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Thread: Cemetery Dance magazine to re-open to submissions later this year

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    I've got a huge stack of "Twilight Zone" magazines in my nightstand, and to me the only thing that comes close is CD. I hope it keeps going for a long, long time.

    And I admit, aside from the "big" names who have stories in it, I don't know who most of the other writers are. Discovery is fun. Just imagine seeing your name in there, or mine!

    edit: hmm, not open now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucian Poll View Post
    I finished a second draft of a story (it's now in the hands of Quality Control) with this upcoming submission window in mind, only to then re-check the guidelines and find I'm 2000 words over budget! Gah! I can't tempt you into bumping up the maximum word count to around 7000 could I? Go on, just this once? For me?

    Oh well, not to worry. I'd better get this other idea down on paper toot sweet!
    I always say this: "If the story is awesome, word count is just a suggestion."

    The corollary to that is, "Editors set guidelines for a reason, and if you're going to go against those guidelines, you'd better be really sure of what you're doing."



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    I know I'm looking forward to getting something totally awesome into this magazine if it kills me! I can't wait for the window to open... that first cool breeze of anticipation and night air... the invitation to enter... the lure, the seduction... then, without warning, BAM! The story attacks you... it grabs at your throat, holding you immobile, helpless, wanting to scream, 'Stop, stop scaring me' but the story never stops bombarding you with horrors and constricting twists and tightening turns... and before you know it... you've made it into Cemetery Dance Magazine and you're so happy the tears just flow from your eyes. You can't stop it; you don't WANT to stop it. You can go to your worm infested grave a true believer in miracles.

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    Thanks for the clarification, Brian. It's much appreciated. I'm very happy with the way my story has turned out, but this one falls squarely under dark mystery. (Hence the word count, as there's a fair amount going on.) I get the feeling I'm pushing my luck a little too far, but it's got to be worth a shot.

    (That said, I'll still work on that other idea, NaNo permitting!)

    Randy, I'm sold! After that passage I look forward to seeing your work in CD!
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    Thank you Lucian, I hope to make the grade. You have an awesome name, by the by; is it a pen name? It sounds like a character name from a murder mystery, like, "Allow me introduce Detective Inspector Lucian Poll from Scotland Yard." It's so perfectly character-worthy, I may use it in one of my 'little darlings'. I have a character I'm developing who is a psychotic anesthesiologist and your name (Dr. Lucian Poll) would be perfect. May I use it?
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    Hi Randy. Yeah, Lucian Poll is a pen name, being an anagram of my real name. It's a persona I'm trying to build up for my less-than-savoury story ideas (including one I've self-pubbed on Amazon - sorry, small plug), and for something I'm hoping to bring out next September. It's very early days, though.

    There's a funny, if indirect, story behind Lucian Poll, though. There was a chat show programme here in the UK years ago hosted by a guy called Graham Norton, and for one of his guests he went to the Internet Anagram Server and punched in said guest's name. Lo and behold a particularly rude anagram appeared on the screen. Being so heartily entertained (and being so obvious) I thought I'd punch my name into the website. Up came something like "Ulcian Poll", and the rest was history. I'd always felt it would make a cool nom de plume, and when I started getting back into the horror groove it seemed a natural fit for any stories I'd conjure up.

    Oh, and who was Mr Norton's guest, you ask? Why none other than former French international football star David Ginola.

    (Ahem!)

    As for using my pen name for a character, I guess I don't see the harm. It's quite an unusual request! Flattering, though! It'd be funny to see Dr Lucian Poll putting people to sleep in one story in Cemetery Dance only for him to pop up writing the very next story! It's be meta-fiction gone mad, but very, very cool! (Come on, Brian, you know it makes sense!)
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    Thank you again Dr Poll for allowing me to use the name in one of my stories.

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    Seems this thread hasn't been updated with the news. The Cemetery Dance magazine is now open for submissions! Link: https://cemeterydance.submittable.co...t?details=true

    I've just sent off my story, 'Flood Warning', which somehow hit 5,000 words exactly (including title and author)! Has anyone else here submitted?

    (Apologies in advance for stealing any admin's thunder!)
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    Lucian,

    I just submitted my story, "Family Heirloom". I have my fingers crossed, my 4 leaf clover and my lucky underwear on. Like they say, they won't help but they couldn't hurt.

    Unless the underwear is too tight, I suppose.

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    Nice! In readiness for this submissions window I bought 421 rabbits feet off of eBay. Must have been one hell of a rabbit.
    The home of your least humble servant, Mr Poll: http://lucianpoll.com
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    Good luck to everyone.

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    yep, sent off my story "Chasing Ghosts" and i'm stoked. good luck all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrRoland View Post
    Lucian,

    I just submitted my story, "Family Heirloom". I have my fingers crossed, my 4 leaf clover and my lucky underwear on. Like they say, they won't help but they couldn't hurt.

    Unless the underwear is too tight, I suppose.
    But did you eat your Lucky Charms for breakfast??
    "Dance until your feet hurt. Sing until your lungs hurt. Act until you're William Hurt." - Phil Dunphy ("Modern Family"), from Phil's-osophy.

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    Has anyone here heard back from Cemetery Dance about their subs either rejected or accepted? I'm still waiting to hear something one way or 'tother.

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    Same with me, Randy. Still waiting.

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    no word yet.

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    800+ submissions to sort through, so it'll be a while until everyone hears back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    But did you eat your Lucky Charms for breakfast??
    I want Lucky Charms....
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    Whoa, Brian that's quite a lot. I feel your pain Brother. Need some help? Let me know.

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    wow. yeah, i figured it was a lot. no worries, brian. i think we all expected it to take several months to start hearing back.

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