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Friday, December 31, 2021

My Published Writing for 2021


If I want to represent my year published writing in images, I have to choose pieces according when they are published, since I don't have images for all stories or poems accepted but not yet published. Even so, I'd call this a slow year.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Read "Zombie Epistolary" here!

An epistolary is a literary work told in the form of a letter (or letters). 

A few months ago, I was inspired to write a collection of fictional letters which might be written during a zombie apocalypse. I made them all drabbles (stories exactly 100-words long). 

I knew that the e-zine Horror Tree features new horror flash fiction stories weekly in their "Trembling With Fear" section. 
This section also includes a sub-feature labeled  "The Unholy Trinity", consisting of three related horror drabbles. 
So I selected three of my best 100-word "letters during a zombie apocalypse"  and submitted them for publication. 
Maturing in the Apocolypse
Farewell Note
Missing You


Read my "Unholy Trinity" of connected horror drabbles, collectively titled "Zombie Epistolary," in the "Trembling With Fear" section of the current issue of "Horror Tree"!






Monday, December 6, 2021

13 LIVES OF ALICE

Coming soon! (already available in Australia)

https://books2read.com/13-lives-of-alice


Thirteen authors contributed stories about the grown-up Alice in Wonderland, sequenced like chapters so that one adventure leads to another. 
I personally contributed one chapter, "Watership Sideways", which I'm excited for you to read.

Below is the publisher's blurb:

Alice in Wonderland rehashed for grown-ups.
Alice in Wonderland as you’ve never seen her before. Vampires, werewolves, witches, robots, ghosts, and aliens…and even a few dalliances with romance…
But will she ever get home?

Alice is well-known for her adventures in odd places, and her battles with terrifying creatures. She always overcomes the ferocious forces that try to destroy her—she’s a timeless A-list heroine, after all.
And now she’s all grown up, the adventures haven’t stopped.
But can Alice still survive the challenges as she did as a child? Can she work her way through a range of speculative fiction genre stories, each with its own major confrontation?
What significance does the White Rabbit hold? Will he…can he?…help her get home?
And when Alice finally confronts her thirteenth nemesis, does she have the courage to face fear itself?
#WritingCommunity #bookbloggers #bookblast #shortstories #amwriting #horror #darkfantasy #amreading #paranormal #writerslife #anthology #indieauthor #newrelease #Amazon #kobo #nook #aliceinwonderland #blackharepress #holidayseason #shopindiebooks

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

A Taste of Friendship: Personal Bests Journal, Issue

My darkly humorous story, "A Taste of Friendship", first published in "Vortex: The Inner Circle Writers' Group Literary Anthology, 2018”, by Clarendon House Publishing, as been accepted as a reprint to appear in David Gardiner's forthcoming "Personal Bests Journal: Issue 3".



My story Pregenesis featured in Personal Bests Journal. Issue 1.  



Scifaikuest: "Fear Unmasked"

Indie speculative fiction publisher, HIRAETH PUBLISHING, has accepted my 100-word drabbun, entitled, "Fear Unmasked", for their online/print magazine, "Scifaikuest".

A haibun is a hybrid story and poem, consisting of a pargraph of prose concluding with a connected haiku. A drabble is a 100-word story. Combine the two, and you get a "drabbun", which is a 100-word story which concludes as a haiku (without exceeding the same 100 words).






13 Lives of Alice


I wrote one of the thirteen bizarre chapters in this 13-author collaboration led by co-author, D.J. Elton. Naturally, my own chapter (Watership Sideways) will include a Carrollesque poem or two. The book also features some interior illustrations. I can't wait to get my own copy. :)



13 LIVES OF ALICE - COMING SOON from BLACK HARE PRESS
https://books2read.com/13-lives-of-alice
Alice in Wonderland rehashed for grown-ups.
Alice in Wonderland as you’ve never seen her before. Vampires, werewolves, witches, robots, ghosts, and aliens…and even a few dalliances with romance…
But will she ever get home?
Alice is well-known for her adventures in odd places, and her battles with terrifying creatures. She always overcomes the ferocious forces that try to destroy her—she’s a timeless A-list heroine, after all.
And now she’s all grown up, the adventures haven’t stopped.
But can Alice still survive the challenges as she did as a child? Can she work her way through a range of speculative fiction genre stories, each with its own major confrontation?
What significance does the White Rabbit hold? Will he…can he?…help her get home?
And when Alice finally confronts her thirteenth nemesis, does she have the courage to face fear itself?

#WritingCommunity #bookbloggers #bookblast #shortstories #amwriting #horror #darkfantasy #amreading #paranormal #writerslife #anthology #indieauthor #comingsoon #Amazon #kobo #nook #aliceinwonderland #blackharepress #holidayseason #shopindiebooks

Sunday, October 31, 2021

As promised back in September, two of my best works about "Journeys" have been reprinted alongside similarly strong pieces by other great authors and poets for this charity anthology, benefiting Doctors Without Borders. You can purchase a copy on Amazon here:

"Dark Trek" is a action-horror story about the obstacle-strewn journey of a young woman to 
reach shelter of .her fiancé's cabin in the woods after a nuclear attack, first published in the monthly ezine, World of Myth Magazine.

"The Right Stuff" is a long-form comic adventure poem about the journey of an "old school" astronaut to explore a mysterious object in the Oort Cloud, first published in the quarterly ezine, NewMyths