Totally missed that the Nailed! anthology – which I have a story (Night Life) in – had come out, although this is not actually my fault since I had assumed that the book would be listed on Rainstorm Press‘ (the publisher’s) website.
And now I’m going to take a moment to do something I would ordinarily (strongly) suggest you never do: I’m going to tell you that I won’t be buying a copy of the anthology I’m in (no, I didn’t get comp. copies).
Because I’ve read the excerpt of the first story, or tried to. My editor’s hat went on after the first few lines and I stopped reading.
Yes, I’m in the ToC. Yes, my story was accepted for the antho. Yes, I gave this story away for free (mostly because there aren’t too many markets where you can place a just over flash fiction length, honest-to-god horror story with some decidedly erotic elements – though it’s probably my own fault that I didn’t try harder with the paying markets). I’m no stranger to reading anthologies where there are some stories that don’t work – I’m a reviewer, and I read voraciously anyway, and there’s an awful lot of bad fiction published in any given year – though I was inordinately pleased when I had a chance to read the galley of Future Lovecraft before it was published and thoroughly enjoyed everything in it, speaking both as a reader and an editor.
Not so much with Nailed!. This might also actually have something to do with the fact that I was writing horror with an erotic sideline, whereas a lot of the work in that anthology seems to be graphic erotica with a sideline of horror.
Also, I miss the original cover, which had much better framing, and was far more potent. It was also bleaker, and less “modern family does murder”.
Anyway, last time I give a story away without a damn good reason. I’m going to continue to list the book under the Bibliography page, and on the sidebar, but I don’t think I’ll be talking about it much in future. Shame, too, because I like doing promotion for anthologies, magazines, and websites who publish my work.
Speaking of which – you want to buy a copy of a good anthology? Go pick up a copy of Future Lovecraft.