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Dr. Eponymous & The Placebo Emporium

It all started with a birthday gift for my little sister back some fifteen-odd years ago. My sister was really into the idea of becoming a vet, so for her birthday, my parents saved up a bunch of old medicine containers and filled them with tic-tacs, Pez, Skittles, and Chiclets to use as "medicine" for… Continue reading Dr. Eponymous & The Placebo Emporium

Author Interview, Publishing/Editing, Three Questions, Writing, Zombies: More Recent Dead

THREE QUESTIONS: Jacques L. Condor (Maka Tai Meh)

Jacques L. Condor (also known as Maka Tai Meh) has written one of the spookiest tales in this collection, and one of the hardest to put down. "Those Beneath the Bog" is a story of culture and spirituality running up against deadly secrets of the past. Prunie and her husband Martin are hunting for moose along… Continue reading THREE QUESTIONS: Jacques L. Condor (Maka Tai Meh)

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THREE QUESTIONS: Marie Brennan

If you're tired of all the modern-day twists on zombies and want something eerie from a deeper past, look no further than "What Still Abides" by Marie Brennan. Set in pre-Christian England among druids and runes, Brennan weaves a chilling tale of death gone wrong. When a corpse refuses to stay down in his grave,… Continue reading THREE QUESTIONS: Marie Brennan

Apex Magazine, Publishing/Editing, Slush Lesson, Writing

Uncanny Magazine’s Looking For Slush Editors!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: if you're an aspiring author and want to really improve your chances of being published, slush-editing for a good market is one of the best things you can do. Slushing for Apex was a great learning experience for me, and sparked the SLUSH LESSONS I've reposted… Continue reading Uncanny Magazine’s Looking For Slush Editors!

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THREE QUESTIONS: Jonathan Maberry

Would you like one catastrophe with your story? Two? How about a zombie apocalypse on top of it all? "Jack and Jill," Jonathan Maberry's story in Zombies: More Recent Dead, is not for the weak of heart. Evil comes in threes, as a family struggles to cope with not only the cancer gradually consuming young… Continue reading THREE QUESTIONS: Jonathan Maberry

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THREE QUESTIONS: Alex Dally MacFarlane

The title of Alex Dally MacFarlane's story, "Selected Sources for the Babylonian Plague of the Dead (572-571BCE)," may be nearly as long as the story itself, but its relatively short word count packs a punch. This is a wonderful, colorful tale allowing a stolen glimpse into a long-lost civilization governed by three powerful princesses whose… Continue reading THREE QUESTIONS: Alex Dally MacFarlane

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THREE QUESTIONS: Matthew Johnson

I really enjoyed Matthew Johnson's story in this anthology. "The Afflicted" follows Kate as she wanders the quarantined national park where those carrying the virus have been relocated. The afflicted are the older generation, those primarily in nursing homes but also living on their own, and the disease has an unpredictable development pattern that can… Continue reading THREE QUESTIONS: Matthew Johnson

Apex Magazine, Publishing/Editing, Slush Lesson, Writing

SLUSH LESSONS: Delusions of Grandeur and Other Pitfalls

(This was originally published on the Apex Magazine blog in April 2011.) How do you measure your success as a writer? Is it the number of times you’ve been published? Or the quality of the publication your work appeared in? Is it how much you’re paid for your work? Or is it the number of… Continue reading SLUSH LESSONS: Delusions of Grandeur and Other Pitfalls

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SLUSH LESSONS: The World is Not Enough: The Challenge of Fitting Writing into an Already Busy Schedule

(This was originally posted on the Apex Magazine blog in October 2010.) Life happens. That’s something I’ve learned day, by painstaking day, since I decided to pursue writing fiction seriously. Something is always getting in the way. During my senior year of college, it was the substantial strain of classes, thesis work, finals, getting engaged… Continue reading SLUSH LESSONS: The World is Not Enough: The Challenge of Fitting Writing into an Already Busy Schedule

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THREE QUESTIONS: Don Webb

"Pollution," by Don Webb, is a tale of exclusion and loneliness, lived out in the heart of a near-future Japan.  All Billy has ever wanted since he was a teenager was to be Japanese. He knows the language, studies the culture incessantly, and now lives in Nagoya as an English teacher. He does everything he… Continue reading THREE QUESTIONS: Don Webb