I am excited to share more publishing news this month. My story “The Jasper Scarab” is featured in a new anthology from Lycopolis Press edited by Dean M. Drinkel titled And Death Shall Have No Dominion: Tales of the Titanic.
At the time I wrote this story I had been reading a collection of noir short stories by some respected authors of the genre. I began exploring noir themes as I developed “The Jasper Scarab,” moving on to a divergent path from my standard horror and dark fiction work. I couldn’t tell you with any certainty that the final story is indeed noir or something else, but the dark influence is most certainly there.
“The Jasper Scarab” tells the story of William Boyd, a lone childhood survivor of the Titanic disaster. An ancient Egyptian artifact that traversed the Atlantic with him appears to be the common thread in a series of tragic events involving loved ones, yet William cannot depart with the object despite his several attempts.
And Death Shall Have No Dominion: Tales of the Titanic is available in paperback on Amazon in the US and UK.
I’m please to announce publication of my dystopian story “the Last Gun” in the digital edition of Section 8 Magazine, an international art and literary publication based in Seattle, Washington, US.
A story of unrequited love and casual violence, “The Last Gun” tells of the Newsman, a self-appointed traveling storyteller, news carrier, and merchant. He pays a routine visit to one of his usual stops – a decrepit American city inhabited by a young population descended from the survivors of a catastrophic civil war. He brings with him news of other communities, old songs, and what is purported to be the last known gun.
You may read the story in full here, no subscription is required: Section8Magazine.com/the-last-gun/.
So I thought I would write a proper post abut this new published story, “Ma’s Good Boys.” It falls under the header “I Is For Imp” in the new anthology The Bestiarum Vocabulum, edited by Dean M. Drinkel, published by Western Legends.
“Ma’s Good Boys” follows a day in the life of one tragic George D. Giovanni, not just a good son, but a great son to his late mother, bless her soul. A series of jolting revelations are suddenly sprung on him as a little imp appears in the house he inherited from Ma and causes all sorts of mischief.
This story was a lot of fun to write, mixing elements of horror, humor, and absurdist scenarios. I hope readers will enjoy it as much as I did creating it.
Check out this list of authors, including some Hellraiser and Star Wars alumni, among new and established masters of horror:
Emile-Louis Tomas Jouvet, Jan Edwards, Martin Roberts, Lisa Jenkins, Peter Mark May, Raven Dane, Joe Mynhardt, Rakie Keig, D.T. Griffith, Mark West, John Palisano, Amelia Mangan, Robert Walker, Christine Dougherty, Tim Dry, Nerine Dorman, Dean M. Drinkel, Christine Morgan, Tej Turner, D.M. Youngquist, Jason D. Brawn, Lily Childs, Andy Taylor, Sandra Norval, Adrian Chamberlin, and Barbie Wilde.
You can find it for sale on Amazon at the following links:
More info on the book can be found here on Western Legends Publishing.