The horror fiction podcast “The Wicked Library” has their second Christmas episode “Chrismassacre II” up online now. It has thirteen short stories by twelve different authors, including me. If you like you Christmas gory, frightening and stark, this is the thing for you. My contribution, “The Last Magical Christmas”, is actually just a little creepy with a tinge of humor. Do not listen to this around small children or high-strung animals. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
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It started out simply. A kitschy Christmas decoration, a couple of Dickensian characters in a snow covered gazebo, got broken. The leg and arm was snapped clean off and fragmented so normal repairs were out of the question. I put bloody stumps on the broken limbs and painted the companion in greens and greys with scarlet blood-spatter to turn it into a zombie.
The little feeding scene was so successful that we went on to transform other figures: zombie carolers, zombie children tearing apart the human hidden inside a snowman, a zombie farmwife with a bucket of body parts feeding zombie farm animals. The landscape of ceramic churches and houses was overrun with green-grey undead and the bleeding remains of the living. Undead ice skaters gather around the shattered torso of a frozen dinner. A human child sits on the lap of Zombie Santa Claus; a live elf with an ax is coming up behind them to cut things short. A bough bedecked cart filled with humans is driven by zombies and pulled by undead horses. We call that “Meals on Wheels.”
Yes, it’s sick and twisted, but it reflects us. To see more, check out the link:
I have been very busy in literary pursuits this last week. Post Mortem Press has firmed up their 2014 publication calendar enough to give me a mid March release date for “Camp Arcanum”, my first novel. We are already making arrangements for a kick-off room party at Millenicon which has become our “home” con. Kit has forbidden my making a cake shaped like an undead skinless bunny, so I’ll have to come up with something else that relates to the story. There will most likely be a release party at The Alley Vintage & Costume the next weekend: more refreshments and the opportunity to hobnob with the author. Perhaps I’ll wear my steampunk books so it can be a hobnail hobnob.
Christmas Eve another one of my flash fiction pieces will be featured on The Wicked Library podcast. I will provide a direct link to that when it becomes available.
I will soon have word on two submissions: “44 Lies by 22 Authors” from Post Mortem press and the Christmas Horror Flash contest with Apex Publications. Both are Flash Fiction but great fun to write and then contemplate dreams of micro-fame.
Lastly, the screenplay I had written quite some time ago is moving forward in pre-production, though whether it walks, crawls or makes embarrassing pelvic thrusts, I do not know. Since this is Hollywood, I will be silent to avoid jinxing things, though I might make several evocative grimaces and gestures.
My first novel “Camp Arcanum” will be released by Post Mortem Press in 2014. I just down-loaded Plotagon Beta, a free program that creates CG videos based on your script, and I created my first book trailer. Every expense was spared. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!