HOW CON: Preventing the End

Preventing the End

by Michele Roger

Remember the voice? She spoke to you the moment when it became clear that combining sounds and letters made words, words made sentences, sentences made stories, and stories made friendships in other worlds. She was the one who opened the door to the first book that swept you away and kept you up all night.

Go ahead,she said. Heres the key to this door.Then she handed you a ring of keys (or she did back then, now kids tell me she just shows them how to use the retinal scanner.)

Later on, it was her who reminded you that while Asimov could take you to other planetary systems, if you didnt stop reading him and start studying for your physics test, youd never get into college. Part of you argued.

College-smollege, as long as I have the library Ill be fine. It worked for Ray Bradbury.

Ooooh,she smiled. You never said you wanted to be a writer.

Wait, what? I didnt say that.

Yes you did.

No. I distinctly remember saying the library worked for other authors…”

Mmm Hmm.

Ok, fine. I admit,I myself confessed at this point. Hence why Im a writer. I wasnt cut out for interrogation. Your experience may be different when it happens to you.

And then it started happening.

They walk (and sometimes crawl) across the earth at night. Sometimes they fill the moonless sky. The ghosts just float up and hover over my bed, chilling my bones in an attempt to tell me their story. The witches arrive next and recite terrifying incantations in my ears. Vampires politely wait outside in the garden. They havent been invited inside but they wait patiently. They have a lifetime to sit outside my window and wait for me to fall in love with one of them on a starry, sleepless night.

The broken-hearted lovers who have died tragically are the worst. All they do is cry and moan, begging to tell their tragic story to anyone, particularly me, who will listen. I toss and turn and put the pillow over my head. I tell them to go away. I have a real job I have to get up and go to in the morning. Go haunt another writer.

Instead, they come. Night after night they become more insistent.

Tell our stories or well cast a spell that makes your door to the hallway return back here to your bed.

I protest, But I have to go to the bathroom!

They shrug, Tell it to someone who cares. Better yet, tell our story first.

The weeping ghosts of dead lovers moan louder as they reach for one another in a perpetual, unattainable grasp.

If she tells our story, we might help prevent someone from befalling our fate.

Now, the vampire is spread out impossibly in my window ledge wearing Armani and drinking a glass of wine. A spider is dancing across his fingers.

I could keep you busy for a million lifetimes.His dark, alluring double meaning isnt lost on me. I have to take a deep breath to prevent myself from swooning.

Enough!I shout out to the voice. I didnt ask for this! This feels crazy. I feel crazy!

The reply isnt shouted back. No. Shes far too calm and clever for that. She giggles and its kind of a whisper at first.

Do you remember all the Ann Rice that you read in college? The Clive Barker, the Poe, Steven King, Nancy Farmer? Not to mention your obsession with Pratchett and Gaiman?

Yes. So?I hold up my keys as if to say that I had permission. I jingle them for effect.

She coos. Permission? Yes. But you couldnt possibly think that all those worlds and friends came free.

Uh,is all I manage to say.

No, no. And all those authors you came to love? Theyve paid their debt back as well. Just look at Gaimans basement cave of a library. You must pay back at least a fraction of what you take. Thats how it works. Other writers, librarians, and even ancient historians have always known this.

But, you never said.

She interrupts me. No. I never did say. You did. You said you wanted to be a writer. Here are just a few of the stories that need to be told.She presents the creatures crowded around my bed. When youve finished with these, I will send more.

More?I ask.

Reading and writing never stops,she explains. If they ever do, it will be the end.

The end of what, exactly?I ask.

She sighs. Everything.

HOW CON: Getting out of the slush pile and staying out!

Getting out of the slush pile and staying out!
(Publisher/Editor View)
by Emerian Rich from HorrorAddicts.net

Choosing a sub call

*Investigate the publisher, familiarize yourself with their publications. Know what they stand for and what they’ve liked in the past.

*If there is time, ask trusted writer friends if they have dealt with them.

*Have time to write what they are asking for or have a story in your locker that you can change to fit.

Subbing

*Concentrate on the deadline and give yourself a doable work schedule.

*Right before subbing, revisit the sub call guidelines on their actual site to see if anything has changed, or if you missed anything.

*Make sure you put your name and contact information on the manuscript in case it gets separated from your email.

*When in doubt, use the William Shunn method: www.shunn.net/format/story.html

*Create a proper, short but informative cover letter. In the cover letter, you should include:

*Word count

*Story name and elevator pitch. Shorts: 1-2 sentences, Novels: 3-5 unless stated otherwise

*Your name and 50-word bio.

*Anything else they may ask for in the sub call.

Example:

Editor, Please find attached my 3500-word story, “Full Moon Over Washington.” In this fantasy comedy story, werewolves fed up with the nonsense of humans take political office.

