I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks of my new short story “How the Wind Lies,” which is being published in April by Keith Minnion’s incredible White Noise Press as a “flip book” with Richard Chizmar’s chilling new tale, “Odd Numbers.” You can read an interview on Cemetery Dance Online about the project and see a few sneak peek photos, too.
Delos Books in Italy has published an eBook edition of my short story “Monster Night,” which was originally published as an eBook original by Cemetery Dance Publications in October 2012.
Here is the Italian sales copy for the eBook:
La Zucca Divoratrice veniva risvegliata dalle persone che portavano via i suoi amici per intagliarli e trasformarli in lanterne.
Quando Jonathon chiese a sua madre come mai, durante la notte di Halloween, tutti indossavano un costume, lei rispose che il mascheramento aiutava i bambini piccoli e innocui a passeggiare senza pericoli tra i ghoul e i folletti che si celavano nell’oscurità di quella giornata particolare. Ma quest’anno uno di quei mostri della notte potrebbe aver seguito Jonathon fino a casa, molto tempo dopo che le caramelle e i costumi sono stati messi via. Una volta il fidanzato di sua madre gli aveva accennato la storia dei bambini attaccati nei loro letti da una zucca gigante. E ora… qualcosa picchiava contro un lato della casa.
Translated by Google:
The Pumpkin Devourer was awakened by the people who took away his friends and turned them into lanterns…
When Jonathon asked his mother why, during the night of Halloween, everyone wore a costume, she replied that the mask helped the children and harmless to walk safely among the ghouls and goblins that lurked in the darkness of that special day. But this year one of those monsters of the night might have followed Jonathon home, long after the candy and costumes have been put away. Once the boyfriend of his mother told him the story of the children attacked in their beds by a giant pumpkin. And now… something has hit against the side of the house.
As you might have heard, Cemetery Dance #68 is shipping from the printer now and it’s our Glenn Chadbourne Special Issue. In addition to a new interview with Glenn and a new short story he wrote with Holly Newstein, every story and all of the columns feature an original illustration created by Glenn!
It was a lot of fun to put this one together since we’ve never published a Special Issue focused on an artist before and Glenn is one of our favorite people in the business. He’s a talented artist and a good friend.
There are several great new stories in this issue by Rick Hautala, Bruce McAllister, Weston Ochse, Rick Koster, and Elizabeth Voss, but the icing on the cake was being able to include “The Glass Floor” by Stephen King. “The Glass Floor” was first published in Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 and it was King’s first professional sale. The story has only been reprinted once since then, I believe, and it has never appeared in any of his collections.
King wrote the story a few months before his twentieth birthday and it’s full of raw talent. There’s a line toward the end — “Wharton felt a quiet chill steal over him.” — that really hits the mark. If you’ve never read “The Glass Floor” before, I think you’ll feel a chill, too.
To set the mood, Glenn Chadbourne created a two page illustration for the story, which I’m pleased to debut here for your previewing pleasure:
Click on the image above for a larger version. If that link doesn’t work for you, try this one instead. Be sure to order your copy of Cemetery Dance #68 because it’s already shipping from the printer!
While organizing my bookmarks, I stumbled across this article on The Atlantic’s website from last year and I thought it might be of interest to readers and writers alike who may not have read it before:
There’s some good stuff in there, and it’s a pretty long interview, but I really liked this:
SK: In the old days, it would seem like ideas were crammed in like people in an elevator. And my head was sometimes a very noisy place to be. The other thing that happens with that is, say you’re working on something and it’s going along pretty well, and two or three ideas occur, and they’re all yelling “You should write this! You should write this!” It’s almost like being married and all of a sudden your life is full of beautiful women. You have to stay faithful to what you’re working on. But it can be uncomfortable.
That May 2011 issue of The Atlantic also featured Stephen King’s short story “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive,” which you can still read online by clicking on the linked title in this sentence.
I’m curious to hear what everyone thinks of the interview and the short story.
If you have a Kindle, or the Kindle App, or even if you just want to try out the Kindle Cloud for the first time, now is a great time to grab a copy of the collection before it goes back up to the regular retail price on Friday.
(Also: because these stories are going to appear in new collections down the road, the eBook will probably disappear from Amazon later this year, but those who download the eBook now will have it for as long as you want, of course!)
So please go ahead and download the eBook for free this week if you’re at all interested in my short fiction. What do you have to lose, after all? I hope you enjoy the stories.
Also, if you can, please help me spread the word about this FREE giveaway by posting the news and that link on your websites, blogs, message boards, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Any help in promoting this would be greatly appreciated since I don’t have a lot of time to let readers know.
UPDATE: Seven Stories in now the #1 bestseller in Amazon’s “Free Anthologies” categories in the US, the UK, and Germany thanks to everyone who downloaded today!