“Crash Code” now accepting submissions!

Hey everyone,

Blood Bound Books is now accepting submissions for Crash Code, an extreme-meets-cyberpunk anthology…

…and I’m the editor!

That’s right, folks. I’ll be guest editing this anthology. It pays 3 cents a word, takes stories 1.5k to 7k words long, and is gonna be bad ass, so hurry up and get your stories in!

See the full submission call here.

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Cyborg Sunday, Update 12.17.17: Phoenix flames, net neutrality, writing, and other current events

Those who burn the world,

And keep boots upon our necks,

Will choke on their smoke.

–Comeuppance, a haiku, by yours truly

I may be one of the only people around who enjoys tinnitus.

Now, that doesn’t mean I LOVE it, just that I don’t find it as inconvenient as others seem to. In fairness, I don’t hear a high-pitched ringing, so much as a rapidly oscillating pulse. I’m not sure what the frequency is, but if I had more time, I’d perform some experiments to find out. That’s just the kind of guy I am.

Fortunately, it’s not the same tone as my insulin pump, and the sound only goes off intermittently anyway, so it’s not like this little plastic pancreas will run out of batteries and I won’t realize until my glucose hits 400. Even in sleep, I’m pretty good about hearing it. When health and survival depend on a single shrill tone, or the hum of an artificial ‘organ’ against your hip, you learn not to sleep too deeply.

Yet, for all my restlessness and insomnia, that steady wubwubwubwub in my ears lulls me to sleep. Good thing, too, because Net Neutrality has me–and, from what I understand, 83% of America–worried.

As a freelance writer, a lot of my future depends on my ability to get work out there. I’m not the only one, and I’m lucky, in the sense that my livelihood doesn’t depend on this yet. While I’m trying to build a Patreon page, sure, representation looks like my most assured path to making a career out of what I love to do. Until then, I keep the day job, which offers a slightly livable wage and, more importantly, insurance.

All I can offer those who might see their income impaired is pity and prayers. As someone who would’ve died at the age of two if not for scientific advancement, I know prayers only take you so far. I do believe in something, but I believe it helps those who help themselves. No one’s getting cured by accident or miracle. We develop, adapt, and overcome, or we succumb.

Maybe I’m cynical, but come hold my pancreas for a moment, then tell me your worldview.

Let’s see, writing and reading news: I read through Attack of the Kaiju: Age of Monsters this week. An admirable collection of giant monster fiction. It does contain four works by the two editors, but three of those four are fairly original, and pretty good. A few other names repeat. If you like kaiju and can’t wait for Pacific Rim Uprising, you ought to check this out.

I’ve also been hired to narrate four audiobooks. I’ll post more info when they’re closer to release, but long story short, they’re sci-fi works set in an android-ridden, drug-fueled, capitalist hellscape. I suppose my tech interests and gravelly voice made the writer think I’m a perfect choice, and hey, it’s been a lot of fun. Writing’s fun, too, but getting to contribute to another’s work, while getting me back into performing at the same time, has been great. I’m glad to have this opportunity.

Final notes: I sent out new flash fiction work to a contest, as well as to a Santa themed anthology. I don’t discuss details on non-accepted work, but “Maul Santa” will be appearing in Shades of Santa, a charity anthology put out by Things in the Well.

Soon, you’ll also be able to catch “Body and Soul” in the next issue of The Siren’s Call, a story about a man who dies in his sleep, and wanders his house as a ghost while his reanimated corpse wreaks havoc. If you just can’t wait, check out “Weighing Feathers” in the current issue. No spoilers, but let’s just say, I love reanimation–you’re just not always going to get zombies.

I’ll hopefully have more news soon. I’ve got poems out in a few markets, a few short stories being considered, a novella, two novels, and two short story collections being considered. I’d slow down, but I’ve lost interest in video games, so what else am I going to do with my time?

Besides, I’ve got a database to keep my head straight.

Obviously, life stands to change quite a bit soon, and that might impact all of our work, not just my own, but don’t any of you give up. There’s still plenty of time to sue to FCC, or have Net Neutrality pushed through via Congress, regulated by our federal legislature instead of a 5-person committee headed by a former Verizon lawyer.

Remember: if you can’t stop the world from burning, bring that fire into your heart, and scorch a path to a better tomorrow. Get out there, protest, and by all 5,000 of human kind’s gods, vote! Vote in every single election. Show the incumbent their positions are not secure. Show corporations that they do not get to dictate what is best for this nation.

The future is not decided by one person, by five, or by 535. It’s decided by all of us, every day. So get out there and make a choice.

 

“Maul Santa” to appear in Shades of Santa from @ThingsInTheWell #Horror #Christmas #anthology #hohoho #hohohorror #charity

Hi folks,

I’m stoked to be announcing that I’ve signed on with Things in the Well to publish a flash fiction story, “Maul Santa,” in the upcoming Shades of Santa anthology. This is particularly big news for two reasons:

  1. All proceeds go to charity, so the more copies you buy, the more good gets done in this world. Feed your need for fear while racking up those karma points!
  2. In a far less significant but still fun sense, I’ve had my eye on this company for a while, and submitted two stories to them in the past, which were not accepted. I loved the stories I wrote for ’em though, and both went on to big things elsewhere, so it all worked out.

I’ll update ya when it’s out, which should be relatively soon, considering it wouldn’t make sense to release a holiday anthology in, say, June. In the meantime, be good and do good.

Anthology Announcement: Twisted Yarns from @Sirens_Call #horror

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Hello, Travelers,

I bring you exciting news! Siren’s Call Publications has just released their newest anthology, Twisted Yarns, featuring “The Garden of Love,” by yours truly.

This story, dedicated to my mother, is about a woman who turns to gardening to move past her husband’s death… and puts a little too much of herself into her new obsession.

Here’s more about the book, courtesy of SCP:

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Twisted Yarns is a collection of eleven depraved stories that will warp your mind and spark your curiosity for tales best muttered in hushed tones and dark corners.

Imagine finding a baby in a dumpster; how far would you go to protect it? Picture yourself trapped in a maze with a monstrous creature that wants nothing more than to spill your blood while others bet on the outcome of your life; would you run to survive? Do you think you could – run or survive? Perhaps you’re clinging to a lost love so strongly that your rational mind doesn’t realize how strongly it’s clinging to you; is it bliss or torture? Come to think of it, is it safe to accept that tasty sample the kindly gentleman who works at the grocery story is offering you? It couldn’t be anything but harmless, could it?

If you prefer your horror twisted with a bit of grit sprinkled on top for flavor, this is the perfect anthology for you!

Twisted Yarns is available on:

Amazon: US | UK | Australia | Canada | Germany | Italy | France | Spain | Japan | Mexico | Brazil | India | The Netherlands

CreateSpace (Print)

Smashwords

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Thank you for stopping by, and if you pick up the book, please let me know what you think!

Best,

Kevin

Domestic Violence Charity Call @andrewscorah

Hello Travelers,

Writing, for me, is about passion. Making money is nice but unnecessary; I’ll write on whether I receive one dollar or one million the next time I see a paycheck–if I see one at all. Writing is what I do. It’s my career. It’s me.

One thing that I really love to do, though, is send my work to charity anthologies. I haven’t seen many out there, but of the two dozen + stories I’ve had accepted for publication in recent months, two will be appearing in such anthologies.

I write to you to ask for help with Shadows and Light, a charity raising money for domestic violence, featuring yours truly. Sent out by Andrew Scorah, this call isn’t looking for stories about domestic violence itself; all we need are a few more kind souls willing to donate their stories for this cause.

This isn’t about us, the writers, or our stories. This is about using the written word to aid with and maybe one day overcome a crippling and unforgivable act.

If you’d like to send a story to Mr. Scorah, or would just like to help spread the word so the anthology reaches more people upon release, any and all of your efforts would be greatly appreciated. You can find the anthology and contact information for the editor on Facebook, or see below for details.

We must do what we can in the world to stop the spread of darkness, even if all we can do is reflect others’ light. I hope some of you can join me on this journey.

Best wishes,

Kevin

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CALL TO SUBMISSION
Doors are still open to submit a story to the Women’s Aid charity book, Shadows and Light. Women’s Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. They support a network of over 300 dedicated specialist domestic violence services across the UK. If your fighting other abusers you’ve gone beyond survival- you’ve transcended abuse and become a warrior! Come be a warrior, donate a story.
I do not want anymore stories featuring domestic abuse, I am now looking for genre stories, what ever genre you work in then give me something riveting, entertaining, and leave me and the readers wanting more. If you are interested please send submissions to scorah25@gmail.com. Submissions open until 25th July
While you will not be paid for the story, you will be helping a most worthy cause, and will get more coverage for your name, free advertising is always good. 1000-6000 words.Attach it as a word file, and neatly formatted 12 point roman text, line spacing exactly 12 point, justified, with correct indents at first line 0.3.
Here’s the present line up for SHADOWS & LIGHT
1Andrew Vachss
2 Graham Masterton
3 Seumas Gallacher
4 David Edgerley Gates
5 Keith Dixon
6 Andrew Peters
7 Kelly Matthews as K.A Hambly Author
8 Samuel Dickens
9 Frank Sonderborg
10 Caitlin O’Connor
11 Thomas Pluck
12 Gerry McCullough
13 Aidan Thorn
14 William Rose
15 Tina Bausinger
16 Gay Ingram
17 Kerry Elizabeth Blickenderfer Black
18 Marie Bishop
19 Linda Bonney Olin
20 Andrew Scorah
21 Kevin Holton
22 Paul D Brazill
23 Cath Bore
24 Dana Wright.