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11/6/2018 - COUNTDOWN TO SHADY ACRES

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 - two weeks from today - will see the publication of my first story collection, SHADY ACRES AND DARKER PLACES. The book will be available in three formats:

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- a general trade paperback containing 21 stories, plus an introduction and story notes ($15)

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- an EPUB formatted e-book ($2.99)

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- a hardcover first edition, signed and numbered, limited to fifty copies worldwide and containing five additional old, odd, and uncollected pieces in a bonus section titled IT CRAWLED FROM THE TRUNK! ($25)

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AS YET I have no sales links for the trade paperback or e-book. As the book populates through sales channels, I should be able to better point you to where you can purchase either of those online. A small number of signed copies of the trade paperback will be available through the website for those who want their book defaced, something Amazon has yet to learn to offer on demand. Details to come.

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The limited hardcover is ONLY available through this website. You can place your order beginning TODAY, November 6, by clicking the banner at the top of this page OR by clicking here. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

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The table of contents for the book:

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    The Golem-Maker of Buchenwald

    Good Bait

    The Sinking Tomb

    The Last Ride of the Hole In The Well Gang

    Dial ‘C’ For Consultant

    The Jail In Shinjuku Ward

    Lorem Ipsum Donald

    Ark of the Revenant

    Fear #7

    Every Hero An Hombre, Every Wolf A Clown

    To The Devil, A Goat

    One Man’s Famine

    The Shaman In Relief

    Shady Acres

    Erin Beiber’s Wild Ride

    The Trapdoor

    Tacklesmooches

    Physicians’ Ball

    In Days of Auld Cheil’s Crime

    Bobby Boxster in Eight Measures

    Withering

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The limited hardcover edition includes everything in the trade paperback, plus an additional section titled "It Crawled From The Trunk!" with material covering the formative years from high school to my first professional sale:

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    In Need of Mental Help (1983) 

    Pals (1988)

    Waiting For…Godot (an unproduced short film script) (2000)

    Mister Eddie (2006)

    Linus On The Savanah (1997)

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It’s going to be a squirrelly two weeks here on the home front, but the good kind, not the kind that steals ten pounds of peaches off your tree.

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~o~

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Beginning next Tuesday, I’m giving myself a day-driven deadline in an effort to keep the wheels turning and the machine greased while I work on other things. Deadlines are a good thing, especially when one is trying to produce, the old adage being that it’s far easier to start than to finish. So next Tuesday sees the debut of the first of THE TWITCHDAY PAPERS on the blog, which has an audience participation bent to it and will be simul-posted on Doug Lane Writes on Facebook. 

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In other publishing-related news, a dead-trees edition of PULP MODERN containing “The Great Unknown” (which gets a call-out in the review on the UNLAWFUL ACTS blog) is now available via Amazon here

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And finally, my story “The Floor Is Lava” leads off the October 2018 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly, which can be purchased here.

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9/22/2018 - EQUINOX-IALLY SPEAKING

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While SHADY ACRES continues to move towards publication (official announcement is in the works, cover reveals coming soon), the astronomical calendar compels a sneak preview.

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SEASONS IN THE ABYSS, the 2011 flash fiction anthology built around the four seasons, edited by Jack Burton and published by Blood Bound Books, had three stories of mine within its covers. One of these was a tale for the autumnal equinox about two kids with some livestock and a plan. Presented for one thematic day only over in the blog before it goes to live within the pages of SHADY ACRES, I hope you take a couple of minutes to enjoy “To The Devil, A Goat”.

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UPDATE: Aaaand the 24 hour clock has run out. But you can read “To The Devil, A Goat” again in a couple of months, when SHADY ACRES AND DARKER PLACES drops from Midnight-to-Three Publishing.

 

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7/25/2018 - FRESH BLOG

 

After about a dozen false starts, I’ve posted a Harlan Ellison memorial in the blog today. It’s hefty, but it feels good to share. Thanks, Harlan. And as you once told me, be good, and if you can’t be good, at least be smart about it. 

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Read “Clearly, Harlan Ellison Is To Blame (A Love Story)”

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7/19/2018 - FAREWELLS AND WELCOMES

 

On June 28th, writer Harlan Ellison died. I’m still trying to find the proper words by which to remember the man who crafted some of the finest short stories of the 20th century, and the man who called me his friend. If I can figure out how to say what I want/need to say, you’ll see it in the blog soon. If I can’t, well, there are a ton of appreciations out there if you want to understand who he was. I’d start with Carol Cooper’s in the VILLAGE VOICE.  And if you want to delve into his work, it’s a lot easier to find thanks to the Internet than it was when I was first seeking it. Google and give him a read.

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Speaking of reads, the Kindle version of PULP MODERN magazine Volume 2, Number 3 - with my story “The Great Unknown” in the lead-off slot - is available now via Amazon if you’re a Kindle person and enjoy crime fiction. Dead trees version of the issue is still in the works. Watch this space for further developments.

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Work has slowed on the upcoming release of SHADY ACRES AND DARKER PLACES - real-world intrusions and the like - but as yet, it’s still on track to release this year. Maybe in time for Christmas. It’s a perfect opportunity to support an independent writer AND a reader you like.

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6/14/2018 - NEW NEW NEW!

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Item the First: NEW COLORS! 

You might notice the white-on-black, grim, dark, misery-besotted theme of the previous incarnation of the website has become a blue-sky blue. This is kinda the shade my office has been repainted as part of the ongoing renovation, and it’s the sort of cool blue that I find soothing. So when it came time to bring the site into its new design digs (using Sparkle now instead of the late and only slightly lamented iWeb) I figured it was also time to give it a more cheerful facelift that reflected the current status. There will inevitably be kinks to be worked out (for example, blog posting is NOT intuitive thus far) but I already like the place more. Like my office.

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Item the Second: NEW STORY! 

My flash fiction piece “Time of Reflection” is today’s story from Daily Science Fiction. It’s a bit of SF creepiness that won’t even take a coffee break to absorb, so I encourage you to click below to give it a read:

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Item the Third: NEW SALES!

Two additional stories have been picked up for publication later this year. Bards and Sages Quarterly (which previously published “One Man’s Famine”) has accepted my tale “The Floor Is Lava” for publication this fall; and Pulp Modern accepted the gritty crime story “The Great Unknown” for an upcoming issue. 

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In the midst of juggling the business of subs and resubs and sales and new stories, work also continues on SHADY ACRES AND DARKER PLACES, which continues moving towards publication. There should be some sort of official announcement of a firm publication date soon. I can tell you there will be both trade paperback and ebook versions available, and contents are firming up for the projected limited hardcover release (26 lettered) with a little extra for people who like cloth-covered boards. As usual, more as I know it. 

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Hardcovcer limited (left) and trade paperback

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“I was eleven the summer he rolled into Peninsula on a rehab assignment for the Mustangs. Three weeks later, he dropped dead mid-pitch in the third inning, feet on the mound at Mirabeau Lamar field, face in the grass on the first base side, eyes locked in a sightless stare.”

from “Dutch Dawson’s Last Curve”

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