Publication notice: The Bees Are Dead will feature “At the End of the World, My Daughter Wept Metal.”

I am honored to share here that my colleagues over at The Bees Are Dead have agreed to publish my science fiction – horror story, “At the End of the World, My Daughter Wept Metal.”

The story, which originally appeared in Dagda Publishing’s “All Hail the New Flesh” story anthology, should be featured at the online magazine’s website by the end of this month.  I will post a link here when it appears.

I am quite grateful to Philippe Atherton-Blenkiron and Dennis Villelmi for this opportunity — not to mention B.A.D.’s invaluable editorial input, which helped me to tighten up my writing considerably.  Cheers, Mates!

 

Separated at birth?

This is just plain nuts.  One of the photos you see below is of Dennis Villelmi, my good friend, an outstanding poet, and my co-author in the horror anthology “All Hail the New Flesh.”  Another is of Vladimir Mayakovsky, the famed early 20th Century Russian poet, playwright, artist and actor.

AND I’M PRETTY SURE THEY’RE THE SAME GUY.  Seriously.

Please.  Skip the nonsense about reincarnation.  Wiser minds will agree — science dictates that the only logical conclusion here is that Dennis is Highlander.  (In the end, there can be only one.)

Check out Dennis’ blog, “a death’s head in green light,” right here:

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Zombies, time travel, small towns and scary sewers — check in with me at The WIP Blog Tour!

Hello, all!

I’m honored to be able to report tonight that I’ve been accorded a rather nice honor by my fellow novelist and poet, A.K. Hinchey – nomination for The WIP (Work In Progress) Blog Tour. Ms. Hinchey is a lovely voice and a friend from across the pond, hailing from Lancaster, Britain, where she is a prolific young writer and also the busy mother of a new baby girl. Her publications include short fiction in Dagda Publishing’s “All Hail The New Flesh,” as well as Dagda’s 2013 poetry collection, “Threads.” She has completed her first novel, “Incarnate,” and is hard at work on its sequel, “Bound.” She is also a terrific supporter of the independent publishing community, with in-depth reviews that introduce readers to new voices. To get a little better acquainted, check out Ms. Hinchey’s writing blog, “The Torn Page,” right here:

https://akhinchey.wordpress.com/

The WIP Blog Tour lets readers and writers catch up with one another. When nominated, indie authors can update the community about what they are working on, and share excerpts to whet their appetites. Authors are then asked to nominate a few of their peers. Read about it here:

https://akhinchey.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/wip-blog-tour-bound-incarnate-teasers-and-more/

I’m happy to say that I am still hard at work on my prose. While Dagda Publishing and Dead Snakes have been kind enough to share more of my poetry, my major works in progress include two books. The first, of course, is the sequel to my post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, “The Dogs Don’t Bark In Brooklyn Any More,” published by Dagda. While “Dogs” was primarily a character study of Rebecca O’Conner and her role in the global war between humanity and super-intelligent wolves, I hope that this new book will change the series’ pace and tone, with more action and horror to turn this into a frightening war epic.

Another project that I am quite excited about is a collection of short fiction. I began this project after being encouraged by colleagues in the community, and let me tell you, it’s great fun. “Dogs” and its sequel gave me an opportunity to take a single fictional universe and explore it in depth. But working on short stories gives me plenty of new sandboxes in which to play.

What’s ahead? Well, some of the stories will be traditional horror tales, while others will be darker mainstream fiction. We’ll take a look at what happens when time travel goes disastrously wrong, and consigns one woman to a truly unique hell. We’ll join a pedophile and child pornographer on his thirsty hunt through New York’s Penn Station – then watch as his plans go delightfully, horribly awry. We’ll tremble alongside two members of the New York City Department of Pest Management, as they discover unexpected threats in the labyrinthine subways. We’ll visit an ostensibly idyllic Virginia town, where a supernatural danger segues sadly into a horror that is all too common in the real world. And, for good, old-fashioned, gorehound fun, we’ll take a detailed, blow-by-blow look at what happens when spirited average Joes defend a supermarket full of customers from a ravenous zombie swarm.

And more. If you’ve enjoyed my writing before or want to take your first journey with me, rest assured, I do hope to please you.

Well, The WIP Blog Tour invites participants to share three lines of their work in progress. I thought I’d share the first three lines from the above-mentioned time travel story. Its title is “Today, Tomorrow, the Next Day and Forever” (c) 2015 Eric Robert Nolan.

(And, what the heck, I’ll make it four lines.)

I am going insane. I have watched my husband burn to death at least 500 times.

It always begins the same. It begins with beauty.

(c)  2015 Eric Robert Nolan

I’d like to thank AK Hinchey for nominating me for The WIP Blog Tour! I’m always grateful for her attention, and this was a lot of fun! In the meantime, be sure to check in here for my own nominations for the tour. 🙂

Thanks, Jack!

Speaking of good reviews, I just discoverd that Dagda Publishing’s other science fiction short story collection, “All Hail The New Flesh,” was given a five-star rating in customer review.  “Jack” was brief but quite positive — and he specifically  mentioned my own story in the collection, “At the End of the World, My Daughter Wept Metal.”

http://www.amazon.com/ss/customer-reviews/1494214571/ref=?_encoding=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Those generous Englishmen …

… they just can’t stop giving away e-books!  Dagda Publishing’s free fiction giveaway for Kindle users has been extended.

There are some great titles for the taking.  I’m a little on the fence about that hack New Yorker, because he’s starting to approach formula. (Seriously?!  ANOTHER prophetic dream sequence?!  That guy watched a lot of “Twin Peaks” in the 90’s, didn’t he?! And what’s with the wolf imagery again?  Was he bitten by one as a kid?!)

Still, there are some amazing stories being told by folks like Laura Enright, J.C. Collyer, Andrea Hinchey, Dennis Villelmi, Jamie Burnette, and many other talented creators.  Check out the offerings — because there are a lot of things to whet the appetite of any science fiction or horror fan.

From Dagda Publishing:

“Our free promotion has been so successful, that we have decided to extend it for a couple of days, so don’t worry if you think you missed out on picking up our fiction titles for free, you can still grab your copy until tomorrow! Follow the links below to download. We love you all.

http://www.amazon.com/Touch-The-Sun-Laura-Enright-ebook/dp/B00IMSSFDG

http://www.amazon.com/Dogs-Dont-Bark-Brooklyn-More-ebook/dp/B00GR4FUU8

http://www.amazon.com/All-Hail-Flesh-Various-Authors-ebook/dp/B00I12PZH2

http://www.amazon.com/Tuned-Dead-Channel-R-Davey-ebook/dp/B00FARIMP8

“It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.” BECAUSE I HAVE A FREE SCIENCE FICTION-HORROR E-BOOK!!!

And you can too.  Dagda Publishing is giving away its dystopian shorty story collection, “All Hail The New Flesh,” to anyone who has a Kindle.  It’s part of the independent publisher’s first anniversary celebration, and its various fiction titles are all downloadable for free until Wednesday.  “All Hail The New Flesh” can be found right here:

http://www.amazon.com/All-Hail-Flesh-Various-Authors-ebook/dp/B00I12PZH2

For more information on all the other great free titles for Kindle, see Dagda’s website here:

http://dagdapublishing.co.uk/2014/06/02/happy-birthday-us-details-free-kindle-fiction-sale/

“All Hail The New Flesh” includes an entry of my own, entitled “At The End of The World, My Daughter Wept Metal.”  Here’s a synopsis: “An astonishing medical breakthrough spells the end of humanity.  And its first victim is the object of a father’s love.”

Yes, it’s another end-of-the-world tale — you know, the happy-ending bedtime stories that I’m known for. (Read it to your kids!!!) But  this time out, our plot-driving world-killer isn’t super-intelligent wolves or zombies, it’s … well … go read for yourself.  (Hey, it’s not like we’re charging you anything, are we?)

A friend and reader here in new York commented just this morning, “Man, E., it’s always the end of the world with you!  YOU’RE A POST-APOCALYPTIC MOTHERF****R.”

I … love that. I might just take those last two words and rename this website.

Have fun with the book — maybe if you can get sufficiently absorbed in it, you can succeed in getting that R.E.M. song out of your head.

“THAT’S GREAT — IT STARTS WITH EARTHQUAKES, BIRDS, SNAKES AND AEROPLANES!  LENNY BRUCE IS NOT AFRAID!”

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All Hail the Great Review!

Head on over to “What I am Reading,” where 4-LAN the Friendly Book-Bot shared a very nice review for Dagda Publishing’s dystopian science fiction short story collection, “All Hail the New Flesh.”    He was also kind enough to specifically mention my story in the anthology, “At the End of the World, My Daughter Wept Metal.”

The reviews at “What I Am Reading” are always fun to read, and it’s great being able to interact with other people via the blog who have so much enthusiasm for books.  4-LAN is rather affable for a machine — he is hell of a lot nicer than the Cylons who gave Starbuck and Adama so much trouble (especially that Leoben guy — it’s years later and I STILL get creeped out by the way he insisted on “playing house” with Starbuck).

Thanks for sharing, 4-LAN, and, once again, it’s terrific engaging with you and your friends at “What I Am Reading!”

http://thebookmarketingnetwork.com/profiles/blogs/what-i-am-reading-13

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