Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"A Life Unremembered" (G Daniel Gunn) / Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep anthology / Coming July 2017

My new short story, "A Life Unremembered" has been accepted for publication in NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP, a charity anthology benefiting the Jimmy Fund from Necon E-Books, and edited by Laura Hickman and P.D. Cacek - being released this July at the Necon writers conference. The call had gone out at the end of last year to all past and present Necon attendees, and after mulling over the theme this story formed, written specifically for this collection (and at least if it hadn't been accepted, the theme wasn't so specific it couldn't have found a home somewhere, such is a risk of themed antho's). So I'm thrilled to be a part of this, and will post the complete table of contents when it's announced.

Monday, December 28, 2015

"Shattered" (as G Daniel Gunn), Co-Written by Paul G. Tremblay / Borderlands 6 Anthology / Summer 2016

At long last this hapless - though admittedly very cool - story has been bought. Ok, well to be honest I'll believe it when I see it. Paul Tremblay and I went back and forth over the course of a few months working on a story we basically wrote stream of consciousness - whatever struck us next we wrote. Then we refined and formed it into the final story. Oddly enough, that was 13 years ago. After a couple of tries it was accepted for publication in a fairly big magazine, which then folded before it saw the light of day. We resubmitted to an anthology coming out - which then folded as well before seeing publication. Hmm, head scratching. But we then picked it up and sent it out, and eventually it was looking good for another anthology - which was canceled. Never to say die, we submitted it to Borderlands 6: this was the original incarnation of this extremely influential series, and after learning it had been short-listed, nothing ever came of the anthology. It sort of fizzled out due to unrelated issues with the publisher, and after three years we just withdrew it (as it most of the other stories people submitted) because it was no longer on the road to publication. Fast-forward ten years, and the story had been shelved. We we almost afraid to send it anywhere for fear it was cursed or something. Then eidtor Tom Monteleone resurrected Borderlands 6 again with his daughter Olivia and put out a call for stories earlier this year. We decided, why not, let's dust off the story and send it out. It's not been formerly accepted, contract and all. So I hope everything continues forward and "Shattered" finally gets read by the masses. In the time between these, I began using a psuedonym of G Daniel Gunn for my straight-horror work, since under my own name Margaret's Ark and other biblical-themed novels had gained an audience which is slightly different from a pure horror audience. Time will tell. Hopefully this comes out soon, before anything can happen to prevent it. :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Nightmare in Greasepaint" (by G Daniel Gunn and L.L. Soares)/ Childhood Fears Novella Series / Samhain Publishing / May & October 2015

This novella, written under my pseudonym G Daniel Gunn (who's been quite busy lately!), "Nightmare in Greasepaint", with my buddy and Bram Stoker-winning author L.L. Soares, has been published by Samhain Publishing's Horror line as part of their Childhood Fears novella anthology series edited by the legendary Don D'Auria. The novella was published as a standalone ebook in May 2015 as part of the Childhood Fears anthology of novellas in October. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"My Dearest Gwendolyn" (by G Daniel Gunn), MADHOUSE Anthology/ May 2016

So a couple years back I was asked to write a story for a shared-world anthology - basically a collection of stories from different authors based on a common theme or over-arching storyline. In this case, a madness that spreads through a remote asylum, person to person, trapping people inside while a monstrous sandstorm rages towards them.

"My Dearest Gwendolyn" is a fun addition to the storyline, I think, and will be included closer to the end of the ahtology because that's roughly where I set the piece. It's also under my pseudonym, G. Daniel Gunn, the name I've been using for my more darker pieces.

There's a great line-up of authors, some quite well known alongside some newer names. It's going to be published through Dark Regions Press.

MADHOUSE is going up for Preorder at the above link, with some amazing special deals for those wanting to grab a copy ahead of time.

Update December 2015: Signature sheets have been making the rounds to all contributors for most of 2015 and should be done and ready by end of year. Hopefully MADHOUSE will finally be published sometime early 2016.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"The Linguist" Flash Fiction / Queen Anne's Resurrection / October 2011

Italian magazine/anthology Queen Anne's Resurrection, edited by Alessandro Manzeti, has released its newest: Journey IV with my flash fiction (very short fiction... I mean 500 words, short) story, "The Lingust," along with stories by Michael Laimo and Benjamin Kane Ethridge. The Italian version is now online at:


The english version is available at:

http://postonero.blogspot.com/2011/08/queen-annes-resurrection-journey-iv-sea.html.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

