13, 690 words down on the novel which is now at roughly 68,000 words and only 4 1/2 chapters left to write. Which means I may have to fatten it up a little once the first draft is finished, possibly requiring a rearrangement of the chapters.
One submission sent and two rejections received. And we’re mostly caught up on the F&T slush pile.
Overall, not a bad couple weeks except I got fired from my dayjob on the 18th.
by Ian Bontemps
Take a romantic drive with two young lovers.
The Dead Matter movie to be released on July 30th. Midnight Syndicate gives filmmakers chance to have their work featured on The Dead Matter DVD and win prizes with their 13th Anniversary Video Contest.
Often referred to as the first Halloween band or Haunted House band, Midnight Syndicate is the industry standard for the world’s top haunted attractions and amusement parks. From Siberia and Hong Kong to Europe and the United States, whether it’s a store, neighborhood celebration, or even a themed-cruise, Midnight Syndicate’s music has become synonymous with the celebration of the Halloween season. In September of 2009, AOL released a list of the Top 10 Best Halloween Music CDs of all time as ranked by AOL/CBS Radio listeners. Three of the ten CDs were Midnight Syndicate discs (#8, #4, and #3) ranking only behind Danny Elfman’s Nightmare Before Christmas and John Carpenter’s classic Halloween soundtrack.
In 2003, Midnight Syndicate made an impact in the gaming industry when it teamed up with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast to produce the first official soundtrack to the classic role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. Midnight Syndicate’s 2005 release, The 13th Hour, was the first music CD to ever receive the industry’s top two awards: The Origins Award and the ENnie Award for Best Gaming Accessory.
2007 saw the band, take on three new projects as they composed music for Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights XVIII, scored Robert Kurtzman’s drive-in thriller, The Rage, and began work on their biggest production to date, The Dead Matter movie. In 2008, the band released it’s tenth studio album, The Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates. One of their most critically acclaimed releases to date the disc was inspired by the themes from the upcoming movie.
In January of 2010, Midnight Syndicate began a year-long celebration to commemorate the 13th Anniversary of the release of it’s Midnight Syndicate debut CD. A reboot of their website, the July 30th release of The Dead Matter movie and soundtrack, a 13th Anniversary Halloween Music compilation CD, fan appreciation contests, and special appearances, are just some of the major announcements the band will be making in the coming months.
“The Chopping Block”
by Brian Rosenberger
Times are tough. People are afraid of losing their jobs. Everyone’s head is on the chopping block. Meet the man with the axe.
“Requiem for a Changeling”
by Ryan Willox
In the aftermath of a failed exorcism, Father Thomas realises he is facing an evil much worse than he initially feared.
by Deborah Walker
One submission, a 14-day rejection, 20-day rejection, and 1-day rejection. Also, 5400 words down on the novel now that I finally pulled myself out of the quagmire I was in.
Heh. And all it took was to kill off a character two scenes before I had planned to.
the P&E Readers Poll closes on the 14th, so you only have two days left to vote for Chimeraworld #6 (New World Disorder), so go vote already!
“The Ballad of Things”
by David Siegel Bernstein, PhD.
In the beginning there isn’t light—only a thought.
It floats in my mind, but it isn’t mine.
Over time, it grows from solo to choir.
And I learn the song of my people.
by Charles Kyffhausen
They thought they had developed the perfect crime: pay-per-view Internet snuff films from an offshore location beyond the reach of any laws. They had actually created a Hell whose paying customers were to regard themselves as devils and their victims as the damned. They learned too late that life in such places, even for their purported masters, tends to be brutish, nasty, and short.
Yep, the P&E Readers Poll is open again, so it’s time to nominate and vote for your favorite artists, writers, and stories. I have two stories that are nominatable for the year if you choose to do so (hint, hint): “Transhuman” which appeared in Chimeraworld #6 (New World Disorder) and “A Nighttime Business Arrangement” which appeared in Issue 4 of Silver Blade. Both are Science Fiction/Fantasy (psst… here’s the linky-link for that category: http://www.critters.org/predpoll/shortstorysf.shtml).
Speaking of Chimeraworld #6, guess what’s already been nominated for the anthology category.
Oh, and don’t forget Fear & Trembling.
You all know what to do troopers! Huzzah!