Aoife’s Kiss #30, September 2009… (10th acceptance)

First, I hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I also hope you braved the Black Friday crowds better than I did.  Next, I’ll have a BRAND NEW story coming to the September 2009 issue — I know, a good ways off — of Aoife’s Kiss (Sam’s Dot Publishing).  This would be my 10th print acceptance to their magazines; I’ve probably published in the area of thirty with them over the years if you include online.  Actually, I’ll have a new story for you in almost every quarterly issue of Aoife’s for some time to come.  Including, to my knowledge, the “special” winter issue.

You can view previous issues of Sam’s Dot magazines by clicking below:

http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/purchasecenter/magazines.htm

Next, Tiptree-nominated writer-editor Tyree Campbell and Sam’s Dot will ALSO be releasing my debut collection, which has a couple of blurbs at the moment, and is going by the title FRESH BLOOD.  This will be a collection of stories new and old (a lot of new) in the genres of horror and science fiction.  This book has taken over a year of edits, building momentum, and to just carefully compile.  At the moment, I’m clueless as to how many stories will appear in it – it should be around a minimum of 50,000+ words.  But you’ll get a lot of nice variety here, including the kitchen sink.

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OTHER SAM’S DOT MAGAZINES WORTH CHECKING OUT:

www.samsdotpublishing.com

Sounds of the Night & Beyond Centauri (featuring Lawrence Dagstine)

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Each issue is CHOCK full of entertaining fiction & poetry.

Order them now from THE GENRE MALL:

http://www.genremall.com/contents.htm

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The Random Eye, An Ezine Dedicated to Alternatives…

I’ll have a story appearing soon in a new and interesting ezine called THE RANDOM EYE.  Published Annually, they seem to accept work which is dark and speculative, but borders on the alternative, parallel (like universes), and the overall bizarre.  More than just “weird fiction”.  Be sure to check them out.

THE RANDOM EYE

An E-Anthology Dedicated to Alternatives

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http://therandomeye.says.it

From their homepage: The Random Eye is a yearly anthology of horror and speculative fiction that focuses on the possibilities of parallel universes. Have you ever wondered what would happen if Rob Zombie became president, or if the Titanic was used for space travel, or if television was invented for communicating with the dead rather than entertainment? The Random Eye takes a simple theme for each anthology and encourages authors to imagine an existence far removed from our own, where a myriad alternate universes reside and where these strange possibilities exist.

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SATIRICA: An Anthology of Satirical SF… (Now on Radio!)

The most promising-filled anthology of science fiction is now available from Cowboy Logic Press, and it’s slowly creeping up in bookstores.  With over 110,000 words and 24 stories set in futuristic societies, post-apocalyptic dystopias, and more! Featuring pro authors such as Steven J. Dines and David Thorpe (Harper Collins Children’s Books). It’s also available on Amazon.

SATIRICA: An Anthology of Satirical Speculative Fiction

Published by Cowboy Logic Press; Edited by Dudgeon

Last I looked, the book was riding at around 900,000 on Amazon; I’d like to see that number drop below the 100,000 mark again.  I’d especially like to congratulate one of the book’s authors who helped get SATIRICA carried in the state of Wyoming and has been interviewed on radio.  Major thanks go out to Bill Housley, who can be friended at: http://www.myspace.com/sfandf 

Other promotion efforts include the Midwest, Canada (British Columbia & Winnipeg), Great Britain, and NYC locals Jason K. Chapman and Myself.  But Bill, nobody’s done a better job so far than you.  Thank you!

Bill Housley in the Unita County Herald:

http://www.uintacountyherald.com/fe_view_article.php?story_id=1664&page_id=75&heading=0 

Bill Housley on Evanston Radio:

http://www.evanstonradio.net/calendar/calendar_day/2750320/2008-11-7.htm

Bill Housley is the author of the very topical piece, “Another Man’s Terrorist”.  A science fiction writer, he can often be found at Jim Baen’s place (the JBU slush). 

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Doctor Who: And The Eleventh Doctor Is…

…Well, not quite yet.  But the fans are really going at it (and so are the Internet forums) over WHO will be the eleventh actor — or actress — to play the role of scifi’s beloved time traveler.  Stephen Moffat takes over the show come 2010 for Series Five.  But the question still remains: who can fill Tennant’s shoes and do one up? Who can be a better Doctor now, since the show was revived in 2005, and keep the series going as strong and dynamic as ever before?

Two weeks ago I received word that Tennant was going to retire from the show.  His final stories would lead up to Christmas 2009’s special, The Next Doctor.  And boy, will there be a regeneration.  But Daniel Radcliffe, Russell Tovay, Paterson Joseph, and many other very young names are among the possible contenders to succeed him! You know, I like my Doctors a bit older than my companions.  Stephen Moffat has worked alongside fine actors such as James Nesbitt (but he denies any rumors of the part).  I first blogged about it here (I also ran a favorite Doctor poll):

DOCTOR WHO: DAVID TENNANT SAYS GOODBYE…

https://lawrencedagstine.com/2008/10/30/doctor-who-david-tennant-says-goodbye/

Doctor Who Official Homepage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/

So who do you think should be the next Doctor? Better yet, who deserves to be the next Doctor Who? I’ve composed a new poll of 11 names.  Eleven names for eleven possible, and rumored, Doctors.  Also, I’ve added two additional choices: “None of the Above” and “Cast an Unknown”, to even things out a bit, because I realize that being a Doctor calls for a pretty big list.  Please vote below!

 Come, take a DOCTOR WHO poll with me…

 

The Willows Magazine, Autumn 2008… (Reminder Post!)