Joe Wolf is the author of the werewolf series, Dark is the Night. He’s been published in a handful of anthologies by publishers such as Dragon Moon Press, FullMoon Publishing and White Wolf Press.
To find out more, please visit: joewolf.com

Thank you for your consideration,

Joe Wolf

Don’ts in a cover letter:

*Don’t assume the gender of the editor if you don’t know. Mr. Mrs. Miss. Ms.? Old-fashioned and can be taken wrongly. I would prefer Emerian or Editor.

*Don’t assume an acquaintance with the editor until he or she has reciprocated. Even if you met at a convention, they may not remember you. Reminding them by saying, “We met at WolfCon. I was the guy in the elevator who chatted about Walpurgisnacht.” Is a great way to establish a memory, but don’t be upset if they do not remember you.

*Don’t use swear words, off-color jokes, or racial slurs–even in the title and even if you’re trying to be witty. There are very few instances this will work, especially on a cold-contact where you don’t know the editor or their style.

Don’ts of submissions:

*Don’t sub something that doesn’t fit the theme or guidelines.

*Don’t just send it with no cover or explanation.

*Don’t leave out a part cause you don’t want to do it. Yes, we need what we ask for. You can’t leave out the synopsis if we need it.

*Don’t burn bridges. If we decline you and you launch into decline abuse, you will be on the bad list.

*Don’t send multiple stories or simultaneous submissions unless the sub call states it’s okay.

BayCon HorrorAddicts.net Events!

May 25 – 28, 2018

San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport


HorrorAddicts.net will be attending BayCon, the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writer’s Convention in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Saturday May 26th
10:00am-4:00pm
Imagination Fair
Free to the public

Join us at the Imagination Fair. Take selfies with Inkjet, the incredible cepholopod, chat with authors, get freebies, enjoy face painting, and answer trivia questions to get awesome swag from CometTV, like Tank Girl T-shirts, The Craft protection sachets, and alien gifts.
Authors present will be: Laurel Anne Hill, Sumiko Saulson, J. Malcolm Stewart, Loren Rhoads, Emerian Rich, Mercy Hollow, E.M. Markoff, Trinity Adler, and more!

This is a free event with swag to spare!

Sunday May 27th
HorrorAddicts.net Panel

HorrorAddicts.net: Come discuss musical influence on horror and dark fantasy literature, movies, and lifestyle. Hear authors read their horror stories and enter to win door prizes. Musically inspired horror favors free until they run out!
Authors present will be: Laurel Anne Hill, Sumiko Saulson, Jonathan Fortin, J. Malcolm Stewart, Loren Rhoads, Emerian Rich

 

Meet Artist Bill Rude and Author Emerian Rich

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Meet author Emerian Rich and artist Bill Rude

HalloweenThis weekend, ScareLA, the first Los Angeles convention dedicated to celebrating Halloween (and from my knowledge the only one in California) will commence. On August 8th and 9th at the Pasadena Convention Center, the event will feature top attraction designers and operators, manufacturers, artists, filmmakers and more. The weekend-long Halloween season teaser will celebrate California’s hottest scary faire with attraction unveils, workshops and classes, top industry panels, haunt experiences, screenings and activities.

FinalFrontCoverBill Rude is allowing me to sit at his table for awhile to promote the HorrorAddicts.net Press book, Horror Addicts Guide to Life. Bill was interviewed in the book and I wrote several parts, so you will get signatures of two contributors if you stop by the booth between 1p-2p, August 8th.

Not only will I be meeting all of you fine folks during the con, but I am excited to check out this huge Halloween-inspired convention! I am also looking forward to seeing Bill’s Ho-Ho-Horrifying Holiday Cards in person. 🙂 And he has buttons! I know I won’t be able to resist grabbing a few.

Come share the SCARE with me and my Halloween-inspired friends.

See you there!

ScareLa
August 8th
1pm-2pm @ booth 213
Meet Bill and Emerian
Mention code: Boo2015
to get a discount on the
Horror Addicts Guide to Life book.

7 Hells (booth 213) is ready to go all out to make it the best one yet!

scare la– The EXCLUSIVE vendor of official ScareLA t-shirts and prints featuring the illustration by Bill Rude!

– More featured 7 Hells artwork in Evil Twin Studios’ ‘VAULT OF DARKNESS’!

– Celebrate the The Hatbox Ghost’s return with original Haunted Mansion art and prints!

– NEW: 7 Hells buttons, including original Krampus and Haunted Mansion artwork!

– Vintage movie posters that never were!

– Terrifying Monster T-Shirts!

– Gallery of Original Artwork!

– And ALWAYS your #1 stop for original Ho-Ho-Horrifying Holiday Cards!