You’ll notice that there’s now a banner at the top of this site for an upcoming Apex anthology called _Aegri Somnia_. Now, banners and advertising are not generally things that I like to do. In fact, I’ve gone out of my way to deliberately avoid annoying my readers with campaigns and ads. So, it should say something when I believe in a product or company enough to break from my hard-and-fast rule to put ads on my site.
Here’s the skinny on _Aegri Somnia_ (from the “Apex Digest”:http://www.apexdigest.com/aegris.shtml website):
_Aegri Somnia_ translated literally means “a sick man’s dreams.” Loosely, it can mean “troubled dreams.” The first twelve Apex Featured Writers were tasked with writing the darkest, scariest short fiction their twisted minds could create using the theme of “aegri somnia.”
- The Details: Title: Aegri Somnia
- Short horror fiction anthology, with twelve new stories
- Each story is between 2500 and 7500 words in length
- Release date will be early December 2006
- The first 200 trade paperback copies preordered and purchased will be signed by the twelve contributors, the cover artist, and the editor
- The first 50 limited edition hardcover copies preordered and purchased will be signed by the twelve contributors, the cover artist, and the editor
- Trade Paperback Price: $14.95
- Limited Edition Hardcover Price: $29.95
The cover art was created by the talented Michael Bielaczyc of Aradani Studios. Justin Stewart designed the lettering.
Aegri Somnia contributors:
- Mari Adkins – July 05
- Rhonda Eudaly – September 05
- Angeline Hawkes – November 05
- Lavie Tidhar – December 05
- Nancy Fulda – January 06
- Christopher Rowe – February 06
- Steven Savile – March 06
- Jennifer Pelland – April 06
- Eugie Foster – May 06
- Scott Nicholson – June 06
- Bryn Sparks – July 06
- Cherie Priest – August 06
Those are the pertinent details folks. I’m a huge fan of Apex’s products, so if you like sci-fi and horror, this is the best place to find to the two together. _Aegri Somnia_ is going to be a fantastic collection. Go put your copy on order.
I’m starting to think you people are doing this to me deliberately. Nothing for days, and then WHAM!
“Rod Drake”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs/category/rod-drake/ has another “story”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs/2006/08/15/damn-robots-rod-drake/ up over at “Flashes of Speculation”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs. Go give it a read.
Another “chilling tale”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs/2006/08/15/first-date-hana-k-lee/ from Hana Lee over at “Flashes of Speculation”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs. I don’t think I’ll ever look at first dates quite the same way again. Good thing that’s not something I’ll ever have to worry about, eh?
Two new stories up over at “Flashes of Speculation”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs – one from Christopher Dwyer and another one from Hana Lee. Go check them out!
Wow, two new contributors in the one day! Charles Richard Laing adds his pen to the ranks at “Flashes of Speculation”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs with his humorous tale called “Fish Stories”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs/2006/08/04/fish-stories-charles-richard-laing/. Take note: the punchline is both obscure and humorous.
We’ve added another name to the list of contributors at “Flashes of Speculation”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs. Hana K. Lee has submitted a creepy story entitled “Another Day”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs/2006/08/04/another-day-hana-k-lee/. Go give it a read and leave some feedback for Hana.
My latest and greatest curveball is up over at “The Curveball Conspiracy”:http://curveballconspiracy.blogspot.com/. Michael O’Mahoney, owner of the site, had this to say about “Going the Cycle”:
Completely mental… I loved it.
That brings a goofy, satisfied grin to my face.
Go check it out! And give The Curveball Conspiracy a little lovin’.
Sandra Seamans submitted a nice little “drabble”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drabble to “Flashes of Speculation”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs called “A Rage of Angels”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs/2006/07/26/a-rage-of-angels-sandra-seamans/. Go check it out!
Side note: I’ve actually been considering a drabble contest over on Flashes, as soon as I figure out how to sponsor some prize support. Think there’d be much interest in such a competition?
I’m enjoying a working vacation at the moment. The next couple of days are scheduled for getting some work done around the property – cleaning up wind-blown trees, resetting fenceline, removing brush, etc. It’s actually a nice break away from the office despite the heat. And in a few minutes, I’ll be getting back to my writing. The plan is to finish up this big project of mine by the end of week (sooner, if possible), and then get busy working on some more short stories. And by the weekend, if all goes well, I’ll have DSL set up at home again, which will be a major boon to my writing.
“Flashes of Speculation”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs is already taking off. I’ve had four submissions turned in over the weekend, all great stories. Swing over and check them out. Of course, I’m looking for even more great stories, so send me something new!
Y’all have a great day. It’s back to work for me.
Well, I just wrote and posted the first story, checking in at 600 words, at “Flashes of Speculation”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs/ called “Dragonfly”:http://open-dialogue.com/fs/2006/07/13/dragonfly/. Please, go give it a read and let me know what you think.
And I’m still waiting for submissions. (I know, I know – I’m so impatient.)