Got a look at the cover for Courting Morpheus and the list of authors.
Tag line: Courting Morpheus – the tales of authors and their muses suffering the evil that is New Bedlam…or is it they themselves that have unleashed the evil on the town? Sleep is as elusive as the answers they seek…and the end word just won’t come.
- M.R. Sellars
- Jeff Parish
- Brandon Layng
- Louise Bohmer
- Camille Alexa
- Bruce Barber
- J. Daniel Seffens
- Donna M. Shelton
- Nancy Kolodziej
- Kevin J. Hurtack
- David de Beer
- Ann Tupek
- Geoffrey Girard
Now the cover:
They couldn’t keep them confined.
Now they’re out of their minds.
The dark ones have woken.
No words can be spoken.
Before the last is bitten.
The end word must be written.
Has been accepted by Jodi Lee for the Courting Morpheus anthology, to be published next year by Apex Publications. I’ve been waiting seven to eight months on this one, so I’m pretty excited to see this one come about.
And as a side note, the folks at Nortorious Press are looking for a better name for How’d They Do That? — it’s an anthology of quirky mysteries (quirk comes in either the crime itself or how it’s resolved):
Let’s face it, the current temporary title for this anthology is a little soft. We know that. It works fine as a sub-title, and to help solicit on-target submissions, but we really need a sexier title for the finished book. So if you submit a story with a title we adopt (with your permission) for the overall book we’ll gladly pay you double. Even if you don’t submit a story, send us the winning title idea and get $25, credit in the book and 2 free copies if we choose and use your suggestion. (In case of multiple submissions of the same chosen title, first one wins.)
Well, sort of. Mark Watson gives a brief overview of Triangualtion: End of Time over at Best SF. There’s no real critique, but “That Ain’t a Mosey” is one of five stories “picked out for particular praise at a quick re-skim of the volume.” He liked the anthology overall:
The other stories vary from short shorts, to a couple of other substantial stories – mostly pretty fine and dandy, in a volume that gives pretty good value for $12.00 for the deadtree version, and especially good value for $4.00 for the PDF version. Hopefully with some pro-active marketing, and maximum use of the Internet to promote and sell/deliver the book, collections such as these, which would typically have been produced in much lower quality and volumes for local and regional distribution, will have a chance of getting closer to covering cost, or even making a profit!
There’s another look at a few stories in Triangualtion here. Bill Moran doesn’t mention “That Ain’t a Mosey” or anything by any other authors I frequently interact with (such as Mike Stone and his flash “The Bridge”), but he seems to like the anthology, which is the really important point:
Just covering the highlights, this anthology is a must read. Sure, you may not like every story, but each one ends at the beginning of a new story by a new author, and that’s the beauty of any anthology. There are enough winners here to make anyone happy.
I don’t normally get into the whole thing about posting videos, but this is perhaps the best short film I’ve ever seen.
It’s another hold request, but at least it’s not a rejection (although, I did get one of those today from A Clockwork Phoenix for “…Hitman”). This one is a hold for “Routine Maintenance” which could finally see the light of day for Horror Library, Vol. III:
We have received and read your story, and it has made it’s way through our editing staff. We enjoyed it quite a bit and would like to place it on our tentative ‘short list’ for the time being. Not a guarantee that it’ll be in for sure, but let’s just say it’s made it past the first rounds…and is certainly a story I enjoyed on many levels.
“Routine Maintenance” is similar to Stephen King’s “Trucks” — but takes place years after cars have taken over the world. I hope they ultimately take it. “Maintenance” has had a hard time finding a home, with many close misses. I originally wrote it for what was supposed to be a series of anthologies from Scissor Press edited by Jason Marchi, but that one seems to have gone belly up. Horror Library would be a great one for me to get into in any case, and I think “Routine Maintenance” is a good, strong story.