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My 3rd accepted submission for JWK!

The cover for forthcoming book, "Bones", edited and published by James Ward Kirk

The cover for forthcoming book, “Bones”, edited and published by James Ward Kirk

Sleepless night are often the most productive times for an author. They are for me, most certainly!

I wrote a 1,000 word story entitled A Canine Conundrum a couple of nights ago, in the hope of submitting it to Bones, a new anthology to be published shortly by James Ward Kirk. I emailed the story and only a day later I had an email from James saying that he’d get back to me as soon as possible.

Another day has passed since then, and tonight I got the acceptance and attached contract for me to sign, which has now been signed and returned, along with a short up-to-date biography.

I look forward to seeing all of the amazing writers, poets and artists in print when it is published, and I know that you will all love the book. Submissions are still being accepted at time of writing, so if you have something you think is worthy of being included, click on the cover image and read the submission guidelines before submitting. And good luck!

I won’t give anything away with regard to my story, because it has my usual shock ending, and this one just may make you puke! At least that’s the reaction I’m hoping to see!

Guest post: The Next Day, by Sheila Hall

A short while ago, I wrote what is as yet my only piece of erotic fiction, and I had the good fortune to have that story featured on TheDarkerhalf.com, a marvellous website run by Sheila Hall and Christopher Liccardi. Sheila and Chris showcase fantastic short stories by some amazing writers, and I consider it an honor that they chose to feature my work.

Sheila and myself were talking recently, and I thought it would be great if I could reciprocate and have her write a piece of flash fiction for me. Although Sheila is normally known for her naughty, cheeky side, she writes beautiful poetry too. I originally said jokingly that she should write a piece of horror erotica, to which she replied, “Challenge accepted!”

Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you on that score, because the story you’re about to read is anything other than erotic! I guess we’ll all just have to wait a while longer for that little gem!

As this is the first time I have featured a story by another author on my blog, I wanted things to go sweetly, so I donned my Editor’s cap for this big occasion. I read far too many stories by guests on other peoples’ blogs where there are glaring errors in both grammar and spelling, and on the odd occasion I have known there to be words repeated, or even missing! I hope that Sheila approves of my slight oiling and tweaking to her wonderful story.

This tale is a short story of sudden and shocking realization, and it’s one I know you’ll enjoy.

Stream

The Next Day

by Sheila Hall

It still feels like the middle of the night, but I know it isn’t. Instead of the moon hanging low, I see rays of sunlight filtering through the leafy canopy overhead. The forest around me is teeming with life. Songbirds are sharing gossip, and various other animals are engaging in their morning routines. All these signs start to focus my thoughts on the really important questions: where the hell am I, and why am I here instead of in my bed?

The ground is wet and cold under my cheek. It’s natural, and yet it feels so wrong. I raise my head, and the pounding that accompanies that small movement shatters all thoughts of continuing that motion. Squinting, I become more aware of my surroundings, and the lack of modern conveniences that I would normally expect to see upon waking convinces me that wherever it is that I am, this is not my bedroom. I venture a guess that I’m in the woods bordering my home. I always loved the stark contrast between urban dwelling and ancient shelter. That’s why I chose to live here.

The longing for the familiar motivates me to get up to my knees. Stomach heaving, I lurch up and stagger over to the stream a few yards in front of me. The water should be clear and sparkling, but it isn’t. Instead it’s littered with flesh and bone; the remains of some animal another creature had consumed as prey. Rotting chunks not yet fully rendered down by acid float lazily away, carried along with all the other debris sharing the same journey downstream.

The copper taste of old pennies is in my mouth, making me gag, and I gulp greedily at the tainted water to try and rinse it away. It’s then that I notice the unusual discoloration staining my skin. Looking down I see that my clothing is tainted by the red and brown hues of drying blood spatter and mud. Grabbing at myself, I look for the cuts on my skin that would account for the amount of blood I see. Please, let the blood be mine. Yet no matter how hard I look the jagged tears in my flesh I expect to see are nowhere to be found. I have no apparent injuries.

Not again. Dear God, no. Not again.

***

 The little stream flows on, uncaring. Its waters wash over the small, huddled form that is half immersed, dry heaving and tearing at its own skin. Blood, bile, and sanity travel onward towards the sea.

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5-star reviews and a guest blogger invitation!

In the 8 days that my book, Darke Times and Other Stories has been available, I have had the good fortune to sell books (though I have no idea just how many), receive glowing 5-star reviews, and on the back of one of the reviews the reviewer invited me to be a guest blogger on his blog!

