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Cover Art: The Underneath

So I’m dusting off my very limited cover-making skills and this is the first test subject. “The Underneath” was published a couple of years back in the bizarro print anthology compiled by fellow writer/editor Joe Jablonsky, entitled Like Frozen Statues of Flesh. The plan at this point is to re-publish the story in digital/e-book form for the first time, via Smashwords. Covers tend to be required for these sort of things and I am a small-time author with a small-time budget (i.e. no budget). That particular predicament invokes the D-I-Y mindset of taking matters into my own hands and, while summoning the spirit of independence (i.e. no-name author of meager means), I make fresh ice tea out of lemons myself. Wait, that’s not quite how that’s supposed to go. Well, at any rate, this is the first pass at it. An arm with a gaping wound, which is integral to the bizarre happenings in the story. It actually came to me pretty quickly (I fortunately have a rather eager Muse). This image might stick. It may not, if, for instance, I manage to do something even more cool …

Bedtime Story: “Pieces of Candice” by Brandon L.Rucker

Want some dark reading before you go nite-nite? Well, I’ve got a story for you that I think you’ll like if you dig your Edgar Allan Poe mixed with a touch of F. Paul Wilson, or Ramsey Campbell, or Clive Barker, or Stephen King. Yeah, Poe & King might be the main ingredients in this sick soup of a psychological horror story that is “Pieces of Candice”. It’s one of my oldest, darkets, sickest and most unapologetic tales ever told (and I hope to never write something like it ever again, heh-heh). Available digitally as an e-book @ Smashwords Excerpt (from the intro): Please allow me be perfectly clear that this is not a tell-all confession of all the misdeeds that I have done over the years. It is simply an admission about one particular indiscretion. I wish to confess to anyone who will listen to, and failing that, anyone who will read my brief account of madness concerning one Candice Bean. You will assume I’m a madman and that this confession is a plea for …

Update: What Is and What Will Be

This past week I have decided to self-publish a collection of short stories called [CLASSIFIED]. It will be 15 stories, a mix of shorts, flashes and micros.  I have amassed a pretty large vault of stories since the mid-90s, many of which I’ve just been  hoarding like some possessive little hermit for one reason or another. Most of them are from a time when I was a writer who was much more prolific and not as distracted with family and other commitments. One story is newer, and another is so brand new it’s not even written yet, but it is one I have been mulling for a few weeks now that will be a tribute to Nippon-koku/Nihon-koku/Japan. My intention is to release this collection sometime in July, so I will be polishing those babies up and getting them nice and pretty for their big day. What’s not decided yet is if I will take a stab at Amazon’s new self-publish direct to Kindle platform, or just go with Smashwords. And speaking of Smashwords… Smashwords Progress report: (reads/downloads/samples) – Shard: A Bloody Microfiction = 124 since 3/11/11 – …

Pieces of Candice (and a Smashwords update)

Candice is feeling a bit lonesome. Of the four stories I have up over at Smashwords, “Pieces of Candice”, an Edgar Allan Poe inspired horror story, is trailing behind in downloads. She needs your help (and if you read the story, you’ll know why). As a psychological horror story with a touch of gore, it’s certainly one of the darkest pieces I’ve ever written. It’s also one of the earliest as the seeds for it date back to 1994 as I was reading a lot of horror and suspense back then. Writers like Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King and Dean Koontz, to name the heavy hitters. When I finally took a stab at writing it in earnest, it took roughly three years of stops and starts to finish it because it was difficult to slide in and out of the narrator’s disturbed mind. I felt pretty icky at times, other times I’d chuckle at my sick sense of the grotesque. Although I finally finished it in the late 90s, I didn’t pursue getting it published until the summer …

E-Book Publisher: 40k Books – Another Player in the Game

These folks at 40k Books hit me up on my Twitter account and are now following me. I’m guessing they found me through Smashwords. So I checked them out. One typo on the front page aside, what I’ve discovered looks pretty good. They publish only novelettes and novellas.  With that model they have published some Hugo Award and Nebula Award winning auhors, as they specialize in speculative fiction (sans fantasy). They are an international organization. There is an interview over at Writer’s Digest: 40k Books is An E-Publisher That Specializes in Original Short Works I like this quote from one of 40k Books’ essays: “Ever-tougher competition for eyeballs, coupled with drastic structural changes in the publishing industry – such as the rise of ebooks and the decline of traditional bookshops – means that today’s authors must adopt an entrepreneurial attitude. They need to take a leaf from the book that’s being written in the music business, where bands are building brands without the aid of record labels and similar intermediaries.” “Writers, regrettably, are reluctant to take this …

Announcement: I’ve Gone Digital @ Smashwords!

After two month after joining, I have finally published some e-books over at Smashwords. At this point it’s just a few short stories available for sampling and downloading to your e-reader of choice, or simply on the website itself.  These are just a small taste of what I do. I cover several styles and genres in my writing, so the stories I will be publishing will reflect that diversity. Later down the road I will feature longer works. For now, there is: Previously published in Madness of the Mind (Static Movement imprint, 2010) Previously published in The Cedar Chest (Static Movement imprint, 2010) Previously published in A Pint of Bloody Fiction (House of Horror, 2010) Blogpage link previously published via Crossed Genres The discovery of this rather empowering self-publishing platform (which was started in 2008) pretty much nixed my plans for The Rucker Files over at WordPress.  The Ruckerfiles was to be my online archive of writing works as well as a place to self-publish whatever work I wanted. I fully intended to continue the submission process to other …

Update: This Weekend

Cover Design This weekend I must prepare for the launch of my self-publishing endeavors over at Smashwords. I am going to kickoff with four short stories ranging in length from under 500 words to slightly over 5000 words. I already have a cover made up for “Shard” (see sidebar), but I have three others I need to design. Gonna need to proofread the stories again, even despite them all having been previously published in low-circulation publications. Finish up WIPs I’ve got a hearty handful of short stories that are 3/4s, 3/5s and 4/5s away from the finish line. If I wrap up at least two of those and get them sent off by Monday, then I’ve been a focused and rather busy bee. That means I’ll be at odds with sleep, which would be a little unfortunate as I’ve played that game all week already and it’s caught up with me. Even though I’m far from BFFs with the sandman (i.e. sleep), I do understand the importance of that particular non-active activity. Rocking Out (i.e. songwriting) I …