When it rains, it pours. I’m currently waiting to hear on nearly a dozen stories out there – and have just started a new one set in the universe of “Time on My Hands” – but when things are accepted and published is out of my control. And so, in less than three months, I’ll have a new novel and five short stories being released.
Obviously I’m very excited about the publication of “Father of the Bride of Frankenstein,” my third novel. I had a lot of fun with this and hope readers will too. As the title suggests it is a tale of reanimated corpses and wedding planning. In addition, Frank – the monster – is marrying into a Jewish family and decides to convert. My goal was to make the reader laugh and never be quite sure what’s going to happen next. The cover is by Hugo-nominated artist Alan Beck and I couldn’t be more delighted.
My short story “The Ransom of Red Robot (beta)” is in the winter issue of AMAZING stories and is a twist on a classic O. Henry tale. Although I have had some two dozen stories published, this is my first appearance in a “pro” magazine, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
Another story, “To Sleep, Perchance to Dream” is in the just released anthology “Transcendent,” where the connecting theme is dreams. My story is a send up of dystopian YA novels (some of which I’ve enjoyed; no malice here) and is the third story to appear in a collection from Transmundane Press. They’re a small press but I can’t sing the praises of the two editors – Anthony S. Buoni and Alison Costanzo – enough. Twice they made me rework the endings of the story (including this one) with the result of a much better story. I already have a story accepted for a fourth anthology.
“Release the Virgins” is the first anthology in which I was invited to participate, and I’d like to think it’s because editor (and, elsewhere, author) Michael Ventrella likes my writing and wasn’t simply being nice to a friend. Inspired by a late-night conversation at a convention, the idea was that every story in the collection had to include that phrase. My story, “Coming Attractions,” is a Hollywood satire set in the universe of “Shh! It’s a Secret,” the first time I’ve done a story connected to one of my novels. You don’t have to have read the novel to enjoy the story, but since both volumes are put out by Fantastic Books, why not get them both?
Finally, I make my podcast debut on January 5 when my story “Paper Doll” is presented on the Nobilis Erotica Podcast. Warning, this is very much an R-rated story, and appears under my alias of D. Mark Alderton, under which I have done four stories for Circlet Press. But now that my daughter is an adult and my mother is unlikely to tune in, I’m okay with people knowing. If you’re curious, the link goes live on Saturday at Noon (EST): http://nobilis.libsyn.com/episode-421-paper-doll-by-d-mark-alderton.
I have another story coming out in February, and am waiting to hear on others, but it’s a good start to 2019.