I got a chance to interview one of my favorite bands, Harley Poe.
If the Violent Femmes and the Misfits rolled into one sound like your thing, check 'em out!
Bloody-Disgusting just posted a great new review of J. David Osborne's BY THE TIME WE LEAVE HERE, WE'LL BE FRIENDS. "This spare, violent, hallucinatory survival piece about rival Russian gangsters in a 1953 Siberian prison reads like the hard-edged framework of a richly drawn epic."
Also, the BOOKED podcast just posted an equally spare, violent, and hallucinatory interview with me. We had a good time.
Sex, psychodelia and… boardgames?
That’s right. Step into a realm of the bizarre with Nikki Guerlain, our newest special guest for February.
Get your hands on The Fix, by clicking right here.
^good stuff, Nikki.
You've probably already seen this, but just in case, my latest Storyville column is now live. It's about where to get your ideas. Hope it helps.
So I do a ilttle music writing around the Boston area. Here's one I recently did for the Charles Bradley show. If funk & soul is your thing - then you really have to check it out. And the man has a great story.
I want to fuck my wife on top of Storyville.
May I quote that?
My hardboiled flash story Born Dead Losers is up at Punchnel's
Whistling eyes and whistling ears. Good one Rennie.
Love it, nice work Renfield!
I don't know if this thread is just for published pieces but if anyone could find the time to give me a few more reviews on my to workshop pieces it would be greatly appreciated.
I think this thread is for whores.
Oh my bad! * bends over*
Oh, no. We do it grinnily. Cheek spreading that is. Good things happen when cheeks are involved.
@Andrez Bergen -- thanks for updating the CrimeFactory link, and congratulations on the review. Good stuff. They mentioned your being Tokyo based, are you still in town?
Oh, Renfield, that flash piece was superb. Kudos bro!
^congrats, renfield, how awesome. i just had a story up there. and now we know your real name! great stuff.
if you guys have a second, i have a thread up, looking for ideas, would love to hear your thoughts
Cool story Renfield. Liked it.
@MattF - thanks, mate! Yep, still in Tokyo - been here almost 11 years now! ;)
@Martin: That Nikki Guerlain is tasty. Thanks Brah.
Agreed. Nikki's stuff rocks.
Speaking of stuff that rocks, Solarcide is proud to announce another guest story—The Conclusion of W.P. Johnson's "The Last Round" went live today, and you can check that out HERE.
Nominate me for Defender Of The People? I know, I know, it's whorish, lobbying and everything else but thats what the thread is for.
That there Bill Johnson story is mighty good fun people. Bill is Americantypo here on Litreactor by the way.
I keep meaning to whore out the Solarcide stuff when it goes up but you guys always post it first. Anyway, thanks so much for featuring the story there in full and attaching the link for the kzine issue.
I'm waiting to hear back on a bunch of stuff, so hopefully I'll be posting some more whore news here in the coming weeks.
-Bill (W. P. Johnson/ Americantypo)
Yeah, we're whores alright. Filthy ones. You wouldn't believe the things that Nathan has been speared in the ass with!
@Martin: I laughed out loud at work because of that. Thanks for setting my morning right! ahahaha
Some Whore good news. You boys are doing a mighty fine job over there at that murdered sun. Lookin' forward to some more W.P.
Chester, you got a story for us? I used to love reading your stuff in Art of The Short Story.
I just got my first ever personalized rejection letter from Stupefying Stories!!!! Not only was it personalized, it was written by Bruce Bethke, the guy who coined the term "cyberpunk".
Not quite the fulfillment of a dream, but closer than I've gotten in the past.
For those who like reading about music, my very brief preview of the moe. show coming to Boston:
@Nathan, sometimes I want to give you a big kiss. I really enjoy your stories too brother.
I would be honored to have a story at Solarcide. It is one of my goals. And yes, I do have a story for you, only I haven't written it yet.
Maybe one of these battles or wars will yield something soon that I can sharpen up.
I have really been enjoying Solarcide though.
I've got a new story coming out at thundadome.com march 14th it's called Bitchin Vans & Bloody Hippies. And I'm currently working on a follow up story to likely be released the next month called The Tube Top Shebop Tang Yeah Woo. Those two stories take place after Sick Ticket. Anyhow, thanks for the kind words regarding my story at solarcide.com.
I have two other stories at thundadome. One is an homage to Bubba Hotep called Birthday Boy and the other is a homage to Hunter S. Thompson and marks the first appearance of My Two Dudes (same guys in stories mentioned above) It's called Nice Lipstick if anyone is interested. Thx for reading. Glad to be here.
