Looking for a good scream to round out your summer reading? Check out the latest issue of Sirens Call Publications’ The Sirens Call, “Distant Screams!” – which features my short tale, “The Girl Who Couldn’t Scream.” Free to read and available at sirenscallpub.com, as well as the blog post below. Thanks for reading!
Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of
The Sirens Call
The 45th issue of The Sirens Call eZine features eighty pieces of dark fiction and horror prose from seventy different authors and poets. It also features an interview with, and twelve monster/creature images by, our featured artist NOISTROMO. This month’s spot-light author, Tim Meyer, schools us on why ‘Fear Is Fun’ and also offers an excerpt from his short novel, The Switch House!
“Without Condition” tells the story of Cara Vineyard, who lives a quiet life in rural North Carolina. She works for an emerging brewery, drives her truck late at night, and lives with her mother on a former pumpkin farm. Her mother is proud of her and keeps a wall displaying all of Cara’s accomplishments.
Cara isn’t so much proud as she is bored. She’s revitalized when she meets Jackson Price, a pharmacist in Raleigh. Every day they spend together, she falls for him a little more — which in turn makes her life more complicated. When Cara goes on her late-night drives, she often picks up men. Those men tend to die. And when Cara comes back to the farm, she brings a memento for her mother to add to her wall of accomplishments.
Cara’s mother loves her no matter what. But she doesn’t know if Jackson will feel the same — and she doesn’t want to find out.
The two stories included are “I Never Knew Your Name” — which first appeared in The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales — and “The Note on the Door,” a new story I wrote this past summer. Both stories were inspired by my morning walk to work. I wonder if I can dedicate a story to a neighborhood block, what with all the inspiration its given me.
Right now, the newsletter will go out once or twice a month, with a couple more emails for release dates or special announcements. I’ll talk about current releases, upcoming projects, and round up my recent blog posts. I’ll also have a section devoted to TV reviews, movie reviews, or a tiny story.
As I sit in the in-between, one week before and after a story release, I find myself both nervous and excited. I’ve written for many years, but I’ve never published anything before — none of my fiction, anyway. I did submit some poems to my high school’s literary journal, and I’m glad for both your sake and mine that there’s no online archive of the issue.
I also converted one of my short stories into a treatment for television for my Electronic Media Writing class at NC State. It was called The Wedding of Bianca West, and the story cross-cut between an innocuous wedding ceremony and an attack the week before on Bianca and her fiance. It’s revealed at the end that her fiance had been turned into a vampire, and their “ceremony” was him converting her into one too. Wildly original, I know; but we all start somewhere. My professor called it “creepy, but effective.”
None of the stories in The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales feature vampires, and I kept all of them in the present day (oh yeah, Bianca West was set in 19th century England, which I knew almost nothing about except for what I read in fiction. Research? Pish-posh, I had a vampire bride to create). However, it’s my hope that when you read the collection, that you find the stories both creepy and effective; and more so, that you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. I look forward to hearing what you think.
In the meantime, here’s one final reminder that you can read one of the stories, All the Pieces Coming Together, both now and for free. It’s available in EPUB (zip) and PDF (please bear in mind when you open it that pieces — heh — are NSFW). Thank you for reading!
The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales will be released on September 5th, 2017. It has four stories, and ahead of the collection’s release, I’m offering one of them, All the Pieces Coming Together, for free! It’s available in EPUB (as a zipped file) and PDF. (Please note that parts of this story are NSFW)
A man with grisly aspirations finds the perfect place to make his murderous dreams come true. The trouble is, he picked a place so perfect to hide the bodies, that there isn’t anybody to hide. He decides to venture from his isolated cabin to a bar, where he can find the final piece of his murderous puzzle: a victim. All the pieces he’s constructed will be complete with just one person. But even he cannot anticipate what the puzzle will show when that piece is found.
All the Pieces Coming Together features excellent artwork from Doug Puller. He illustrated both the cover and the page breaks you’ll see throughout the story. He also formatted the story for publication. I owe him many thanks for bringing this all together. So, thank you!