Friday, October 30, 2009

All Hallow's Eve (Eve) !

Got a little Halloween treat up on Flashes in the Dark today. It's called, "At the All Hallow's Eve Buffet (Kids Eat Free). Again - very thrilled to have a piece up on a horror site around Halloween (aka Horror writer Christmas) Check it out!

And .. my final FINAL entry into the Micro Horror contest: "A Question of Faith" is up now too.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Sins of the Past

Breaking new ground today. My first story on Thrillers, Killers 'N' Chillers is up now. It's a noir-esque piece called "The Sins of the Past". I really like how this one came out, as it's my first attempt at anything "crime-y". Though, if you read it, you'll see I'll never be a "purist" in this genre.

Also - confirmed today - another new piece will be coming out online at Flashes in the Dark on Friday, just in time for Hallowe'en weekend. A horror piece featured on Hallowe'en weekend? Way cool. Details and link to follow on the day.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Dream of Peonies

So I cannot stay away from the Micro Horror contest. I keep working on other stories, and then *bam* I get these quick little flashes of ideas for stories that would be great to send into MH. They also, though I do make sure they're quality before I send, take less time to write than some of the longer stuff, so it's a great diversion too.

All this is to say, check out "A Dream of Peonies", up at Micro Horror now.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Game on" for GAME NIGHT

The Oddville Press, issue 5 is out today. It features my story "Game Night," about a quartet of ghosts that control all the misfortune in the world. This fantastic publication is in the form of a free e-book PDF. Check it out!

For anyone reading this blog, (anyone ... anyone .... echo ... echo ...) who has only been acquainted with my flashfic at Micro Horror and Static Movement, this is a chance to check out a longer piece, one that upon re-reading today, I might have tightened a little more in spots but ultimately I'm very happy with how it plays out.

This has also renewed my resolve to get back into writing the longer stuff, to stretch out and let the characters talk to me a little more.

Other news -"one more" entry to the Micro Horror contest. I thought I was done, but these great little flashes keep coming that are centred in History. It's called Induction and it's up now.

Also ... got my confirmation from the College this week. I'm starting my 30 week intensive correspondance with a mentor starting in January. 300 pages - one project. This will be fun.

In relation to that, as well as the need to get writing longer stuff .. I'm seriously considering attempting NaNoWriMo. (Crazy??)

Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 16, 2009

"Make 'Em Cheer"

Hey everyone, one more story thrown into the mix for the 2009 Micro Horror Hallowe'en contest. This one's called Make 'em Cheer . It's a look into the nature of talent, that blissfully casts baseless aspersions on one of the greatest sports legends of the 20th century; but with what I think also carries a message of redemption through selflessness.

In other news ... missed the cutoff for the APEX Halloween Contest. I was sick as a dog yesterday and couldn't finish my entry. On retrospect (and rereading) it may have been a little too far outside the box of what they were looking for. As far as Urban Legends with an Alien Origin, mine was closer to Mythbusters Urban Legend than say .. Bloody Mary. Ultimately though, I missed out because I procrastinated. Lesson learned.

I mentioned in my previous post I'm going to start getting back to the longer works. I'm really feeling that now. I absolutely love writing the flash pieces, but I'm starting to really feel the constraints. I want to let the characters grow, and have a little more time. In fact, I may revisit some of the flash pieces and expand them a bit. I don't think the story of Goodwife Taylor was all finished when I finished.

Also I really want to get back to Big Top ("the" novel), but I've thrown that piece into consideration for my 30 week intensive writing course that starts in January. So if that gets picked up, I'll be doing the circus book all next year.

I may spend some time then, getting back to Bridgetown (my sci-fi/horror longform). I had a brainstorm a little while back that's going to necessitate a big rewrite, but will do better justice to the characters.

In the meantime, check out some of the Flash Pieces if you haven't, and again, thanks for visiting!

Chris

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Le Corbeau - Contest entry #3

Hey all, got one more story up on MicroHorror today, again as part of the 2009 Hallowe'en short story contest.

It's called Le Corbeau. (The Raven.) Still working within the theme of the contest (the past), I went with some Canadiana this time. There's such a rich history to draw from, and the animalist religion of the Haida is absolutely fascinating.

I think I'm going to be moving back to my longer work now. I've getting to a point with the "short-shorts" that I feel I'm just on the edge of rushing them, and I feel like doing some longer form, where I have to slow down and work at character development etc. might be just the thing.

Keep reading!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Much at Stake - Now on Micro Horror

Because I can't resist a good Hallowe'en contest. I've got my second story, entitled Much at Stake up on the site now.

I don't know why I've been so focused on zombies recently, but I threw a submission into a new anthology, "The Moron's Guide to the Inevitable Zombpocalypse". We'll see what happens. Also working on a piece for the Apex Magazine Hallowe'en contest.

Then .. I think I'm going to get back to the longer works.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Hallowe'en Time is upon us!

As you may have noticed from some of the links at the side over there, one of my favorite sites, and one that has been extremely receptive to my work is MicroHorror.

The annual Hallowe'en Short Story contest is now on! If you're a writer, and can tell a scary story in 666 words or less, head on over! If you just like reading good scary stories, you can expect a lot of authors to be pulling out their best for this.

My first entry, "The Choir of Pulcinello" is up in the "Contest Entries" section now. (This is a very distilled version of the epic poem I mentioned earlier. From 3,950 pretty painful poetry lines to a totally lean 666 words was a hell of a cut, but the story came out great!)

I have one more story that I'll be throwing into the mix, but more on that one later.

Chris

Friday, October 2, 2009

3 additional stories to appear in "Elements of Horror"

Got news this week that I will now be featured (4) times in the "Elements of Horror" Anthology, due out next April. This is one story per "element" (i.e. fire/air/earth/water)

In other news, submitted to another antho this week, and got a very constructive, if a little humbling, rejection back. Learned the lesson that sometimes you need to let a piece sit, and come back to edit it. In this case, it appears significant editing will be necessary. That and perhaps a refresher in poetry ... long story.

Still - I'd rather get blunt criticism than a form "good luck elsewhere."