WEFOUNDAltered America: Steampunk Stories


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In the evening hours Monday, Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, word came from the UK’s KnightWatch Press that my reprint story, “Bernice,” loosely inspired by Poe’s “Berenice” — the tale of a lady and troubles with teeth — “has been chosen for a place in this anthology.”  The anthology in question is O NCE BITTEN, “of stories telling tales of horrific love,” to quote from last fall’s guidelines.  “Think of love turned sour, or love that works well in extraordinary circumstances.  Could these two peas in a pod really be pod people?  What if Harry was a spider and Sally was his victim?  As long as it combines a thematic element of love in a horror story, that’s all we ask.”

Who could resist?  Other sources tell me that ONCE BITTEN is looking toward an April release, as spring opens up a whole season of new love.  “Bernice,” which is actually of an older man’s love for a wife just deceased — and who also had good teeth — originally appeared in INHUMAN in Fall 2011.

Then today, Tuesday, a second publisher has sent royalties for two stories, “Avoid Seeing a Mouse” in ALTERED AMERICA and “Girls Gone Dead” in LIFE OF THE DEAD, both by Martinus Press.  Both also are reprints, from ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES (Dark Moon Books, 2012) and NEW DAWN FADES (Post Mortem Press, 2011) respectively, so, in a sense, the new money can be thought of as gravy.  It’s also a tad over nine times as much as the previous royalty received this year (see January 6), so perhaps it might buy a piece of meat for the gravy as well.

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