Saturday, December 28, 2019

My 2019 Publication End-of-Year Wrap-Up

As most indie writers can relate, I suffer the malaise of feeling like I never get enough writing accomplished. However, looking back over the year of 2019, I feel like I should be satisfied, or at least can assure myself that the year has been productive “enough”... especially as I have day jobs, a family, and am involved in volunteer organizations for my children! Additionally I can look forward to a number of great projects already lined up for next year of 2020. So for purposes of self-accounting (i.e. bragging), here are my publication highlights for the year:

1. I published my first novel:

DOORWAYS TO THE DEADEYE (JournalStone, July, 2019)

2. I published my favorite (and most ambitious) anthology to date:

Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror (Dark Moon Books, January, 2019)

3. I published a smaller anthology of reprint stories as part of a project series:

Strange Tales of the Macabre: Post-Apocalyptic (
5X5 Publishing, July, 2019)

4. I published the fourth Primer book in my series EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION.

Exploring Dark Short Fiction #4: A Primer to Jeffrey Ford (Dark Moon Books, September, 2019)

5. I gained 14 more short story publication credits (8 of these are reprints)

Top 3 originals are:

 “Carmine Lips and a Fade into Oblivion” for Cemetery Dance Online

 “A Notable Incursion of Dinosaur Ants” in Red Sun Magazine, issue #5

 “Deep Down, the Lake of a Thousand Graves” in the anthology
Tales of the Lost Volume 1

6. PLUS I continue to run, publish, and promote my own indie press:

7. And, I’m still incredibly elated to have won this year’s Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection for my debut collection: That Which Grows Wild: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction (Cemetery Dance, July, 2018)

All-in-all a respectable year, if I do say so! And hoping for 2020 to be even better!!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

My Birthday Wish

It has been brought to my attention that it’s my birthday tomorrow… again! As much as I try to avoid it, it seems to be an annual occurrence. I do appreciate all the birthday comments and well wishes (emails, P.M.s, calls, texts, tweets, and their ilk) but I ask only ONE birthday favor, ONE request from ye celebrators… While you’re in the mood to write me, PLEASE also write an Amazon review for something I’ve written, ANY project I’ve ever been involved in!!!!

As many of you know, 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. Thus my greatest and dearest wish (combination Christmas-Birthday, in fact) is simply for you to click the below hyperlink, and write a few words of appreciation for any writing or anthology editing I’ve done, a task that takes only 30 seconds! :)

I’ll even send you a complimentary e-book of anything you’d like, in exchange for such review—just ask.

THANK YOU, and happy holidays all!


Here’s my full Amazon page:


Here are some direct links for specific titles:

Doorways to the Deadeye:

That Which Grows Wild: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction:

Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror

The Five Senses of Horror

A World of Horror

Review me!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

December, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: December, 2019
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Clarkesworld Magazine
Payment: 10 cents per word for the first 5,000 words, 8 cents for each word over 5,000
Story Length: 1,000–16,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent.
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Science fiction and fantasy (include. All associated sub-genres); Science fiction need not be "hard" SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, contemporary, surreal, etc. Horror can be supernatural or psychological, so long as it is frightening.

Daily Science Fiction
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: to 1,500 words (prefer less than 1,000)
Deadline: Continually open (EXCEPT during December 24, 2019–January 2, 2020)
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month
Description: Speculative fiction, such as science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. Daily publications.

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Payment: 5-8 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500
–8,000 words soft range (additionally, ‘Minute Mysteries’ of as little as 250 words)
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Three months
Description: (Not Horror, but Mystery and Crime) -- Every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case—the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman's lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including "locked rooms" and "impossible crimes"). We need hard-boiled stories as well as "cozies."

Gumshoe Review (Mystery/ Crime, monthly e-mag)
Payment: $50 flat payment (thus, 5 cents a word or more)
Story Length: flash fiction to 1,000 words (also non-fiction welcome to 1,000 words)
Deadline: Continually
Reprints?: No
Response: vague… est. 1 to 3 months
Description: Stories is a complete mystery in 1,000 words or less. We don't want character studies or mood pieces. We'd like it to lean towards noir but being a mystery. Stories where the investigator is the protagonist, or at least a significant character, and the focus is on solving a solving a crime, or getting someone out of a jam, or seeking some sort of justice."

Frozen Wavelets e-zine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 750 words
Deadline: December 15, 2019
Reprints?: Yes (up to 1,500 words at 1 cent/ word)
Response: within 30 days
Description: Non-themed speculative flash fiction and poetry. All forms of horror, fantasy, and science fiction welcome.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: Up to 15,000 words
Deadline: None at present. Closes intermittently
Reprints?: No
Response: Two to seven weeks
Description: “Literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach. We want stories set in what Tolkien called a “secondary world”: some other world that is different from our own primary world in some way. It could be different in terms of zoology (non-human creatures), ecology (climate), or physical laws (the presence of magic). It could be set on Earth but an Earth different from our primary world in terms of time (the historical past) or history (alternate history). It could have a “pre-tech” level of technology, or steampunk technology, or magic as technology, or anything else that’s not advanced or modern technology. However, the setting should contain some element that is in some way fantastical.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered (Pole to Pole Publishing)
Payment: 2 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–5,000 words
Deadline: Jan. 1, 2020–Apr. 30, 2020 (OR until filled, whichever is earlier)
Reprints?: Yes
Response: unknown (before June, 2020, most probably)
Description: Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered will contain short stories that pay tribute in some way to Jules Verne’s novel. Set your story in any time or place; use characters from Verne’s novel or make up your own. You need not write in Verne’s style. Aim to capture, in your own way, the sense of wonder and adventure for which Jules Verne is famous. The connection between your story and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea must be obvious and significant.

Triangulation (Parsec Ink)
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: February 29, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: March 31, 2019
Description: Theme of EXTINCTION: Every day, another species creeps closer to extinction, often brought on by things out of their control. The world changes every time an insect, a rhino, a macaw ceases to exist. These changes are tangible. Tell us about them. Bring us stories of imposing threats, extraordinary creatures brought low, stories of those warriors who fight tooth and nail for their survival. What does extinction mean to you? We like our stories to be profound, relatable, poignant yet familiar. Tell a tale for the ages; we want gritty commentaries and hopeful ruminations.

Best of Hardcore Horror, Volume 5 (Best Of/ Reprint antho) (edited by Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax; publ. by Comet Press)
Payment: 1 cent a word (reprints only)
Story Length: to 6,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Reprints?: Reprints only (including stories from self-publishing, online, single-author collections, etc.)
Response: unknown
Description: Hardcore Horror stories that were published in 2019 (bloody, gory, outlandish, pushing boundaries, etc.)