Wicked Words Quarterly Issue 3

Another issue has now been published for Wicked Words Quarterly, this time there is a small Japanese-theme running through some of the stories which was absolutely accidental.

There were hundreds of Novellas offered for one space and I was wondering if there was call for an annual New Year Novella collection – though this would have to be purely profit share as all other backers have now removed themselves from the publishing and running of this publication and it is all down to me now.

Please let me know what you think.

Contributors for December 2014 are:

This is now available at Amazon UK and Amazon US in Kindle and paperback format.

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WWQ3

Dennis Mombauer’s “Nowherian Funeral”

Dennis, born 1984, grew up along the Rhine and today lives and works in Cologne. He writes short stories and novels in German and English and is co-publisher and editor of a German magazine for experimental fiction, “Die Novelle – Zeitschrift für Experimentelles” (http://dienovelle.blogspot.de/).

Samantha Lienhard’sRokurokubi

Samantha has wanted to be an author her entire life, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program. Her past publications include a horror serial called Sacreya’s legacy, a horror/comedy novella called The Accidental Zombie, a Lovecraftian serial called The Book at Dernier, and numerous pieces of flash fiction. Samantha is an affiliate member of the HWA and her website is http://www.samanthalienhard.com/

Conor Power-Smith’sHarry’s Homework

Conor Powers-Smith grew up in New Jersey and Ireland. He currently lives on Cape Cod, where he works as a reporter.

Gerri Leen’sFox Fire

Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. She has a collection of short stories, Life Without Crows, out from Hadley Rille Books, and stories and poems published or accepted in such places as: Escape Pod, Ares Magazine, Sword and Sorceress XXIII, Spinetinglers, She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror and Dia de los Muertos. See more at http://www.gerrileen.com.

Gary Girod’sMalvore

Gary Girod has previously been published in Tales of Old, Mystic Signals, fiction365.com and the Wi-Files among others. His novella ‘The Last Pet Shop in Belfast’ is available on Amazon Kindle.

Charles Gramlich’sLong Dead Woman in a Black Dress

Some of Charles’ stories have been published in anthologies like Dark Terrors and Dark Voices IV, as well as in a variety of both print and online magazines such as Dead of Night and Beat to a Pulp. Many of his published horror tales were collected in an anthology called In the Language of Scorpions. Charles is an active member of the Horror Writers Association.

Pam Phillips’The Undying Pen

Pam Phillips has been making up stories since she was a little girl pretending her fingers wielded poisonous stingers. Now she plays amateur naturalist learning about the bees in her garden. The bees hardly ever wield their poisonous stingers.

You can find more stories at www.pamphillips.net.

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Wicked Words Issue 2

It’s done!

Clockwork

Clockwork

This reading for this issue took much longer than the previous issue, this was due to two main factors; I was finishing off my Open University degree and had to write a 4500 word essay concerning 15th century Flemish Altarpieces and the other factor was the amount of submissions, well over 250 this time.

A lot of strong stories which made it even harder to choose which to include, but the ones I have included are:

  • The Sled by Edward McDermott
  • Closing Schrödinger’s Box by Michael W. Lucht
  • 6/13 by Luke Walker
  • The Corruption of Rome by Nick Nafpilotis
  • The Spume Horse by Bo Balder
  • Pit Stop by S. Kay Nash
  • The Duke’s Fountain by Hugh O’Donnell
  • My Four Foundling Fathers by Michael Andre-Driussi
  • Red Zoo by Paul McMahon
  • Whatever It Takes by Wendy Hammer
  • Like Father by Justin Koch
  • The Watchmaker by Todd Scott Moffet

A few weeks of formatting and editing ahead to get it ready to publish in September and then continue reading the stories already submitted for the December issue, there are already approximately seventy submissions, a large majority of which are Novella-sized.


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 🙂


June comes early

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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.


Three Days!

Wicked Words Quarterly has now been open for three days, and in those three days visitor numbers to the site has exploded (thank you all 🙂 ), the magazine has received more than 10 submissions a day and the Twitter feed [@MyWickedWords] has started to gain followers…

This is all down to my resolution to visit The Daily Post and start writing, the writing is still happening but the Quarterly seems to have taken on a life of it’s own and I’m learning something new everyday.

The hard part comes now, I’ve set some time apart today to start reading some of the submissions and this is where I have to harden up a bit and write nice acceptance or rejection emails. The acceptance ones aren’t going to be too hard, but the rejection ones will be, right now I can see myself giving personal rejections but if it gets any more popular it may have toe be a form (which I really don’t want to do) with some personal comments.

This is fun, but hard work. I didn’t realise it was going to be such hard work, though when the first issue is done I should have all the tools and skills for the next issues.

So any horror, sci-fi or fantasy stories you want to submit there is still over a month to get them in for the June issue.


Polite Company

Polite Company

“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?

I want to say disagree, as this can sort out really quickly those cuckoos that you think are reasonable people and invest time and emotions into becoming friends with them. Then later you find that their views on certain important moral points is so far round the compass from you that you cannot believe that this person is the same person you really like and have a laugh with.

I don’t know if it’s been coming across in my writing so far but I’m left-leaning and atheist, neither of which precludes me from accepting and liking people who are not of that ilk.

Tolerance is a great virtue and I have friends of right political leaning and friends who are theists, but the one thing we do share is a respect for each other and a tolerance to accept other people’s beliefs, to a certain extent.

There are some views that are so radical I just cannot see how a person who believes those can be accepted as a functioning member of our society.

Racism, sexism, and any other form of outright bigotry, whether based on a religious or political belief is just wrong, very wrong and no written words can justify any person’s belief and practice in these areas. So if the discussion get’s around to that early you can ensure that you do not associate with bigots and such.

If left to a later date these revelations can really sour a person’s outlook on the human race as bigots are just like the rest of us; eat, love, sleep, work and make friends, so that bigot could be us.


Ripped from the Headlines: part two

Ripped from the Headlines – 365 Writing Prompts E-book

“Head to your favourite online news source. Pick an article with a headline that grabs you. Now, write a short story based on the article.”

Egyptian referendum day arrives

A long line, snaking along the corridor, and in it Karim was waiting for his turn.

The soldiers were making sure that there was order in the line, Karim knew that nothing untoward would happen here.

They had been waiting for this moment for a long time now, ever since Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the military.

The line shuffled forward as another person at the front was processed through.

Karim knew that it would be his turn soon as there was only two more in front of him.

Another was processed, this seemed to be getting quicker as the couple at the desk seemed to get used to what they were doing.

It was now Karim’s turn, he knew that the jailers would make his time here difficult for protesting at the military coup and the changes to the society that he and his brotherhood had fought for.

It was now another person’s turn as he was walked through to the cells. It was now another turn at the chance of a non-military government in Egypt, one he would not be part of.