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Eyesore



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:13 pm    Post subject: Shock Totem - Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted Reply with quote

So I've begun work on my first-ever publication. This is the same sort DIY thing I did with music. Now that I have quit pursuing a career in music, I've got the time to focus more on my writing.

As some may recall, I posted a draft of a story here earlier this year. I shouldn't have. It was full of mistakes. It'd been years since I tried to write a story and my confidence was stronger than logic. But since then I've worked tirelessly for nearly a year now at re-learning all that I'd forgotten about grammar. Now that I have my true confidence back in my own writing, I feel I can represent others as well.

Shock Totem (http://www.shocktotem.com) was born in August. I know a lot of you here will likely not be fans of blood-and-guts horror. Not a problem. I'm not a fan of that stuff, either. Our goal is to publish great stories, dramatic tales that encompass horror and those things that feel creepy. But we're doing so without the ridiculous gore.

We've read over 400 stories so far and only accepted three. One is like Toy Story, but told by Tim Burton. Another is a set in a fantasy world, but has a sibling horror element. And the other is a ghost story that unapologetically mixes the old world (like 1700s) with the modern world. No explanation why it's like this; it just is, and it works great. Oh, and we have a 100-word flash fiction piece.

Anyway, not sure how many of you like this sort of thing, but keep an eye out. Our first issue comes out July 1, 2009. A long way away, but it must be perfect.

Visit us: http://www.shocktotem.com
Chat with us: http://www.shocktotem.com/forum.htm


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aoj



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:08 am    Post subject: Re: Shock Totem - Dark Fantasy and Horror Digest Reply with quote

That's really cool! I met this guy on Capitol Hill (Seattle) who was self-publishing and binding his own books. Gotta love the DIY attitude.

I tried to click on your story previously, but you'd already taken it down. I don't know, being good with grammar is nice, but it doesn't necessarily make or break a story. That's one thing editors are for. Smile

Do you listen to Grammar Girl?
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Eyesore



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Shock Totem - Dark Fantasy and Horror Digest Reply with quote

aoj wrote:
That's really cool! I met this guy on Capitol Hill (Seattle) who was self-publishing and binding his own books. Gotta love the DIY attitude.

Self-publishing is a great new technology. Unfortunately it can be utilized by anyone. That means there are some horrendous self-published novels out there. And I'm not talking just bad stories; I'm talking about stories that have ten grammar/spelling mistakes per paragraph! Haha.

Because of this, self-publishing is frowned upon by most writers. But it's not the technology that's bad, it's the people using it. In the right hands, it can be a great tool for an author.

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I tried to click on your story previously, but you'd already taken it down. I don't know, being good with grammar is nice, but it doesn't necessarily make or break a story. That's one thing editors are for. Smile

Do you listen to Grammar Girl?

Yeah, grammar mistakes plaque all authors, even the Big Dogs. But it's one thing to make simple mistakes, it's a whole different thing to put something out there too soon. I viewed that early story like a song demo. It doesn't really work the same. So now I write a story, do a draft or two and get it tight, then I set it aside for a month or two, or more, and move onto a new story. Then later I go back and all its flaws are bright and shiny. I do another draft, and then show it to people.

Anyway, never heard of Grammar Girl, but it seems cool. I've bookmarked it. Thanks! =)
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I may, our new website is online: http://www.shocktotem.com

Here are our front and back covers, too:




Artwork by Robert Høyem (www.attheends.com)

It should be available to order in a few days. It is 100 pages long, over 30,000 words of fiction. The cost is $5.99.

Table of Contents:

* Stronger Than Friction: An editorial, by K. Allen Wood
* The Music Box, by T.L. Morganfield
* ‘Til Death Do Us Part, by Jennifer Pelland
* One Foot in Darkness: An interview with John Skipp, by John Boden
* Murder for Beginners, by Mercedes M. Yardley
* First Light, by Les Berkley
* No Superheroes Here: An interview with Alan Robert, by K. Allen Wood
* Complexity, by Don D’Ammassa
* Mulligan Stew, by Brian Rosenberger (Poetry)
* Strange Goods and Other Oddities (Reviews)
* Below the Surface, by Pam L. Wallace
* Slider, by David Niall Wilson
* On a Hellish Road: An interview with William Ollie, by Michell Howarth
* KillerCon: An excerpt, by William Ollie
* The Dead March, by Brian Rappatta
* Thirty-Two Scenes From a Dead Hooker’s Mouth, by Kurt Newton
* Howling Through the Keyhole (Author Notes)

For those that may not think they like this sort of thing, I assure you it is not gory in any way. If you read Koontz or King or Saul, you should be able to find enjoyment here.

Thanks for looking. =)
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wintered



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is not my sort of thing but I have to say the artwork is really stunning. Absolutely beautiful and evocative. Nice job!
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Eyesore



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone is interested, our first issue is now available. Just click on the Shop menu on our website. Anyone that reads Stephen King or Dean Koontz, or authors like them, should like what we've done here. It's not blood and guts and stuff.

Anyway, thanks wintered. =)
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