- 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).
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.
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 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—”
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.
You can watch the recording for FREE on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/god-watches-35160945
I have a Patreon…
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 🙂
The Beard and Other Weirdness’ is now FREE for a few days only…
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…
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!
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” –
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!