Sunday, March 23, 2008

March 23, 2008

Good and bad news this time around. First the good: My short story, Fear of Ovens, was accepted for a future issue of Cemetery Moon. (It will be retitled, Phobia, per the edior's request.)

Now for the bad news. UNTIL SOMEBODY LOSES AN EYE, which would have included my story, Boy Parts, will probably not be published. As anyone who reads my news section from time to time will already know, this kind of thing happens to me all the time. So just for fun I've decided to compile a list of the stories I've had accepted only to find out they would not be published due to the closing of the publication, change of editorial staff, or whatever. Here they are in no particular order:

The Last Captain-- was to be published in Seasons in the Night.
Hold the Ketchup-- Flash Fantastic.
The Executioner-- Red Scream.
Electric Love-- Red Scream.
Golfers-- Chainsaw Magazine.
Country Mike-- Grinderphallus.
Sisters-- Meat Grinder Press.
Sole Provider-- Shadowed Realms.
Defense Mechanisms-- Escaping Elsewhere.
Cauliflower-- On the Night Highways.
Boy Parts-- Until Somebody Lose an Eye.

That's the list so far, and I'm sure it will grow as this is the nature of the small press. On the bright side, some of these stories were eventually picked up by other publishers. Having said that, I've learned that it pays to keep plugging away, and that if a story is good enough it will eventually be published.

Two more stories making the rounds:

Decibels to Weird Tales.
Sisters to Slice.

And two more in the works: Sick John and Before and After the Rain.