This is the cover of Monster Attack: Gruesome Tales. It is the anthology where I my short story Affliction was accepted. Not only is it available in the digital format, but a paperback is available via Amazon – and maybe some other places.
Honestly, my story is a bit more than a short. It probably approaches a novella; since I lost count of words…oh, around the 8,000 mark. To learn more about my contribution and the anthology availability, read on…
Instead of doing what I was supposed to be working on this month, I decided to mess around with writing a short story when a couple of different thoughts collided into my head. Idea one was something to do with hair color, and idea two was a line I thought I heard from a song which got stuck in my head. So I sat down and banged out this little story.
This is a story concerning a man who passes a woman on a sidewalk. I can boil it down to a single sentence. Turning to a musical analogy, Look Down is more of a guitar solo rather than a fully-formed song. It’s a bit interesting; and I made a lackadaisical attempt to make it sound like a certain musical act. I don’t feel like directly saying who, but I suddenly feel like I shouldn’t be playing marbles with a certain guy from their song collection.
This is the cover of the anthology Haunted Tales: stories from beyond the grave. This is where my story The Haunted Hoagie can be found in print. You kids and your digital readers can buy the virtual copy, but an actual physical book is available [at least] on Amazon.
My story is not as spine-tingling as the book’s title might lead you to believe…unless you are the type to throw food out a week before those dates printed on the packaging – then grip your socks it terror!
I decided to leave a whole slew of links; since everyone has their own purchasing preferences. Keep reading…
Above is a clip from the upcoming anthology I have been accepted into. I am pretty thrilled about it; so I had to share the news.
This is the second acceptance I’ve had this year. The estimated release is December or January (I think). I shall give more details closer to the actual release date…such as what the anthology is about and how to get a look at it.
I’m unsure if it will be strictly digital or if a physical edition is in the works as well. I’ll share what I know when I know it.
I finished and submitted a short story for something scheduled to be released (hopefully) by the end of the year. Here’s what I know I can reveal… I had to write the story based off an introduction given to me; which was less than a few hundred words. My job was to write what happens next.
With no idea how everything is intended to come together to become a full-length publication, I did get this response…
“I’m definitely including your work in the book so no worries there. I’m hoping for a late Dec or early Jan release. I’ll keep you posted as things progress further. Thank you for your participation and great contribution towards this book, it is much appreciated.“
When things get closer, or more decided, I’ll share the details…same as the title. I did make the cover myself – for no particular reason. Here’s a look at the original concept for the cover:
The dorm room is packed and cleaned; which brings my foray into literary ambition to a close…at least for this year. I didn’t plan to give up after a single year of making resolutions. The big question is how I fared.
Before I cap things off, here’s a look at the cryptic “score sheet” I scrawled out to help become my roadmap. [click to enlarge]
How cryptic was it? I tried to decode it on at least three occasions. The sheet of notebook paper made a lot of sense at the time, but I made alterations as the months rolled by…a bit because the unexpected cropped up, but mostly to make things more challenging for myself.