Postscripts to Darkness 3 Coming; Postscripts to Darkness 4 to Feature a Story by Me!

Whew, that was a long headline…

Sean Moreland and Aalya Ahmad are the editors of Postscripts to Darkness, a self-described collection of strange, striking, and uncanny fiction and art.  Their 3rd issue is coming out soon, and they’re sponsoring some launch parties to unveil their newest effort.  Unfortunately for me, they’re all in Canada, as the poster below sh0ws.  Oh well, you lucky Canucks…

 

poster 3 pstd draft

 

Postscripts to Darkness 4, which will be out in October, features a story by yours truly, a little number with a storied history.  The piece, “The Night Moves,” is an admittedly literary, artsy piece of dark fiction.  I was experimenting with a new style (t0 me, at least) of writing that I call elliptical.  It builds repetitious words and/or phrases, words and phrases that are designed to heighten the mood or give the line more resonance.  So, it had kind of a rough submission  history, where I got a lot of “This is great, but…” rejection letters.  Which I loathe.

Anyway, I had originally planned to call my first short story collection The Night Moves, and kick off with this story.  The story was met with some resistance, and I decided that it probably wasn’t the right place for it, even though I  wanted the collection to show the range I am capable of.  The collection became Little Deaths, and I think it succeeded in that direction even with the loss of this story.

But I still like and believe in this story, so I submitted it to Postscripts to Darkness, and their farsighted, visionary editors accepted it.  So, grab a copy of no. 3 when it comes out, attend the launch party if you find yourself up north, and wait for more word on “The Night Moves” in Postscripts to Darkness 4 later this year!

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About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

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