Slanting My Shadow Into Nico Bell’s Spotlight

Of late, I’ve been sobered by an exceeding sense of privilege:  an abundance of at-home technology which has allowed me, and my children, to remain productive over the course of this uncanny stretch — safety and security are not lost on me, residing in a neighborhood where my family doesn’t have to watch our backs, whether on a walk, or a two-mile jog.  I’m grateful, and should shut up about it.

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In my nascent slouches of attempting to become a published writer, I recall repeating the platitude that I was just happy to be part of the literary conversation.  I’m devoutly aware (whether due to my granted rhythms and windows of fiction manufacturing, or owing to the quality of my product) that there are coteric circles in which I’ll never be included.  I don’t mind, really — I enjoy the writing game too much, and have had too many brushes with luck thus far, to make a nebulous need a priority.

Yet, one of the principles which has not changed, and which I’ll continue to repeat:  that the complicated craft of both pursuing publication and attempting to carve-out a name for oneself in this field yields conversations with colleagues which would remain non-existent if for not the arduous nature of this process.

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One of the conversations in which I was privileged to recently partake was with horror author Nico Bell, whose debut novel, Food Fright, was released by Unnerving this past March, 2020.  Back in February, I participated in her monthly Spotlight Author Interview.  

We had a brief exchange back in February, and I felt as though I’d made another kindred acquaintance in this creatively crowded field — appreciative for establishing another connection in this complicated network.

Again:  I’m grateful.  I’ll shut up about it.

APOSTLES OF THE WEIRD Premiering at StokerCon, 2020: Update from PS Publishing (03/23/2020)

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Cover Art by John Coulthart, Cover Design by Michael Smith

The following is an update from PS Publishing (announced yesterday, Monday March 23, 2020):

As some of you know, we had planned to launch a dozen or more exciting new titles from a very special bunch of authors to showcase at various events at StokerCon.

Since that is no longer an option, in spite of the sterling efforts of Marie O’Regan, Paul Kane and the rest of the StokerCon organising team, we are still going ahead and releasing the titles we planned to launch.

Furthermore, in the lead up to StokerCon, we had planned to announce the new titles in our weekly newsletters. We have decided to carry on doing so. Thus, every Friday, we will be announcing the pre-order pages for the following titles (including previous newsletters):

Friday 6th March
THE MYSTERIES OF THE FACELESS KING: THE BEST SHORT FICTION BY DARRELL SCHWEITZER VOLUME 1
THE LAST HERETIC: THE BEST SHORT FICTION OF DARRELL SCHWEITZER VOLUME 2
APOSTLES OF THE WEIRD edited by S.T. Joshi
HIS OWN MOST FANTASTIC CREATION edited by S.T. Joshi

Read this newsletter, here: http://ow.ly/AquK50yPMst

Friday 13th March
BEST OF BEST NEW HORROR VOLUME 1 edited by Stephen Jones
BEST OF BEST NEW HORROR VOUME 2 edited by Stephen Jones-Editor
DEAD TROUBLE AND OTHER GHOST STORIES by Aidan Chambers
THE CURSE OF THE FLEERS by Basil Copper

Read this newsletter, here: http://ow.ly/tec150yPMBJ

Friday 20th March
WARTS AND ALL by Mark Morris
THE STORM by Paul Kane
FOREVER KONRAD by Martin Goodman

Read this newsletter, here: http://ow.ly/7DQV50yT3Gh

Friday 27th March
THE COMPANION AND OTHER PHANTASMAGORICAL STORIES VOLUME 1 by Ramsey Campbell
THE RETROSPECTIVE AND OTHER PHANTASMAGORICAL STORIES VOLUME 2 by Ramsey Campbell
RAMSEY CAMPBELL, PROBABLY

Friday 3rd April
STUDIO OF SCREAMS by Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon,
Stephen Volk, Mark Morris and Stephen R. Bissette
ENGLAND’S SCREAMING by Sean Hogan (Electric Dreamhouse Press)

Friday 10th April
WE ALL HEAR STORIES IN THE DARK by Robert Shearman

So, there we have it. We are very disappointed to say the least, but for now we can only remain hopeful. So, please, signup to our free newsletter and spread the word. You can subscribe, here: http://ow.ly/A6sO50yPMDf.

We will also be posting content to our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

But, most importantly, stay safe and look after each other during these uncertain times.

update from PS

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I’m keyed to announce that my short story, “Lisa’s Pieces,” is included in the upcoming Apostles of the Weird anthology.  From PS Publishing:  “The eighteen stories making up Apostles of the Weird demonstrate that weird fiction is a multifaceted genre whose emphasis on fear does not preclude pathos, poignancy, and a brooding rumination on our place in this fragile world.”

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The anthology is edited by S.T. Joshi and will premiere at StokerCon (April 16 – 19, 2020) in Sacrborough, UK.  Here’s the impressive TOC:

Introduction, S.T. Joshi
Sebillia, John Shirley
Come Closer, Gemma Files
Widow’s Walk, Jonathan Thomas
The Walls Are Trembling, Steve Rasnic Tem
Trogs, Nancy Kilpatrick
The Zanies of Sorrow, W. H. Pugmire
This Hollow Thing, Lynda E. Rucker
The Outer Boundary, Michael Washburn
Black Museums, Jason V Brock
The Legend of the One-Armed Brakeman, Michael Aronovitz
Lisa’s Pieces, Clint Smith
Everything Is Good in the Forest, George Edwards Murray
Three Knocks On a Buried Door, Richard Gavin
The Thief of Dreams, Darrell Schweitzer
Axolotl House, Cody Goodfellow
Night Time In the Karoo, Lynne Jamneck
Porson’s Piece, Reggie Oliver
Cave Canem, Stephen Woodworth