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Daniel I Russell - Writer of Horror Fiction

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In for a penny...

This is all a bit new. Not only have I rarely pitched a book or synopsis, but this is the first time I’m opting to do it in such a public and open manner. Before I get down to business, I humbly ask a moment of indulgence to state my reasoning behind this – what some may consider foolish – endeavor.

I have been writing dark fiction since 2003 and have been chalking up the short story sales since then. I firmly believe that most writers, once they have a few publications under their belts, have the idea of a collection at the back of their minds, and I’d be lying if I say that hasn't been the case with me over the last few years. However, there’s always been something new to write or some publication to edit that’s been on my desk, and the idea of a collection has always been on the back burner.

But now I’m drawing a line in the sand and saying that enough is enough. I have a list of selected published pieces that I would love to appear in a collection, and if I leave it any longer, I’d be leaving out stories that mean a great deal to me, or looking for a publisher to release a monster of a volume.

Why now and why like this? Well, apart from the above, I just feel that the time is right to start the wheels turning on this rather than placing it back on my ‘things that need to eventually get done but end up either not getting done or done years down the line’ pile. I also have personal reasons that are poking me to give this a spin.

Yes, Dan, but if it means that much to you, why not release it yourself?

I might eventually do that, you nagging little inner voice you, but if there’s one thing I LOVE about writing, it’s working with people. Some of my closest friends are editors and/or publishers that I’ve worked with. I also like the idea of making a little scratch for a hard working press. So I thought this general pitch might be the way to go. (To publishers of my previous works: I obviously would love to work with any of you again, as I have a fine set of published novels on my shelf as a testament to your skill and passion for this. But I felt it would be a little…impolite to drop this in your laps! Know where I’m coming from?)

Anyway, let’s wrap this up. Below is the proposed TOC and publication credits. If any publisher is looking to release a new horror collection, shoot me an email:


Malpractice: Tales of Bedside Terror and Zippered Flesh 2
4000 words

Dead on Arrival 2 (Blood Bound Books)
3100 words

Penanggalan! An Aussie Vampire Tale
7300 words

Broken Bough
The Zombie Feed (Apex) and Pseudopod
2500 words

Tricks, Mischief and Mayhem
Wicked (German translation) and Devils, Dolls and Duplicates
6900 words

Sick Things (Comet Press)
4300 words

The Rainchild and the Trickster
Dead West
3400 words

Living Haunts
Midnight Echo
2700 words

By the Banks of the Nabarra
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
14,000 words

The Vending Machine
Night to Dawn
1000 words

Weirdly 2
7000 words

The Bell Jar Heart
1000 words

The Blood Pit
The Best of Necrotic Tissue
4900 words

SQ Magazine
4800 words

For Your Entertainment
Watch: The Voyeur Collection
5200 words

10, 000 words

It Comes But Once a Year
Festive Fear 2 (Tasmaniac Publications)
4800 words

Night of the A.N.A.L.s
Tabloid Terrors 3 (KHP Publications)
4400 words

Nobody Messes with Venus
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
2400 words

And the following stories that are upcoming, are being considered by a publisher, or are due to be published but have not yet been officially announced.

Disproportioned Love
4600 words

A Picture Tells
5200 words

Brett McBean’s Jungle Trilogy (Tasmaniac Publications)
6300 words

God May Pity All Weak Hearts
7200 words

Seeing the Light
2500 words

Following Orders
Weird War
3600 words

And at the very least, in these days of the traditional model being shook up, this might be an interesting experiment! Thanks for taking a look.


In the week beginning the 15th of October, for the run up to Halloween, I’m looking to host a guest post every day on horror and/or writing. If you want to take over for a day, it’s a first come first served basis. Just shoot me an email on harlequin-writes@hotmail.co.uk with a very brief summary of your post (so I don’t have too much repetition!). Feel free to write about your first story sale to the current state of the fiction market, or the origins of Halloween to which Hellraiser sequel sucketh the most. You’re more than welcome to include links to your site or available books, but remember: this is intended to entertain and enlighten my visitors…not sell sell sell!

This is a very tired Dan signing off.

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