Just a follow-up/reminder post that THE WILLOWS MAGAZINE Fall Issue (September-October) is now on sale.  Featuring Lovecraftian-styled tales of terror, Neo and Post-Victorian stories, enchanting tales of dark fantasy, steampunk culture, and other weird fiction delights.  Get your copy TODAY!

THE WILLOWS MAGAZINE

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 www.thewillowsmagazine.com

Featuring Fiction by: Sarah Monette, G.D. Falksen, Lawrence Dagstine, Eric S. Brown, Robey Jenkins, and Michelle Pribbernow. With non-fiction & reviews by Reyna Sparby and Skadi meic Beorh. Edited by Ben Thomas.

PAST ENTRY: https://lawrencedagstine.com/2008/10/22/the-willows-magazine-october-2008-now-available/

Also available, and with much more merchandise coming soon, from The Willows…Sundries! Own your favorite Steampunk/Victorian-styled items.  Wear and support your favorite authors: http://www.zazzle.com/wrathofposeidon

 

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SF CROWSNEST.COM Reviews Jupiter #22…

And there’s yet another positive review of my story ‘A Virtual Affair’, from Issue #22 of Jupiter, over at Stephen Hunt’s: SF CROWSNEST.COM (www.sfcrowsnest.com).  Like SF REVU, this would be another good venue dedicated to science fiction and fantasy.  Conducted by Rod MacDonald, you can find the review link below…

SF CROWSNEST.COM Reviews:

Jupiter #22 (Harpalyke)

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READ HERE: http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/articles/books/2008/nz13228.php

ORDER JUPITER #22: www.jupitersf.co.uk

OTHER REVIEW: https://lawrencedagstine.com/2008/11/05/sf-revu-reviews-jupiter-22-and-tales-of-the-talisman/

I’ll add SF Crowsnest to Author Resources.  Other than that, over the past three weeks I’ve nabbed another six story acceptances for various publications throughout 2009.

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SF REVU reviews Jupiter #22 and Tales of the Talisman…

I received word that SF REVU (www.sfrevu.com), reviewed two magazines featuring stories of mine in it.  For those of you unfamiliar with SF REVU, they’re a web-based publication devoted to SF industry news, reviews, interviews, book plugs, and more.  I see them as a smaller, online version of LOCUS.  Review links, magazine issues, and ordering info below:

SF REVU Reviews Jupiter:

Jupiter XXII: Harpalyke – October 2008
Edited by Ian Redman
Cover Artist: R.J. Bartrop
Review by Sam Tomaino
Jupiter  ISBN/ITEM#: 1740-2069
Date: 26 October 2008

REVIEW: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=8321

ORDER HERE: www.jupitersf.co.uk

PAST ENTRY: https://lawrencedagstine.com/2008/10/08/jupiter-sf-october-2008-issue-22-appearances/

SF REVU Reviews Tales of the Talisman:

Tales of the Talsiman – Volume 4 – Issue 1
Edited by David Lee Summers
Cover Artist: Laura Givens
Review by Sam Tomaino
Hadrosaur  ISBN/ITEM#: 1558-0377
Date: 26 September 2008

REVIEW: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=8171

ORDER HERE: www.talesofthetalisman.com

PAST ENTRY: https://lawrencedagstine.com/2008/10/12/tales-of-the-talisman-september-2009-3rd-acceptance/

I highly recommend reading Jupiter and Tales of the Talisman… Both fine magazines now going into their fifth years with a slight modicum of success.  As for SF Revu, I’ll add them to Author Resources.

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Lawrence Dagstine: Halloween Aftermath…

Boo! So another year has passed, and another Halloween.  Spent about four and a half hours outdoors trick-or-treating with the little one and extended family.  It was a beautiful day in New York.  Got a haircut before the festivities began so I’d be sure to scare the dickens out of everybody.  We got a lot of candy this year, compared to last.  Better candy, too.  Last year we found Hall’s cough drops mixed in with the Tootsie Rolls.  Last stop, as always, was Starbucks.  Pumpkin spice lattes and caramel salt-flavored hot chocolate.  I dressed my son up this year as a skunk; his cousins were either ninjas or Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (I think that’s what they were).   

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After my son finally went to bed, it was time to break out the movies.  On Halloween, it’s a tradition at my house to watch horror flicks.  But this year there were only two.  First, THE STRANGERS Unrated Edition on DVD.  Then, from Asia, SILK.  Silk wasn’t that bad.  It took place in either Taipei or Taiwan; I was exhausted, so I may have to watch it again to better understand it.  It focused around scientific and paranormal-based disturbances. By the way, MOVIE SPOILERS ahead.

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However, I was very disappointed in The Strangers.  I mean, this stalker-esque movie barely even creeped me out.  There were the people with the masks, the sense of tension around the house.  But that was about it.  Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler were decent as a couple who want to get married but don’t due to relationship problems, and we see them staying at a friend’s place in a rural area for the night.  The movie is built mainly around tension, echoing sounds, incidental noises, and low-key dialogue rather than a film with a well-grounded plot.  Actually, there is no plot.  And I hate it when someone puts together a good film backdrop and ruins it with a lousy script (or lack thereof).  Even worse, if it’s an unbelievable one… but this was believable.  The near-ending was very interesting.  Did the director shoot the near-ending on purpose? Seconds away from being stabbed to death (horribly, might I add), Speedman sees Tyler wearing his engagement ring and she says I love you… As if it’s telling us life is short, so say “I do” to that loved one, because you might get tied up and killed by masked stalkers or nutcases tomorrow.  There was definitely an analogy there.

Otherwise, that was pretty much the whole film.  Yeah, there were some sick scenes.  If you like movies such as… oh, High Tension or Cabin Fever, this might be up your alley.  Rent it, don’t buy it.  Cheers.

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