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Wordslinger’s Shootout Round# 7

This is the week we’ve all been waiting for: I step into the competitor’s circle to take on Jacob Haddon. The secret ingredient is “mailbox”, which can mix up a poignant tale of loss, or just something horribly creepy. Read our stories to figure out which is which. Those who vote are eligible for fabulous prizes which includes a copy of “Camp Arcanum” or Lamplight Magazine. As always, everyone pop on over to vote early and often!

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Coming Soon: 44 Lies by 22 Authors

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COMING SOON!

 

Post Mortem Press
44 Lies by 22 Authors – edited by Eric Beebe:

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  • Eric Beebe – “All Authors Lie (and Some Editors, Too)”
  • J. David Anderson – “Retirement” & “Happy Birthday”
  • Paul Anderson – ” Passive” & “Lead into Gold”
  • David Bernard – “A Ghoul’s Gotta Eat”, “After Midnight in the Dairy Case”, & “Attack of the Vampire Slayer”
  • Max Booth III – “Like Something Died” & Kurt Cobain Murdered My Father”
  • C. Bryan Brown – “A Vision in Red” & “Legacy”
  • Kenneth W. Cain – “Adaptable” & “The Hunted”
  • Brad Carter – “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Shooter” & “The Legend of Johnny Kudzu”
  • Kyle Dickerson – “Notice” & “Rag Dol”
  • Emma Ennis – “Surrogate”, “The Lady of the Hills”, “Lullaby”, & “Inside Job”
  • Robert Essig – “Moonlight Sonata”, “Names in the Sidewalk”, & “Meeting the Quota”
  • Teel James Glen – “Knight Before Christmas” & “Mama-San”
  • Scott Goudsward – “Winter Wonderland” & “Valentine”
  • K.T. Jayne – “Unionized Freaks” & “They Taste Better with Ketchup”
  • Tally Johnson – “Four Parts of a Prologue for a Novel Not Yet Written” & The Phantom Rider of the Confederacy”
  • M.F. Korn – “Golly Mister, Will You Sign My Laundry List?” & “They Speak Creole French at Those Places”
  • Christian A. Larsen – “Chief Chatzahoaken” & “The Lightning Makes a Stop”
  • Michael Matula – “Mausoleum Monster” & “Copperleaf Road”
  • Josef Matulich – “Foot in the Door”, “Stalker”, “Ukai”
  • Jessica McHugh – “To the Willow”, “Shipwrecked”, & “The D-Word”
  • P. Andrew Miller – “Fifty Shades of Day” & “Troll Hunting”
  • Georgina Morales – “The Beast” & “Memento Mori”
  • Billie Sue Mosiman – “One Too Many” & “Behind the Door”
  • G. Elmer Munson – “Therapy 124″ & “A Man in a Room”
  • Andrew Nienaber – “Colchis, Connecticut” & “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE”
  • Cynthia Pelayo – “Funeral Print”
  • Nelson W. Pyles – “Regards, Eleanor” & “The Trouble with Unicorns”
  • Patrick Scalisi – “Missing Bicycles” & “Residual”
  • Rob Smales – “Spreewald Dreams” & “Was it Good for You, Baby?”
  • Tim Waggoner – “The Good Neighbor” & “A Face in the Crowd”

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Wordslinger Shootout: Round 4

This week’s secret ingredient is “baseball” and there are two wildly different stories offered up this time. One is a horrifying vignette of the Apocalypse and the other is a poignant story of tradition and the supernatural. Early voting is going for the Apocalypse, but for the first time I am rallying my vast fanbase (snerk) to vote for the underdog. Authors this week are William Grabowski and James Chambers. Enjoy.

http://kennethwcain.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/wordslinger-shootout-round-4/

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#storyaweek tally week 6

I had hoped to catch up this week with two stories, but fell short.  More White Fluffy Death and organizing and modeling in the Steampunk Fashion Show by The Alley Vintage & Costume today.  I wore black and carried a gun axe and a serpent cane.  Big departure for me, you know.

