More Binge Tweeting

In addition to (predictably) vowing to get Fossil Lake pulled, because its very existence is getting under his skin, Nicky has taken to harassing Elizabeth Peake.  I don’t know Elizabeth, but I certainly remember her name from the old Xanga days a decade ago.  As far as I know, she never did anything to Nicky.  Then again, so many people’s introduction to Nicky, as did mine, occurred when he went after them out of the blue.  The “Who the fuck are you?” reaction is rapidly followed by “Oh lord, what a creep.”

On what grounds Nicky plans to get Fossil Lake pulled, I don’t know.  Even he admits the title is only “a bastardization of Lake Fossil.”  Jerrod’s highly entertaining story, in which Nicky screams at the lake for using the name of his company, nails Nicky’s twisted mental processes.


Now Available

Reposted from the Fossil Lake Facebook page, Lake Fossil is now available from Smashwords:

Fossil Lake Anthology Reposting for the morning crowd … FOSSIL LAKE now available!

For just $2.99, you get 37 — that’s right, thirty-seven! — stories and poems! That’s less than ten cents apiece! What a bargain!

You’ll enjoy the writings of talented newcomers and seasoned pros! But wait, that’s not all! You’ll also get not one but TWO excerpts from works by that legendary master, Ramsey Campbell!

Just run your eyes over this spectacular Table of Contents!

“A Letter from the Lake” – Ramsey Campbell
“Eat Yourself” – Michael Shimek
“The Varmint of Fossil Valley” — Lewis Unknown
“Road Kill Angel” — Dana Wright
“Silver Screen Shadows” — Mathias Jansson
“C-C-Cold” – Ken Goldman
“What’s Your Beef?” – Mark Orr
“Alchera” — D.J. Tyrer
“The Dank” — Doug Blakeslee
“Dark of Madness” — Tanya Nehmelman
“All That Jazz” — Meagan Hightower
“Revolver Concert” – Spencer Carvalho
“Thick” — Melanie-Jo Lee
“The Ziggurat of Skulls” — Joshua Dobson
“Apartment B” — Stinky Cat
“Pretty Girl” – Deb Eskie
“Come Fly With Death” — Wesley D. Gray
“The Horn of Plenty” — Russell Nayle
“The Lost Link” — Carl Thomas Fox
“Nat Poopcone vs. the Beast of Fossil Lake” — Jerrod Balzer
“Where Lost Ones Dwell” — Tony Flynn
“Lana Doesn’t Get Lucky” — Kerry Lipp and Emily Meier
“Gothicism on Trial” – G. Preacher
“Finding Miss Fossie” — Melany Van Every
“Arkham Arts Review: Alienation” – Peter Rawlik
“Mishipishu” — Mary Pletsch
“Malicious Intimacy” — William Andre Sanders
“Beneath” – Michael Burnside
“Passionate in Chicago” — John Goodrich
“Mr. Winter” — Jeremy Terry
“Impressions” — Christine Morgan
“Make Me Something Scary” – Patrick Tumblety
“The Depths” – Stacey Turner
“The Day Lloyd Campbell’s Mama Came to Town” — Scott Colbert
“The Rack” – Mike Meroney
“Beautiful” – John Claude Smith
“The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, an Excerpt” – Ramsey Campbell

Order now, and we’ll throw in a saucy blurb by the awesome Mary SanGiovanni, AND an introduction by Yours Truly! (well, okay, okay, order any time and those will still be included)

Levity aside, this book is dedicated to the memory of Daverana Enterprises’ own too-recently-departed Janrae Frank … who believed in and supported this project from the very beginning. We miss you, Cuss.

The preview was a rollicking good read — sometimes scary, sometimes funny, but all good.

Year-End Crunch

From Mr. Pacione’s DeviantArt, we learn that he’s cranking out the goods.

I got one more anthology to go with the editing and getting it ready by Christmas, Class In Session, will be ready on Christmas Eve and the magazine will be done by weeks end.

I don’t think editing means what he thinks it means.

I am almost done with the magazine, and when I finish Class in Session I am going to take a well deserved break from editing anthologies until about February, because that will start the next submission season and guidelines for issue seven are already posted via

He’s taking off four weeks because all that reformatting he does to other people’s stories is exhausting.

I am going to be doing more paying and 4theluv showcases too — I am publishing both on Lake Fossil Press. The first 4theluv anthology is out there now and available for purchase.

At least he’s being upfront about his inability to pay his contributors, regarding the 4theluv one, but I doubt more than one or two authors in the other one will actually get paid.

. . . and yeah I didn’t have the good video camera yet (and even if I have a camera that is $100. This is in rebuttal to the loser who posts on

What rebuttal? I don’t see him denying the cost of the camera.

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 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.

Giveaway Anthology

Mr. Pacione posted that silly picture of some of his books at his Goth community, with far more commentary that he had at DA.  He even tells us that his giveaway anthology is available at CafePress.  His “giveaway” lists a cover price of $16.96.

I also got some video up too which is my book shipment. I am using the version of the video. I managed to get my DA updated and my main website, the reading room area will see the updates. I am eventually going video with my main website too, trying to make this thing a little more interactive.

God spare us!

I started to realize how much fun doing a vlog can be. The camera I was using for the recent ones, was also the one I used for the stills. I want to see how handy some of you could be with a video camera.

Video’s his new obsession.  Is he really asking whether others can actually hold a camera steady and get something in focus?

The giveaway anthology is finished (well the version is ready. I am waiting on the introduction and artwork for the version . . . I use a .pdf merger to make the thing appear professional as hell.

Gee.  I thought making it look professional entailed using spell check, reasonably good grammar, and proofreading, if not actual editing.

Two New Anthologies

Yesterday, Mr. Pacione dropped some news about his upcoming projects on someone’s DeviantArt.

I got about 200 pages on the one anthology and this is going to be the one that will be given out to promoters at events or raffled off. The one going to the schools will be worked on right after that — then I will figure out the order of how I want the stories in that one.

I see — more giveaways.  His authors are never going to get paid.  He’s been talking up that school giveaway anthology for months, but here it sounds like he hasn’t done anything with it to date.  Which one of these projects is on “high-tay-us?”

I wonder where he got the idea for holding a raffle to win one of his books.  Who would buy raffle tickets to win his piss-poor prose?  Generally speaking, raffles are held as fund raisers.  Who would be the beneficiary of such funds?  Would he keep them himself and not report it to the government as income?