Publications: High Plains Lazarus / Fear and Loathing in Deptford

I’m pleased to let you know that the zombie anthology, Rotting Tales, is now available from Pill Hill Press and it features my short story “High Plains Lazarus” — obviously influenced by spaghetti Westerns as well as Joe R. Lansdale his own self, but with a mystical twist.

The book will be available on Amazon soon, but until Thanksgiving, Pill Hill will be selling the collection for a discounted rate of $15.49 so if you’re thinking of picking it up, that’s a great reason.

The story has a funny history, having been written at the last minute as I headed off to Trinoc-con one year and hated everything I’d ever written (it happens) and so started writing something just for fun. It was a big hit, with one exception: I’d only got half the story written. People were ready to kill me for stopping in the middle, but that’s all I had. I finished (and read the rest the following year at Trinoc-con) and sold it to an anthology, who then proceeded to slowly reel out the days while contributors waited, and waited, and were reassured that it was coming, it was coming — and then after two years, they just stopped responding. Sigh. Unfortunately, that’s the life of small publishers. I’m glad it’s got a home at last.

Over at the Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, where the first issue of the journal is available for a mere 99¢ (such a bargain!), you can get the lowdown this week on our design director, Stephanie Johnson AKA the Queen of Everything, editor Vicky Squid and, er, me. We’ll be getting to know many of the contributors to the first issue throughout the month. Enjoy!