Big weekend for me. I'll start with an acceptance--A Thousand Faces accepted my story "Meta Man's Manicured Menace" for publication some time in 2009. This is my third Meta Man story accepted by them, and these are also some of the most fun stories to write. So, it's a double treat.
I did also get a rejection for my story "The Eye of the Monster" from Macabre Cadaver. This may be the end of the line for this story--this is the sixth or seventh time it's been rejected, half of those from non-paying markets. It's either done with, or needs a serious overhaul.
Also this weekend, our county library had their used book sale. Saturday was $5 bag day. There's not usually much left by then (the last day of the sale), but I managed to pack a bag full of a few treasures. One of my most pleasing finds was a book I picked up seconds after walking through the doors--Shirley Jackson's The Lottery. I've actually wanted to get it from the library a few times, just never did. Now I can read it on my own time. Also looks good on my shelf.
I also found the the Years Best Fantasy and Horror (2004). And a Peter Straub, a Patricia Cornwell, an Elmore Leonard, some poetry, a 2006 Writer's Markets, and one of my favorite books from recent years--The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall. I love this book. I recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it yet--go get it now. I think it kind of fell apart at the end, but overall, great book.
And I guess the table of contents for Malpractice: An Anthology of Bedside Terror has been posted. You can see it over at Catherine Gardner's blog. I'm excited about it--February 2009 can't come soon enough.
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