Bully Pulpit

Mr. Pacione is again using his status at LJ’s Goth community to ram his dung down the collective throat of the community.

The magazine is available for purchase and for those of you who like your horror how your like your heavy metal — HARDCORE. My story in this one is an exclusive, Damnation Observes.

If it reads like his other stories, the editor should re-examine his or her raison d’etre for the publication.

If you have a hard time working with trying to buy a copy from lulu.com go ahead and send your payment of the magazine directly to the editor & publisher of the magazine. $13.49, it’s priced to move.

Translation: it isn’t selling.

. . . that is the perfect compliment to a Tabloid Purposes anthology because there is another author from my series in there . . .

Promotional plugs are alright from time to time, but he’s trying to hitch his wheel onto the back of another cart that may be going nowhere just as fast as his is.

I am publishing him in issue six (reversed what the issues will be, issue seven will be the local author issue and the issue six one I am focusing on horror and bizarro. I got some damn good submissions (for the very few I got . . .

I thought Pacione still had a submission call out for issue 5 of his Ethereal Gazette. Did I miss something? Why is he talking about issues six and seven?

The story I describe so far from what I read of it is going to be a Lovecraftian horror story with the influence of Serpent in the Rainbow meets Charles Beaumont. It is an ambitious short story, and the cool thing is he giving it to me for free to publish in the mag.

That means that Pacione is thrilled to death to take any story for which he won’t owe the author money. He must be hurting for submissions.

Few or No Submissions

This afternoon Mr. Pacione posted on his Goth community at LJ the same submission call for a new anthology that he’s posted in various places over the past few weeks. I’ve seen it posted on DeviantArt on August 26th, as well as Goth on August 25th. I’m sure I’ve seen it elsewhere.

The fact that he made the same submission call twice in the same venue leads me to believe that he has received few, if any, submissions.

On his August 17th WordPress, Mr. Pacione states:

I noticed that a few forums are going around saying Avoid Nickolaus Pacione and Lake Fossil Press like the plague and I am offering larger payouts too as a result of it.

The submission guidelines from August 25th, August 26th, and today offer nothing but a .pdf of the finished anthology. Only in an alternate universe is that paying more than the $25 he paid two authors from TPIV.

On August 10th, in Horror_Writing on LJ, Pacione states:

I just started the first set of payments for Tabloid Purposes IV — Bryan you were first and highway_west was second — you both got paid $25 via paypal.

Yes, a .pdf is worth far more than cash. Consider the postage it costs Pacione to email the files.

Perhaps word of Pacione’s shady practices is spreading. At least he’s no longer charging “reading fees” and requesting the enclosure of additional fees with the floppy or CD-RW “in case the disk gets lost in the mail” to submit a story. No doubt it finally occurred to Pacione that if the disk gets lost in the mail, so does the enclosed money.