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...into the brick oven. Planet X Publications, the outfit I am partner in, has decided to close its doors as of the publication of the Weird Westerns anthology, sometime around Halloween. We had to turn away three collections and a novel. There were a couple of projects that I had been shepherding that I wanted to find an outlet for, but nobody had the right terms. So I've opened a new imprint. Am negotiating with my investor to see what kinda deal we can work so I don't need to crowdfund...
My friend Christopher was born with ameleogenesis imperfecta, a condition that essentially causes his teeth to rot and break much more easily than normal because they lack proper enamel protection. This condition has gotten so bad that the man can barely eat and suffers from constant pain. He lacks medical insurance, like so many of us. So we in the weird fiction community have gotten together to try to help raise the funds necessary to get his teeth fixed once and for all. It would be...
Today we announced at 9 am PST that we were going to put together a limited-edition chapbook, in which the writers write stories based on the titles of Black Sabbath songs. Budget strictly limited, small crew sorta thing. By 1 pm, we were full. So we can safely announce that the anthology Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath will be available during January 2020. It will contain sixteen tales and three bonus tracks, with a cover by renowned artist Robert H. Knox and a cast which includes the publisher...
As some of you may know, I am the editor-in-chief of a small press, seen to be "upcoming" in some circles and probably "uppity" in others. It's a full-time job, and a constant learning experience. The primadonna factor is less than I thought it would be...which is a good thing. I've never had a nasty letter from a prospective writer, and only a few have groused publicly. One of the most enjoyable things is making connections. As editor, I'm the guy that makes first contact, and often I'm...

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I've been discovering the joys of the 'ignore' feature recently. Far more enjoyable than getting annoyed by certain mindless members. I suppose I had been afraid of 'missing something'...but, yanno, I ain't missin' a thing. The internet is the home of the ill-informed hot take, so I shouldn't be surprised. On the other paw, I have two books coming out around the end of this week -- both of them are specfic/horror anthologies from Planet X Publications. Test Patterns: Creature Features is the...
Is the prompt for this month's LM event. I've already finished and polished my piece...as usual trying to find the boundaries of what one can do with 650 words, but perhaps not quite as ambitious as the last two. This entry involves women, cats, and Tom Swifties. There's some tough competition this time around and perhaps my record of never finishing lower than second will be in danger. We shall see. I'm becoming a fan of the two folks that run the LM. They've been able to implement a couple...
The title of an old Doors track, and the theme of this round of Literary Maneuvers. I admit that I have a small problem with the 650-word requirement. It's too many words. So my compromise this time around is to create a themed collection of short-shorts, like knickers on a clothesline, based on a couple of premises brought up by the late great Fredric Brown, author of "Knock". I've already begun to sketch out the dozen or so shorts I'll need, allowing for plot arcs, character development...
Ingredients for crust: 50 vanilla wafers, ground down to powder 1 stick butter, softened How to: mix the butter and crumbs and pour them into an oiled springform pan. Pat down evenly over bottom of pan. Cool in fridge for 15 minutes or so. Ingredients for cheesecake: 3/4 lb cream cheese 1/4 lb neufchatel cheese 1 tsp each of: vanilla lemon juice almond extract 1 6 oz can sweetened condensed milk 1/4 cup honey 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar 1 small tub sour cream 2 eggs How to: Mix it all...
Been busy blogwise this week...having moved a number of MP3s into a folder on my website, I updated the jukebox sidebar there and embarked on a project to explain how each of those songs came to be. Also took on the copy/pasting of a number of old blogposts to the new blogsite, and worked some on my soon-to-be-re-unveiled blognovel. The reason why I tell you this, dear reader, is because I've recently been plucked from the great lemminglike herd of wf members (well okay, we only smell like...
Yeah. Here I am,ninety days or so after leaving the “convalescent center”,still occasionally short of breath,wearing a tube in my nose with fifty feet of frequently-tangled green cord trailing me around the apartment,with a boarder that drives me bananas,and I call it progress. Gad. The recovery can take up to a year,or so I’ve been told…and it is possible that I may have this chalupa in my snout until the end of my stomping on this terra. The boarder for somewhat less time. That’s...
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