Today I had lunch with a woman who is putting together the Metaphysical Film Festival in Santa Fe in September. She's an interesting woman and is currently on her way to India.
Anyway, she asked me if I would be interested in being on a panel that talks about how horror can be spiritual -- how the dark is just as important as the light. This came from a conversation where I mention that writing horror was just the flip side of writing Touched By An Angel. In touched we approached a subject from the light side. In horror I approach the same subject from the dark side. In the end, the moral is the same.
So many people think of horror as splatter with no substance. Even splatterpunks like David Schow have real substance and messages to their work. But people who don't really read horror have so many misconceptions about what horror is.
So, it will be interesting to be at a metaphysical film festival proposing that the dark can be good too.
Oh, and Shirley McClane is supposed to be there as well. Think she'll be on that panel?
Well, I got a rejection from Holy Horrors. At least it was a nice one...
"We found it interesting and even daring in its unique premise, but it just doesn't have a thematic place in the anthology as it's begun to shape up over time."
So it's back out to other markets. Actually it is at Cemetary Dance. Yes, Holy Horrors didn't take simultaneous submissions but CD does. I sent it to CD first -- 7 months ago. So maybe I'll be hearing from them soon? I have other markets in the que if CD rejects it as well.
Glad to have the news about Hot Blood so this didn't make me too depressed. Also Steve Jones e-mailed that he sent me a check for "The Charnel House" so that also bouys me.
Well, back to unpacking boxes. Oh, did I mention that I moved halfway across the country so that Paul and I are now living in the same place?
Follow this link and you'll see the cover for the new Hot Blood anthology, due out in October, and the table of contents:
I had to e-mail Jeff and Michael to confirm the table of contents and it's official, the lead story is my own "A Building Desire". Michael wrote, "I've developed a new fear of hammers!" Cool.
This is a first for me. I just got an invitation to attend Armadillo Con and participate in their programming. They offer free membership to me and a reduced rate for Paul, and I'll be expected to participate in 3 programming events. I can do that.
I'm actually quite excited by this invitation. It's amazing they even know who I am. So I'll be adding Armadillo Con to my convention list. I was going to go to World Horror as well, but Paul and I are moving this month and so I had to cancel. That leaves World Fantasy and Wiscon.
Since 'Summer Chills' comes out in May and the paperback of 'Dark Delicacies' in August, I'll have some books to talk about. 'Hot Blood 13' doesn't come out until October -- but that could mean that I'll have three stories circulating by World Fantasy. And I still haven't heard from 'Holy Horrors' so I'm hoping that's good news.
In the meantime I'm working on the screenplay for the short film I'm producing. We're looking to sign an animation director this week.
What a wonderful, beautiful day!