Mistakes happen. They do. Lots of people make them, and that's why they taste so sour. What did I do? Confession time, I fear. Well, I bent a trope and the rope in the trope has a knot in the end that belted me on the backside and left a blue bruise. What? Oh, okay, … Continue reading Bending Tropes
This was supposed to be: How to Find a Reader … And it started like this: Ooooooh! BookClubs - love bookclubs ... which one? There are bookclubs out there, and places readers can apply to get pre-published books as long as they do a review. There are places readers can go to find books published … Continue reading Take a Holiday in a Story
Do you write short horror stories? Read on, Poe …
Dark Ink Books, the home of Tom Savini’s and Kane Hodder’s official
biographies is proud to announce an open call for submissions for its newest
thematic horror fiction anthology.
“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.”
-Edgar Allan Poe, The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether
For this submission period, we are asking for literary horror stories that
contain major plot elements of nightmares, illusions, hallucinations,
delusions, or waking dreams. Quality of writing, adherence to call
parameters, originality, and alignment with other stories selected for
publication are the determining factors in selection or rejection for this
Working Title: The Half That You See: Nightmares, Deliriums, and Illusions
Submissions will be accepted April 1, 2020, through April 30, 2020, only.
Response time: Decisions will be emailed before June 1. If a submission is
held for more than three weeks, it is likely being considered for…
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This week we are celebrating the nomination for the Bram Stoker Awards of Greg Chapman’s short story ‘The Book of Last Words’ by making the collection FREE for five days from Amazon. This is the kindle version, and includes some of Greg’s amazing artwork as well as his distinctive story-writing, so grab yourself a copy and, if you’re a voting HWA member, vote for Greg’s story!
This is the last day! Last call for takers: Not on the Cards Last day it will be free. Come see, come see, take a chance to read a modern story of urban fantastic set in Camberwell Markets, Melbourne, Australia. http://books2read.com/NotOnTheCards Smashwords only, last day, come one, come all ... Oh, and have a look … Continue reading Urban Fantasy?
Hmmm, energy abounds, says one draw. But I'm a bit tired and might have a nap before I consider the message further ... Or maybe pull another card: Judgement. Yes, sounds much more interesting. Oh, Judgement. What does it mean - am I to sit in judgement? Of what or whom? Me or them? Do … Continue reading Read the Cards
Character, a Writerly Discussion: Lots of books deal with how to create characters, enhance a story with great characterisation, and other techniques – but ask this first: Why will a reader connect to this person? What’s special about them? Is it clear something needs to change? What is the journey they need to undertake to … Continue reading Who Is This Person?
My page is here, but there are many other Indie Authors who may pique your readerly interests. Have a look, check out the discounts. And spread the word! Readers: Where to Find Books Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Catalog - This is the hub of the action, where you find nearly 80,000 multi-format books regularly priced at free … Continue reading Smashwords in March!!
Not the scratchy kind. This Itchy is a bloke in a story. The one I submitted for Outback Horrors by Things in the Well. The email came, and I ignored it for a few minutes, responded to some other stuff, kept glancing at it. Clicked on the tab to open it, read it -- The … Continue reading Itchy
Today is 26 Feb (in Australia). Tomorrow the anthology comes out. Still available for pre-order until then, but it can be in your reader ... And there's a special offer I'll make, just for you: If you can find the one error in my story, I'll send you a free eBook. You can choose which … Continue reading Ahem, Hope …