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As the current administration continues to stamp its despotic bootprints across the world, I’ve only a handful of positives to remember from 2019. It has been a sparse year on the writing front, but I’m grateful for the following opportunities: many thanks to Justin A. Burnett for inviting me to write the introduction to his creepy anthology, Mannequin: Tales of Wood Made Flesh. More thanks to C.M. Muller who reprinted my story “Phantom Airfields” in issue #3 of his excellent dark science fiction publication, SYNTH. And a final thank you to Robert S. Wilson for including my story “The Figurine” in the charitable anthology Horror for RAICES.
Here’s hoping the opposition offers some respite in 2020 after the struggles of the last 3 years.
I don’t have any hard and fast rules for writing; I don’t pay attention to word counts, I write when I have time, and don’t stress over having not written anything for long periods. I also don’t often listen to music when writing, but will if I feel the need. No rules or regulations here. Having said that, I decided to write up a partial list of artists I listened to while working on the stories for The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature. Here’s a tiny sampling of songs that reflect the mood and tone I was aiming for in my collection.
My story “Justo’s Mummy Magic Capac Cuna Medicine Company” has been accepted for Duane Pesice’s anthology Weird Westerns. I wrote this one a few years ago for an anthology titled Monsters, Rebuilt. That volume was essentially an attempt to reinterpret classic horror monsters through a Weird fiction gaze, and the roster of authors was a veritable Who’s Who of contemporaries who’ve gone on to garner critical praise, awards, appearances in Best Ofs, and whatnot. Unfortunately, the Kickstarter for the book sank into the deep, dark depths of the Black Lagoon, and my tale being an odd horror Western had no home. So, drifter that it was, the story wandered the desert until Pesice’s intriguing Western themed project appeared on the horizon like the heat shimmer silhouette of A Story With No Name.
Mummies are better than werewolves, and I’ll fight anyone who disagrees, but boring, ol’ Egyptian mummies just don’t impress me. I’m more interested in Incan and Chinchorro mummies, and the profound religious and cultural practices surrounding their loved one’s preservation. Mexican, and Central and South American history offer varied cultures and such a wealth of stories to derive inspiration, I find myself repeatedly drawn to them.
So “Justo’s Mummy Magic Capac Cuna Medicine Company” is about mummies of course, as well as the United Fruit Company, American genocide in Guatemala, the loss of family, and the agony of nostalgia. It’s a bit of an outlier for me as it’s not as cosmic as some of my stories, and it’s also the first overtly “traditional” iconic horror monster I’ve written about. It’s also the first I can point to as being a tip o’ the Stetson to Joe Lansdale and Mary Hunter Austin. Hopefully, it’s still my voice here, and despite being a bit more mainstream (gasp!) than the bulk of my work, I feel it casts a hallucinatory, sad, and strange mood.
Test Patterns: Weird Westerns also includes stories by these folks:
Ashley Dioses – Strung by a Noose
(S. L.) Sam L Edwards – The Older Laws of John Armitage
(Scott J.) Scott Couturier – Buzzard-man
John Ghost – The Terror at Cleopatra Hill
Thomas Joyce – No God’s Country, No Man’s Land
Jill Hand – The Burning Women of Glory
GD Dearborn – Daltrey Returns
Dustin Chisam – Into the Emerald Frontier
Sarah Walker – The Foreigner
John Paul Fitch – Gut Shot
Erica Ruppert – Oh, Bury Me Not
Sean M. Thompson – Dark Sky Above
(Max D.) Max Stanton – The Transported Man
Alan Sessler – The Ogre West
Can Wiggins – Sweet Betsey from P.I.K.E.
Zoltan Komor – Planted Bullets and Coffin Whores
KA Opperman – Peyote Quickdraw
Duane Pesice – In the Name
Very pleased to announce that my macuahuitl and sorcery story “Fearful is the Ancient Evil of Their Faces” will appear in Cody Goodfellow and Joe Pulver’s anthology New Maps of Dream in early 2020. This volume will include such stellar authors as:
Damien Angelica Walters
Matthew M. Bartlett
Rios de la Luz
Scott R Jones
Lucy A. Snyder
The theater dims, a projector comes to life, the screen flickers with light. The film begins…
The Horror Tales podcast presentation of my story “Film Maudit” is up and running. The narration, performances, sound effects, and music are so professionally presented it elevates the story. I’m impressed and flattered by this treatment of my ode to cult lost films. Max Ablitzer and company did a fantastic job.
And the theme song that opens the episode, “A Pulse of Broken Lights,” can be heard in its entirety at the 41:25 mark. It’s an early 80s Peter Murphy/Joy Division-ish post-punk tune that perfectly captures the vibe of the video store Human Wreckage.
Great work! Thank you!