and in news articles from the Western Herald.

Humpday = Free Story Day!

Posted: October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Tomorrow (10/17/12), nine of my short stories and one collection will be available free on Amazon Kindle.

It’s been a tough, busy couple of weeks for me recently – mid-semester grading for my classes – but things are finally going to slow down for bit, and I’m looking forward to remembering what it feels like to read something other than student work and textbooks.

I thought Wednesday, Humpday, would be a good day to share the reading love!

My short stories available on Kindle (and elsewhere).

First Stories Accepted…

Posted: October 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’ve accepted one story each thus far for FORBIDDEN TEXTS and SWORD AND ZOMBIE!

Eric S Brown is contributing “Wudewasas”, a sword & sorcery variant of his infamous bigfoot tales – with zombies! – to SWORD AND ZOMBIE.

Also, two of the best horror writers from down under, Rick Kennett and Bryce Stevens, are contributing “Rookwood” – their classic, hard to find novelette – as a reprint in FORBIDDEN TEXTS.

Other exciting stuff is in the works for these projects, but I don’t want to jump the gun by announcing more too early.

Covers have also been secured. Zombie by Coy Powers. Author names will eventually be added.

Guidelines for authors wishing to submit.

A/A Productions is currently accepting submissions for two anthologies:
FORBIDDEN TEXTS

A/A Productions is now reading for FORBIDDEN TEXTS. This will be an anthology of four stories concerning sinister collections of the written word. FORBIDDEN TEXTS will be distributed to all major ebook stores with a print version as well.

Length is open from short stories (3,500 words minimum) to novellas. The forbidden texts involved can be of nearly any sort – from Lovecraftian grimoires which summon strange gods to haunted books to anything else the writer might imagine fits the title. The forbidden texts in the story may be eons old or a brand new web site, a popular novel or eldritch graffiti cropping up in strange locations. The content is wide open, but, given the small number of stories slated, we will be exceedingly selective. There might, however, eventually be several volumes of FORBIDDEN TEXTS.

Reprints: are fine, encouraged even, if the original publication is out of print or obscure.

Deadline: When filled.

Tentative Release Date: Spring 2013.

Payment: Each contributor will receive one-fifth of the total sales, paid quarterly via Paypal, with statements. Contributors also receive an ad in the book and a copy of the final print and ebook versions. The author retains all rights, but we ask that the story not be submitted elsewhere for six months.

Submit your entire manuscript in .rtf format at subtoaaproductions@gmail.com. Include the words FORBIDDEN TEXTS SUBMISSION in the subject line. If your story is selected, contributors receive galleys during the editing process.
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SWORD & ZOMBIE

A/A Productions is now reading for SWORD & ZOMBIE. This will be an anthology of four stories featuring zombies in medieval or sword & sorcery settings. SWORD & ZOMBIE will be distributed to all major ebook stores with a print version as well.

Length is open from short stories (3,500 words minimum) to novellas. The only constraints are that the story must features zombies and a medieval or sword & sorcery setting. The content is wide open, but, given the small number of stories slated, we will be exceedingly selective. There might, however, eventually be several volumes of SWORD & ZOMBIE.

Reprints: are fine, encouraged even, if the original publication is out of print or obscure.

Deadline: When filled.

Tentative Release Date: Spring 2013.

Payment: Each contributor will receive one-fifth of the total sales, paid quarterly via Paypal, with statements. Contributors also receive an ad in the book and a copy of the final print and ebook versions. The author retains all rights, but we ask that the story not be submitted elsewhere for six months.

Submit your entire manuscript in .rtf format at subtoaaproductions@gmail.com. Include the words SWORD & ZOMBIE SUBMISSION in the subject line. If your story is selected, contributors receive galleys during the editing process.

I’ve been self-publishing and helping out friends and associates with their books behind the scenes for several years now. Now I’ve decided to officially open the gates to the public. Here’s the pertinent info from my publishing page.

Openings: A/A Productions is accepting both fiction and nonfiction submissions in all genres. Anthologies are also sought. We have a special interest in dark fantasy and crime but would like to expand into other genres. Reprints are fine, encouraged even, if the original publication is out of print or obscure. Send full manuscript in .rtf format to subtoaaproductions@gmail.com.

Length: We’ll look at everything from short stories (minimum 3,500 words) to epic novels.

Services: If accepted, A/A Productions will provide editorial, layout and formatting services, cover art if needed, and distribution via all major online ebook markets, as well as print format via CreateSpace. We will also set the project and/or author up with a web presence. [Example]. A/A Productions is selective about projects and does not comment on rejections.

Payment: For its services, A/A retains a flat 15% of your book’s sales. All other proceeds go to the author(s). Payment is quarterly via Paypal, with statements.