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Dream a Little Scream of Me

This poem was originally featured in the speculative fiction and poetry print anthology Dreams and Screams, published by Liquid Imagination Magazine in mid 2010. I wrote it in December of 2009 around the same time I wrote a couple of other little spec-fic poems that will show up on this site soon. I had a great time with this one as the cadence came to me immediately and I knew that would add to the overall hook and help make it more memorable. Fun Fact: the printed and digital versions contain an un-proofed typo in line 22. Totally my gaffe to own. “Dream a Little Scream of Me” by Brandon L. Rucker ~ Dream a little dream of me When you sleep I will creep On your fears and superstitions While you pray I will play I’m the lurker in your closet Boogeyman Yes I can Make you fear what lay in shadows Scaredy cat Insomniac I’m the ghoul beneath your bed I breed fright When there’s no light Fill you up with dread and doubt …

Acceptance: Two of My Stories in Bizarro Anthology

Two of my short stories have been accepted for featured publication in the bizarro anthology Like Frozen Statues of Flesh, edited by Joe Jablonski. The anthology will be published in a couple of weeks by the Static Movement imprint (for which I am also editing an anthology, the forthcoming Local Heroes).  “All In A Day’s Work” is an absurdist piece of fiction that I originally wrote back in 1997 as a hoot inspired by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. My story follows a grim reaper on his first day on the job. The version that will be published is updated in spots and has an all-new ending that’s different from the original that has languished on my various hard drives the past thirteen years or so. “The Underneath” is newer, written in 2009 and is certainly a bizarre piece of fiction dealing with a fella who has discovered a strange blemish on his skin that was not ever there previously. What happens after that discovery results in perhaps the strangest story I’ve ever written in my 18 years …

Book: Best Left Buried, A Cursed Anthology

Best Left Buried: A Cursed Anthology about cursed objects and those who wield them, was recently published and is now available. The antholoy was lovingly compiled and edited by Gregory Miller (author of The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town and Scaring the Crows: 21 Tales from Noon to Midnight) is now available from Static Movement on Amazon.  The first story featured is a little cursed tale authored by me called “Finder Kept” about what happens when an otherworldly trinket falls into the wrong hands. Here’s a brief excerpt from “Finder Kept”: A few moments ago a man had come running through the alley. It seemed pretty obvious that he had been pursued by someone as he kept glancing behind him like someone being chased.  The Running-Scared Man had tossed the satchel toward the heap of black trash bags mere inches from where The Bum had lay as he ran by. The satchel had nestled itself within the heap, perhaps to be retrieved at a later date by The Running-Scared Man. Yet The Bum had retrieved …

Acceptance: My story “Finder Kept” will be in Best Left Buried: A Cursed Anthology

Got word last evening that my short story “Finder Kept” has been accepted for publication in Best Left Buried: A Cursed Anthology, a Static Movement anthology edited by Greg Miller, likely to be published in a few weeks. This is the first submission and acceptance of 2011 for me. In 2010, my “breakout from obscurity year”, I started off a lot stronger than this. Plenty of stories are in the hopper, though, so lets see if I can make up some lost ground in the coming weeks. The Cover (back/front) About the editor Greg Miller: He’s the writer of a little collection of stories called Scaring the Crows: 21 Tales For Noon or Midnight (2009) that I still need to pull off my bookshelf and read this year. He’s also the editor of Something Dark in the Doorway, a ghost-oriented anthology that I wanted to try for, but couldn’t even come close to the deadline. Check’em out @ Amazon And the just released anthology he edited, Shadows Within Shadows Available now for order at the Static Movement affiliate bookstore …

Blink|Ink to publish my micro fiction

Just got word back from blink-ink.com editor Lynn Alexander that my 50 word micro fiction story “The End” will be published on their website on or around Feb. 8, 2010. Blink|ink publishes micro fiction 50 words or less. I worked two old pieces from 150 words down to 50-word snapshot. Unlike what I’ve seen in their archives, “The End” is almost all dialogue. I submitted two stories to them, but I haven’t heard back about the other one. Yet…

Static Movement Print Special No. 2!!!

Available now from Liquid Imagination Publishing at Lulu.com, Static Movement Print Special No. 2, edited by the illustrious Chris Bartholomew, is an outstanding collection of short fiction, artwork and poetry. The stories are culled from her regular online publication, Static Movement, but the featured artwork and poetry are new, including two little dark poems by yours truly, “Succubus” (page 177) and “Mare of the Night” (page 141). And the cover? Oh my! Have a look: I am personally honored to be part of such an awesome and gorgeous publication that is chock full of work from talented scribes such as John “JAM” Arthur Miller, Deborah Walker, John C. Mannone, S. Copperstone, A.J. Brown, and Kevin Wallis. This book was put together by the coolest editorial team in independent publishing. Kudos to John Arthur Miller, Chris Bartholomew, Kevin Wallis, A.J. Brown and the rest of the gang.