So I'm a list maker. I wasn't always a list maker but in order to keep things straight these days I find it's just something I have to do. During the course of this week I've had some updates on book releases I knew were coming and an addition to share as well so for those interested I'm sorry... You're probably gonna get sick of seeing my name this year and it will likely only get worse since I have several pending submissions as well.
For anyone who may be unfamiliar with me I'm kind of a workaholic. Even when I try to slow down it seems I just can't. Without doing a thing I knew I would have 6 or 7 anthology releases this year plus my debut novel if I ever find the time to work on the damn thing! Since the year began I was able to recover over a dozen stories of varying lengths that I thought had been lost forever which only added to a rather large list of stories I hadn't placed anywhere yet. In total I had and still have over 30 stories with no home for a grand total of around 150,000 words, give or take. For perspective Dickens' classic, A Tale Of Two Cities, is about 120,000 words long. So yeah... I have a lot of work currently homeless. Some shorter things I may simply post here, some are longer so I may be able to put them out individually, some I may be able to expand into full novels but that's work for another day and I have a full plate already. So in the last few weeks I've started submitting some of these stories around so it isn't out of the question that I'll have a dozen releases this year or even more. Again that's something for another day.. here is what I do know...
The first update is for What Screams In The Dark Volumes 1 & 2, which had originally been set for a February 8th release, has been pushed back to April 22nd. This was a minor contractual change having nothing to do with the work. It was a pleasant surprise to be invited to contribute to not just Volume 1 but again when it expanded into two volumes! It wasn't my first invitation into an anthology but I haven't had many so it makes me feel pretty damn good. A huge thank you goes out to Richard Raven for the invite and all the work he, along with Theresa Scott-Matthews and Becky Narron, have done. This grew quickly from a cool idea to a "Holy Shit! We have too much for one book." project so I thank them for all the hard work that no one ever sees. Living Monstrosity, my version of a zombie story, will appear in Volume 1 and Blood & Thunder, my version of a bloody ghost story, will appear in Volume 2 - all due out on April 22nd!
The second update I have is on the Editor's Pick anthology coming from HorrorAddicts.net for selected writings from The Next Great Horror Contest. For anyone who didn't follow the contest (that's okay) it was a writing contest lasting several months consisting of, I believe, 14 separate writing challenges to determine the winner. Big congrats to Jonathan Fortin on the win - he's an awesome writer so be sure to check him out! For my part I finished in the Top Ten but, honestly, my style was never going to win it - something I realized about half way through but continued on anyway. Everything worked out in the end since I had a couple publishers duking it out to get their hands on my debut novel when I had it finished. Anyway, I'm supposed to be giving you an update... It appears everything is just about all set and the book will likely be released some time in March though the exact date hasn't been set yet. My contribution is a humorous essay (dark humor, duh!) called Horror Addiction: Is There A Cure? which I really can't wait for people to be able to read. If you read the interview I posted you'll have a little taste of what it's like.
I'm excited about this next update. Submissions for Flash Fiction Addiction are finally closed and the TOC (table of contents) is set! Sam Phillips and Adam Bennet who run Zombie Pirate Publishing are two guys I've been looking forward to working with for quite some time and FFA was the first opportunity I had to actually do it. I submitted my tale, Death Revenge, and was accepted into FFA several months ago but now the threshold of 100 stories has been reached and a release date of April 15th has been set! If you're not familiar with flash fiction it's exactly what it sounds like, quick stories of only a couple pages that can be devoured in a flash. The guidelines for this were stories of 1000 words or less. My contribution, Death Revenge, is about a man who murders his wife then goes fishing. Sounds simple but my initial attempt was about twice the proper length and needed to be condensed down to meet the 1000 word threshold. The economy of words and story telling makes this one pretty much all punch from start to finish. So mark your calendar for April 15th - I'll post up a pre-order link as soon as it's available.
The final update I have for you is a fun one. A couple weeks ago Kevin Kennedy invited me to contribute up to three - 100 word tales - for the sequel to his popular 100 Word Horrors that released last year. These little tales are called drabbles and I was honored to get the invite. I had one 100 word story on hand then quickly put together two more to submit. Luckily Kevin liked one of the three, a story called Doomed, so I get to sit alongside some of my writer friends but also a bunch who are new to me. I joked several years ago with a writer friend that it takes me a page just to say hello so you can imagine how difficult it is to put out something interesting in exactly 100 words. It's almost sad that it will take a reader a few seconds to read what I struggled over for an entire afternoon. If flash fiction puts my wordsmithing to the test then this is akin to the trials of Hercules! I hope you enjoy it and I'm sure I will have a release date for it very soon.
I'm sure I'll have some more updates on release dates, cover reveals and additional acceptances very soon so stay tuned. Currently I have 5 more pending submissions and a few more I need to send out so it could end up being quite a year for my writing. Now I need to finish my share of the editing on the anthology, Blood From A Tombstone, coming from myself and editing partner Don Smith Jr so that I can get back onto the edits on my debut novel, Piece It All Back Together. If you're interested in the work I have published and what I have coming up just visit the "About Feind" page. I've tried to give a very brief description of every story as well so you know what you're getting into. I'll also have another fun post coming later this afternoon, another leftover from The Next Great Horror Writer Contest.