M.C. O’Neill, author of The Ancients and the Angels series of YA novels, Celestials and Archons awarded my book 5 stars on Amazon.com and had this to say:

I love anthologies and collections because they introduce me to new authors. “Darke Times” is no exception. When you delve into this collection’s pages, you really get what you pay for: a wonderful variety show of the bizarre. David Eccles can handle any genre thrown at him with hilarious skill. Some of the stories range from horror, fantasy, sci-fi, erotica – you get it all but his dry (and sometimes wet) wit will guarantee laughter.

I enjoy how his short stories are punctuated with flash-fiction treasures that operate almost like a commercial, but one that you would actually want to watch. “Teeth” sticks out in my mind. You’ll see what I mean when you read it.

Although I’m a yank, Eccles’ language is decisively British, and think Terry Pratchett more so than Neil Gaiman, but a Pratchett that goes to places he would normally not dare. LOVE IT!

It looks great on the Kindle with sharp formatting and beautiful cover design and you get everything the package advertises plus more.

I can’t wait to see what kind of full-length novels are going to come out of this guy’s brain in the future. I’m guessing horror or even Bizarro – and these stories are ALL bizarre – but whatever they may be, I am now a fan.

John F.D. Taff, the horror author and a man responsible for over 65 short stories and 7 novels was the very first person to review my book, and if I know John, he was probably the first to buy it too! He too awarded my book 5 stars on Amazon.com and said:

David Eccles’ first published book of short stories, Darke Times and Other Stories, is a wide-ranging look at this new author’s range of work. From flash fiction pieces like “The Teeth Police”–a short, funny and horrifying little jab of a story–to “Jack & Jill (and Steve!)”–a funny little riff on Jack the Ripper and time travel–to the titular “Darke Times”–a tale of a Rastafarian pixie who really, really wants to get to the football match–Eccles imbues his stories with a rakish wit and a firm hand. Even when they’re quite clearly horror, there’s an edge of comedy to them which makes the tales stand out. Grab it now and give it a try, because Eccles’s name is one you’ll be hearing.

To have two fantastic authors, each respected in their own genres heap praise on me like that was just the most amazing feeling, and still the 5-star reviews keep on coming! But wait! It gets better!

As I mentioned earlier, one of my reviewers invited me to do a guest blog on their website. That reviewer was none other than John F.D. Taff. John wanted to know more about  me, and about how and why I write and, of course, he gave me the opportunity to mention Darke Times and Other Stories. What a wonderful way to show his appreciation of my book and my writing talents! How could I refuse such a generous gesture! It’s guys like John and James Roy Daley and James Ward Kirk who have seen something in me and in the way that I write and have given me the chance to show what I can do, and I am eternally grateful to them and anyone who is gracious enough to show their support.

Show John your support and visit johnfdtaff.com

To see the blog that I wrote for John on July 18th, click here.

I’m guesting on another blog, guys!

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Click on the image to visit Danielle’s site and read The Final Lesson, or click on one of the links below.

The lovely, talented Danielle Tauscher asked me to write a story for her, and so i did, when i managed to find the time to do so.

It’s a 500 word piece of flash fiction written in 2nd person point of view, as per her challenge. It’s called The Final Lesson, and you can find it both on her blog at www.writingupsidedown.com and here on my blog too, but i do urge you to go and visit Danielle’s site, because there’s some great stories on there, and while you’re at it, why not take up some of Danielle’s challenges and write something of your own. I’m sure she’d love to see your efforts and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be selected to guest on her site, as i have.

Thank you, Danielle! It was a pleasure to write for you.

Bartender, Keep ’em Coming! New Story!

Squiffysquirrel

It’s been a while, i know, what with the madness that was Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, but now that the flying fur has settled, here for your enjoyment is a story that i wrote just for you, my followers. It involves alcohol, and it’s called Bartender, Keep ’em Coming! And if you like it, or even if you dislike it, leave me a comment and let me know. I would appreciate it greatly!

Oh, and while i’m here i may as well tell you that i received my first rejection today, with regard to a short story i submitted. They praised my talent and writing style and said they enjoyed the story, but it was not what they were looking for. I found out later via a good friend and amazing author M. C. O’Neill that they were asking for a specific theme for their fantasy anthology, something i had not spotted, and neither had he, so i’m in good company!

I have another chance at being successfully chosen for this anthology, so i shall put on my thinking cap and this time come up with a story that has relevance to their needs!

