New tales from the darkness.

The Horror Zine has a new issue online, with new stories to delight your adrenal glands and tickle your pancreas. Many talented writers, poets and artists have been selected by the tireless editor for this issue, and she has even found time to write more of her own.

The first part of Jeani Rector’s novel, We all Fall Down, is here, and you can get the whole thing here (for the UK, here). I have to visit Amazon soon anyway because I loaned my copy of Twice the Terror to Hamish McBookworm, he’s passed it to someone else and now it’s going around the village at a rate that suggests I’ll never get it back. If I do, it will probably be all creased and I like my books pristine.

The news section is big this month, and starts with a short story competition that pays out prizes but is free to enter – my favourite arrangement for such things. Best get the thinking cap on. Mine really works because it’s made of dried and cured cerebral cortex and has batteries. It even has a light bulb on top for those ‘Aha!’ moments. Not one of those eco-bulbs that take hours to warm up, but a proper filament bulb that comes on at once. I don’t have all day.

At the bottom of this month’s news is the little book of old stories I put on Lulu. That’s free too, if you like downloads, and cheap if you prefer print. It’s not there to make me rich. It’s there to keep all those old stories I sold to magazines and Ezines that have since folded their final pages closed. Since first rights have gone for all but two of the stories in there, they won’t sell again.

I’m not sure whether I’m a turncoat for abandoning the still-cooling corpse of Alienskin so quickly, or a parasite for latching on to the Horror Zine.

Oh well. Both are noble professions, embraced by many a Dume down the ages. Either will do.

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