Anyway, here is the tally.  I have already picked up an unfinished fragment to complete this week.  Maybe, I can catch up with that flash this week…

 

week  1: Tunnel Vision                                                     app. 450 words

week  2: Nightmare on a String                                     app. 1850 words

week  3: Ding Dong                                                          app. 275 words

week  4: Fly                                                                        app. 480 words

week  5:                 abject failure and the lamentation of broken souls

week  6: Many Returns                                                    app. 400 words

running total                  app. 3455 words

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#astoryaweek tally week #4

In spite of being ill, finishing my editing run on “Camp Arcanum”, and dealing with the White Fluffy Death from Above, I was able to complete a body horror flash story before the end of the week.  In the pipe, four by four…

week  1: Tunnel Vision,                                                    app. 450 words

week  2: Nightmare on a String                                     app. 1850 words

week  3: Ding Dong                                                          app. 275 words

week  4: Fly                                                                        app. 480 words

running total                  app. 3055 words

 

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#astoryaweek tally update

#astoryaweek tally

I have just finished another short story before the end of the week.  I will keep a running tally on this post for future edification/humiliation.

week  1: Tunnel Vision,                                                    app. 450 words

week  2: Nightmare on a String                                     app. 1850 words

week  3: Ding Dong                                                          app. 275 words

running total                  app. 2575 words

Because we could all use a laugh, and this is short, and I don’t really think there is to anyplace to sell it, I am including this week’s story below.  Enjoy!

 

Ding Dong

Josef Matulich

 

Matthew tensed in his recliner as he heard the sound of the doorbell.  His ongoing feud with the neighborhood kids had started with doorbells, the old “ring and dash”.  Things escalated to toilet paper, eggs and finally a picture of a penis etched into his lawn with bleach.  He wouldn’t think the little monsters would go back to small potatoes now.

He extricated himself from his chair, grabbed his cane and made it to the front door as swiftly as his knees would allow.  He had a hopeful thought that it might be the cops with the kids held up by the scruff of the neck on his front porch.

No such luck.

Matthew opened the front door to find a burning brown paper bag on his welcome mat.

He sighed.  This trick had been old when Truman had been President: the flaming bag of dog poop.  The victim was supposed to panic and stomp out the fire, splattering hot dog excrement all over their shoes and front step.

This wasn’t Matthew’s first rodeo.

He set the cane against the doorframe and bent over to grab both ends of the mat.  Holding it in a gentle curve to contain the flaming package, he gently lobbed it onto the front sidewalk where it could burn down harmlessly.  In the morning, he could hose off the walk without having to deal with any of the crap these kids had given him.

Matthew was feeling pretty satisfied about how this latest engagement had turned out until he noticed the black tripwire dangling from the underside and the metal ring from a grenade at its end.

 

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#astoryaweek tally

I have just finished another short story before the end of the week.  I will keep a running tally on this post for future edification/humiliation.

week  1: Tunnel Vision,                                                    app. 450 words

week  2: Nightmare on a String                                     app. 1850 words

running total                  app. 2300 words

 

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#astoryaweek

First, I would like to state for the record that I have not written fifty-two stories IN MY LIFE.  In spite of that, I succumbed to peer pressure from Jessica McHugh and the other authors in the Post Mortem Press cadre and committed to the #astoryaweek challenge.  It may seem a bit daunting, but I am allowed to include Flash Fiction for my quota.  I just finished a 360 word Flash story called “Tunnel Vision”.  I expect to be able to come up with twice that by the end of next week.

Like many other high performances challenges like the 48 Hour Film Festival or Three Days of Terror, it is what I call a “Dancing Bear” performance: it doesn’t matter how well the bear dances, but that it dances at all.  I am not making any promises of quality.  I will use this, though, as an excuse to finish all the little pieces I have had buzzing around in my head.  It’s not cheating to finish a two-year-old story fragment for one week’s output.  Many hooks for bigger projects can be committed to paper and then stuffed into my special binder labeled “Start Here Stupid” when I’m ready for my next novel.  It’ll be easy in the copious free time I have at my disposal.

Week 1: “Tunnel Vision”  360 words

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Busy Christmas Literary Gnome

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.

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