And i have been invited back to submit for further anthologies, so that says something for me!

The cup’s half full, guys, not half empty!

And So It Ends…Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 20

Alice Armstrong. Photo by Christopher Fincham

Alice Armstrong. Photo by Christopher Fincham.
http://www.facebook.com/christopher.fincham1

Did we all survive the Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse? You’re going to have to find out by reading today’s chapter, the final chapter, later today over at www.kseniaanske.com. Today’s offering is brought to you by the newest writer to join the Apocalypse Collective, Kevin Nielsen.

Kevin Nielsen

Kevin Nielsen

Looking at Kevin‘s blog, it’s obvious that he loves to write. I urge you to take a look at his work there. His Facebook page has some great photgraphs of him, though he does not show a recent pic of himself since he decided to shave his head! Only the chrome dome and eyes are visible, so i took it upon myself to choose an image to represent him here.

I apologize to Kevin, because i think he did submit a bio, but i can’t find it anywhere, and so i only have limited information about him.

Kevin is a native of Quebec, Canada, and he currently is a Document Management Agent in the Financial Aids and Awards department at the University of Ottawa.

As already mentioned, he has a blog and he is active on Facebook, but you can also find him on Twitter.

It’s not much to go on, i know, but you’ll definitely be hearing more from Kevin and the other writers who make up the Apocalypse Collective in the very near future as we have another project looming; one that is secret for the moment, but i will tell you that it involves the writers who are taking part writing 10 times the amount of words that we wrote in this project, so get ready for some great reading! We look forward to your continued support in all of our efforts, and hope that you have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy all that we bring to your reading table.

In addition to thanking you, the reader, i must thank the wonderful Ksenia Anske for bringing the team together and inspiring us all to do what we do: write, and for hosting the story on her wonderful website!

And then there are the writers to thank! Each and every single one of you i consider to be my friend and a wonderful writer. It has been a joy working with you all, and so i say thank you to:

Becky Flade; Brandon Yusuf Toropov; Seth Werkheiser; Andrew Hovenden; Sandra Hould; Doug Karlson; Dustin McKenzie; Michel Lee King; Aliaa El-Nashar; Sheila Hall; Kai Kiriyama; JLuis Licea; Colleen M. Albert; Rosalind Smith-Nazilli; LoriLesko; Barry NoVa; Catherine Scully; M.C. Oneill; Kevin Nielsen.

And as a bonus for those of you who are wondering about the photo at the beginning of this blog entry, it’s a pic of a friend of mine, Alice Armstrong. She’s a model, performance artist, a COS player and SFX make-up artist.

You can find her on Facebook here, and she has a professional Facebook page here, where you can see examples of her work and find out details of how to book her.

Here’s the lovely lady herself, without the make-up and bunny ears!

Alice Armstrong

Alice Armstrong

A Very Happy Easter to you all!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

 

Divine Intervention In Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 19

The Creepy Line, by Alena Beljakova

Easter Army.
Photo by Alena Beljakova.
http://perhydrol.deviantart.com/art/the-creepy-line-141605969

Tomorrow sees the end of what has been a wonderful experience for me as a writer. It has been a joy to work with every single one of the writers in the Apocalypse Collective, and we have become good friends and will continue to work together on future projects, one of which begins in May. Details of this new poject will remain under wraps for now, but it promises to be a much bigger undertaking, and we all hope that you will support us in the venture.

Today, though, we bring to you the penultimate chapter of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, written by the amazing M. C. O’Neill, whose writing style and subject knowledge suits these last 3 chapters down to the ground! You can read it at www.kseniaanske.com.

Author, M. C. O'Neill. Photograph by Indigo Moran.

Author, M. C. O’Neill.
Photograph by Indigo Moran.

What can i tell you of Mark? The man has done it all! The son of a JAG working with the US Army, he majored in Graphic Design and
minored in Art History and Biology at Indiana University before being accepted into the Painting program at the University of Cincinnati, soon becoming a Professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Realizing that a career in academia was not for him, he left to work in the corporate sector as a Prototype designer, where he made models for many companies the names of which you will be very familiar. After a stint in that line of work, he became a therapist at an addictions clinic, then gave that up to work from home inking and designing comic books, giving him the chance to work on some very famous publications. After that, as work in the comic book industry became harder to secure, he paid the bills doing freelance paralegal work, before finally deciding to realize his ambition as a writer.

His novel, The Ancients and the Angels: Celestials is book 1 of a series and is available in paperback and for Kindle, with the second book in the series, Archons due for release in April 2013.

