Daniel I. Russell is the author of Entertaining Demons, Samhane, Retard, Come Into Darkness, Critique, The Collector Book 1: Mana Leak, Mother's Boys and the huge collection Tricks, Mischief and Mayhem. Daniel is a HWA active member and represented by the Tobias Literary Agency, NYC. Daniel has also been the vice-president of the Australian Horror Writers' Association, special guest editor of Midnight Echo, associate and technical editor for Necrotic Tissue, and Shadow Awards judge.
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Friday, July 31, 2009There will be no proper blog this week
As most of my friends know, my partner is currently in hospital in Perth following complications with the pregnancy, thus there will be no proper blog this week.
This is the last day for the competition. For details please see the previous blog post below.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009Insert amusing title here at a later date
The weekend has rocketed through to Tuesday once again and I remember that I didn't post a blog. If I'm this forgetful over a simple blog post, then God help me when the baby comes. I'll probably be that idiot who leaves the capsule on the car roof while he's dicking around with keys and a Costa coffee. Yeah, the guy who thinks he's real popular because everyone he passes is waving frantically at him...
Argh! Anyway, back to the present.
It's kinda worked in my favour leaving this a few days as the juicy stuff has only really happened in the last few days. Here we go again.
DAN FINALLY HITS THE WEB WHERE IT HURTS
Yes, I've finally bit the bullet and have my own site now at danielirussell.com. It's basically like this, but has more stuff and isn't all on one page! We have a rather nifty store, my full selected bibliography (selected because who wants to know about some crappy none paying ezine that I sold a story to 9 years ago?), in depth biography and all the regular stuff. I was talking to Andrew Wolter about sites last week and he said that most writer websites mostly contain the same stuff. I've had a luck around and the guy knows what he's talking about!
One thing I am offering that might be a little bit different. Sure, there's a store, but I've never been one for a hard sale. My page isn't all adverts which push you to buy a copy of Samhane for example (Even though its a brilliant read. GO BUY!). You can go over there, have a shifty look around and leave with something FREE. That's right. FREE. No strings attached.
I'm offering a free download of the chapbook Fluffs. Just click here.
Why not enter the free competition? You could win a free download of Samhane (which is a brilliant read. GO BUY!). Details in the news section.
Right, that's me pimping the new site done. I need to find a permanent link on here somewhere but I'm sick of HTML!
BODILY FLUIDS WILL FLOW
My lesbian orgy story, Night of the Anals, has been fished out of the bowl by the boys at Skull Vines Press for inclusion in the acclaimed series Tabloid Terrors 3. This was by far the most fun I've ever had writing a story as anything...erm...went? Considering SVP publish 'anything the fuck they want' (and that's their slogan. Go and check the site if you don't believe me!) I think this is the ONLY publisher who would release such delicious sleaze. It's going to be a load of fun working with SD Hintz and Jerrod Balzer.
A NEW NOVEL?
After my batch of recent short stories, I'm returning to the novel, but not Tainted Nature. Considering the state of the horror market, I think a novel at around 160, 000 words might be a tad too long and a tough sell.
Instead, I'm working on a novel called The Attraction (definitely a working title. I suck at titles) which I hope will come in at a sellable 80-90k. Not only that, I'm hoping to write it in under 2 months. So nice to have the drive to do this without the need of a competition to keep me plugging away! Anyway, the novel is 10k in and going well. Think this might be a bloody one gore fans!
THE FUTURE OF HORROR
Another trip to the doctor and another green light. Baby is doing well, despite giving my partner hell on a daily basis! It rarely stops moving and is one hell of a kicker at 5 months. Sweet Jesus, you don't suppose it's going to be...sporty, do you? No. It can't be. I love my children no matter what they choose to do in life...but sporty might be a trifle...challenging for dad.
Speaking of such things, we've started teaching our boy to read. It's as rewarding as I thought it would be, and not nearly as frustrating. I've not started him off on such great reads as Samhane (BUY NOW!) but simple phrases. He can read I am/have a dog (and it makes me giggle. I'm immature) and things around that: boy, cat, hat, etc. He'll be reading King's The Stand by the end of the year...