Nikki is an amazing writer, make sure you check it out. I have a story coming up on Thunderdome too, can't wait.
Thx j can't wait to read your story!
Oh yeah, I don't know if one of the other writers whored this yet but The kindle edition of In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1000 Words just came out. A bunch of peeps that you know are in here and my short story Sick Ticket is in there as well. It's super cheap too like 2.99 whereas the hard copy is over 25 bucks. So if you're curious or just feel like being supportive or are in the short story death match and want to check out some of your competitors shiz, skip a coffee and get cozy with this.
My attempt at a Rashomon, "Dyer" is now live at Beat to a Pulp
Do you like write all these stories just on the spot or do you have like a secret stash? You seem to get stuff published every week lol What is your secret?
I ran out of stories to submit so now I have to get back to writing. Submitting is the easy part.
@aliensoul77 - well, i do have a small stash at the moment. i wrote a few stories in the Stephen Graham Jones class. i'm just now shopping the stories that were in my MFA thesis, "Dyer" was one of the "rejects" according to my professor. i do sometimes write on deadline. for example here's what i have coming out now/soon:
"Dyer" - wrote in my MFA about 2 years ago - at Beat to a Pulp now
"Something's Broken" - wrote in the SGJ class, coming out in June at Flywheel
"Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fear" - wrote in the Ketchum class at the Cult, over a year ago, out in March
"Tinkering With the Moon" - wrote in my MFA years ago, accepted last year for Gargoyle, out in June
"Fireflies" - wrote last year, coming out in Polluto, April
"Wicker Park Pause" - wrote years ago, won contest at Cafe Doom / One Buck Horror, out in April
"Garage Sales," "Chasing Ghosts," "Moving Heavy Objects," and "Sugar and Spice" - all from my thesis
"Divining" - wrote in the SGJ class
"On a Bent Nail Head" - just wrote for Thunderdome
that's about all i have
sometimes everything hits at once, so while it may seem like i have a story coming out ever week, it's more like every other week, or every three weeks, or a month. i had 20 stories accepted in 2011. the secret is to keep moving. write, write, write and then send out your work far and wide. i have 45 submissions out right now, about 7 stories, and my novel. i use deadlines as a motivator, otherwise i'd probably just sit there.
If I can tag Richard on this- I started really getting into a good groove with my writing and have been cranking out a lot of short stories. A couple years ago I would have spent a month just putting together a draft. Now I write about 2-3 short stories a month. If I keep this up and only HALF of those stories find a home that's still like 15-20 stories a year that will be featured somewhere.
It really is, after all is said and done, about the work. That's all it's always been. If you work hard and work consistently and don't spend months on end tinkering on the same short story that you think is gonna sell somewhere, and try to continually work on new material... eventually you'll start to see your work featured at places.
Case and point- I'm waiting to hear back on four stories right now. Maybe they'll all get rejected, but maybe they won't. And if they do sell, I'll be here every other week letting you guys know about a new story that just sold and it'll look like I'm some kind of writing machine. But really, its just something that builds up over time with a consistent work schedule. Those four stories were created over the span of about 3-4 months between other projects and drafts of new material in between.
Ugh, I'm babbling. You get it though. Just type type type and something is bound to happen eventually. Unless you're an awful writer. If you're an awful writer you should just sit on a shotgun.
Then again, I've only got a small handful of featured work, so what the hell do I know? It sounds good in my head at least.
Coincidentally, I have some whore news! Just need one last email to tie up all the loose ends and I'll be sure to post where/when my work will be featured.
^good stuff, AT.
and for a point of reference, how many places do i submit to at a time? i may send a story anywhere from 5-20 places all at the same time. if you've read my "Rudy" column here at LR, you know that I had that story rejected by 40+ places before publishing alongside Jack Ketchum.
of the stories listed above, here's how many submissions i have out
"Chasing Ghosts" - 16
"Garage Sales" - 3
"Moving Heavy Objects" - 6
"Sugar and Spice" - 7
"Divining" - 7
16 on one story? Jesus christ, it takes me longer to submit a story than to write one. I have to figure that shit out.
I think we all need to be like Richard, dude. I know you have submitophobia like I do, Bryan. You just gotta go balls out and submit to everyone. Take all the rejections in stride.
This weekend I sent out every story I have, a few of them even simultanous submissions. It was pure torture.
Did you use the same cover letter for every one?
I usually just write. Enjoy this....story called, "______". Thank you dear sir/madam/androgyne.