Monday, November 28, 2022

LOSCON 48 (Nov. 25–Nov. 27, 2022)

Great time attending and participating in LOSCON 48 (Los Angeles) over the weekend! Thanks so much to the volunteers who put it on. The Con was VERY well organized with an army of support staff to assist. There was a huge track of programming revolving around science fiction and fantasy, as well as pop culture, writing, technology, song, dance, costuming, gaming, and more. This was my first time going, and I was very impressed with the experience.

I sat in on a ton of panels, but only took pics of a few. Besides selling and signing books in the dealer's room, my own speaking schedule was expansive.

I was...

* Moderator and fill-in panelist for: “Capturing Fear: How To Write Great Horror” with Deborah Daughetee and Brian Fitzpatrick.

* Panelist for: “The Dark Side of Fantasy” with Brandie June and Erin Rado, moderated by L. K. (Leanne Kathleen) Ingino.

* Moderator for “The Twilight Zone: A Wondrous Land of Imagination” with panelists Steven Barnes, Lynn Barker, and Denise Dumars

* Panelist for “How to Find and Keep Track of the Publishing Markets” along with James C. Glass, moderated by Kristen Renee Gorlitz.

* Moderator for “How to succeed at NaNoWriMo,” which evolved into more of an interview of NaNoWriMo professional Rebecca Inch-Partridge, who also implemented in-class learning for attendees.

Thanks so much to Nick Smith, Michelle Pincus, Kristen Renee Gorlitz, and all the other committee members and convention volunteers of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) who made this con a success!

LOSCON 48 Panel: “Goal Setting for Writers”

Anne Toole
David Avallone
Denise Dumars
Wendy Van Camp
Moderated by Matthew Arnold Stern

LOSCON 48 Panel: “Comics Today”

Nicholas Doan
David Avallone
Brandon Perlow
Moderated by Bryant Dillon

LOSCON 48 Panel: “What the Publishing Landscape Looks like Today”

J. L. Doty
Matt Conant
Moderated by Robert Mitchell Evans
Mike Robinson

My table in the dealer's room, selling and signing books!


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

December, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: For December, 2022
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Paramnesia (anthology, edited by Grendel Press)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–7,000 words
Deadline: January 1, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: January 31, 2023
Description: Short stories related to “Paramnesia,” a condition or phenomenon involving distorted memory or confusions of fact and fantasy, such as confabulation or déjà vu. NOTE: See website for other upcoming anthology calls, of Dark Fantasy, Horror, and Romance.

Amazing Stories Magazine (special Flash Fiction edition)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,500
Deadline: January 2, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Flash fiction stories set in the future and revolving around Sol, including planets, moons, asteroids, Oort and Kuiper).

Literally Dead: Tales of Holiday Hauntings anthology, edited by Gaby Triana)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words
Deadline: January 20, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Short stories of classic paranormal, poltergeists, ghosts, spirits, haunted places and objects, and the eerily unexplained that take place on or around the winter holidays.

Real Stories of the US Space Force (Baen Books)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: January 22, 2023 (or until full)
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Science fiction short stories and fact articles illustrating current and future near-Earth space-related threats and dispelling misconceptions about America’s newest service branch… Scientifically plausible drama about people facing interesting challenges related to the US Space Force or more generally, the policing and defense of near-Earth space and related issues, now or in the foreseeable future (the next century or so).

Solarpunk Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–7,500 words
Deadline: Open between January 1–January 14, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories that strive for a utopian ideal, that are set in futures where communities are optimistically struggling to solve or adapt to climate change, to create or maintain a world in which humanity, technology, and nature coexist in harmony rather than in conflict, etc. Also open to poetry and non-fiction.

Payment: $200 flat
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: Yes (but no pay)
Response: Three months
Description: Any type of genre story: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Crime, Fantasy, etc. (see submission page for additional themed 1-time calls).

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

Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 1,000–7,500 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response Time: within 3 months
Description: Non-themed, original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Die by the Sword! (DMR Books)
1 cent a word
Story Length: 4,000–8,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Unthemed, original sword-and-sorcery short stories (i.e. generally combining swashbuckling adventure with supernatural elements).

Sunday, November 20, 2022

I WON the revered Shirley Jackson Award!!

I’ve been remiss in keeping up with my blog, so first up is something I already shared on social media a few weeks ago, but for the blogosphere record, here t’is:


I can’t believe I just (co-) WON the revered Shirley Jackson Award!!!

This for: Professor Charlatan Bardot's Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World (published by Dark Moon Books) with Charlatan Bardot!!!

I was screaming with excitement, I almost fainted! THANK YOU!!!!

Thank you to all contributors who were a part of this creative journey. There were 63 authors involved, 2 artists, and, of course, my editing counterpart, 
Professor Charlatan Bardot (who also wishes to extend his gratitude).

Thank you also to the jurors, readers, reviewers, and other supporters.

And congratulations also to
Unfettered Hexes: Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness who shares this award with me as a “tie”.

More here:

And here:

AND!! I uploaded my virtual acceptance video, here:


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