So there's a plagiarist afoot who calls himself Richard Ridyard. It seems Tricky Dick tried to pull the proverbial wool over some eyes at Shock Totem by subbing a little changed version of Stephen King's "The Boogeyman".
Um, Dick? Here's a clue: the editors at a pro-paying horror mag have probably read everything by Mr. King.
But wait...there's more: Check out Angel Zapata's blog for all the gory details. It seems Tricky Dick Ridyard has been up to a lot of "tricks". And guess what?
Tricky Dick took my work, too. I guess "Communion" from Flashes in the Dark was too tasty a morsel. Check out Dick's take from this month's Infinite Windows: "Satanic Mantra". (I know, WTF?)
My initial response...hidden cameras, right? Then I sort of went "Incredible Hulk" (geeky horror writer/teacher style). I didn't make a dime on "Communion". I basically gave it away with one little bit of payment: (it's called a "byline") I WROTE THE EFFING THING, ALRIGHT?
Sorry. Hulk mad.
See Dick Plagiarize. Bad Dick, bad.
Richard Ridyard, whatever your "real" name is, get a life, okay?
I'm gearing up for year two over at Fifty-Two Stitches. (We just received our shiny new ISSN, too) I'll be on the watch for dirty tricks and the Richard Ridyards of the world. Too bad I can't just spend my energy on the 'zine without worrying about dishonest charlatans.