The gorgeous cover art was designed by Robert Høyem (http://www.attheends.com). I want to hang it on my wall, it’s so amazing.
Table of Contents
* The Music Box, by T.L. Morganfield
* ‘Til Death Do Us Part, by Jennifer Pelland
* One Foot in Darkness: An interview with John Skipp, by John Boden
* Murder For Beginners, by Mercedes M. Yardley
* First Light, by Les Berkley
* No Superheroes Here: An interview with Alan Robert, by K. Allen Wood
* Complexity, by Don D’Ammassa
* Mulligan Stew, by Brian Rosenberger (Poetry)
* Strange Goods and Other Oddities (Reviews)
* Below The Surface, by Pam L. Wallace
* Slider, by David Niall Wilson
* On a Hellish Road: An interview with William Ollie, by Michell Howarth
* The Dead March, by Brian Rappatta
* Thirty-Two Scenes From a Dead Hooker’s Mouth, by Kurt Newton
* Howling Through the Keyhole (Author Notes)
So here it is! It’s a beauty. I didn’t have any input in the debut issue, and I’m terribly excited to see what the final thing looks like. The cover art is gorgeous.
Ken, the editor, is giving away 200 copies of Shock Totem at NECON. I’m torn between being excited (Yay! I bet a lot of those copies will actually be read!) and feeling some trepidation. Because…I bet a lot of those copies will actually be read. By writerly folks. With opinions. I’m not intimidated by the idea of my story not being liked, because I know that writing is wonderfully subjective, and my gallows humor won’t float everybody’s boat. I’m just hoping those who don’t like it won’t knock themselves out telling the world how awful it is. I was on a forum about classic novels, and a post said, “The story obviously should have ended like this,” and went on to butcher the novel in painfully horrific detail. That hurt me. If you write the story, you can end it any way you want. But…oh wait…you didn’t. Button it, then. 😉
For WIP Wednesday: My demon novel’s word count actually diminished. I wrote about 4000 more words, and then ripped several chapters out. Tough to do? Oh my yes, but it was so worth it. With Sprite completely eliminated from the story, I have something clean and streamlined to work with. A painful amputation with glorious results. The story is fresh again. I’d really better give it a name.