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The Last Diner (before May 2014), ed. Theresa Derwin (Horror stories set in eateries).
Dead Men's Tales (before end December 2014) ed. Melissa Black (Pirate stories told from the point of view of the dead).
Cadavers (before end December 2014) ed. Graham Stafford (Dark tales about dead bodies).
Raus! Untoten! - Vol. 4 - date to be advised. - zombies and Nazis, no more to say!
Check out their schedule and other projects at http://www.fringeworks.co.uk/blog/?p=585
I'm looking forward to reading this. Yes it contains one of my stories but I do like to see what other authors are coming up with - although that sometimes gives me an inferiority complex or pushes me to try and raise my game.
Check out Massacre Magazine at http://massacrepublishing.com/massacre-magazine/
Far Off Places Magazine - Sartorial Edition
On a gentler, more poetical note, this magazine is publishing a poem of mine, Down and Out in Denim in their next edition. Yes, I still write poetry.
They can be found at http://faroffplaces.org/
And so it's now back to the writing, submitting and waiting - ho, hum
An upcoming anthology which sees the second of my stories to be published this year. 2014 so far has been pretty good with a number of stories due for publication.
My 'spirit' of choice in this instance was cider in homage to my upbringing. I lived for a number of years (aged 8yrs-17yrs) in a rural pub, 'The Cider House' which, as its name suggests, sold only cider. It was managed by my parents and served a very wide community from local farmers to families that travelled across the West Midlands to pay us a visit. A bit of a surprise as this pub was in the middle of nowhere, the sort of place that bored teens are desperate to leave but which you want to return to in later years.
Just to reassure people, the cider was delivered to us, it was never produced on site and the only cider presses we had remained firmly fixed to the walls as decoration - along with the gin traps and crossbow.
You can find out more about the anthology at:
The Cider House can be found at Wootton, nr Quatt, Shropshire in the UK. It has changed a bit from when I lived there, the low old stone walls that surrounded the front outdoor seating have gone but the building itself appears the same. What you see on the left was originally a little cottage around which the pub was built. In the bar, to the right as you go in, there is an old Victorian cooking range in which my parents would sometimes roast chestnuts. The room to the left of the entrance was known as the 'Pig Room', I do not think I need to explain. My bedroom, which I shared with my younger sister, was situated above the Pig Room. It was difficult to sleep sometimes, especially when the locals decided to have a sing-along and could never remember the words and sing the whole song through. I never did find out what happened to Nelly Dean down by the stream.
Another memory which haunts me involves my forgetting to turn the lights on in the cellar - after all I knew my way around in the dark - and walking into dead pheasants that would be hanging there, a gift from local farmers.
Finally my work is beginning to appear in print. A number of stories were written from summer onwards and then I had to wait, as all authors do, for deadlines to close, submissions to be read and then a further wait for publication - if successful. It is now beginning to pay off and I hope that those who purchase this anthology enjoy it.
One slight problem occurs with the students I work with in my secondary school. They are beginning to discover that 'miss' writes horror stories and they want to read them, needless to say it's not quite the material I would share with younger students in school. They do, however, now know that the quiet Teaching Assistant who works alongside them isn't quite what she seems.
A writer - I think that says it all.