Emma Kathryn

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Friday, 27 August 2010

Some Delayed Details...

Okay dokay, I know it's been yonks since some of these stories were accepted, but I'm just updating the blog and keeping you peeps in the know!

My story "Presence" was accepted into Static Movement's Ghosts and Demons, which I think should be appearing soon.  Fingers crossed.

"When the World Ends" is an extremely short, cootchy little piece which will be appearing in Static Movement's Cosmic Catastrophes.

Another acceptance came in the shape of Pill Hill Press' Dark Things, which will be featuring my story "Watching Shadows", another part of my Flashes Before Her Eyes series.  This is my vampire series, for those of you who haven't come across these stories before.

In other news, Lame Goat have gone and done it again.  Some published anthologies and a chapbook are going to be discontinued for God knows what reasons.  Howl: Tales of the Feral and Infernal - the home of my story "The Hunt" - is one of those to be terminated.  Boooooooo!  But, hazzah, Mark Crittenden has saved the day and is going to revamp Howl, keeping a select few from the original and opening up to some new stories, too.  And..."The Hunt" is going to be reprinted in this sexy, snazzy reincarnation!  Yaaaaaaaay!  I'm removing all Lame Goat Press book links from my page.  It's a disappointment seeing the original Howl go, but I'm honestly not that surprised after all the Lame Goat nonsense.  It's a shame really.  But I'm sure Mark's new press Red Skies Press will come along as well as Chris Bartholomew's Static Movement anthologies.  Chris did a great job salvaging what Lame Goat had abandoned and I'm sure Mark will be equally as successful.

High fives to these great folks who keep the small press alive.

Lotsaluv, Em

Tuesday, 24 August 2010


[Greetings Bunnies, this blog is by guest writer Gwen Mayo.  Feel free to leave any comments addressed to Gwen on this page. The link on the left will lead you to her new novel, Circle of Dishonor. Enjoy!]

Bio: Gwen Mayo is passionate about blending the colorful history of her native Kentucky with her love for mystery fiction. A graduate in political science from the University of Kentucky, Gwen currently lives and writes in Lexington, but grew up in a large Irish family in Grayson, Kentucky. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, on online short fiction sites, and in micro-fiction collections. Circle of Dishonor, her debut novel, is set during the turbulent political upheaval of post Civil War Kentucky at a time when murder was more common in Kentucky than it was anywhere else in the United States.

Murder and Mayhem in Kentucky

When I started planning CIRCLE OF DISHONOR, I knew I wanted to create a main character that was a cross between the Pinkerton female investigators and the Civil War era women who were pretending to be men. The resourcefulness and creativity of these women always intrigued me, as did the time in which they lived. 

Kentucky was a great place to set these stores. The Pinkertons were very active in Kentucky. The history of my home state is filled with enough murder and mayhem to fill a library with stories. All I had to do was settle on the date and city.  

The years between 1865 and 1915 are often called the "decades of discord" because it is the time when Kentucky was the most violent place in the United States. Ordinary citizens carried numerous weapons for self defense. Dueling was common, and murder was an acceptable way to end an argument. One wealthy business man from Louisville traveled regularly to New York for suits tailored with nine custom pockets so he could secret away his knives and guns without ruining the line of his outfit. 

It didn’t take me long to choose Lexington during the city’s two week centennial celebration as a place to kick off the series. Lexington was not the Wild West in the spring of 1879, but the western frontier would have been safer than Lexington during the centennial. Tent cities covered the fairgrounds and the twelve men of the newly formed police force were ill equipped to keep the peace, let alone solve the murder of one of its leading citizens. CIRCLE OF DISHONOR draws readers into a world where secret societies like the Knights of the Golden Circle, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Regulators wreaked havoc. Brothels, gambling establishments, illegal saloons and distilleries operated openly, and government graft was considered the norm.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Not That I'm Dying or Anything...

But this is what I want written on my grave!!!!

Hahahahahahaha!  Taken from the awesome Dinosaur Comics!  My favourite internet fun!

Little bit of news: my next post will not be written by me, but by the lovely Gwen Mayo. Ms Mayo has just had her novel Circle of Dishonor published by Pill Hill Press.  She's doing a fabulous blog tour and shall be making a pitstop here, at the home of the Vampire Bunny.  There's always room for visitors at this tea party.

Lotsaluv, Em

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Apologies Bunnies...

Wow, I haven't blogged in over 2 weeks.  How lazy is that?  Well I have been anything but lazy lately, so let me fill you in on a tale of heartache and triumph and we'll all be up to date again...

Have no new acceptances to report - not due to rejections but due to the fact that I haven't had time to send anything new out to any open calls.  This is because I've been working my curvy butt off on a novella!  It's called "Glitter and Trauma" and is part of a collection of four novellas that Jason Barney is putting together.  Four writers, four very different superhero stories.  Hoping to find a publisher for it in about September, so I shall keep you all posted on that one.  It's all I've been working on lately and right now, it's pretty much all I can think about too.  Made up a playlist for it on my iPod (the same way I do when I'm working on a novel, or novel idea) and have been blasting it in my ears when I'm out and about and can't write.  I won't go into plot details yet, but maybe I'll reveal more next week.

In other news, I'm going to be a teacher.  Got accepted onto a teacher training course last week and I start soon.  God help the little children.  Can you imagine me as a teacher?  If I could put Batman on the curriculum I bloody well would.

I know it came out ages ago, but behold, the Dusted link.  I got my copy at the end of July and it's such a fantastic book.  I see Static Movement are already planning a sequel for it, so as soon as I've got this novella done, I'll get something sent off for this.

I finished Gerald Costlow's The Weaving ages ago and keep meaning to put a review up here.  Again, I will add it to the post-novella list.

Better get back to my superladies...

Lotsaluv, Em