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Besser Books Anthologies – Open Calls

Title: For One Roll

  • The stories for this anthology should be the toilet paper equivalent of what would you do for a Klondike Bar, but what would you do for a roll of toilet paper in a world where TP is scarce. Think someone who has a grandma that is embarrassed about having diarrhea and they love her so much they would do anything to get her some TP. Or someone who is tired of smelling bad or has a rash from TP alternatives, etc. Be creative. Be hilarious, but get freaky with some horror too.
  • All stories should have elements of satire (humor) and horror.
  • All stories should have a beginning, middle, and end. Not just a scene and end.
  • Stories should not be political. There can be elements of politics, but should be light in that regard. Your story should not be a political rant disguised as a story.
  • Your story does not have to be about or contain the COVID-19 virus and circumstances, but it can if you so desire.
  • Stories should be 5K+ words (but payment will be the same regardless of word count). No stories under 5K will be accepted.

Payment: $5 per accepted story paid via PayPal and one Mobi copy of the ebook anthology (payment after signed contract is received and Mobi upon publication).

No reprints.

Amazon Ebook (only) will be published by Besser Books (Besser Books & Services, LLC) and edited by Rebecca Besser.

Cover has been commissioned from Arc Book Cover Design.

 

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Title: Isolation: Stay At Home

  • The stories for this anthology should be based around someone who is forced to stay home (for work or any other reason) and some aspect of staying home drives them nuts until they snap. Think dad who is forced to work from home when his employer restructures and his wife’s cat barfs all over his keyboard during a video conference with his top client. Or someone stuck at home having to listen to their child’s favorite CD or movie over, and over, and over. Be creative. Be hilarious, but get freaky with some horror too.
  • All stories should have elements of satire (humor) and horror.
  • All stories should have a beginning, middle, and end. Not just a scene and end.
  • Stories should not be political. There can be elements of politics, but should be light in that regard. Your story should not be a political rant disguised as a story.
  • Your story does not have to be about or contain the COVID-19 virus and circumstances, but it can if you so desire.
  • Stories should be 5K+ words (but payment will be the same regardless of word count). No stories under 5K will be accepted.

Payment: $5 per accepted story paid via PayPal and one Mobi copy of the ebook anthology (payment after signed contract is received and Mobi upon publication).

No reprints.

Amazon Ebook (only) will be published by Besser Books (Besser Books & Services, LLC) and edited by Rebecca Besser.

Cover has been commissioned from Arc Book Cover Design.

 

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Submission:

  • Email submissions only to submissions @ rebeccabesser.com (without the spaces around @) Questions can be sent to the same address with Anthology Question in the subject line.
  • The title of the anthology you are submitting to and your last name should appear in the subject line of your email.
  • Your bio should appear in the body of your email below your cover letter. (The bio provided will be used in the anthology if your story should be accepted.)
  • Only one story per author, per anthology. You must send each submission in a separate email.
  • Your story should be submitted in Word doc or docx (attached) in standard manuscript format. (Don’t know what that is? Look it up.)
  • You should use Times New Roman 12pt font.
  • If you want something in Italics, make it so in the document.
  • Do not use bold or underline text, or any other fancy formatting.
  • Submissions are open from when these guidelines go live, until each anthology is full.

 

*ANY STORY/SUBMISSION THAT DOES NOT FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES OUTLINED ABOVE WILL BE DELETED UNREAD AND WITHOUT NOTICE.

Halloween Blitz – Middletown 4: Unrestival

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Middletown 4: Unrestival

 

Where people gather, danger awaits. Where there is humanity, there is unrest. These two ideas meet at Unrestival. The Middletown series continues rolling through American culture. This time around the apocalyptic series stops at a New York festival dedicated to purging the unrest of humankind. Find out what happens when eleven of the brightest authors in the zombie genre are tasked with writing the same story. That is the heart of the Middletown series, and this time around it takes on a decidedly anti-establishment flare. Celebrate the purging of your own unrest with the zombie genre party people: Brent Abell, Rebecca Besser, Chuck Buda, Frank J. Edler, Tim Meyer, Lucas Milliron, John Quick, Armand Rosamilia, Heath Stallcup, Jay Wilburn, and Jack Wallen.

Halloween Blitz – Middletown 3: Metal Apocalypse

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Middletown 3:

Metal Apocalypse

with stories by

Jack Wallen, Jay Wilburn, Armand Rosamilia, Rebecca Besser, Brent Abell, Chuck Buda, Eric Shelman, G.G. Silverman, Heath Stallcup, Jaime Johnessee, Peter Welmernik, and Suzanne Madron

 

What happens when a metal band gets caught up in the apocalypse? Even better, what happens when you give that same scenario to twelve of the genre’s hottest authors? Rosamilia, Besser, Abell, Buda, Shelman, Silverman, Stallcup, Wallen, Johnesee, Wilburn, Welmerink, Madron … each author was put to the task to take the apocalyptic story up to eleven.

1. 12. 11. Do the math. It all works out to rock and roll; zombie style.

Halloween Blitz – Feast or Famine: A Banquet of Tales for the Zombie Prepper

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Feast or Famine:

A Banquet of Tales for the Zombie Prepper

Edited by

Eve Bellator & Rebecca Besser

with stories by

Sara Gray, Paul McConnell, Alan Dale,
Johnny Andrews, Rebecca Besser, Tony Monchinski,
Rich Restucci, Carl Fox, Jamal Luckett,
J. Cornell Michel, Dylan Worthey, R.J. Spears,
Kevin A. Harris, and Julianne Snow

 

Survivalists, preppers, people who have prepared to ensure their safety and continued existence in the event of a catastrophic disaster. But what happens when the SHTF? Really? The population will be divided by the have and have nots- those who were ready and prepared and those who are caught unaware and panicked. The struggle for available resources will be another catastrophic event in and of itself as humans fight to either defend and retain what they have established or to take what others had the foresight to store and prepare.

