One of the anthologies I’m appearing in Mystery Monster 13 was released today on Amazon from JEA Press. Here’s a little on how I ended up in this book as well as the synopsis, the cover, and some links for you to check out
Lately I’ve been joining a lot of groups on Facebook and Twitter related to writing. One of the biggest things I’ve been doing is joining various groups for possible publication in anthologies. One of the groups I discovered through another writing group is a submission group from publishing company JEA Press. At the time of me joining, there was an open submission for an anthology titled Mystery Monster 13 it is to be a collection of 13 short stories featuring creatures that are new to the readers (no werewolves, no vampires, you get the picture). I had a short story on my computer featuring just that, but the requirement was for a minimum of 3K words and my story was half of that. I decided to take the challenge and expand my story to the 3K minimum, I also had to do it in a short time frame as well.
I submitted my story the day before the deadline and received my confirmation email that I would hear back about the story in a month. I’ll be honest, prior to my acceptance, had anyone asked me my thoughts on this being accepted I would’ve told you it was a 50/50 chance. I like my story but I also had to DOUBLE the word count not to mention this was one of FIVE short stories I had submitted in a very short timeframe and I was also working on my novella Dream Awake, that is a lot of stuff to be working on all at once. I knew not everything would be accepted.
As promised in June (deadline was end of May) I received an email informing me that my story was accepted and a contract was included for my story to be published in the book. Around this time I had received a rejection letter from one of the five short stories I mentioned earlier and I had done a poetry reading that did not go as well as I had hoped. Getting an acceptance email for this was amazing and something I probably needed at the time.
After being accepted, I messaged Roma Gray (editor of the anthology) and asked her when I could tell everyone my story had been accepted (in some cases people running the anthology ask you to wait before telling everyone). She told me to start telling everyone ASAP and told me the tentative plans for the release (which was late August/early September). I started telling everyone and told her I’d also inform those at the conventions I’m going to. I also took the time to thank her for accepting my story.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I’m putting the final touches on my novella Dream Awake and I’m putting together my coming soon pages. Mystery Monster 13 is one of the titles I’m featured in that’s coming soon, so I contacted Roma once again and told her I was putting a coming soon page in my book for the anthology and wanted to make sure everything was correct. She then informed me the release date changed, from being two months away to now being TWO WEEKS AWAY I was happy but also surprised, being able to move UP a release date is always a miraculous thing.
I asked if the cover or any teasers were ready so I could start sharing them. She sent me the cover and I started sharing it immediately. Earlier today, Mystery Monster 13 became available for purchase on Amazon. Here’s the synopsis:
Everywhere you go, it follows…there is no escape… A soft hiss floats up from the darkness, and you know it draws nearer. Terror grips your heart, and your mouth goes dry.
Your first instinct is to run, but at the same time you can’t deny your own curiosity. What is it? What is this unknown thing that is hunting you? No longer able to stand it another second, you turn around to face it… and well… you know what curiosity did for the cat…
In this book, you will find 13 stories on new, mysterious monsters. No vampires, no werewolves and no serial killers. Perhaps if you’re lucky, you will learn their identity before they rip out your throat.
My story in this collection is a period/fantasy/horror piece called “Wall of Royalty” which is about a prince who builds a wall around his village to block out the sun so everyone in the village can have the same pale complexion as the royal family. But when the wall goes up, unknown creatures with wings and fangs arrive and destroy the village and its villagers. Now the prince must decide, tear down his wall, or fight these creatures.
Here’s the cover of Mystery Monster 13