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    i posted in the CD submissions page, but in case you missed it, my story "Chasing Ghosts" was accepted by Cemetery Dance magazine. i can't begin to say how thrilled i am, since i've been a fan of CD as a collector for YEARS. it'll be out in 2014, probably summer, probably #72. thanks to brian, richard and everyone at CD for the support. first SHIVERS VI, now this. honored.

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    Big-time congratz, Richard!
    "I'm a vegan. "

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    thanks, boone!

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    Hats off to you, Richard. Looking forward to reading the piece.

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    thanks, william!

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    I'm thrilled to announce the signing of Stephen Graham Jones. Dark House Press (where I'm Editor-in-Chief) will be publishing his fifth short story collection, AFTER THE PEOPLE LIGHTS HAVE GONE OFF, a fantastic compilation of dark fiction, in late 2014. This collection will feature some recently recognized stories, a few obscure titles, and even a little original fiction. Stephen is known best for writing horror, but excels in a wide variety of genres, including neo-noir, fantasy, science fiction, and crime—all with a literary bent. He has 17 novels and collections out (or forthcoming) including All the Beautiful Sinners, Ledfeather, and Demon Theory. He is constantly nominated for awards, in the various “best of” anthologies, and one of the most prolific and impactful authors writing today. His stories have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Cemetery Dance, Gulf Coast, Hobart, Juked, Weird Tales, and hundreds of other elite publications. Stephen will also have a story, “Father, Son, Holy Rabbit” in our first anthology, THE NEW BLACK, out in early 2014. We are honored to have him at Dark House Press.

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    Congratulations, Richard, on your CD story acceptance! (Like oz, I got you on FB, but it bears repeating here.) I'm really looking forward to reading it.

    If I may be so cheeky, I'd like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of a novel of mine, released Friday 13th September 2013.



    HOW WOULD YOU ESCAPE A MAZE OF THIRTEENTH FLOORS?

    You work in a skyscraper.
    You live in an apartment block.
    You stop over at a hotel.

    You find a button missing from the elevator’s control panel.

    Thirteen.

    Over the years superstition has robbed floors from thousands of buildings across the world, and continues to do so.

    Dawn McKenzie and Joe Bradley are about to discover where these floors really lie. Chased into an impossible maze split across time and space, their chances of survival narrow by the second.

    And in a maze with precious little food, they are not the only ones trying to survive…


    I hope that whets your appetite! If so then high yourself to my site (the above image is clickable) where you can download a three-chapter preview. Alternatively, here's a direct link: http://lucianpoll.files.wordpress.co...r-sampler1.pdf

    I feel extremely fortunate to have had your favourite CD forum members cast their eyes over an early draft of The Floors. Thank you bookworm1, RJK1981, Sabrina Morgan, saginawhorror and srboone. I'll be in touch shortly regarding thank-you copies!

    We now hand you back to your regular programming.
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    I'm intrigued, Lucian! Congratulations on this.

    And also congrats to Richard for snagging Stephen Graham Jones. I like his stuff.

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    Thanks, Michael! It was a blast to write. And well done on the Crowded Magazine score.
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    Big congrats, Lucian!

    I have a reprint in DARK BITS (a reprint of the flash fiction piece "Visitors" from THESE OLD TALES that I reworked). Just came out late last night, so here is the publisher's website Apokrupha for availability. 53 authors, all flash fiction. Here is a link to the Kindle.

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    Thanks, oz. Nice work on Dark Bits. I like Apokrupha's LampLight magazine, so I might well check this out.
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    Lucian - am looking forward to checking out The Floors.

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    Thank you kindly, Lucian. And congrats on Dark Bits, Kenneth!

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    Thanks, TJ, and also for your earlier interest. It's really appreciated! I'll post something to the Goodreads group shortly that may be of interest.
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    OUT TODAY! Stoked to have my story "Trinity" in Reloaded: Both Barrels—Volume 2. SO many talented authors in here: SHOTGUN HONEY, the premier crime and noir flash fiction website, is locked and RELOADED with 25 new stories by some of the best authors in the world. Featuring work from Patti Abbott, Hector Acosta, Erik Arneson, Cheri Ause, Trey R. Barker, Eric Beetner, Terence Butler, Joe Clifford, Garnett Elliott, Rob W. Hart, Andy Henion, John Kenyon, Nick Kolakowski, Ed Kurtz, Frank Larnerd, Chris Leek, Mike Loniewski, Bracken MacLeod, Julia Madeleine, Brian Panowich, Terry Rietta, Rie Sheridan Rose, Ryan Sayles, Richard Thomas and John Weagly.

    http://www.amazon.com/Reloaded-Both-.../dp/0615875513

    NOT HORROR, but I thought you all might dig it anyway.

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    Hi Richard...excellent news on signing S. Jones. You don't need me to tell you! By the way, Dark House is looking really good, attractive as hell, and intelligent. SORELY needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William J. Grabowski View Post
    Hi Richard...excellent news on signing S. Jones. You don't need me to tell you! By the way, Dark House is looking really good, attractive as hell, and intelligent. SORELY needed.
    thanks so much, WJG. i've been a fan of Stephen's for years. and even though he has some 17 titles out/forthcoming i'm still shocked that a lot of people haven't read him. i know he's been in CD a few times, he inspired me to submit, actually, even though i thought i'd never get in. so i owe him a bit of gratitude for pushing me (as my story "Chasing Ghosts" was just accepted by CD).

    i really appreciate the kind words about DHP, too. i'm trying to ease into it, take it slow, and publish the voices and writing that inspires, touches, and resonates with me. neo-noir in an interesting genre/sub-genre, and while it does include horror, it also showcases crime/noir, as well as fantasy, SF, magical realism, southern gothic, etc. for fans of dark fiction, i think we'll showcase a nice variety of voices. our first anthology THE NEW BLACK should really give everyone an idea of what we're trying to do. when i'm inspired by publishers like CD and ChiZine and many others, the bar is set pretty high! thanks again!

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    For a long while now I've been writing under a couple pen names, Samantha Quick and Homer Clark. I used these names as an escape, a place where I could go and write for fun without the worry of being judged. These were also my first experimentation into self-publishing; what I used to get my feet wet with formatting and conversion, etc. But it is hard enough starting one career, let alone three. I've also grown more confident in my more recent work. As a result, I have decided to "kill" off these entities and bring the titles under my real name, and continue them there. In the past, I have referred to the first three of these titles as young adult with a little extra bite. Each of the novelette series focuses on different variations of current popular YA themes. There is also one short non-fiction piece regarding food allergies. If you'd like to check out the synopsis and book covers, here are the links.

    http://kennethwcain.wordpress.com/20...tressed-press/

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    So here's something a little different than what I usually write. I recently tried stand-up comedy for the first time at a local open mic and wanted to share it with you guys. Warning, some of it is NSFW. Hope you dig it.




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    Aren't you a sneaky little bastard, Mr. Cain? I'll have to check out all your other personalities!

    And Nik, great job. Hell, great job just getting up on stage like that! I did amateur stand-up a few times back in 2010, and while I never deleted them from YouTube, I don't have the guts to openly share the videos with people. It was an interesting experience for me, but my stage fright was a bit too much for me to continue doing it for fun.

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