Halloween special?

Was wondering what the thoughts would be on an extra issue for Halloween – horror, ghost stories, frights of 2500 words or less?

This could then become one of the regular extra issues focusing on specific genres?

Maybe also have a Space Opera special issue on April 6th to mark the passing of Isaac Asimov?

But one of the biggest possible changes to genres accepted would be a romance/erotica special issue for St. Valentine’s day.

These are all the extras I could think of at the moment but please contact me with ideas 🙂

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June comes early

WWQ1

WWQ1

I had a few days free last week to concentrate on formatting and putting together the first issue of Wicked Words Quarterly and lo and behold I was able to get my Kindle Direct Publishing account set up and the first issue published.

It can be found on Amazon – Wicked Words Quarterly – Issue 1 June 2014

Now to concentrate on reading the next 100 submissions for the September Issue and start in on the novellas that have been submitted for the December Issue.

This has been much more of a success than I initially thought it would be and that is thanks to the number and quality of submissions I’ve received.

Thanks for all of them and I look forward to reading more from all of you.


One foot then the other

Does everyone go through the rigmarole of life, one foot in front of the other and only at 2am with a bottle of whiskey in front of them and their day behind them realise the futility of their existence.

Looking back 30 years to the Golden Age of their faded youth, the soundtrack of their loves blaring through the earbuds whilst pouring another golden inch.

Is this the reason for the Citalopram, the panic attacks, the hate and anger?

Or is it clearer than that?

30 wasted years regretting one day, not able to give fully ever again, not wanting to be hurt as much as that ever again. Easier to not care, comfort and familiarity over passion and danger.

Another evening of boredom and regret, looking forward to another day of ennui and familiarity.

Not enough passion to hate, not enough care to leave. One foot then the other into the future.


Wicked Words Issue 1

All the stories for the first edition of Wicked Words Quarterly have now been chosen and I’m in the process of editing and formatting for publication. It still seems to be on track for the 1st of June 2014.

The contributors for the first edition are:

  • Nicole Tanquary’s “In a Tower”
  • Logan Merriweather’s “Pipe Monster”
  • Jason D’Aprile’s “Odin Waits”
  • DJ Cockburn’s “Spookmoth”
  • Deborah Bailey’s “Stranger Has Disconnected”
  • Robin Wyatt Dunn’s “The City of the Wren”
  • Phyllis Green’s “The Diary of Margreth Frogonne”
  • Terri Cross Chetwood’s “Diamondback”
  • Adam Gaylord’s “Mac the Repairman”
  • Mai-Chi Pham’s “Dinner Time”
  • Matthew Barbour’s “The Flicker of Farolitos”
  • J.J. Steinfeld’s “The Old Neighbourhoods of Mars”
  • Maggie Denton’s “2007 OR-10”
  • Tony Peak’s “Dare to Sleep”

The final count of submissions was 242 and this is what made most of the choosing difficult as there were so many good stories to read and it was a great privilege to do so.

Hopefully you will enjoy these stories when they are released in less than a months time as much as I’ve enjoyed compiling them.