Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ANNOUNCING NEW ANTHOLOGY: "The Five Senses of Horror"

Behold and tremble (in anticipation!), O horror short form fans!

Finished acquisitions and contracts for my next anthology, a reprint volume of the five human senses in horror: THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR

This includes the influence of horror and dark fantasy short fiction on the five human senses (interaction and relationship between imaginative horror perception and the senses) and how these insights can assist writers/ or how they’ve been used effectively by authors as inspiration within this form of writing.

Including study and commentary from psychologist, Erika Price, PhD; Psychology Instructor at Loyola University Chicago & Statistics/ Methods Consultant.

Including mind-numbingly gorgeous illustrations from artist, Nils Broß.

Including short story fiction:

·         Heading Home by Ramsey Campbell (sense of touch)
·         Soft by Darrell Schweitzer (sense of touch)
·         Feel the Noise by Lisa Morton (sense of touch)

·         In the Cave of the Delicate Singers by Lucy Taylor (sense of sound)
·         Sounds by Kathryn Ptacek (sense of sound)
·         Malleus, Incus, Stapes by Sarah Totton (sense of sound)

·         His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood by Poppy Z. Brite (sense of taste)
·         Cassilago's Wife by Sarah Singleton (sense of taste)
·         Sweet Subtleties by Lisa L. Hannett (sense of taste)

·         The Beholder by Richard Christian Matheson (sense of sight)
·         In the Porches of My Ears by Norman Prentiss (sense of sight)
·         The Impression of Craig Shee by David McGroarty (sense of sight)

·         Shem-el-Nessim: An Inspiration in Perfume by Chris Bell (sense of smell)
·         The Scent by John F.D. Taff (sense of smell)
·         The Odor of Violets by John Farris (sense of smell)

I’ll also be discussing this as part of the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon 2017!

THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR—Estimated Release Date: April, 2017

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Writer's Resources - Electronic Submission Trackers

For writers who are interested in such things, I use an electronic spreadsheet to track my submissions, which I built in Microsoft Excel 2007.

Tracking submissions is vital to any writer’s success, knowing where your work is/ has been submitted, published, paid, etc. You can track market info, response times, or really anything you find useful in your own endeavors.

I’m including downloadable files via Google Docs links for two versions of Excel submission trackers for anyone who would like assistance in this, to become—at least—a more “organized” writer! ;)

The first version is one that I built (Submission Tracker by Eric J. Guignard.xls) and the second is an easier alternative version created by NEON Magazine (Copy of Sample-Submissions-Tracker by NEON Magazine.xlsx).

For my version, just input the appropriate fields of information in each row (Title, where submitted, date, etc.) and also apply a numeral 1 in the corresponding column, whether the story is something you need to submit, or if’s been submitted and awaiting decision, or if accepted or rejected.

The 1 value in the first 4 columns will color-format the row for ease of viewing, and also is calculated into your submission statistics. When the submission changes (ex. From pending to accepted), just delete the “1” from the column and re-enter in a new column.

The columns can be sorted by market, story title, etc., and the statistics auto-calculate.

Besides my tracking spreadsheet, there are other resources available as well, listed here: http://www.sfwa.org/2010/08/5-resources-on-tracking-submissions/

Use what works best for you!


Hope this helps, and holiday cheers,




Monday, December 19, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me


Yes, thank you preemptively for the birthday wishes!

I’ve begun receiving messages asking what I’d like for a meaningful birthday gift—Waterford Crystal London Desktop Bar? 14-karat gold cufflinks shaped in Darth Vader’s head? A Virgin Oceanic submarine? Nay, I say to those trifles—It is Amazon reviews I covet most!

It’s a dreadful commentary that  the worth of indie authors is measured by 5-star reviews, but such is the state of current commerce. So here I post my annual gift list: In lieu of all else, please consider posting a brief and honest review on anything I’ve written, as found in the Amazon catalogue here: www.amazon.com/Eric-J.-Guignard/e/B004QJ1YTC
 

In addition, if you’d like to follow or join me elsewhere in social media, I’m at: 


Midnight cheers, and happy holidays all!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DAY 27 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: +HORROR LIBRARY+ Volume 6

Last, and certainly not least, here posted is the final contributor in the T.O.C. for the latest anthology volume that I edited: +HORROR LIBRARY+, to be published by Farolight Publishing (Cutting Block Books) in April, 2017.

DAY 27 of 27: Garrett Quinn

1.
JG Faherty presents “The H Train”
2.
Edward M. Erdelac presents “Hear The Eagle Scream”
3.
Rebecca J. Allred presents “Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt”
4.
Jay Caselberg presents “The Ride”
5.
John M. Floyd presents “The Red-Eye to Boston”
6.
Tom Johnstone presents “Oldstone Gardens”
7.
Bentley Little presents “The Plumber”
8.
Darren O. Godfrey presents “D.U.I.”
9.
Carole Johnstone presents “Better You Believe”
10.
David Tallerman presents “Casualty of Peace”
11.
Kathryn E. McGee presents “The Creek Keepers’ Lodge”
12.
Jeffrey Ford presents “Five Pointed Spell”
13.
Sean Eads presents “Predestination’s a Bitch”
14.
Dean H. Wild presents “The Gaff”
15.
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime presents “The Night Truck”
16.
C. Michael Cook presents “The Night Crier”
17.
Josh Rountree presents “Snowfather”
18.
Jayani C. Senanayake presents “Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince)”
19.
Marc E. Fitch presents “The Starry Crown”
20.
Connor de Bruler presents “Il Mostro”
21.
Raymond Little presents “Elsa and I”
22.
Lucas Pederson presents “We Were Monsters”
23.
Ahna Wayne Aposhian presents “Old Hag”
24.
Vitor Abdala presents “Instant Messaging”
25.
Jackson Kuhl presents “Cartagena Hotel”
26. Garrett Quinn presents “I’ve Finally Found You”
27. Thomas P. Balázs presents “Waiting for Mrs. Hemley”

