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“Hart House” Is Live on Horror D’oeuvres!

Horror d'oeuvres

“Hart House” was my first attempt at a haunted house story. It was also the first story that gave me the creeps while I was writing it. It probably didn’t help that I was writing late at night in the basement, and if you read the story you’ll see that bad things happen in the Harts’ basement. Several times I had to throw on the lights and check for house monsters. This is one of the occupational hazards to being a horror writer. The other is that most people who hear you’re a horror writer think you’re a complete sicko. Which is not a problem for me, because people thought that about me well before I became a horror writer.

You’ll need a subscription to read the entire story on the Horror d’oeuvres site. (Kindle subscriptions are available for only 99 cents a month. You get about four flash stories a month. Or you can pay $29.99 and get a lifetime subscription to the site. A pretty good deal, if you ask me.)

If you don’t have a subscription you can check out a preview of my story here.

“The League of Lame Superheroes” Published in Third Flatiron’s Spring Anthology!

My short story “The League of Lame Superheroes” has been published in Third Flatiron’s Spring anthology “Astronomical Odds.”

This is my first published superhero story. But I have a feeling there are many more to come :)

Here’s the synopsis: The beleaguered League of Superheroes has failed to save the world 17 times in the past year alone. But when Professor Edison destroys the All-Star Champions of the Multiverse, the League is the world’s only hope. Will they overcome the odds and defeat the supervillain or will they prove to everyone that they truly are lame?

Here’s the Table of Contents for “Astronomical Odds”:

“In the Blood” by Ken Altabef
“Garden of Fog and Monsters” by Michelle Ann King
“From Here to the Northern Line” by Edoardo Albert
“Mother of All” by John A. McColley
“The Shamrock Award” by Jennifer R. Povey
“The League of Lame Superheroes” by James Aquilone
“Casualties” by Martin Clark
“Good Odds for Murder” by Iain Ishbel
“A Clone Called Slick” by Garry McNulty
“Time’s Elastic String” by Nick Slosser
“Lost in the Mail” by Benjamin T. Smith
“Birth Lottery” by Susan Nance Carhart
“The Olinauts” by Adele Gardner

Full ebook price: $2.99 USD. Print paperback available soon.

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Available soon from iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and other online distributors.

“Bad Poets Society” Is on Cast of Wonders!

Cast of Wonders has done an amazing reading of my story “Bad Poets Society” on its podcast.

Check it out here.

SHORT STORY SALE: “The League of Lame Superheroes” to Third Flatiron

Superheroes are what probably got me into speculative fiction. I pretty much only read comic books until I was 12, with the occasional Choose Your Own Adventure thrown in there.

So I’m stoked to be having a superhero story (my first of hopefully many) in Third Flatiron‘s spring 2014 anthology. The theme is “Astronomical Odds.”

Here’s the synopsis: The beleaguered League of Superheroes has failed to save the world 17 times in the past year alone. But when Professor Edison destroys the All-Star Champions of the Multiverse, the League is the world’s only hope. Will they overcome the odds and defeat the supervillain or will they prove to everyone that they truly are lame?

The anthology should be out on March 15.

Link-O-Rama

I’ve been a busy, busy boy as of late. Here are links to some of the things I’ve done online in the past few weeks:

And the Winner Is…Me!

My story “The Zombie Who Had a Name” was among the winners of Bards and Sages Quarterly’s 2013 Readers Choice Awards!

The story appearned in the October 2013 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly and will be reprinted, along with the other winning stories, in next year’s Bardic Tales and Sage Advice anthology.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Bards and Sages’ 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards

Voting is now open for Bards and Sages’ 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. My story, “The Zombie Who Had a Name,” was in the October issue.

You don’t have to vote for me, of course. There are a bunch of great stories in the October issue as well as the other issues from 2013.

If you want to vote responsibly — follow the links below to get a copy of the October issue, and, you know, read the stories.

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Paperback

Smashwords (EPUB, PDF, MOBI, LRF, PDB)

VOTE HERE: Readers’ Choice Awards

“The Zombie Who Had a Name” in Bards and Sages Quarterly

Bards and Sages Quarterly (October 2013) — which includes my story “The Zombie Who Had a Name” — is out.

You can pick up the issue at these fine retailers:

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Paperback

Smashwords (EPUB, PDF, MOBI, LRF, PDB)

“The Baseball Gods” Is Live on Every Day Fiction

My dark fantasy story “The Baseball Gods” is up at Every Day Fiction.

Don’t forget to rate it!

SHORT STORY SALE: “The Baseball Gods” to Every Day Fiction

As a kid I had two loves: fantasy and baseball. (Not to be confused with fantasy baseball.) These days I’m probably more into the world of magic and mystery than balls and strikes, but I did manage to wed the two — and you can read it at Every Day Fiction on June 26.

This story took me about a week to write, which is damn quick for me, and is also a turn from my more whimsical and humorous stories (though there are a few jokes in there) that I had been writing last year.

This is my fourth sale overall and second in the last two months. (Could I be on a roll?)

(Here’s a link to the other stories coming out in June on EDF.)