New Story: Live Performance At The Grand Guignol

Among other things I like to write erotica, and it just so happens I have another tale out with Forbidden Fiction. I’m working on getting a collection together, so if you like that side of my writing there’s more to come.

This new story features a Victorian actress determined to be taken seriously. When she lands a part in The Grand Guignol she decides not to get involved with any of her co-stars, but that all changes on the opening night.

Enjoy!

A List of Small Press Publishers

Hello! Here’s a few small press publishers for you to explore. Some horror, some bizarro, some literary, stick your face in their sites and see which you prefer. I also advise searching websites Duotrope, Dark MarketsThe Horror Tree and The Erotica Readers and Writers Association, if you like that sort of thing. Some of those below do poetry too. The list isn’t exhaustive, there are plenty more out there.

Raw Dog Screaming (RDSPress) – “fiction that foams at the mouth.”

Burning Bulb Publishing – all kinds of oddities.

The Strange Edge – absurdist, bizarro, weird horror and other oddities. Currently a website but branching out as a magazine

Kraken Press – horror and general darkness

Forbidden Fiction – paying erotica website

Shock Totem Magazine – horror

Eraserhead Press – strictly Bizarro

Starcherone Books – “independent innovative fiction”

Belladonna Publishing – “preferred genres are dark fantasy, urban fantasy, gothic, steampunk and fairytales.” They also do comics/graphic novels.

Weird Year – erm…weird stuff

Strange House Books  – horror, horror porn and everything gross in between

LegumeMan Books – absurdist and strange

Coffee House Press – “non-profit literary publisher”

The Dalkey Archive – literary

Dzanc Books – literary

Jaded Ibis Productions – literary and ‘narrative arts’

Les Figues – literary and ‘narrative arts’

Spuyten Dyvil – literary

Short story published: The Fair, Laudenum and Passion

Woo hoo, got another erotic short story out with publishers Forbidden Fiction, read it here. This time a jolly old time is had in a Victorian funfair. Here’s the description on their site:

“Ettie visits a funfair with her bullying husband in Victorian London. When a sword-swallowing sideshow performer grabs her attention, she finds herself drawn into a new world of strangeness, freedom and passion. (F/M, F/F. M/M, group).”

Now doesn’t that sound exciting? It was more than I did last Friday. You should have a look!

Troubles with publishing, rights, contracts and legalities

Having read a post this morning about an editor at Undead Press not only proofing a writer’s story badly but adding significant bits that weren’t there before, I was reminded of a time when I had problems.

I’ve been very fortunate to find a home for much of my erotica focused stories on ForbiddenFiction.com as they’ve been very helpful and professional, ensuring the writers get as much rights to money as possible, but I haven’t always had that experience.

When you’re new and you’ve just had a short story accepted its easy to sign a contract and just be happy. However, as I was advised by ForbiddenFiction, always make sure the editor’s full legal name and address are on the contract, and check what kind of publishing rights you’re agreeing to. Also a contract for an ‘indefinate period of time’ is not helpful and nor is having all your emails ignored when you try to speak to somebody. The length of time for the contract should have an actual number of months/years, and there should also be an intended publishing date.

I was once young and naive like a spring lamb, but after being shown the boiling pot I realised I could no longer say I was ‘only a writer and didn’t have to think about these things.’ Its boring and confusing, but very important.

Good luck my little pepperoni slices, may fortune and new socks reign upon your ankles.

Short story: The Woods in Winter

For only 99 cents you too – yes you – can read my naughty historical werewolf story ‘The Woods in Winter‘ on taboo-ridden site forbiddenfiction.com.

It’s rude and there are spooky bits. What’s not to like? Look, that couple over there are reading it, and they own yachts. Read it here.

Warning: Over 18s only.

Updates: BME and Forbidden Fiction

I decided to upload my experience at a suspension party on the BME (Body Modification Ezine) site and it’s there now for all to see. Of course, you could read it here in Tales of the Slightly Unexpected. Maybe do both, at the same time?

In other news, I’m having to fill out an author’s profile on the Forbidden Fiction website and I was sorely tempted to include this as my picture: