The Beard and Other Weirdness

Infected now closed… and other news!

  • For the first time in a while, Things in the Well have no open calls for submissions.
  • I might be issuing a new callout in the not-too-distant future, once Infected and Black Dogs, Black Tails have gone to bed, energy and time allowing! (Steve Dillon) and Outback Horrors will be going ahead, in July as per the original proposed launch date which was to coincide with Worldcon in Wellington.
  • Infected will be published in April 2020 – All proceeds for Infected will go to Save the Children for their Coronavirus Response fund.
  • Good luck to Tracie McBride and Lee Murray, nominated for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2019.
  • Good luck for Greg Chapman and Jess Landry, nominated for the HWA Stoker Awards for 2019.
  • Good luck to Chris Mason for the Aurealis Awards this year.
  • For completeness, good luck to all the Things in the Well writers for the AHWA Shadows Awards, the This is Horrors, the Ladies of Horror, the Shirley Jacksons, and all the other awards this year…
  • Black Dogs, Black Tails (ed: Tabatha Wood) is due for release in the first half of 2020, all proceeds for the New Zealand Mental Health charity.
  • Lee Murray’s Grotesque: Monster Stories is on track for release in mid 2020
  • Tales of the Lost Volume 2 wil be released in the latter half of 2020. All proceeds will again go to charity.
  • It’s uncertain if I will be doing another for-charity Trickster’s Treats this year, but am happy to be convinced by a zealous editor or three…
  • I will be announcing at least one other single-author collection this year… more soon.
  • I’ve made my Patreon FREE for all tiers for now… with recordings, readings, writings, and other shambling going on at http://Patreon.com/stevedillon (please don’t sign up or pay anything!)

Finally, after a run of a few years, it’s likely that in 2021, I will be taking a break from publishing to focus on my own writing (Steve). That doesn’t mean Things in the Well will be closing down, or our books won’t be available, just that I won’t be publishing any more (for a bit, at least).

 

 

 

 

Congratulations, Chris Mason!

I’d like to congratulate Chris Mason for once more being nominated (and being shortlisted!) in the Aurealis Awards, for two different categories this year!

  • Best Fantasy Novella nominee: Out of Darkness, from Tales of the Lost Volume 1 – We all Lose Something!  
  • Best Horror short story nominee: Vivienne and Agnes, from Beside the Seaside – Tales from the Daytripper. 

Aurealis Awards - Finalist - high res

 

 

God Watches… (a drabble)

God Watches (a Drabble)

I wrote this one for ‘Guilty Pleasures and Other Dark Delights’. At just 100 words, it’s not my shortest story ever published, but it could be quite controversial in terms of the theme and subject matter. Not quite as explicit as some of my ‘Guilty Pleasures’ drabbles, but hard-hitting nonetheless, especially in these times when we no longer have any authority figures to look up to for guidance!

God Watches

God watches Mary’s confession. “Joseph, I’m pregnant. An angel visited. He was naked, bronzed, with beautiful, glistening skin.”
Joseph holds his head sadly. “How could you, Mary? You said you’d wait until we were ready. Until I was ready. Now this…”
“Joseph, I’m sorry, I didn’t know he’d come—”
   Thwack.
   God watches as Joseph’s hands, calloused and strong from years working with wood, breaks Mary’s innocent smile in half.
Jealousy breeds rage they say, and Joseph was oh, so jealous. He’d read the prophecies, of course, but thought he’d be the one the angel would come to.
God watches…

You can watch the recording for FREE on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/god-watches-35160945 

Patreon update

I have a Patreon…

https://www.patreon.com/Stevedillon

Nine levels to choose from as below… plus a Free level to draw you in and get you to spend your hard earned $1 with me, or more if you really enjoy what I do at Things in the Well or with my writing 🙂  although for obvious reasons, the 9th reward isn’t an option due to the coronavirus, unless you happen to be in Tasmania, where it wont be anywhere near that much 🙂

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INFECTED!

Call for Submissions
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LOOKING FOR:
The next Things in the Well anthology will be Infected and I’m after dark, highly memorable (even moving!) stories of infections, viruses, and other similar apocalyptic conditions… They don’t all have to be bleak, and happy endings or optimistic tones are even encouraged!

WHAT I DON’T WANT:
No ‘isms’ of ANY KIND will be tolerated. If you have to discriminate against any group of people, make sure it’s the character’s PoV and not your own! Keep gore to the minimum required for the story/effect and don’t let the story suffer for the fact you want to include graphic violence, torture, body horror, sex, etc. These can all have their places in the story (it is an adult theme!) however will not carry a poor story…

WORD COUNT:
Enough to make the story memorable, intriguing, suspenseful, meaningful, and no longer. Whether that’s 500 words or 10,000 is up to you.

REPRINTS:
Reprints are allowed! Please let me know if it is a reprint and confirm you have the rights to republish. 

DEADLINES:
Send your submissions by email in asap to ThingsInTheWell@Gmail.com with the subject ‘Infected Submission’ by 31st March 2020!

FORMATTING NOTES:
Keep formatting to the barest minimum – use “Double Quotes” for speech, single space, no tabs (indented paras are okay) and stock to one single font (Any will do, but I prefer Garamond) and if you use EM dashes, please convert to EN-dashes with a space either side, except at the beginning or end of a sentence, where an EM dash is preferred.

FEEDBACK:
I will send acceptance/rejection emails asap, but no feedback will be given on rejected stories.

PAYMENT:
This is going to be for charity (TBD soon), so I won’t be paying for this particular anthology.

– Steve

LOOKING FOR:
The next Things in the Well anthology will be Infected and I’m after dark, highly memorable (even moving!) stories of infections, viruses, and other similar apocalyptic conditions… They don’t all have to be bleak, and happy endings or optimistic tones are even encouraged!

WHAT I DON’T WANT:
No ‘isms’ of ANY KIND will be tolerated. If you have to discriminate against any group of people, make sure it’s the character’s PoV and not your own! Keep gore to the minimum required for the story/effect and don’t let the story suffer for the fact you want to include graphic violence, torture, body horror, sex, etc. These can all have their places in the story (it is an adult theme!) however will not carry a poor story…

WORD COUNT:
Enough to make the story memorable, intriguing, suspenseful, meaningful, and no longer. Whether that’s 500 words or 10,000 is up to you.

REPRINTS:
Reprints are allowed! Please let me know if it is a reprint and confirm you have the rights to republish. 

DEADLINES:
Send your submissions by email in asap to ThingsInTheWell@Gmail.com with the subject ‘Infected Submission’ by 31st March 2020!

FORMATTING NOTES:
Keep formatting to the barest minimum – use “Double Quotes” for speech, single space, no tabs (indented paras are okay) and stock to one single font (Any will do, but I prefer Garamond) and if you use EM dashes, please convert to EN-dashes with a space either side, except at the beginning or end of a sentence, where an EM dash is preferred.

FEEDBACK:
I will send acceptance/rejection emails asap, but no feedback will be given on rejected stories.

PAYMENT:
This is going to be for charity (TBD soon), so I won’t be paying for this particular anthology.

– Steve

Interview with…

Continuing the Voices from the Well series of interviews, Tabatha Wood has now interviewed 11 authors who’ve been published by Things in the Well, which is only about 5% of the authors we published in the past few months. These make great reading for any aspiring writer or fan of the genre!

Meanwhile, yours truly (that’s me, Steve Dillon), was interviewed live on radio today by the lovely Helen Shield of ABC Hobart, and the recording should be available here soon…

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/your-afternoon/your-afternoon/12038546 

 

This Sublime Darkness FREE for a few days…

This week we are celebrating the nomination for the Bram Stoker Awards of Greg Chapman’s short story ‘The Book of Last Words’ by making the collection FREE for five days from Amazon. This is the kindle version, and includes some of Greg’s amazing artwork as well as his distinctive story-writing, so grab yourself a copy and, if you’re a voting HWA member, vote for Greg’s story!

Congratulations, Chris Mason!

Join me in congratulating multiple award-winning author and Shirley Jackson Award nominee Chris Mason, who is one of the authors in our Australian and New Zealand-only horror anthology, “Outback Horrors Down under, an anthology of Antipodean Terrors”!

Here’s a sneak preview of Chris’s short story “The Saltbush Queen”

Saltbush Queen Preview

Patreon is now live!

Just a reminder I recently started a Patreon, where I’m hoping to raise sufficient funds to keep Things in the Well running without too much of a loss. I’m offering several tiers (rewards) that start at $1 per month, and go up to $500! So far I’ve been publishing new story snippets, reading from some of my published (and unpublished) stories and poems, and announced the next call for submissions (only visible to patreons for now).

So, if you like what I’m doing here with Things in the Well, please do donate. It is a one-person business , although I’ve been lucky to have by my side some talented folks who’ve generously donated their time and skills to help edit, subedit, proofread, promote, and organise author interviews, etc. Please check out the Patreon even if you don’t want to financially support my little creative venture… You’ll never know what you’re missing unless you stop by the shop window!

– Steve

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https://www.patreon.com/Stevedillon