bat segundo

[ or, just http://www.edrants.com/segundo/?p=116 ]

Too, that “monkey torture” — thanks to Carolyn for suggesting YouTube — it’s (t)here. And, talking Lindsay Ballard — this is kind of from the podcast — that alien race, they’re the Kobali, of course, from the “Ashes to Ashes” episode of Star Trek Voyager. Which I know because I’m cool. As to why I love it, though, that’s complicated, but completely understandable.

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Stoker bid for “Raphael”

Just got word that that “Raphael” story from Cemetery Dance 55 has made the shortlist for a Stoker. Supercool.

Here’s the whole ballot. Some pretty steep competition, I’d say:

“Hallucigenia” by Laird Barron (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
“Graffiti” by Jason Brannon (Winds of Change)
“Winds of Change” by Jason Brannon (Winds of Change)
“The Ballad of Road Mama and Daddy Bliss” by Gary Braunbeck (Destinations Unknown)
Failure by John Everson (Delirium)
Mama’s Boy by Fran Friel (Insidious Reflections)
Then Comes the Child by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes (Carnifex Press)
Bloodstained Oz by Christopher Golden and James A. Moore (Earthling Publications)
“The Muldoon” by Glen Hirshberg (American Morons)
“Raphael” by Stephen Graham Jones (Cemetery Dance)
Take The Long Way Home by Brian Keene (Necessary Evil Press)
“Dark Harvest” by Norman Partridge (Cemetery Dance)
The Colour Out of Darkness by John Pelan (Cemetery Dance)

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What to do just right before you turn 35 :

  • First, and this is important, get Vince Liaguno, the guy who knows slashers so well that he managed to somehow trap one on the page in The Literary Six, to have written just a supercool Demon Theory review over at Unspeakable Horror, then, moments after that,
  • find out that Ellen Datlow, she who more than anybody else is probably responsible for you being a writer — her OMNI fiction being your first experience with fiction that was doing something, that was more than just words on the page — has selected your “Raphael” short story out of Cemetery Dance for the twentieth The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and then
  • somehow hold your breath until Monday, when NBC and Fox, thinking a cake just wasn’t going to cut it this year, decided just to give you those next installments of Heroes and 24.
  • Only thing that might make it all better would be, you don’t know, maybe some movie that’s everything you like in a movie and more finally getting wide-release . . .
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    The Glass Teat

    Benson: only the good die young
    Cheers: have a good life
    “You oughtta know”: grammies
    bball–23 sick and scoring 55 or whatever
    challenger (jfk/towers)
    rockford: 50 people tell you you’re drink, maybe you oughtta lie down
    uncle jesse: only one way to go down a hill. STRAIGHT down.
    tasha yar: going back
    chrissy to jack: save air in elevator, one nostril

    pop-up video: bob seger, Screentime
    seeing myself on tv: scott, rabies

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    Forthcoming Stories

  • “Father, Son, Holy Rabbit” will be in Cemetery Dance 57, looks like — with an excellent/cool illustration ( then “Hell on the Homefront” in #58 )
  • “Code,” out in Grasslimbs before too long
  • “The Parable of the Gun,” in Clackamas Literary Review
  • “The Talk,” in the debut issue of Yellow Medicine Review
  • “The Sadness of Two People Meeting in a Bar,” Red Rock Review
  • and “Vanity of Open Spaces” in Arts & Letters very soon here
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    Everytime I search Amazon, I always end up falling into this maze of lists, each opening to more and more. And I find some cool stuff in there, thought I’d take a stab at a couple myself.

    And yeah, that Slasher 101 one really should be a ‘guide,’ but I clicked on making one of those and, man, they’re set up to let somebody write a real and true article. Which, for someone addicted to lists, isn’t nearly as fun. Granted, you don’t get as many characters/words to play with in Listmania, but that kind of keeps me from burning too much time on them too, time which I specifically, right now, need (started another novel yesterday, kind of).

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    After Lazarus

    Man, turns out Only Revolutions, at 360 pages, was an easy read, yeah? I mean, as compared to three million pages. But it is Richard Grossman, so maybe three million pages is just the right amount [ see below ]. As some of y’all know, I’m always pushing that seventy-page sentence fragment from his The Book of Lazarus as maybe the most beautiful piece of prose in the English language (like I know any other languages — it just sounds ‘grand’ to qualify it like that, I guess). At least that piece of writing which I’m most jealous of. Anyway, cue the trumpets, here’s the blockquote:

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    The other (first) Stephen Jones

    Looks like Amazon has me having a hand in a couple of books I only wish I’d had a hand in:

    [ apologies for the ‘see more’ junk on those images — no time right now to dig for clean images ]

    Don’t guess I’ll be getting any checks for them, though. Anyway, just to clarify, this Stephen Jones, he’s pretty much an institution in the horror world, not just some hunger artist like me, trying to see over the fence. Really, he’s the reason I use my middle name. Otherwise, these kinds of mistakes would happen just a lot more than they do.

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