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An acceptance – Lek makes it in into Specter

My short story “Lek” was picked up by indefatigable twitterer Mensah Demary, at Specter Magazine.

The origins of Lek, the titular character, stem from my time living and working in Pattaya, Thailand, sex capital of Asia (if not the world).  I wish I could say Pattaya had much else going for it, but it doesn’t.  We didn’t stay long.  But I got an eyeful of the seamiest side of life there is out there while we were there.  I’ve got a couple other stories set there out in the world, but this is the first one to see the light of day.  As my writing shifts more and more to the gritty, I think there will be more to come.

Lek was rejected 6 times before it found a home.  It will appear in Specter in October.

Specter Issue Zero goes live about 1 hour from now, by the way.  Go check them out – there’s sure to be a truckload of writing worth reading.  There is also a blog of acerbic and insightful commentary.  Check ’em out.

I’m biased, of course, but I think they’re up-and-comers, and you’ll be hearing more from Specter in the not-so-distant future.

Two acceptances (!) – Toad Suck Review and TKNC

Toad Suck Review took my story, “Saving The Pangolins.”  There are no pangolins in the story, but there is a semi-reformed eco-radical on the run and some murder and mayhem.  I’m sort of surprised a non-crime venue took the piece, actually.  Very pleasantly surprised.  “Saving The Pangolins” will appear in print in January.

Toad Suck used to be Exquisite Corpse.  In case you’re wondering about the strange name, here’s what they have to say about it:

Toad Suck: a name inspired by the ferry boat captains who’d bloat themselves like toads, sucking down beer while waiting for customers to cross the Arkansas River.

I can live with that.

And, over at Thrillers, Killers, ‘N’ Chillers, my story “Thirty Miles North Of Cheyenne” went live yesterday.  You know the kind of Western where the ladies just get their petticoats rustled and the hero comes on top (maybe a couple of his buddies buy it)?  Yeah, that sort of Western has never seemed very authentic to me.  “Thirty Miles North of Cheyenne” ain’t that. A sampler: 

“We been out in the hills a long time,” said the blackbeard to the cotton merchant. “So we’re going to take your girls here down to the creek. And the boy, too, come to think of it.”

The drifter from Arizona wiped his nose and sniggered.

“Now you, mister,” said the blackbeard, “You can be peaceable about it, and you all walk out of here. Even if some of you will walk a little cockeyed.” The rest of the gang sniggered. “Or you can get heroic and get shot. Up to you. Either way we take your girls, and your boy, down to the creek.”

To be honest, I wasn’t sure this story would ever find a home.  It is, shall we say, morally questionable.  My buddy Brad Green described it as “pure larceny lacking any moral center.”  He’s right.

So thanks to Col over at TKNC for posting it.

An acceptance – All Due Respect – more story

“Two Brothers” is all story.  No literary pretensions, nothing prettified up.  Just a story.

I wrote “Two Brothers” when we were in Thailand in May.  I wrote the first draft in one sitting, which almost never happens.  Worked on it off and on for a couple more months, then sent it out into the world.

Chris Ratigan at All Due Respect took the piece within 24 hours.  This is an all-time first for me: a piece that never got rejected.  I don’t expect that to happen again any time soon, but sure as hell I’ll take it.  Chris Ratigan, by the way, runs the fine crime blog Death By Killing.

All Due Respect publishes only one story a month, so “Two Brothers” won’t be going up until early next year.  Rest assured I’ll be talking about it right here when it does.

An acceptance! – PANK

After a rewrite, PANK is going to take my story “The Cloud Factory.” for the September issue.  As noted on the Failure page, PANK has previously rejected 6 stories of mine.  So I’m pretty damn happy to finally have scaled that citadel. 

 “The Cloud Factory” was rejected 11 times before finding a home.