TDFS is the new magazine that Nicky was crowing about accepting his story,” The Witches’ Party.” Apparently, the staff has reconsidered its position. The following comment from Letitia Washington was stuck in moderation in my previous “Troll Control” entry. Jenny also let me know some of the staff had left comments on her blog as well.
As I said over at Jenny’s blog, I have received an email from Stephen indicating their remorse in getting involved with Nicky and they wish to start over with us.
On their staff they have an openly gay member who took offense to Nicky’s acceptance. That along with other factors have led to Nicky being removed from their upcoming issue and any future issues. Nicky will not nor ever be in any issue of Dark Fiction.
Stephen admits his initial reaction was defensive and apologizes and as I said before, would like to start anew with all of this, minus one Nicky The Mullet Pacione. I was the first one to contact him and I’m going to be the first to bury the hatchet and forgive and forget. After all, how many people has Nicky suckered who later came forward and told of how he lied and tricked them?
To be honest, I’ve lost track, but I do know for a fact that Nikita signed a contract to pay one author, tore up the contract in a fit of rage, didn’t pay her, then used her story anyway in one of his Tabloid Purposes anthologies. She had to report his copyright infringement to Lulu.com, which is Nicky’s printer. The book was pulled, and Nicky was livid that he had to redo the layout without the story before he could resume sales (such as they were). That author is one of my regular readers.
There are more comments from at least one staff member of the magazine, over on Jenny’s blog. It’s worth a read. I suspect it’s a case of “buyer’s remorse,” if you will.
Hopefully, the folks at TDFS will avoid the fate of The Literary Bone and Naked Snake Press. I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, and take a wait and see approach.