Spring 2015 Catalog

The small press publishing game is a very slow one. It’s easy to assume that last sentence is a complaint, but rather it’s insider knowledge of the challenges it takes to publish a good book.

msjWith multi-author anthologies, the biggest delays are obtaining rights, editing, and checking the changes against the authors’ permissions. Another time sink is the formatting, when one realizes the spacing between paragraphs and sentences is not uniform, or various word processors or fonts apply their own twist on the appearance of quotes and apostrophes. With electronic books, a relatively centered body of text is usually fine. But print has to account for the left-versus-right spaces between the pages themselves, lest words sink towards the spine.

I’ve been through the process enough to know.

Sorry, I’m digressing. But with good reason. I’ve been glancing over my bibliography and find it unfortunate that several of my tales have gone out of print with the closing of Cruentus Libri Press a year ago.

But between those stories and the expiration of publishing rights for The Black Winds Whispers, I now have a flash piece, three short stories and a novelette for republishing. Material enough to cobble together a low cost, personal anthology.

The central theme of this potential anthology is horror, but the sub-genres are more eclectic. I have a mystery and detective piece that takes place in London during the 70s. I have a World War I story between France and Germany, a psychological-medical tale, and the short, “The Child of Iron” which seemed a favorite amongst the beta readers. A fine mix of various forms of horror.

GuardiansWhile this is a very good start, I feel the need to provide a little more to make a satisfactory book. I’ve been glancing through my old drafts for any works I could dust off and improve. There is a World War II horror tale that certainly has promise.

I also realized that the rights to Welcome to Hell have ended. Which means that my horror western “The Rusted Star” can now be used. That makes for six pieces. I think that’s a solid measure.

There are also quite a few dark fantasy pieces (including one with Cthulu mythos in the Indus Valley civilization), but I feel that fantasy would be a theme-breaker for this anthology. Everything else is either current or historical, so I’d rather reserve those fantasy works for something else. I’ll see what I can find.

I’ve already contacted Manuel about a book cover and plan to take some time to review the old work throughout next month.

Because the majority of the manuscripts are finished and have been edited once, I think it’s reasonable I can have the entire thing complete and available by Halloween of this year. In the mean time, my faithful readers, here are a few other titles to check out.

“Favours the Prepared” from the Fox Pocket: Guardians.

To the outside world, Marissa is a reclusive shut in, remaining in her apartment and never showing her face. In truth, she is awaiting visitors.

The Good Fight“Sins and Dust” from Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2015.

A historical-horror tale of genuine mad science that takes place during the Dust Bowl storms of the 30s. A gut wrenching look into the emotional toll of the Great Depression, and the desperate lengths we would go to for our loved ones.

“The Beast in the Beauty” from The Good Fight.

Coming soon from Emby Press is our (yes, our!) biggest and best tale yet. Sara is a high school student with a bright future. But her graduation plans are dashed when she discovers that someone she knows has broken into her school and violently slain several people. But the truth changes the course of her life forever… and launches her into a war behind the scenes, taking place in the same universe as Jonathan Ward’s “The Falcon” and A.R. Aston’s “For a Fistful of Diamonds” which both are in this anthology.

The Good Fight is the prologue to Outliers, a superhero epic quarterly series we’re developing with a few other authors. So don’t miss it!

“Under the Knife” Available Now!

There's pretty much no healthcare joke I can make that won't anger somebody right now...

There’s no time for a second opinion! We must order now!

My life has been a whirlwind of work, work and more work. The job has been hard but rewarding, and the writing has been tough.

But there have been some developments for on the writing. I wrote a few good tales and am working on another two. I’d like to finish the month with three flash pieces. I foresee a writing break for half the month of June.

But there’s one really important tidbit. At long last, it’s finally out. Under the Knife from Cruentus Libri Press is finally out. Click on the picture to order!

Also available for Kindle.

“The Black Wind’s Whispers” Out Now!

The Black Wind's Whispers, by the Bolthole.

The Black Wind’s Whispers, by the Bolthole.

After months of work, it’s finally here… The Black Wind’s Whispers. Available now on Amazon. (Also in England.)

Included within are nine tales of  horror, featuring new twists on classic monsters, managed by yours truly, James “He2etic” Fadeley. Edited by CS Barlow and Andrew Aston, it features tales by Alec McQuay, Simon Howers, Jeremy Daw, Johnathan Ward, Robbie McNiven and Keanu Ross-Cabrera. Cover art by the amazing Manuel Mesones!

But best of all, it includes a tale from special guest author and veteran horror writer, CL Werner!

Get your copy today from Amazon! Smashwords version coming soon!

Cover Art of New Anthologies

Babies require a lot of care. Diapers, food, love, it’s quite a bit. But sometimes, you get a special child. Sometimes, you’ll need holy water, fire, sunlight, garlic, silver bullets and girded loins. Cruentus Libri Press is firmly aware of the difficulties such children can be, and thus have concocted an anthology of cautionary tales to prepare the lucky parents of monster babies.

"Aw look at em! He's a coconut this guy..." -Famous Last Words

“Aw look at em! He’s a coconut, this guy…” -Famous Last Words

But wait! There’s more! As if horror tales involving pint sized sociopaths weren’t enough, we can even bring in the family doctor! Also including a story by yours truly!

There's pretty much no healthcare joke I can make that won't anger somebody right now...

On the bright side, your HMOs got this.

Look for both these new anthologies this month!

Recalculating

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.

“Welcome to Hell” Now Buy My Book!

Gun in my pocket or happy to see you? Well, kinda both actually...

Gun in my pocket or happy to see you? Well, kinda both actually…

First, the bad news. Welcome to Hell, edited by Eric S. Brown, contains no sexy pictures of me. I haggled with Brown about this for as long as I could, but we just couldn’t come to an agreement.

On the plus side, it does contain lots of western horror stories by some fabulous writers.  I know, I know. You’re disappointed about the pictures. But while I’m a relative newcomers to the writing arena, there are some horror veterans among the authors of this anthology, including Gina Ranalli, Aaron J. French, Max Booth III and more.

So check it out if you’re into westerns or classical horror monsters. Or just read my story. Up to you.

“100 Horrors” on Sale Now!

This is what will happen to you if you don't buy it.

This is what will happen to you if you don’t buy the book.

Here at He2etic’s Hysterical Horoscope, I am hard at work setting up a cult of He2esy. And like all cults, we are fated to either drink arsenic-laced Kool-Aid or sell out with dues and merchandising.

Sometimes, even both.

But good news, my cultist children! I have opted for the former of the aforementioned options (for now). I will not, however, ask for your car, house and first-born just yet. No, instead I offer you the honor of buying my new e-book, 100 Horrors: Tales of Horror in the Blink of an Eye, edited by Kevin G. Bufton.

Okay, maybe it’s not quite just my book. I mean, I am splitting the credit with the editor. And the cover artist. And like, ninety-nine other authors… who are probably better writers than me.

But still! Now is your chance to own a piece of authentic He2esy. So act now, and years later you could look back and say, “Hey, I know that guy! I read his blog and book!”

With a tone of both remorse and disgust.

Buy 100 Horrors: Tales of Horror in the Blink of an Eye today! Only $2.99.