Spring Blitz 2017 – A Storm’s a Coming

April 2, 2017 at 1:47 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , )

And so begins my April 2017 submission blitz.

I’m returning to my blog after a much needed hiatus. I started off this blitz with a submission of a strange story to an offbeat literary journal. I’ve had some luck with these in the past, my fiction sometimes blurring the line between “literary” and “genre”. In fact, a new publication for this month, my short story, “A Distaste for Dust” falls into this category. It’s dark and strange, but only sort of horror. It is making an appearance this April in Issue #2 of the Gathering Storm Magazine (https://www.gatheringstormmagazine.com/copy-of-volume-1-issue-1), a venue that seeks submissions based on a few inspiring themes for each issue. I’ve already written three stories as a result of these themes, and I’m happy to have the editors select one of those three for publication out of hundreds of submissions.

I have more coming out this April and I’ll advise you as it happens.  There’s plenty of excitement in store for 2017 and even more, I hope, after this blitz.


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Let’s Blitz Again – Almost There

October 28, 2016 at 10:57 pm (writing) (, , , , , , , )

11667_300667415031_6542402_n-editedI’m nearing the end of my blitz, Halloween and the start of the cold season. I’m hoping I’ll get several stories finished over the next few months, preparing for my first annual January blitz. It was nice to relax standards a little and send things out to newer, smaller venues offering token payments and interesting contests with not much in the way of prize money. With more focus on my day job lately, my aspirations have changed somewhat. I may dedicate the next couple of months to mixture of writing and some serious editing. I think I’m due for a new round of novel submissions, but I’d like to give them a bit of a tune-up first.

My last couple of submissions have gone to a genre competition being held by a literary magazine (whaaat?) and one of a newer publisher’s start-up anthology. It’s theme works with the story’s content, which has generated a fair amount of interest but has yet to clinch a “yes”. I may throw it into the “rewrite” pile if it gets another rejection. I actually expected it to get in somewhere long before some of the stories that followed it (but they went first.

I’m off to figure out my costume for Monday, and maybe give my daughter a hand at sewing hers. I hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll post again soon.

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Women in Horror – Spotlight: Evelyn DeShane

February 14, 2014 at 12:28 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , )

My spotlight today, with Valentine’s Day looming, falls on one of the writers in the Grotesquerie whose forte is romance and who believes “every story is a love story” … apparently even if horror is involved. Offering up the short story “Baby Eyes,” she has dipped her toe into horror more than once in her written works. Her published horror includes her flash piece on microhorror.com and will include her tale in the upcoming To Hell with Dante from Martinus Press.

She’s also a literary writer and a poet, a purveyor of diverse creativity.

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Women in Horror – Spotlight: K. W. Taylor

February 12, 2014 at 12:31 am (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , )

Today’s spotlight falls on the Zen author of the Grotesquerie, writer of the short story “Dharma”. She is part of the craft in heart, soul and mind, working a day job as a college English teacher and involved in an assortment of literary projects. Her blog is thoughtful and inquiring, and she has published her works in such anthologies as Touched by Darkness from Etopia Press and Once Bitten, Never Die from Wicked East Press.

Her fans describe her work as “incredible,” “sinister” and “unputdownable” (I kid you not.)

Find out more about this intriguing lady at her Website, http://kwtaylorwriter.com/ , or take a look at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/K.W.-Taylor/e/B005Y183PE .

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