Always in demand, Mark is a regular on shows such as the Vinny Eastwood Show and the Jeff Daugherty Show.

Mark can always be reached via his website, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads, which, incidentally has just become an Amazon company.

Tomorrow, we feature Andrew Nielsen, the man who wraps it all up! Yes, he’s the author of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 20, so please join us for the finale. And bring chocolate eggs, but only ones that have cleared inspection! We don’t want any exploding heads now, do we!

Ye Gods! (And Goddessess) It’s Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 18

Things go cosmic today!

Things go cosmic today!
Photograph by AZRainman.

Be prepared for things to turn on their heads today, in Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 18, brought to you all by author, Catherine Scully. You will LOVE this turn of events, and you can read it at www.kseniaanske.com.

Catherine is one of the newest writers to join the writing team, and let me tell you, she has done an amazing job!

Author, Catherine Scully

Author, Catherine Scully

A fan of monsters that you kill versus ones that you date, Catherine Scully is a Writer and Illustrator of all things dark and whimsical. Currently, she is the Editor for the Horror Writers Association Young Adult blog and has had short fiction and poetry published with literary magazines The Nomad and Vision and Voice. She’s represented  by Carrie Howland of the Donadio & Olson agency.

Catherine is active on Twitter and Google+ and obviously, her amazing website! http://cscullywriter.wordpress.com/

Tomorrow we feature the author of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 19, a man wh has done it all, got bored with it and found his true calling in life as a writer: the amazing M. C. O’Neill.

All Eyes Are On Peter In Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 17

Peter under surveillance

Peter under surveillance

Peter makes a return to Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse in chapter 17, brought to you by the fantastic Barry NoVa. Read it at www.kseniaanske.com.

Barry NoVa

Barry NoVa

D.r. Barrington NoVa, A.d.h.d, T.h.C, but more commonly known as Baz or Barry. Born sometime ago in the hazy days of the 80’s, grown in a normal house by fairly normal people, in the garden of England. He started to show signs of rebelling from normality long before his first decade was complete. Instead of wanting to be a fireman or a tradesman, he wanted to be He-Man, a conviction he held close well into his 20’s. But after a long and treacherous dusty road, he came to the conclusion that he could not become He-Man, not without taking large amounts of steroids and hallucinogens at any rate. So he decided that using the gift of creativity he had harnessed so well as a child would be the only way he could truly be at one with the universe’s vibrations and walk around with a smile on his face.

“A writer I shall be!” he exclaimed, one day.

Then after several years of not doing anything about it, he grew a pair and finally manned up.
This is his power, his light, his divine path…his…his…er…yeah!

Welcome to the party pals…

I decided to let Barry tell you all about himself in his own words, rather than write about him and add a small piece that he wrote. All of the above regarding Barry came from the man himself! And he has honoured you all with a photograph of himself! That’s as rare as rocking horse shit! Respect is due!

Breaking news! Extra Barry NoVa information just became available! Actually, it didn’t. I just forgot about a previous e-mail from him until now! Barry‘s 6ft 2in, in size 12 shoes (UK) (size 13 US), and his weight is a closely guarded national secret!

Barry is active on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and he has a website

Nothing more need be said, really. Just go and get your asses over to Ksenia‘s site and treat yourselff to a fantastic chapter. The end is nigh, peeps! Only another 3 chapters to go after today, and i promise you, we’ve saved the best to last, as we have a new writer on board to take the place of Franza Dirnberger. His name is Kevin Nielsen, and you’ll be seeing him deliver the death blow, quite possibly in chapter 20!

Tommorow, we feature the author of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 18, Cat Scully, who i must say, filled in absolutely seamlessly!

Enter…Frank! It’s Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 16!

Enter... Frank!

Enter… Frank!

Chapter 16 of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse sees the introduction of a wonderful character, Frank. It has been written by the wonderful Lori Lesko, and you will laugh so hard reading it, i promise, because the humour in it is just great!

Lori Lesko, getting into the spirit of the story!

Lori Lesko, getting into the spirit of the story!

Lori was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She studied Photography for a year at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and traveled all the way to Arkansas to attend college, where she graduated with a Degree in Psychology and Theatre. Lori loves to travel.

Lori‘s first book is a novella, but she also likes to write screenplays on the side. Her novella, Our Daughters has recently been transformed into a screenplay, Diamond City.

Lori is active on TwitterFacebook and Google+. She also has a website.

Tomorrow, we feature the author of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 17, Barry NoVa.