The Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology in which I am published, Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, has been picked up as an alternate main selection for InsightOut’s GLBT Book-of-the-Month club! It will be re-issued as an exclusive book club hardcover edition, so buy a copy for yourself and any of your friends you think might enjoy reading a top-notch queer horror anthology. It contains many other excellent stories in addition to my own “Memory Box”; I’m quite excited about this news and looking forward to my copy arriving soon in the mail. Join me in the anticipation, order your copy today!
Getting the bad news out of the way first, here is an incredibly concerning article about the latest battle on the women’s equal rights front. I’ll get sterilized before I’ll live under any “pre-pregnant” laws if they actually start passing them…and if you know anyone who lives in Utah, get them to write the governor to veto!
In more pleasant news, I finally got around to joining the Horror Writers Association. I qualified as an Affiliate member with the publication of “Memory Box” in the Stoker Award-winning Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, by Dark Scribe Press. It slipped off my list of priorities in the busy-ness of the last several months, so I’m glad to have finally taken care of that.
Related to that, I found out this week that the World Horror Convention will be in Austin,Texas for 2011. How cool is that!
For those of you following the Callie posts, I’ll put up a separate page when we get a little farther along in the story, collecting them in one easier-to-read place. In the meantime I’ll post a link collection every 5 entries or so, like now!
Inside the Box
A Box Has No Windows
Opening the Door
At The Bar
I completely neglected to post this very cool thing when it went up a couple of weeks ago. I’ll soon be back to weekly writerly posts and more frequent news here as some non-internet projects finish up. In the meantime, my awesome Dark Scribe Press editors continue to spread the word about the Unspeakable Horror anthology in various ways. The latest piece of exposure is an interview up on the well-known Fangoria horror fan website. The interview includes short bits from several of the contributing authors, including yours truly!
Click HERE to check out the Fangoria article, or HERE to go to the Amazon link for the anthology, should you be one of those who haven’t yet had the pleasure and wish to correct that lack.
That’s right, folks, the anthology I sold my first story to that was published last year just won the Stoker award for superior achievement in an anthology! That would be Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, available for purchase at the link, in case you’ve somehow missed reading it. I’m very excited, so glad to have been able to attend the conference (thanks again mom!), and I adore my editors (Vince Liaguno, Chad Helder)! They are wonderful, and I’ve really enjoyed meeting them and my fellow contributors, along with many wonderful people too numerous to list individually. I was very impressed by the con, it is by far the most professionally organized con I’ve yet had the pleasure to attend on this side of the ocean. (Tel Aviv’s Icon was the largest and most organized overall, that I’ve attended so far.)
Congratulations to my fellow contributors and editors, I am honored to have been a part of this wonderful project and am looking forward to many more!
Next weekend I’ll be in Burbank, California for the Stoker Awards Weekend conference. The anthology I was published in last year, Unspeakable Horror, is nominated for an award. It will be cool to meet my editors and some of my fellow writers. I’ll even have a new story finished just in case. I’m going with my mom as her birthday present to me, thanks greatest mom in the world! I expect we’ll have lots of fun. Come up and say hello if you’ve been reading me and happen to be there!
Still obviously learning the finer touches of my Phone of Awesomeness, but here’s the cover of my copy of the anthology with my first pro story sale! (Click on the picture to see the full-size version.)
Well, so far our attempts to take a picture of my own contributor’s copy of the Unspeakable Horror anthology have resulted in not enough lighting. You can use the handy Amazon.com link here, though I see that it is listed as temporarily not in stock. I will try to find out if there is an in-stock link available for folks before the holidays, if I do I’ll post it here.
In the meantime, the maids have just left, the house smells good and looks great, and the hot tub is warm and with a new filter. It’s a great day for socializing with friends while lounging around the house alternating with bouts of creativity. Perhaps some of our long-absent friends will decide that today is the day to end their sabbatical away from our awesomeness. If not, ah well, there’s plenty of awesomeness to keep us busy regardless.
In other news, laundry is much less of an onerous chore when it’s in-house. There’s the typical 10 loads to do, but amazingly, not having to haul it across town just brightens my mood about the chore right up.
Hey everyone, it’s been a long, mostly internet-free month for me. My shoulder has been freezing up/acting up so painfully that I haven’t been able to spend very much time working on the computer. It’s been stressful since this was NOT the time to have less online time, too much to do! especially on CC fun stuff.
However, I bought a super-sexy G1 Google phone, which I expect will make it easier to stay connected even if I have bad shoulder ick return. I stayed comfortably near the back of the pack as far as following phone technology, the past 10 years. It was completely worth it to wait for a phone that is at least approaching all the various things I want my phone to do; I had no problem adapting to the interface and sound like a total dorky geek when I talk about it. And my goodness does the querty keyboard make text easier to type on a phone. Fidget-monkey heaven: it has buttons, and a trackball, and a touchscreen, and a fold-out keyboard. As soon as they figure out the app to send and receive video phonecalls, the science-fiction feel will be complete. Oh, and I’m insanely jealous of the armband attachment I saw at Best Buy for the Apple 3G, if anyone knows where I can get one for mine, I can’t avoid those little cyborg cravings. Strapping it on is a good interim substitute for jacking in, eh?
Check out my next post for a picture from my new phone; I got my contributor’s copies from Dark Scribe Press for the Unspeakable Horror anthology. I’m so excited! Keep pre-ordering, the official release date for the anthology is December 1.
Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows Of the Closet is now available for pre-order! I haven’t received my contributor’s copy yet but the proofs looked great, and I’m really excited about this anthology. You can find it on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0981863205/unspeakableho-20 if you’d like to reserve yours before release!
While I still find myself a bit puzzled about the concept and feasibility of book trailers in general (which could be related to the fact I haven’t watched any regular TV in oh, about 16 years now), as far as I can tell this seems like a good specimen of the species. Once again, I’ve been really pleased with my interactions with Dark Scribe Press during this anthology project, would definitely work with them again if the opportunity arose, and I’m excited about the book’s release near the end of the year.