A lot has happened since I last wrote on here. I went through some bad times. Spent time in the hospital twice. Went through a lot of personal changes. Moved to Housotn. Through it all, the work on What Scares the Boogeyman? managed to limp along. The good news is I'm (reasonably) healthy once moire. Houston turned out to be a great move for me. The best news is that Boogeyman is finished and at Perseid Publishing. It will finally be released January 2013. Here is the final list of stories and authors:
"Boogeyman Blues" by Janet Morris
"The Boogeyman's Wife" by Nancy Asire
"The Road to Afghanistan" by David Conyers
"The Fear of the Lord" by Robert M. Price
"The River Witch" by J.D. Fritz
"The Cold" by Jason Cordova
"Blood and Ochre" by Thomas Barczak
"Testament of Tuff" by C. Dean Andersson
"Night of the Bettys" by Beverly Hale
"Jack the Raptor" by Chris Morris
"Failure to Comply" by Michael H. Hanson
"The Shadow of a Doubt" by Larry Atchley, Jr.
"L'Uomo Nero" by Richard Groller
"Bad Mustard" by Bill Snider
"Grandma" by Wayne Borean
"Breaking Up is Hard to Do" by John Manning
"Apis Primatus" by Bettina Meister
"Under the Bed" by Shirley Meier
This endeavor took on a truly international cast as writers from four contries (Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United states) all contributed. Some of the authors are fairly new. For at least one writer, this is the first time any of her fiction has been published (I promise you won't be disappointed). Other names are familiar, long-established pros - many from genres other than horror. The book became a delightfully spooky (and sometimes darkly funny) macabre stew.
Three other anthologies are now under construction. Terror by Gaslight (due out Summer 2013) is a collection of period horror, with stories set between 1860 and 1940. The stories, so far, range from the Old West to Victorian to Steampunk to Gothic. Many of the contributing writers are part of What Scares the Boogeyman? There are some new faces, too. Heroes All presents a different picture - heroic fantasy of any time, any place - real or fictional - and any genre. This book is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2014. The third anthology, Dark Corners, represents a return to the horror scene and is tentatively planned for release in the fall of 2014. Perseid Publishing will print all three volumes.
2012 has been an exciting year on another writing front. June saw the release of Rogues in Hell, the second volume of Janet and Chris Morris's Bangsian fantasy series, Heroes in Hell that started in 1985. The first, Lawyers in Hell, was released June 2011. November 2012 saw the release of Michael H. Hanson's Sha'Daa - Pawns, the third in his series of pre-apocalyptic shared world collections (Tales of the Sha'Daa). I'm excited because not only are they really good collections, but also - I have a story in each one.
2013 is going to be an even better year as many new projects begin to bear fruit. I will try to do better with the updating. Until next time...Are you ready for the Sha'Daa?
- Update: Exciting news!