New stories in Daddy Cool (edited by Ben Tanzer) and Arcadia Magazine #6

I have two new stories hitting the streets today. First is my parallel father/son story “Bloodline” which features rabbits having the same problems that us humans do. It’s kind of my contemporary take on Watership Down. That story is in Daddy Cool, edited by the talented Ben Tanzer, and published by Artistically Declined Press. Second, is my literary holiday story, “Chrysalis” in Arcadia Magazine #6. It’s a lighter story about winter, loss, caterpillars, and what a father will do to protect his family. I hope you enjoy them both. Support small, independent presses and journals and pick up a copy of each today!

Dark House Press imprint launched with Richard Thomas as Editor-in-Chief.

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I’m thrilled to announce that I am the new Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press, an imprint of Curbside Splendor. I’ll be working closely with Victor David Giron, Ben Tanzer, and Jacob S. Knabb to publish neo-noir, speculative, literary fiction. Here’s what they had to say today:

We’re happy to announce that award winning author Richard Thomas (Transubstantiate, Staring in the Abyss, Herniated Roots) will be Editor-in-Chief of our new speculative fiction, neo-noir imprint Dark House Press. DHP’s first book will be The New Black, an anthology featuring the best of ‘new noir’, edited by Richard, coming out Spring 2014. DHP will then publish the first in a three part sci-fi trilogy Joshua City in October 2014. There will be a few more 2014 projects TBD. Visit the DHP page to keep up to date on its progress, submission process, and more. More soon.

So stop by the Facebook Page of the new Twitter account, to keep up with all of the latest news. Full website with submissions guidelines coming soon.

QUICKIES! Chicago

QUICKIES! Chicago - October 13

QUICKIES! Chicago - October 13

QUICKIES! Chicago – October 13, 2009:

JAC JEMC
ELIZABETH WYLDER
BEN TANZER
KATE DUVA
CAROLINE PICARD
AARON PLASEK GRAY
CASEY BYE
ZACH DODSON
RICHARD THOMAS
AARON BURCH
BLAKE BUTLER
AMELIA GRAY

Wow, so what a great night. I was thrilled when Mary and Lindsay invited me to read at QUICKIES! Chicago, but little did I know that I’d be part of this fantastic FUNdraiser and mini Dollar Store Tour event. GO here to their blog to get more information on QUICKIES! and all of the authors that read. QUICKIES! Chicago

For the second night in a row I hopped in my car and fought traffic to get to the city. Last night it was to the Inner Town Pub in Wicker Park (my old stomping grounds) only to find the bar empty, but for one barfly and the bartender. I guess 7 pm is only a suggested starting time. After conversing with several Columbia students, including Casey Bye who also read some awesome fiction, and Jacob from ACM, I realized that it never starts until almost 8. Oh well. Gave me time to hang.

Lots of great talent on hand. Our hostesses Mary and Lindsay were HILARIOUS and I loved their stories as well. They were totally prepared to blow the whistle at the 5 minute mark and had no problem escorting Aaron and Amelia off the stage mid-sentence. Didn’t matter that we were in the middle of a hot dildo story by Aaron or that Amelia was on fire spewing voracious insults at the crowd. HOOKED. And pulled.

I read my story that is up at Opium called “Animal Magnetism”. I mean, if you have a story that involves a guy getting an elephant penis, you have to read it. Right? It got some good laughs, and several people afterwards told me they really liked it, so I’m happy with the results. Stiff competition. I need to get my open mic mojo back.

Some of the highlights for me were the aforementioned Aaron Burch of Hobart. He’s always entertaining, and his story was funny and a bit sad, and somehow kind of hot. Amelia Gray was hilarious, her voice is one that I’m really getting into. Like I mentioned in my last post about the SCORCH ATLAS reading, she’s a great mix of sexy, dark, and funny. Wearing a tight black dress with fishnet stockings never hurts either. Blake Butler read another great story that was dark all the way up to the end, and then twisted into something bittersweet and funny. I’m really digging his style. Jac Jemc had a really strange and dark little story that I really loved. I’ll have to check out more of her work.

Thanks to everyone that chatted me up before, during and after. I had an excellent chat with Ben Tanzer, who also read. So many great local writers.

For sure check this event out if you can in the future. I had so much fun. Thanks Nik for the encouraging text, so very cool of you. And I got to meet a Cult buddy Golding (Gus Moreno) as well, thanks for coming out to see me read and support the group, such a cool guy Gus, and another really talented writer.

Peace,
Richard