I’ve Been Gutted!


So, dunno if you’ve heard or not, but Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward, editors of the forthcoming Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, announced their first accepted story.  Since this is my blog, you can probably guess that story was mine, a long short (or short novella) entitled “Cards for His Spokes, Coins for His Fare.”

Doug and I met at the recent WHC in Atlanta, where we talked about this project, an invite-only antho.  I told him I already had an idea going that sounded as if it would fit perfectly.  I finished the story when I got back, and I guess they agreed.  It’s another patented King of Pain story, centering around a young boy and his first 10-speed bike back in the early 1970s.  And then…well…to give you any more would be to spoil the delicious frisson of sadness that runs through the piece.

I’m jazzed about this particular story and very excited to be in this project.  I suspect they’re going to have more hellacious announcements to make soon, and that the TOC for this one will be outstanding.  It’s out next year from Crystal Lake Publishing, so more on it as I find out.

By the way, thanks to all the beta readers for this story for their help!  You know who you are.

Oh, and like the beautiful cover art?  It’s by artist Caitlin Hackett.

Follow the project on Facebook here.

Go to Crystal Lake Publishing for more info!


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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