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My story gets flushed -- in a good way

My story "Nothing" has been reprinted yet again, this time in an anthology of flash fiction entitled, er, Flush Fiction, from the nice and talented people who publish Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. The antho is subtitled "88 Short-Short Stories You Can Read in a Single Sitting." Not sure why 88, unless perhaps Uncle John keeps a piano in his bathroom. Anyway, you can check it out here on Amazon. Go on—buy a copy and keep it in your bathroom. Even if you don't like the stories, you never know when some extra paper will come in handy (just don't use pages 156-159, please).

Recognize this cover artist for this new anthology?

My story "Nothing" has been reprinted again, this time in the charity flash fiction horror anthology, Slices of Flesh, edited by Stan Swanson. I was very happy to have a story of mine selected and to be able to contribute to a good cause. However, when I got my contributor's copy and saw the cover, I was even more thrilled. Check it out at the left. Recognize that style? Familiar, yes? That's because the cover artist was none other than Mike Mignola of Hellboy comics fame. A very cool surprise bonus to having a story picked. Net proceeds from the Slices of Flesh anthology go to a variety of charities chosen by the publisher, Dark Moon Books, including various reading and literacy programs, the Horror Writers Association Hardship Fund, and the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The anthology is available for purchase at Amazon.

"Nothing" published in White Cat Magazine

Whoa, I'm way behind in posting updates and news here, so I'll be trying to catch you up on some recent sales and publications over the next week or so. To clarify the title line above, actually quite a bit is published in White Cat Magazine, an excellent online fiction magazine that "is all about encouraging writers to keep writing, readers to keep reading and to inspire a sense of elegant possibilities in the creative community." White Cat published my short-short story, "Nothing," in their January issue, and you can still read it in their archive for a while or get your own copy here. This story first appeared in my collection Chimerascope in 2010. It's the shortest piece I've ever written at about 1,000 words, and as you'll see from some future posts, it's currently rather popular.

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