And on that note, it's nearly half six. Reading time before the boy goes to bed. Till next time folkerenos...
Saturday, July 11, 2009Up to my eyeballs in...?
By the hammer of Thor...has it really been 2 weeks since I blogged? Shameful. Although things have been quite hectic at Manji Towers over the last fortnight. Allow me to waffle:
As some of you may know, I am an associate editor at Necrotic Tissue (www.necrotictissue.com). Our new reading period of July is open, and the subs have come pouring in. Literally. Its like that scene in the first Harry Potter movie where the letters come shooting out the fireplace, letterbox and every other available orifice. We have received RECORD numbers, for example, over 100 stories within the first 5 days of being open. Head editor R. Scott McCoy, fellow associate John Wilson and myself are working round the clock (no? Well it feels like it at times!) to get your stories read in good time. We have an impressive return time compared to other horror fiction markets, and that, along with personal feedback, make us THE horror writer's magazine. A year's subscription is only $20 US, and the magazine is a damn good looking one. Please stop by and have a look around the site.
On a personal note, if you are thinking of submitting to Necrotic Tissue, PLEASE read the guidelines! In addition, as the story is to be pasted into the email, ensure all that text is broken up into nice readable paragraphs. And if you write a vampire/zombie/serial killer story...it best be a bloody good one!
The short story drought is over (which is good considering I'm coming to the end of a new batch). 'By the Banks of the Nabarra', a story about an abused mother, a failed murder attempt and an Australian legend, has been accepted by Australian Spec magazine, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. I'm very happy with this one, especially as the story comes in at 14, 000 words: my biggest short story sale (and cheque!) up to now. Watch out for this one in 2010, available from the website (www.andromedaspaceways.com) or from a whole bunch of Australian retailers. It's gonna be on shelves, folks! (I've always considered it as the Aussie Shroud)
I'm in a short kinda mood. My latest Brian Rathbone (of Samhane fame) escapade - known by friends as 'the spunk story' - has been subbed, as has a weird little thing about a clown on a desolate beach. SD Hintz and Jerrod Balzer at Skullvines Press have my lesbians from space story, and I'm hearing good things, so fingers crossed. Just finished a new story called 'A Picture Tells' set in WW2. Have I pulled it off? I don't know. We'll see.
We had an ultrasound last week and at 5 months, lil' pome is doing well. It has the right number of limbs, fingers, toes, etc and all the organs are working as they should. Heart beat is normal. In fact, things couldn't be going any better (touch wood). We've even picked the boy and girl names, thank CHRIST! (The caps there are a show of relief, not a hint to the child's name...)
Oh, and we got a budgie. It's a transexual budgie. It was formerly a girl but suddenly went manly over night, so its owner Nikki offered the feathered little blighter to us as she needed a female for breeding. We call it Billy, after the SAW puppet on the desk.
THE KULT by Shaun Jeffrey
Had to mention this, especially after previous blog posts.
Harlan Corben, Simon Kernick and even Dean Koontz. What have they got in common? Gripping thriller writers? Yes. But also a little bit...pretentious in their writing. As in 'look how clever and twisty and turny this book is...'
The Kult is just as gripping, just as clever, but all smugness is thrown out the window. It reads like a novel version of films like Se7en, or even SAW. Nasty, vicious...and still intelligent.
I read this over a couple of days as the damn book refused to be put down. I suffered from 'just one more chapter syndrome', leading to one cold bath and possible damage to my full bladder on a few occasions. It's great to get the full package in a novel: break-neck plot, deep characterisation, impressive cover and spiffing author photo (hehe!). The ending has the wow factor and you will not be disappointed.
A stunning thriller from the author of Evilution and Voyeurs of Death. Keep 'em coming please, Mr Jeffrey!
Available from http://www.leucrotapress.com/Jeffrey.html
A DISCLAIMER (a bit)
For any of you wondering where my proposed reports on foreign horror markets is, my apologies. It's still on its way, I'm just waiting on the interviews. Watch this space!