Carnival of the Damned
I can feel the utter fright creeping into your veins as I type this. An anthology full of creepy clowns, strange carnivals, dark circuses, and sideshow freaks has hit the virtual shelves of Amazon.
That’s right, folks. Carnival of the Damned is out! I have a brief description of the my story on my short stories page.
I’d love to chat more about how great this book is, but I can’t just yet. I’ve only seen my story. I can tell you that I’m itching with anticipation to get my hands on the book. I share a table of contents with some great names, and I know I’ll be blown away by their horrific imaginings.
Carnival of the Damned
My story called “Children of the Carnival” is due to come out soon in the Carnival of the Damned anthology from Evil Jester Press edited by Henry Snider. I don’t have the full table of contents handy, but I do know that I’ll be sharing it with two great friends: R. Michael Burns and Amity Green.
The general theme of the anthology is that of horrific things happening at carnivals, circuses, boardwalks, sideshows, and similar locales. If you’re creeped out by clowns, you’ll enjoy this anthology! If you’re downright horrified by those pasty-faced bastards, I suggest buying the book anyway as a flavor of aversion therapy.
My story is about a team of Hunters making their way through an abandoned traveling circus in an effort to save a little girl from the C.L.O.W.N.S.. The C.L.O.W.N.S. are people suffering from Cognitive Loss from Overnight Withering of Neurological Synapses, which is transmitted by cheap-ass makeup made in China. You’ll just have to read the story to find out how bestial humans can get when their higher thought processes are stripped away. It’s more than you think. Trust me.
When the book hits the shelves (virtual or otherwise), I’ll update you here and add it to my Short Story Publications page.
I’ve told the story of the night my arm was nearly amputated in a car wreck on a horrific autumn night in 1988 many times. I was encouraged by a few people to write the story down for others to learn from. About the same time I received this encouragement, there was an open call for Phobias: A Collection of True Stories. As fate declared that I must travel through a vast majority of my life with emotional, physical, and mental scars from that night, fate seemed to want me to share my story with others.
Well… that story is finally out in print. If you’re interested in what happened to me on that night, what it’s done to my body, mind, and soul, and how I’ve been dealing with it for the past 25+ years, you can check out the anthology. My story is entitled One-Thousand, Eighty Degrees, and can be found under my name. There are other stories about phobias and how the authors deal with them. It’s not a self-help guide by any means, but if you have a serious phobia, reading about how others came to theirs and what they do with them might help you get through the day with a little more security or solace.
I hope you check out the book!
What a great day for the CSFWG! After almost two years of work, sweat, tears, and maybe a little blood, we’ve finally managed to publish an anthology! You can now find “An Uncommon Collection” on Amazon in paperback and ebook versions! Inside, you’ll find fifteen fantastic stories! Here’s what the table of contents looks like:
If Wishes Were Horses by Hollie Snider.
Pinwheel by Melissa R. Kary.
Mutiny in the Marketplace by Todd A. Walls.
Shards of Reality by Sangita Kalarickal.
Accidental Opportunity by Kari J. Wolfe.
A Dragon’s Tome by A.M. Burns.
For Hates Sake by Larry J. Cope.
Charisma by Patrick Hester.
A Poor Fellow Soldier by J.T. Evans.
Thief of Dreams by Frances Burke.
Jack English, M.D., Dragonslayer by Richard E. Collette.
Scales by Amity Green.
A Page Lost by Nicole Godfrey.
The Truth by Ben Roc.
The Door, the Lock, the Key by R. Michael Burns.
If you’re interested in my story about the Templars coming back into existence in the near future, check out “A Poor Fellow Solider.” It’s nestled in the book between a great story by Patrick Hester and a heartwarming tale by Frances Burke.
The CSFWG anthology, An Uncommon Collection, is nearing completion! I received the physical proof from CreateSpace last night. I immediately opened the package and tore through the book. I looked for missing headers, additional headers that didn’t need to be there, font issues, cover askew, etc..
I didn’t see a single thing wrong!
I’m meeting with Mike tonight to have him look at it as well. He’s the guy that started this whole process with a great idea for an anthology, and he did quite a bit of editing and all of the layout. I hope he’s as happy with the final product as I am.
When can you buy this wonderful book? Not sure yet. I hope to give CreateSpace the final approval tonight, and we’ll see how long it takes from there to be available online.
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At the CSFWG, we’ve been working on putting out an anthology of members’ works. It’s been a long road and has involved tons of work thus far.
Thanks to Kimberly Evans’s photography and Mike Reid’s layout skills, we have a cover ready!
The anthology itself will be coming out near the end of November (exact date unsure at the moment), and when that date hits, I’ll be doing another post or two about it.
For now, I’m teasing you with the cover! Feel free to click-through the cover to view the larger version.
I know tons of people (contributors and otherwise) are eager to see this guy hit the shelves and e-markets. I’m right there with everyone else. We have some great stories in the book from some fantastic authors. I really can’t wait to hold the weight of the book in my hands. It’s going to be a great moment!
Look for more information from me in the near future about more firm dates about the anthology!
I wanted to let you know that my story, “The Carnival’s Children” was just accepted into Evil Jester Press‘s anthology entitled, “Carnival of the Damned.” It is being edited by Henry Snider and David C. Hayes.
I’ve had one other story accepted by Static Movement, but that was a non-paying gig. This anthology is a paying bit of work, so I guess that means I can now officially call myself an “author.” Right? I hope so. Maybe I have to wait until the book actually comes out. Dunno. Either way, I’m claiming that title and am going to run with it.
Here’s to many more good returns and incredibly high sales of Carnival of the Damned.
PS: Many of you may be used to seeing my dark fantasy works floating about the critique group. This particular work is a gruesome bit about flesh-eating, disease-ridden people afflicted with C.L.O.W.N.S. that are roaming an abandoned carnival while our heroes of the story are in search of a little girl they want to rescue. Want to know more? I hope so. You’ll just have to wait and read the story when the anthology comes out. What’s the publication date? Not entirely sure. Le sigh.