Coming to a Toilet Near You…

As my last post noted, I may have failed miserably at my goals for the year in an epic, super-heated, transmuted-to-plasma-crash-and-burn sorta way, but I have proven one thing this year: I can write shitty fiction. Errr, well, this guy named Dirk Masters can. HE wrote this really terrible story and sent it into a … Continue reading Coming to a Toilet Near You…

Anachronistic – A Sci Fi Short Story

ANACHRONISTIC by Russell Linton @Carlo5* lay face first on an operating table. He closed his eyes and pressed his forehead against the stabilizing ring. He didn’t want to look. Didn’t want to be reminded. The entire world had melted into a blue-coated plane of harsh geometry. Ever since his gLink had malfunctioned his entire afternoon … Continue reading Anachronistic – A Sci Fi Short Story

Three, the Magic Number

Third time's a charm. That's what everyone says. It probably has its roots in a pagan, numerological thing which means it's both bullshit and also true on some odd, universal level. Sometimes, I make similar, seemingly profound statements and then go on to completely ignore them. (Well, maybe often.)  I compared short fiction and novels … Continue reading Three, the Magic Number

Acceptances and Beyond

by Tom Howard There’s nothing more exciting than digging through form letter rejects and finding one that says, “We love your story and would like to publish it.  Contract forthcoming.”  Some assign you an editor right away, some don’t touch the story after they’ve bought it.  There are probably as many different types of acceptances … Continue reading Acceptances and Beyond

Getting Submissive with Duotrope

As mentioned last time, I created a rough draft for the Unresolved Sexual Tension theme, completed a first pass and was on to my next step: Critique Group. So, I sat down with my crit group last night and passed around my short (almost flash fiction) story. They loved it. That is, if it were … Continue reading Getting Submissive with Duotrope

Still Unresolved Sexual Tension

This is a continuation of last week's post. I'm going step by step through my typical process for drafting, editing and submitting a short story. Why? Do I think this will add value to what other writers are doing? Do I think I'm the best person to provide this advice? No and no. I'm partly interested … Continue reading Still Unresolved Sexual Tension

Mental Ward: Stories from the Asylum

My latest short is included in this dark and disturbing anthology from Siren's Call Publications! Here's the back cover blurb and links for ordering: Sanatorium, mental ward, psychiatric hospital - they’re all the same. Places where the infirm, the crazy, and the certifiable go for treatment... Or what passes for ‘treatment’. This is a collection … Continue reading Mental Ward: Stories from the Asylum

Prophecy of Numbers

I wrote the short story "Prophecy of Numbers" earlier this year and was pretty sure most editors would pass on it. It's bizarre, more than a little bit deranged, and not to mention, it floats around on an anchor of religion and politics cast out into a sea of blood. It's the kind of thing people don't … Continue reading Prophecy of Numbers