A few days ago I received a rejection notice (and one of the better ones!) from PseudoPod. I had submitted ZOMBIE C.L.O.W.N.S. to them and their very nice letter said the story was too humorous for their market, and the letter used the plural words “we” and “us.” This meant I made it past the slush pile and was, most likely, given serious consideration. I’m very pleased to have advanced even that far, and I hope to find new markets for the humorous/horror short story in the near future.
Why is this a trifecta? Well, this marks the third rejection from Escape Artists, Inc. My first rejection from them was for AUTOPULSE from EscapePod. The second rejection came for WHISPERING THROUGH THE VEIL from PodCastle (which was subsequently published in Static Movement a month later.) The third rejection of the trifecta is the one that I’m talking about from PseudoPod. I love the work that Stephen Eley started with EscapePod and that continues on with PseudoPod and PodCastle, and I still hope to someday join the ranks of a writer that has his work appear on one of those fine venues.
If you’re not sure what’s up with Escape Artists, then I’ll give you the quick blurb. They are one of the premier markets for free short fiction (though they do pay their authors via donations from the general public.) EscapePod handles the science fiction market. PseudoPod is the horror arena, and PodCastle, the newest of the three, takes care of the fantasy genre. If you’re interested in some of the best stories in the world in any of these three genres, I strongly urge you to follow the links above and check them out. I’ve been listening to them all (from episode #1) for a little over a year now. I’m completely caught up with PodCastle and PseudoPod, and I’m a little under a year behind on EscapePod because it had the longest lead on me than the other two. I can’t wait to catch up to the current-day stories to see how the future has changed.