EXCERPT:


“My husband says I’m always late,” Mrs. Hemley says. “But it’s not true. I’m not always late. Sure, today I got a little behind. The alarm didn’t go off, and I couldn’t find any clean clothes, and I had to stop for gas on my way in, and the pump wasn’t taking my card, and then I got distracted and missed my exit, but I’m not always late.”
I don’t say anything because it’s not my role to judge. This is a “safe space,” as Miles used to say. Besides, it’s less important to establish the so-called truth of the situation than to examine the patterns of narrative Mrs. Hemley constructs and how, like the sun, she directs the movement of those who orbit around her like satellites of her psychic life, her husband and her children, who reflect back to her the stories originating in her own sense of self-worth, collective constructions confirming beliefs lodged in the deepest core of her being, that she is somehow incomplete, less than.
This being the case, I feel compelled to note for the record that, insofar as our sessions are concerned, Mrs. Hemley is, in fact, always late!

Waiting for Mrs. Hemley by Thomas P. Balázs
ABOUT: Thomas P. Balázs

Thomas P. Balázs is the author of the short story collection, Omicron Ceti III (Aqueous Books, 2012). His fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The North American Review, The Southern Humanities Review, and The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and the AWP Intro Journals Project Award. He was awarded the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award for best short fiction 2010. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. http://thomasbalazs.com

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

DAY 26 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: +HORROR LIBRARY+ Volume 6

I’ll be unhurriedly posting all contributors here, one-a-day, to reveal the T.O.C. for this latest anthology volume that I edited for +HORROR LIBRARY+, to be published by Farolight Publishing (Cutting Block Books) in April, 2017.

DAY 26 of 27: Garrett Quinn

1.
JG Faherty presents “The H Train”
2.
Edward M. Erdelac presents “Hear The Eagle Scream”
3.
Rebecca J. Allred presents “Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt”
4.
Jay Caselberg presents “The Ride”
5.
John M. Floyd presents “The Red-Eye to Boston”
6.
Tom Johnstone presents “Oldstone Gardens”
7.
Bentley Little presents “The Plumber”
8.
Darren O. Godfrey presents “D.U.I.”
9.
Carole Johnstone presents “Better You Believe”
10.
David Tallerman presents “Casualty of Peace”
11.
Kathryn E. McGee presents “The Creek Keepers’ Lodge”
12.
Jeffrey Ford presents “Five Pointed Spell”
13.
Sean Eads presents “Predestination’s a Bitch”
14.
Dean H. Wild presents “The Gaff”
15.
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime presents “The Night Truck”
16.
C. Michael Cook presents “The Night Crier”
17.
Josh Rountree presents “Snowfather”
18.
Jayani C. Senanayake presents “Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince)”
19.
Marc E. Fitch presents “The Starry Crown”
20.
Connor de Bruler presents “Il Mostro”
21.
Raymond Little presents “Elsa and I”
22.
Lucas Pederson presents “We Were Monsters”
23.
Ahna Wayne Aposhian presents “Old Hag”
24.
Vitor Abdala presents “Instant Messaging”
25.
Jackson Kuhl presents “Cartagena Hotel”
26. Garrett Quinn presents “I’ve Finally Found You”

EXCERPT:

For a long minute, there was nothing. Then, as if in slow motion, he watched the doorknob twist, jangle, the door bulge in and out. He could hear the deadbolt, the one his father had installed, clacking against the wood. Only the first line of defense, he’d said, smiling. His father’s lips had been tight, his eyes focused, like when he told him about the accident, like he was scared of losing Con, too.
Con tried to swallow, but his throat was dry. He glanced back out his window toward Frankie’s apartment—still black—and thought of the stories he’d seen on the news: Girl, aged fourteen, never returned home from school, or Boy, twelve, taken from bedroom at night. He clenched his fists and tiptoed through the dark living room. The peephole on the door flashed. His stomach turned, and he wanted nothing more than for his father to be sitting at the kitchen table, toying with an old doorknob and a lock pick.
He placed his palms against the door as if feeling for something on the other side and whispered, “Hello?”
He leaned up, peered through the hole, saw nothing but the brown carpet, the wallpaper, peeling like dead skin—everything warped and flattened in the fish-eye glass. But he waited, because he sensed someone there, someone who’d been looking back through. 

I’ve Finally Found You by Garrett Quinn
ABOUT: Garrett Quinn

Garrett Quinn lives in North Carolina. “I’ve Finally Found You” is his first published horror story.