Sunday, February 27, 2011

Madness in March - Deadline Alert!

Just a quick reminder that if you've been working on something for "Madness in March" that Friday, March 4 is the last day to get your submission in. I've received some great work so far, and been introduced to some writers who are new to me, but are on my list of works to watch from now on.

To recap the rules - any length is great, up to a 2,000 word cap. Submit to chrisallinotte (at) gmail (dot) com with "Madness in March Submission" in the subject line, and your story in the body of the e-mail.

Looking forward to some crazy tales!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Playmate of the Month

Quick update today. A short piece of mine, which brings a decided break from the horror I've been writing recently, is up at The Flash Fiction Offensive today. Thanks to David Barber for accepting this quick and dirty crime vignette. Read Heisting Miss October here.

Also - just a reminder that March 4th is the deadline for "Madness in March" submissions.  (Full details if you click the logo-thing at the right of this page.)

 Send me your creeping madness. Send me your chilling delirium. Send me your crazy!

Keep your white spaces at bay.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

A very small tale of the pursuit of the sensual, originally published as part of Lily Childs' Friday Prediction.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

On-y dancer

Lars's friends thought he was crazy to want to visit the burned remains of the Moulin Rouge, but it was worth it - even though so far, he hadn't seen anything unusual. The very wood of the place sang with energy and ecstacy of orgiastic evenings devoted solely to the pursuits of pleasure.

Suddenly hearing voices from behind the stage, Lars sprinted up several black, broken steps that lead to the dressing rooms.

He parted a mildewed and singed red velvet drape to reveal a long room filled with mirrors and lit by the soft amber glow of candles. Before him stood seven women; anonymous, gorgeous, and transparent. There was too much to look at. Swells of breasts and buttocks, pressing and straining against ornate, yet delicate, corsetry overwhelmed his senses. Long, muscled dancers' legs wrapped in the finest silk stockings brought the visions closer to where he stood. He smelled perfume and the faint odour of burnt hashish. He had nowhere that he could look that was not beautiful.

"Voulez-vous couchez avec nous, monsieur?" breathed a short blonde ghost to his left, barely dressed in white gossamer lace. His whole body throbbed for the courtesan phantoms.

"Yes ... oui. Oui!" Lars stammered, determined to give in to the experience.  He would taste and savour the pent-up sexual energies of a century.

"C'est bien." said another, peeking over the top of an ostrich feather fan. She lowered it, and Lars saw that only her eyes had been untouched by the blaze. His rising excitement was instantly quenched with cold and certain dread. The scents in the room changed from perfume to rot, from incense to charcoal. As the women surrounded him, their fa├žade of flesh melted away, revealing their charred and ruined true forms beneath.  

Somewhere, music started playing.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Madness in March - a Leaky Pencil Write-in Special

Hey everyone.  I'm keeping this as brief as possible, as the last thing I want to do is distract from the blog-fest goodness happening out there right now.

I wish I could say I was a sports guy, but I'm not.  So, that in mind, I'm looking for a different reason to get excited about March.

For the week of March 15 (ye olde Ides), I want to feature stories on this blog... your stories- about madness. I want stories of criminal psychosis, cannibal grannies, that guy who wears bacon as a hat -- you get the idea.  If you're interested, send me your stories (any length, up to 2,000 wds) to chrisallinotte (at) gmail (dot) com . Last day for submissions will be March 4, 2011. [Updated details- please send your story pasted into an e-mail, and include a short bio at the end.]

I'll be choosing 7 to run that week.

The best of the runners' up to be featured on this blog on every second Wednesday at thirteen o'clock following the contest.

If your story is the best of the bunch, I'll feature the book of your choice, and its purchase link on this site for 30 days.  (There may be a little something else for the winner as well, but that's t.b.d.) 

For all the entries, I'll be putting together a PDF chapbook that includes featured stories, as well as any other entries received, to be sent out after everything's finished. 



P.S. Legalese: if you do choose to send me a story, and I put it up here - that's basically the first publication rights gone, so please only send if you're okay with that.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Story for a snowy day

After checking out the crazy-fun serial about the poor, overworked, wrapped up in a mystery, spectre of Death by R.S. Bohn (at her blog, check it out here) - it made me want to dust off my own tale of phantoms that run the "real" world around us.

I've given the story its own page - just click the words "Game Night" up there, and settle in (it's about 5,200 wds.)

Have a great day - bundle up, get warm.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sweet February Treats at "the Feardom"

It's February, and Lily Childs, mistress of all things macabre, is hosting an amazing 28 day festival of "Femme Fatale Fiction," featuring fresh stories each day by some of the most talented women you'll have the pleasure to read.

Susan May James kicks off the fun with "Shadows".  Get on over there!