(Dead Tree Version:)
I’ve got a story called Father’s Day in this new horror anthology. The theme is dreams and nightmares. I think it came out pretty darn good.
I really want to plug this one because it was edited by two friends of mine, Nathan Shumate and Steve Diamond.
Steve Diamond was my assistant at my military contracting job, and was then my replacement when I retired. He’s a damned good writer and this is the first thing he’s professionally edited. I was an alpha reader for his first novel (which is excellent), and those of you who’ve read the Friday Writer Nerd Game Night serial posts on this blog know his writing from Ide Todo and Ikoma Uso. I’d love to see Steve become so successful at this that he’s forced to hire a young aspiring writer/professional accountant to be his assistant/eventual replacement, so that when he goes full time author/editor, my old company will have to get by with a new finance manager until he too sells a bunch of novels, and the circle of life continues.
Yes, aspiring authors. That is the secret. Become the Finance Manager of a military contracting company and wait for your boss to become a successful novelist. There must be something in the water at my old job… Come to think of it, our HR manager was once Brandon Mull’s HR manager, so it is probably something he puts in the water.
Anyways, this anthology also has stories by Sarah Hoyt (The Beautiful Yet Evil Space Princess of the Evil League of Evil), Dave Butler (who has a mustache like unto Tom Selleck), Paul Genesse (who routinely removes people’s hearts), Howard Tayler (who the lovely Mrs. Correia totally appreciates for introducing me to Warmachine so I could spend tens of thousands of dollars on tiny metal dudes), Michaelbrent Collings (the only author I know who is more brutally honest on panels than I am), Dan Wells (who has the best tarp, rope, and shovel collection of anyone I know), Peter Orullian (who has a glorious mane worthy of an 80’s hair metal band) and some other authors who I don’t know personally like Tom Lloyd, Max Gladstone, and Marie Brennen, so I can’t make up weird crap about them.
So, horror! Nightmares! Accountants turned editors!
Here is a snippet from my story: