"You've been writing a bit, haven't you?" This is a question I get more and more and my answer is always a shy and slightly embarrassed "Yeah, a bit," while thinking that it's a tiny amount that won't impress anyone. In answering the question I always worry the other person will listen and then say "What, … Continue reading A Story of Success and Failure
While I thought that widespread Kindle ownership would lead to more people reading short stories I'm not sure it has. Do you, for example, (if you own a Kindle that is) read more short stories? Whether you do or not, here are three recent short stories that are simple excellent and I highly recommend. (They … Continue reading 3 Awesome Recent Short Stories
When was the last time you read something truly disturbing? Well, I have a story in an anthology out in a few days from Bloodshot Books, Not Your Average Monster 2, that I think is the creepiest thing I've ever written. The anthology is a collection of monster short stories, but without vampires, werewolves and ghosts. … Continue reading Monsters, Monsters Everywhere.
Richard Thomas is starting a new magazine. It's ambitious. The current state of publishing, for those of you who may not be in the trenches daily, is that most magazines pay about 1 cent per word for short stories. The good ones pay 5 to 6. Gamut, the magazine Richard Thomas is kicking up funds … Continue reading 10 Stories Richard Thomas is Soooo Tired of Reading
I'm reading Undertow Publication's excellent anthology Year's Best Weird Fiction Volume Two. It was there I encountered the following sentence, the first in the story Loving Armageddon by Amanda C. Davis: She presses her cheek to the center of his chest, listening to the beat of his hand-grenade heart. Now. Here's why I think this is awesome. There's … Continue reading The Best First Sentence of the Year?
Here are 5 new publishers looking for your stories. They vary in the things they are looking for and how much they pay but they all look very interesting. 1.After the Happily Ever After (AHEA) Anthology Transmundane Press are looking for more stories for their After the Happily Ever After anthology. Do you think the … Continue reading 5 Interesting New Markets for Short Stories
For the first post on the new setup, I give you a great quote on short stories from Michael Kelly, the man behind Shadows & Tall Trees and Best Weird Fiction anthologies. I love short stories. I love the way they whisk you away to another place. I love how compact short stories are. You … Continue reading The Magic of Short Stories
I've reached a certain milestone in my writerly career; my writing has been misinterpreted.
I just read a great short story. It's a little disturbing and I don't think I'll ever look at sleepwalking the same way again. The story in question is Megan Neumann's It Must Feed, in the horror anthology Not Your Average Monster from Bloodshot Books. The story tells the tale of two sisters, Abby and … Continue reading “Sit down. I’ll tell you”
Just a quick note of a few things I saw today that I thought might interest you. First - Interective Novella / Wordy Game My writer-friend Barry Napier's interactive game/story Buried got a write-up in TIME magazine, no less. Bottom line seems to be that they liked the writing and the story but didn't find enough … Continue reading A Few Interesting Things