Category Archives: Hopefull Monsters

Maltese Monster Makes a Sale

Michael Vella, Hopefull Monster’s man in Malta, sold his story “Valletta, City of Guilt” to World SF Blog.  Michael has a talent for spinning vivid turns of phrase, and this supernatural fantasy, set in 19th century Malta, is rich in historical … Continue reading

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IN SITU Release Delayed Again

Recently, fellow Hopefull Monster Colum Paget wondered if the IN SITU anthology was becoming the next Last Dangerous Visions.  I certainly hope not, but news I received last week isn’t encouraging.  This anthology was original due out in February 2011.  … Continue reading

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A Little Shameless Promotion

Fellow Hopefull Monster, Colum Paget’s story “Love in a time of Bio-mal” is now available for free reading at Electric Spec.  If you like slick, dark cyberpunk, you won’t be disappointed with this story or with most of Colum’s writing.  … Continue reading

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Considerations Before Venturing into the Self-Publishing Jungle

As the number of stories I publish increases, I’m beginning to think about ways to further market them.  Traditionally, authors either sold them as reprints to other publications (e.g., anthologies) or collected into a single volume and sold them to a … Continue reading

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Two More Monster(ous) Sales

It’s time to celebrate a couple of recent sales by my fellow Hopefull Monsters: • Richard Zwicker sold his story “Stellar Dust and Mirrors” to Stupefying Stories.  In their current issue, Stupefying Stories has a piece from another Monster (D.J. Cockburn), … Continue reading

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Religion and the Decline of Science Fiction

One of the things I like about my writing group, Hopefull Monsters, is we often engage in philosophical discussions about the state of speculative fiction.  Recently we had a wide-ranging discussion about the apparent decline in the number of the people … Continue reading

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Three Sales for Three Monsters

I’ve collected several rejections over the last several weeks, but three members of my Hopefull Monsters writing group have sold stories: • D.J. Cockburn sold “Seeking Kailash” to Stupefying Stories.   • Richard Zwicker’s “The Reopened Cask” will appear in Whortleberry … Continue reading

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National Short Story Week

Did you know it’s National Short Story Week in Britain?  I didn’t until fellow Hopefull Monster Terry Kidd alerted me to the fact.  National Short Story Week is an annual awareness event in Britain aimed at focusing attention on short stories … Continue reading

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Must be the Season

Tracie McBride, our Hopefull Monster down under, has had a run of sales recently and commented that it “must be the season for acceptances”.  I guess she was right.  The day after she said that, I sold “The Last Horse” to Aoife’s … Continue reading

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No Fish For Me

I submitted a story to an upcoming anthology called Fish, to be published by Dagan Books (the same publisher who is producing IN SITU with my story “Hoodoo”).  My story didn’t make the cut, which is always disappointing, but I saw the table of … Continue reading

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