Monday, October 25, 2010

A Repeat, a List, and an Echo

It's Monday, which means I'm tired and sunburned from watching the Kansas City Chiefs put a whooping on Jacksonville, 42-20. I'll admit there was a little nail-biting in the third quarter, but after a pick six by Derrick Johnson, the hammer was most effectively brought down.

Okay, enough sports blah-blah-blah.

1. A Repeat

Friday night (I had the day off after a marathon twelve-hour parent/teacher conference day on Thursday), we held our second trying-to-be annual "drive-in" movie night in our backyard. It was load of fun as you can obviously tell in this out-of-focus and rather dark picture:

Last time around, we watched Scooby-Doo. This year, it was Shaun the Sheep, Little Sheep of Horrors. Claymation fun for everyone! (Yes, we projected the movie on a sheet attached to our roof.)

2. A List

The table of contents for Day Terrors (from The Harrow Press) is official, and it includes:

Ataraxia — Scott Brendel

Sea of Green, Sea of Gold — Aaron Polson

The Wish Man and the Worm — J.M. Heluk

The Woman in the Ditch — Scott Lininger

And the Crowd Goes Wild — John Jasper Owens

No Sin Remains A Secret — Jack Bowdren

The Heat Has Fangs — Trent Roman

In Lieu of Flowers — Chad McKee

Down Where the Blue Bonnets Grow — Daniel R. Robichaud

The Infatuate — Adam Walter

Fiddleback — Lorna D. Keach

Daddy Long Legs — Harper Hull

Miss Riley’s Lot — Gregory Miller

Closing the Deal — Lee Clark Zumpe

Customs — Mark Rigney

A Day at the Beach — Lawrence Conquest

Uncle Alec’s Gargoyle — Rebecca Fraser

Carrington Cove — Davin Ireland

Lollipop — Jason Sizemore

Companion — Rob E. Boley

Sands of Time — E. C. Seaman

The TOC with story blurbs can be found at The Harrow. I had fun with my story because it let me make up more crazy sh*t about Kansas. I sure like to make up crazy sh*t about Kansas...

3. And finally, an in Leigh Blackmore has informed me that "In the Cave of Stories" will find a home in Midnight Echo #5 (Midnight Echo being a publication of the Australian Horror Writers Association). I love this piece and it was well worth the wait to hear the "yes".


Barry Napier said...

The drive-in idea sounds would be something I would consider if my kids could sit still for more than 2 minutes at a time.

Also, congrats on the acceptance!

Milo James Fowler said...

Congrats on the acceptances! I'm going to have to start submitting to anthologies; there's a listing with deadlines on Duotrope's Digest, I believe. Anywhere else I should look?

Aaron Polson said...

Barry - It's a lot of set up but so much fun. We knew it was going to rain that night, so we were in a bit of a hurry.

Milo - Thanks. has a nice list of anthologies (and even breaks them down by FTL and pay). Some listed there never make Duotrope. Good luck!

K.C. Shaw said...

Congrats on the sale! And I love the idea of a drive-in movie night (and Shaun the Sheep is awesome).

Tony Southcotte said...

Day Terrors and your 52 Stitches were my first rejections. They happened on the same day if I remember right. Congrats on making it in :)

I've looked back at the stories I wrote for them and have to agree with both assessments. They were pretty poor. Coming back from 4 years of not writing does that though.

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, KC. I like how none of the characters in Shaun the Sheep speak (in words at least).

Thanks, Tony. It's funny how a little distance can give us better perspective.

Alan W. Davidson said...

Congrats on those anthologies. At first I thougth you were going to say movie night was Shaun of the Dead. Hmmm...maybe the boys will be ready for that in about 10 years...and I've noticed that you like to make up crazy sh*t about Kansas...

Katey said...

Gosh, that Day Terrors looks awesome!

Congratulations on that and Midnight Echo. Can't wait to see both!

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Katey, Alan.

Danielle Ferries said...

Congrats. Fantastic news.

And the drive-in idea is great. I wish I had a big enough backyard.

Lorna D Keach said...

Oh-em-gee, we're anthology buddies! Two Lawrencians in Day Terrors? Must be a sign of the apocalypse.

Aaron Polson said...

It's this town, Lorna...what a strange, strange place. ;)