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Daniel I Russell - Writer of Horror Fiction

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Ditmar awards

Last year I hadn't really been in the country that long to engage in the Ditmar Awards. The Ditmars are one of three big spec-fiction awards in Australia, standing beside the Shadow and the Aurealis Awards.

None of my works are eligible for Ditmar nomination, as, being an honest chap, I will admit that my residency was only granted this year, thus in 2009 my stories don't meet the 'Australianess' rule!

But I'm looking at this on the bright side. I can get involved without any claims of back scratching, etc, involved, like the way some of the Stoker Award nominees are accused of year after year. Instead of canvassing for nominations, I can get down to reading some of peers in Australian horror and finding new authors.

Here's some artists/authors/presses I've been looking into this week:

Shane Jiraiya Cummings

Andrew J McKiernan

G. N. Braun

Marty Young

Stephen Clark at Tasmaniac Publications

Tracie McBride

Pete Kempshall

Morrigan Books

Even if you're not an Australian resident and can't nominate in the Ditmars, follow the links and check these guys out!

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Saturday, July 10, 2010


It's been a steady climb and today finally sees the blog reach 1000 followers on NetworkedBlogs. I'm aware that it's easy to simply click a button to follow and you never have to visit the blog, but I like to think that people pop in time to time to see what's going on. And even so, thank you to everyone for choosing to follow rather than ignore. There's a lot of shit out there. I'm glad you picked my shit.

Hopefully I've introduced you to some great horror authors and helped any aspiring writer in their submission to Necrotic Tissue, should they wish to. There's also been the occasional giveaway (and more of those to follow soon), free fiction and moaning from a grumpy writer. All good, clean fun.

So as we head into the next 1000 followers, don't be a stranger. Stop in and say hi!


July saw the end of submissions for the Christmas themed anthology Festive Fear 2: Global Edition from Tasmaniac Publications.

The first anthology sold out pretty damn fast, so this is obviously a series to be in, and thankfully, my story It Comes But Once a Year made the final cut. It sits alongside stories by Tim Curran, Paul Kane and a novelette by Tom Piccirilli!

For Samhane fans, my story is another monster hunt by the working man's supernatural exterminator, Brian Rathbone, who receives a slightly better class of assignment from a toy factory owner during the Christmas period. Things never go smoothly with Brian, and assignments tend to get messy very quickly. At least this time he gets to drive an Audi S5...

Festive Fear 2 will be available near...guess! If you want to snag a copy, you'll have to move fast. These things sell faster than Twilight dildos!


Samhane updates. Let's do this in two parts.

English/US: A big thank you to the wonderful M.E. Ellis and her editorial magic for once again running her expert eyes over the manuscript. The words are good to go, we just need a snazzy cover and layout. We're currently in discussions with an artist whom both the publisher and myself admire. Hopefully more on this next week.

German: More amazing editing work as translator Torsten Scheib has finished the German manuscript. Following some final tweaks, this should be ready to head off to the publisher. Can't wait to see how this goes.

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Stuff the zombies, it's mums you need to avoid!

As the kids are ruining the viewing pleasure (if there is any to be had) of JAWS 3 by playing with army soldiers very loudly, thought I'd do a blog post. This will, I imagine, be a relatively short one, as not a lot has happened in the writing world since last blog's jam-packed edition.


If this won't be the inspiration for a story, I don't know what will.

My eldest son (six) had his first dental work done this week. He had a filling and an extraction, both with local pain relief administered via the BIGGEST NEEDLE I HAVE EVER SEEN. Yes, the boy screamed, and I can't say I blame him. With the tooth pulling itself, it seemed he had no pain relief and felt every pull and twist.

Ever noticed how easy it seems to pull a tooth out? I'd love to have a go, if I'm honest with you.

Once it was all over, he was fine, laughing and joking with his tormentors and even when the pain relief wore off, he was in good spirits. Straight back to school the next day and he was fine.

With this and the school report he got, the boy has been spoiled this week, and it feels damn good to do it.


Well, it's not, but you'd believe it was.

You know those movies when the world is ending and there's bedlam of people buying supplies and fist fights, etc? Yeah...

Big W has a toy sale, and Sherie and I thought it would be prudent to stock up on xmas presents a little early, while they're cheaper and we have the money, so we went on the first day.

Jesus Christ. Does the word SALE invoke magical powers that strip people (especially mums) of all manners? The store was effectively sealed off by a line for the lay by that was as impenetrable as a German pillar box. Some people had three shopping carts full!

There was a mad rush for things called ZhuZhu pets, which are little guinea pig things. They look more like hamsters, which makes sense as hamsters are banned in Australia. Anyway, we had to effectively queue just to get near the shelves (as our daughter wants them, of course. Still, I'd rather her want them than Whores...oh, I spelled that wrong, I meant Bratz. Oh, I spelled that wrong. What? I didn't? Shit...). When a couple of mums (mums, mums, bloody mums) decided to have a chat and hold up the queue...I think the other mums were building the gallows.

But we got a pink one and a black one. Yay! Just in time for xmas, by which time she'll want something else. Perhaps all new Hooker Barbie? Or the new Hannah Montannah doll, complete with risque photographs and slutty music video?

Yes, I am a bitter old man. I complain when kids TV presenters dress like a cheap stripper, etc. Where did the innocence go?

For the record, if you live in Manjimup and read my blog (and let's face it, after the movie rental store and bottle shop...there's not much else to do) don't tell my daughter what she is getting for xmas. That would be a real jerk off thing to do. ;-)

We also purchased, for the boy, Lego (which so far has lead to him getting a good grade in technology) and yet more Ben 10 gear. Oh, and Mario Galaxy 2. Definitely 'just for him'.


My latest novella, Critique, is now finally finished. Just shy of 40k, it's been put in my virtual desk drawer to ferment before rewrite time.

Interim, well, we're in Necrotic Tissue submission time again. My Lordy, they've been flooding in. We've had about fifty submissions in two days! Makes me very glad that Doug and Jodi are on board. Many hands make light work, and all that.

Just have the editorial to write for the October issue and to give the edited stories another read through, and we're good to go. Be happy to have this issue put to bed and know that I was the head editor and actually got through it! Great feeling.

Sales are again on the up. Should you wish to buy a subscription, visit www.necrotictissue.com.

Here's a little nugget of advice. It's common knowledge to know your market. If you're thinking about submitting to Necrotic Tissue, why not buy a single issue as a taster? There are discounted single issues available from www.bookdepository.com, with free shipping, at around $7.

Sorry this week was a little plain. I didn't even have the motivation to find some pictures. Hopefully things will be better for next time! I'm off to read more submissions.

Enjoy your week!

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