When it comes to publishing work, I like this pace.
The year is going to end with an explosion of new work. Two pieces are already in the bag for Cruentus Libri Press. Another work, the anthology by the Bolthole, should be out either on time or very close to it. Finally, there is one more piece of work that has been turned in to Cruentus Libri, that has received the thumbs up from two reviewers.
If that final piece gets published, that’s six finished works before 2013.
Although I am pleased, it is a good time to stop, check the map and consider the direction I am taking. All six of these pieces have been horror, which I enjoy writing. I prefer a mix of darker and more subtle horror stories, with a willingness to explore themes rather than enact gore fests.
Many of my friends have also pumped the breaks, declaring that although they are enjoying our work, they do not wish to do horror for the rest of their lives. Rather, their interests are towards varying forms and degrees of science fiction. Myself, recall that I have neglected my dark swords and sorcery tales. They remain untouched since sometime late last spring.
Once the anthology for the Bolthole is complete, a break is due that will probably last until the new year. Although I’ll probably continue to send work to Cruentus Libri, I may start searching for other, non-horror publishers to submit work towards. I’ve tried before and it seems more difficult to try with science fiction or fantasy.
I cannot say why horror seems so oddly forgiving. Perhaps they are just more open to the various definitions of what constitutes horror. But, I feel the need to challenge myself. And that is what I will endeavor to do.