"Two Fish to Feed the Masses" / Rage Against the Night / December 2011

My zombie story "Two Fish To Feed The Masses" is now appearing in an amazing charity anthology called RAGE AGAINST THE NIGHT, edited by Shane Jiyaiya Cummings, and featuring not only my story, but stories from Stephen King, Peter Straub, Jonathan Maberry and dozens of others. All to raise money for writer Rocky Wood. See the blurb below for more info and click here for your copy: http://www.amazon.com/Rage-Against-the-Night-ebook/dp/B006P18LM2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325021066&sr=8-1:
"Under the onslaught of supernatural evil, the acts of good people can seem insignificant, but a courageous few stand apart. These brave men and women stand up to the darkness, stare it right in the eye, and give it the finger. These are the stories of those who rage against the night, stories of triumph, sacrifice, and bravery in the face of overwhelming evil.
"All proceeds will be donated to Rocky Wood, author and President of the Horror Writers Association, who is battling motor neurone disease."
The full table of contents (in order of appearance) is:
· The Gunner's Love Song—Joe McKinney
· Keeping Watch—Nate Kenyon
· Like Part of the Family—Jonathan Maberry
· The Edge of Seventeen—Alexandra Sokoloff
· The View from the Top—Bev Vincent
· Afterward, There Will Be a Hallway—Gary A. Braunbeck
· Following Marla—John R. Little
· Magic Numbers—Gene O'Neill
· Tail the Barney—Stephen M. Irwin
· The Nightmare Dimension—David Conyers
· Roadside Memorials—Joseph Nassise
· Dat Tay Vao—F. Paul Wilson
· Constitution—Scott Nicholson
· Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle—Peter Straub
· Agatha's Ghost—Ramsey Campbell
· Blue Heeler—Weston Ochse
· Sarah's Visions—Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
· More Than Words—David Niall Wilson
· Chillers—Lisa Morton
· Changed—Nancy Holder
· Dead Air—Gary Kemble
· Two Fish to Feed the Masses—Daniel G. Keohane
· Fenstad's End—Sarah Langan
· Fair Extension—Stephen King
· Rocky Wood, Skeleton Killer—Jeff Strand

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Last Halloween" / Shroud Magazine / Fall 2010

Kevin Lucia is guest editor for the upcoming Halloween special issue of Shroud Magazine released on Halloween 2010, and had sent out an open call. You can order this issue here.

After a long dry spell, I finally kicked my writing back into gear and wrote "Last Halloween" for the issue. I used to carry a small notebook with me as story ideas came to me, and more recently a Palm Pilot. I had two ideas jotted down, the first noted a few years back during trick or treating - what if a mother and her kids went trick or treating, but no one else did, for some reason everyone was afraid to go out at night but she insisted on bringing her kids - how would the neighbors deal with the situation, and what, exactly was the situation? Another note I'd taken was the concept of ghosts being drifters, like mist, wandering, wandering. There was more to that idea, but I simply used the drifting ghosts, coupled with the woman taking her kids out on Halloween when she should no longer be doing that, and the result, I hope, is a pretty cool story of loss, yearning and addictions - and withdrawals - people have for one another, and the past.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Living by the Highway" / Cemetery Dance #60 / June 2009


Moving this from from the original posting from 2007, when the story was sold since the issue has just been released! In 2007, Robert Morrish bought that my third short story for Cemetery Dance Magazine. To say I'm thrilled is, well, true. :-)


I wrote this piece in early '06 actually, during what I'll refer to as my "blue period." I wrote it on and off over the course of a couple of months, late at night. I started with the title. Years and years ago, about nine to be exact, I wrote another story with the same title. It was OK, not great, but I was a newbie writer and earning my chops. After I retired the story and tucked it in mothballs, the title kept itching my brain. I knew one day I'd write a completely new story with this same title. As it is, a few others pop into my head now and then that would go well with it, but this one is what I wrote. Inspired by the homes I see as I roll onto Interstate 290 in my home city, it's a moody piece, and has gone through a few iterations over the last year and a half. It garnered an Honorable Mention in the Chi-zine 2006 short story contest (was not published, however, only the winners got that honor, which in the end worked otu well). I revised it pretty extensively. And, well, the rest is history... at last.

Friday, January 2, 2009

"Deux Poissons pour Nourrir les Foules" (French translation of "Two Fish to Feed the Masses") / Borderline #11 (France) / October 2008


My short story, "Two Fish To Feed The Masses" has been reprinted in the French horror magazine Borderline. The theme of the issue is zombies and this story fit right in. Funny, because the editor, Lionel Bernard, solicited the story from me (which originally appeared as an original piece in my old collection Christmas Trees and Monkeys) over a year and a half ago. Never heard back, so I assumed nothing happened with it. The other day, a slick magazine appeared in my mailbox from France, issue 11, with my story as the headline. Pretty nice! Anyway, if you can read French, check it out.

Friday, October 3, 2008

"Family at Dinner" / Shroud Magazine / Issue 6 (Summer 2009)


After spending years, literally, on the maybe list of two major magazines (one ended up folding, I finally pulled it from the other), my surreal story "Family at Dinner" has been accepted for publication in the new horror magazine Shroud (http://www.shroudmagazine.com/). This is a slick horror print magazine which has been gaining quite a reputation. The story is slated to appear in the upcoming issue 6 this Spring. This will be the first issue for Shroud's new major distribution program, so the magazine should be available at most every Barnes & Noble and more!
Check out the line up of this issue, L.L.Soares, Rick Hautala, Bev Vincent, and a ton of other incredible writers. This one's going to be quite cool.