Work, work, work…I am the busiest unemployed person ever.
Just sold a story to Postscripts to Darkness, and I’m thrilled with this particular story. A little background…
I wrote “The Night Moves” as an introduction to the collection that became Little Deaths. (Buy it. It’s good, and not because I said so, but because it’s been very well reviewed, and has made the HWA 2012 Bram Stoker Recommended Reading List.). Anyway, my intention was that this collection would take its name from this story. And I am proud of the story because it is…well…so different. It’s a very short (2,000 words) piece and very stylized. It felt great to write it, because it allowed me to open doors I hadn’t opened within me and let me stretch my wings in different ways. It’s an experiment in elliptical writing, a style that I have been honing for a while.
But as with many experiments, it was a hard sell. I got a lot of very nice, even complimentary rejection notes (which, to me, have always been the worst kind). And my publisher and editor both didn’t much like the story, so it ended up being cut from what became Little Deaths. That sting was eased somewhat because we replaced it with “Bolts,” a story that pretty much everyone loves.
So, “The Night Moves” sat in my “For Sale” folder for a long time, until I despaired of actually selling it. But the fine folks at Postscripts to Darkness bought it, and god bless ’em. The issue featuring this story should be out sometime next year.
So, what else is up? Hmmm…well, The Bell Witch is making the rounds of agents, trying to find a home. While that is out and about, I’m trying to replenish the well of short stories I drained to produce Little Deaths. I’m working on about eight right now. I’ve got one I’m particularly interested in. It’s called “A Despair of Birds,” and it’s…well…weird and depressing and macabre. I’ve got a few others that should see the light of day before the end of the year (and the end of the world, incidentally, on my birthday, Dec. 21. Go, Mayans!) One is a sort of follow-up to my short story called “Cold Calls,” about an unlikely vampire hunter. This one’s called “Cold Storage,” and should be a funny little revisit to the character of Buddy Burnett. I’ve got another that concerns fingernail biting, survey taking and a weird clock repair shop.
As far as what’s on the horizon, I’ve got a story in Horror Library V that should be out any day; another in Black Ink Horror, and another in a western horror anthology called Edge of Sundown. And the second part of my scifi ghost story “Visitation” should be up at Schrodinger’s Mouse tomorrow, with Part III following soon.
That’s my update. I’ll be posting a longer blog soon that’s part of a bigger blog “tag” thing that involves a lot of authors. More info on that coming.
Tomorrow, I see Skyfall. Looking forward to that. Then next week, Lincoln. I am such a Civil War geek, and so deeply moved by Lincoln, that I might actually cry, especially if John Williams’ score tugs at my rusty heart strings.