Shock Totem Issue #5 Is Out!

Ken, the editor of Shock Totem and our lovely hand model, shows off the smoky beauty that is Shock Totem Issue #5.  Due to fluctuations in the universe, this issue is rather late, but she has arrived and she’s gorgeous!

This issue of Shock Totem is yet another eclectic mix of horror fiction and nonfiction, featuring previously unpublished stories from the likes of Ari Marmell, Darrell Schweitzer, Joe Mirabello, Mekenzie Larsen, and others. There is also a five-part illustrated microfiction serial, by Kurt Newton, which is something new for us; plus a conversation with horror legend Jack Ketchum, narrative nonfiction by Nick Contor, reviews and more.  I also contributed my first editorial, which was extremely exciting!

The full table of contents is as follows:

* Taking Root: An Editorial, by Mercedes M. Yardley
* In Deepest Silence, by Ari Marmell
* Girl and the Blue Burqa, by D. Thomas Mooers
* Digging in the Dirt: A Conversation with Jack Ketchum, by John Boden
* Hide-and-Seek, by F.J. Bergmann (Poetry)
* Eyes of a Stranger: An Essay, by Nick Contor
* Postmortem, by Kurt Newton
* Jimmy Bunny, by Darrell Schweitzer
* Strange Goods and Other Oddities (Reviews)
* Little Knife Houses, by Jaelithe Ingold (2011 Shock Totem Flash Fiction Contest Winner)
* Canon, by Anaea Lay
* Bloodstains & Blue Suede Shoes, Part 3, by John Boden and Simon Marshall-Jones
* The Catch, by Joe Mirabello
* Three Strikes, by Mekenzie Larsen
* To ‘Bie or Not to ‘Bie, by Sean Eads
* Howling Through the Keyhole (Author Notes)

As of right now, you can order this issue—and past issues, which are all still available—directly from us or through Amazon, in both print ($6.99) and digital ($2.99) formats.

I hope you enjoy!

WIP Wednesday

Hey, it’s been forever since I did one of these! Here goes!

My novel WIP is at 18,000 words. My goal is to have it at about 80k and submitted to my agent by November. That’s a lot of writing.

My current novella WIP is done except for a few scenes that need to be inserted, and some editing.  There is a home in mind for this one, and it’ll be awesome to submit it.

I also have pieces in the works for a few anthologies.

Antho #1: I’m writing a piece for a shared world antho, and I’m maybe halfway done. This piece twines with a story that a fellow horror writer is penning.

Antho #2: The theme is “madness”. It’ll be pretty cool.

Antho #3: This is a tie-in piece for a previous novel. I’m not sure what characters to use yet. Maybe Ray the Vampire? I miss him.

Antho #4: This will be an ephemeral story. I can’t wait to write in that voice again.

Book of Poetry: I have the poems ready but just need to sit down and submit them. I hope they’re accepted! This guy has GREAT cover art.

Shock Totem Issue #5 will be dropping soon.  The cover art is gorgeous and the stories are stellar. I can’t wait for you to read it!

And I’m very, very close to announcing something super special.  In fact, the other day I sat down and became misty-eyed because this means so much to me.  Hooray!

 

This is what I’m working on. It’s a bit schizophrenic and busy, but it makes me happy.  I had to say no to two more anthology invites, which hurt my soul, but I didn’t see how I could fit anything else in at the moment.

So tell me about you? What do you have in the works?