I have mentioned before – here – that I am writing a novel at present. One of the side-effects is that everything seems to be giving me short story ideas. Normally this would be a good thing, but it’s really just my sub-conscious (lazy bastard doesn’t like the hard graft and lack of instant gratification of a 130,00 word story) trying to get some time off from the real work.
However, I have written two short stories this year, both for anthologies by editors that have bought previous stories who are exploring territory that I love to work in. So, a couple of days ago I got an acceptance for the second of these – Steampunk Cthulhu edited by Brian M. Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass for Chaosium. They have bought my story Happy Birthday, Dear Cthulhu despite the fact that I misspelled Cthulhu all the way through my submission (doh!).
The TOC, in no particular order apparantly, is as follows:
The Blackwold Horror – Adam Bolivar Carnacki – The Island of D. Munroe – William Meikle The Promised Messiah – DJ Tyrer The Strange Company – Peter Rawlik Those Above – Jeffrey Thomas The Reverend Mr. Goodworks and the Yeggs of Yigg – Ed Erdelac Unfathomable – Christine Morgan No Hand to Turn the Key – Carrie Cuinn Pain Wears No Mask – John Goodrich Before the Least of These Stars – Lee Clark Zumpe Steel and Bones – Lois Gresh Mr Brass and the City of Devils – Josh Reynolds The Source – DL Snell The Flower – Chris Geeson The Baying of the Hounds – Leigh Kimmel Tentacular Spectacular – Thana Niveau Happy Birthday, Dear Cthulu – Robert Neilson
Honestly, I don’t mind being last on the list. I’m just glad to be there at all. Really, it’s okay. I like being last. It’s a superstition…
My subconscious is working on me again, saying I really should submit something to Atomic Age Cthulhu. Damn you, subconscious. Leave me alone.