“The Curious Accounts of The Imaginary Friend”…

First, I would like to wish all of my blog readers and viewers a Happy Halloween.  It’s true what they say, that for many of us horror writers there is no holiday we hold dearest than All Hallow’s Eve.  So for this Halloween blog entry, I would like to give someone else a plug for once.  He is my greatest friend in the written world and a peer, who clearly exercises a style better than most of his contemporaries. He’s the 21st century answer to Edgar Allan Poe… His name is P.S. Gifford… And he has a NEW PRINT BOOK out.





“A collection you must own, a collection to die for…”

ORDER HERE: http://www.amazon.com/Curious-Accounts-Imaginary-Friend/dp/1897442025

AUTHOR HOMEPAGE: www.psgifford.com

Short Biography of Horror Author P.S. Gifford:

P.S. Gifford was born and raised in Birmingham, England. From a remarkably early age, he discovered that he was completely fascinated with the written word. By the age of nine he was devouring several books a week, and had more importantly begun to write. In the early 1980’s he relocated to the California coast, where he continued to write and dream. His work is remarkably varied, ranging from mind-numbing horror to light humor to inspiring romance. And he has been published in an equally wide range of print and online publications.


Other New Entries: “Author Links (P.S. Gifford)”

Beyond Centauri, July 2008… (2 print acceptances!)

Today brings in TWO print acceptances.  No. 279 and 280 on the road to 300.  Both tales were accepted by Sam’s Dot Publishing.  The first one, a reprint entitled The Romance of Vegada, which will go into the February 2008 Print Issue of “Sounds of the Night”.

Next, we have a young adult speculative fiction story called I Want My Alien Back, which will go in the July 2008 issue of Beyond Centauri. The kids should enjoy the humorous end of that one.  Below you will find a “Sample Cover” of what Beyond Centauri looks like:


Beyond Centauri: http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/beyondguide.htm

Sam’s Dot Publishing Main Page: www.samsdotpublishing.com

Purchase back issues from Clarkesworld Books: http://www.clarkesworldbooks.com/BCMAG.html

Other New Entries: “Bibliography, Magazine Credits”

Purpleverse #3… (the final issue; coming soon)

Word arrived this evening that the final issue of Purpleverse, Issue #3, will be coming out sometime in December.  Authors will include Darren Randle, P.S. Gifford, Faye Sizemore, Bas de Jong, Caleb L. Mabry, Mark R. Masters, and Lawrence Dagstine.  Chris Kinney’s Lunacy Machine will decorate the interior pages, from what I’ve read.  Joseph Pocs and Zach Pennington get together for the cover art and interior illustrations.


Darren Randle has already shut down the forums and main homepage, but you can still befriend them and learn more at MySpace: www.myspace.com/purpleverse

I’ll post them again, along with back issues, when the last issue officially hits…

Other New Entries: “Magazine Credits”

Otherworlds Anthology (SpecFicWorld; acceptance)

My latest acceptance this week comes to a PDF anthology due out around June 2008, and you can find them at Specficworld (www.specficworld.com). Otherworlds Anthology is looking for dark, tightly written science fiction, fantasy and horror.  I don’t have a banner for them, but I do have one for Specficworld (where they happen to be located).  Why not check them out? They’re still accepting submissions.



Submission Guidelines: http://www.specficworld.com/publications/anthos/otherworlds.aspx

Other New Entries: “Bibliography, Unplanned Parenthood 1 & 2”

Listening to: “Duende (www.myspace.com/weareduende)

Silverthought Press, October 2007… (appearances)

I have a sci-fi story appearing in the October 2007 update of Silverthought.  ST is not just a fiction site and writer’s discussion forum, but also a book publisher.  The story appearing in this month’s online edition is a reprint, entitled: “Plight on Amaros.”


Main Site: www.silverthought.com


Read the story here: http://www.silverthought.com/dagstine58.html

Featuring serialized fiction, short stories, and news by: Scott Lyerly, Georgepat, Andrew Capone, Rob Crandall, Lawrence R. Dagstine, Ken Dean, Dudgeon, Eric Ellert, P.S. Gifford, David S. Grant, Roger Haller, David LaBounty, Paul Mannering, Kimberly Raiser, Michael Simon, Becci Noblit Goodall and Mike Philbin.

Plight on Amaros was one of those tales that I really wanted to turn into something more epic.  Something more meaningful and novella-length.  In other news, I’ve had a few more acceptances.  When I have time, I’ll give them their own plugs/blog entries.  Things have been kind of hectic over here with planning a New Years move and getting ready for October 31st.  Halloween, my second favorite holiday (next to Christmas).  My family might go to the 2007 Pumpkin Festival in Central Park this Saturday.  Lots of pumpkin-flavored goodies, and kids and babies dressed up in costumes.  Should be fun.  We’ve got the baby’s FIRST halloween costume set up, too.  He’s going as Wonder Bread! lol. Anyway, I’ll be taking lots of pics — as well as seeing a few horror movies — so I’ll be sure to post them in the “Unplanned Parenthood” section.

Lawrence R. Dagstine

Down in the Cellar (Spring 2008; acceptance)

Paying Acceptance No. 275.  They just keep coming.  I’m still on the lifetime road to 300. I’ve netted $302.53 in writing checks, too, in two months.  Not bad for the small press.  I see they get a little higher and higher as time goes on.  But then that’s the road…

My 275th acceptance this weekend comes to Down in the Cellar for Spring 2008.  This will be my ‘second acceptance/appearance’ with this publication.  My first credit was with a semi-pro earning reprint of mine, called, “Thursday’s Children”.  Thursday’s Children is one of my more uneasier tales, which almost made the cut in Flesh & Blood.


Link: www.downinthecellar.com

Believe in yourself and you can do anything.  There is no excuse for weakness.  Confidence is what will help you persevere and destroy any competition that stands in your way.  😉

Other New Entries: “Readings & Reviews (review of Amy Grech at Whispers)”

Whispering Spirits #17, October 2007 (appearances)

You can now find me up in the special Halloween edition of Whispering Spirits.  This is my third publication credit with them.  The first two times were stories called “The Ghouls of Charon” and a serialized novelette, “Vampire 1970”. This would be Issue #17, and they’re published semi-annually.


Whispering Spirits Digital Magazine, October 2007, No. 2 of 2007


Click Here: http://whisperingspirits.dragynspice.com/issue.html

Featuring fiction by: Dan Berkey, Barton Paul Levenson, Byron D. Howell, Lawrence R. Dagstine, Angeline Hawkes, and Alexis Child.  Edited by Diana Cacy Hawkins.