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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Horror Tree Submission: Zombie Epistolary

 In other publishing news, I submitted three, connected zombie drabbles to Horror Tree's "Trembling with Fear/Unholy Trinity" feature, and received a tentative acceptance, requesting edits.

Besides the zombie theme, the three drabbles were related only by the novelty of their epistolary format. However, the editors suggested a way I could make two of the three related. I therefore wrote a new drabble to subsitute for the last drabble, establishing a firm relationship between the three.





The submission is still pending, however. I don't yet know whether my revised submission will be accepted. Horror Tree has published two prior drabble-trios, and the results were included in a subsequent year-end anthology: Trembling With Fear: More Tales from the Tree,Volume 2. I would like to be in another one, someday.






Rise and Fall: Breaking Rules Europe

I'm sorry to have submitted only one drabble (so far) to this anthology, "Birth of the Mountain-Valley Nation"

but I'm proud to announce it was accepted. I will share any updates including the purchase links as they become available.


Unity Volume 2: Angelic Series

 My contribution to the charity anthology Unity Volume 2 (proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders) will contain six angel-themed pieces! 

  • Two cartoons: "2 Heaven" and "2 Tickets to Paradise";
  • Three poems: "Where Angels Dance" (light verse); "Body of Proof" (a sonnet); and "Not the Whole Angel" (one of my best-liked poems, also technically a reprint*); and
  • One short story (horror): "Wings of Hope", originally published in "Full Metal Horror 2by Zombie Pirate Publishing, who have published several of my stories.

An anthology definitely worth owning, I'll post the purchase link when available. Meanwhile, here is the link to Unity, Volume 1 (also a charity volume for DwoB)








*Not the Whole Angel was first published in Dastaan World Chapter 4: Dreamscape, Sept. 16, 2018, on page 50. The once-free magazine is now defunct, and archive copies are only available for a fee.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The World of Myth 100th Issue

My fantasy short story, "The Dawn of Magic: Here be Dragons, Goblins, and Unicorns (Oh My!)" has just been published in the 100th issue of "World of Myth Magazine". 
Once you read it (as I hope you will) and perhaps even vote, I'd really like to know if you would like the story to continue, as suggested by WoM editor, Stephanie Bardy.

Here's the link to The World of Myth, 100th Issue home page: 



Monday, September 20, 2021

Hell Launching soon.

Speaking of delayed pleasures, Black Hare Press' "Hell"-themed 500-word story anthology is launching soon, including my story, "Delayed Pleasures Loophole".

Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.





Journeys: A The Writer's Journey Blog anthology.

To celebrate the anniversary of her The Writer's Journey Blog, (https://www.authorelainemarie.com/blog), Author Elaine Marie Carnegie - Padgett has compiled an anthology of works by awesome authors she has interviewed. Two of my works will be published: "The Right Stuff" (the first poem I ever sold), and "Dark Trek", a short story published in The World of Myth Magazine (http://www.theworldofmyth.com/), for which I earned "Author of the Month".



Thursday, August 26, 2021

Crow's Feet Journal "100 Ways to Die"


 In other drabble anthology news, Crow's Feet Journal has accepted four of my tiny tales of tragedy for their upcoming anthology, "100 Ways to Die"

  • Never Quit,
  • Price of Mercy
  • Keelhauled
  • Tragic Depth by Autocorrect