This is the end as we know it. For some, life and death hinges on acquiring basic human needs, while for others life is good, if not better in accordance with their due diligence.

The Zombie Apocalypse has arrived. Will it be feast or famine?

Halloween Blitz – Twice Upon an Apocalypse: Lovecraftian Fairy Tales

 

The Twice Upon an Apocalypse: Lovecraftian Fairy Tales ebook is on sale for $0.99 from October 28th-November 5th!

 

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Throughout history parents have told their children stories to help them sleep, to keep them entertained. But we’re pretty sure none of those parents had this in mind. These are the fairy tales that will give you and your children nightmares. From the darkest depths of Grimm and Anderson come the immortal mash-ups with the creations of HP Lovecraft.

These stories will scare and delight ‘children’ of all ages!

  • Introduction by Gary A Braunbeck
  • “The Pied Piper of Providence” by William Meikle
  • “The Three Billy Goats Sothoth” by Peter N Dudar
  • “Little Maiden of the Sea” by David Bernard
  • “The Great Old One and the Beanstalk” by Armand Rosamilia
  • “In the Shade of the Juniper Tree” by JP Hutsell
  • “The Horror at Hatchet Point” by Zach Shephard
  • “The Most Incredible Thing” by Bracken MacLeod
  • “Let Me Come In!” by Simon Yee
  • “The Fishman and His Wife” by Inanna Arthen
  • “Little Match Mi-Go” by Michael Kamp
  • “Follow the Yellow Glyph Road” by Scott T Goudsward
  • “Gumdrop Apocalypse” by Pete Rawlik
  • “Curiosity” by Winifred Burniston
  • “The Ice Queen” by Mae Empson
  • “Once Upon a Dream” by Matthew Baugh
  • “Cinderella and Her Outer Godfather” by CT Phipps
  • “Donkeyskin” by KH Vaughan
  • “Sweet Dreams in the Witch-House” by Sean Logan
  • “Fee Fi Old One” by Thom Brannan
  • “The King on the Golden Mountain” by Morgan Sylvia
  • “The Legend of Creepy Hollow” by Don D’Ammassa

Brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths

Treasured Chests – A Zombie Anthology: For Breast Cancer Care

My story, To Walk the Halls, is included in Treasured Chests: A Zombie Anthology: For Breast Cancer Care!

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A charity anthology of short Zombie Stories created in aid of the charity Breast Cancer Care (registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658). All royalties (100%) are to be donated to Breast Cancer Care.

Treasured Chests is a unique, intelligent and terrifying collection of short Zombie Stories. An eclectic collection of short stories brought to you by the Zombie podcast Good Morning Zompoc, featuring the finest authors in the Zombie and Horror Genres.

*Warning Explicit Content*

Content :

1.Foreword – By Diane Coughlin
2.Invasion A – By Peter Mckeirnon
3.Run from the Dead – By Marc Moore
4.Adam’s Birthday – By Claire C Riley
5.Not the Main Character – By Devon C Ford
6.A Flash of Light in the Darkness – by Marilyn Peake
7.Scarecrows – By David A. Simpson
8.To Walk the Halls – By Rebecca Besser
9.Last Light – By Christopher Artinian
10.Judgement Day – By Ricky Fleet
11. Wolfe in Dead Clothing – By R.L. Chambers
12.Beginning of the End (Garage Survival) – By T.D. Ricketts
13.Bobbies Boobies – By Grivante
14.Insomnolence – By Valerie Lioudis
15.Concrete Jungle – By M.R. Wallace
16.The Karakyuza – By Kevin J Kennedy
17.Slayer – By Andrew Lennon
18.Zombie Granny – By Steve Higgs
19.Betrayal – By Jaime Johnesee
20.Flesh – By Stuart Keane
21.House of Dead Repute – By Matt Hickman
22.Excuses – Cartoon by Stan Yan

All royalties are to be donated to the charity Breast Cancer Care registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658.

Murder They Wrote – Serial Sikk Publishing

My story, Debt, is included in Murder They Wrote from Serial Sikk Publishing!

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Murder: the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another. But what triggers someone to take the life of another? That is the question we asked, and in this collection of short stories you get a lot of great answers. There is something for everyone in this bone chilling anthology filled with new and familiar names in the horror world. The only rule we laid out was that each story had to have a death, and believe me, we got more than we could have ever dreamed of. So sit back, turn down the lights, and prepare yourself…because someone is about to die.

4 New Book Releases – September & October

It just so happens that I’m involved with 4 new books being released in September and October (2017)!

Crazy right?

But…Halloween is Horror Christmas, so it kinda makes sense.

Here are the books you should be looking forward to:

Zpoc Exception Series: Re-Civilize:

Book 3 – Liam

by Rebecca Besser

Middletown 3: Metal Apocalypse

Treasured Chests

A Zombie Anthology (for charity)

Available for pre-order! Click on cover to visit title on Amazon.

Murder They Wrote

 

The first book is the continuation of my Zpoc Exception Series: Re-Civilize, and all the other books are anthologies with one of my stories included.

More information will be forthcoming as each title is released, or gets closer to its release date, so stay tuned!

 

©Rebecca Besser, 2017. All rights reserved.

Interview with Author Rhonda Parrish

 

Author Rhonda Parrish
Author Rhonda Parrish

 

Bec: Welcome to my blog! Please start by telling everyone about yourself –

Rhonda: Oh, man. Way to start out with a super tough questions. LoL I’m totally going to cop out and just post a 1st person version of the standard bio I’ve been using lately. 😉

I am driven by a desire to do All The Things. I have been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and am the editor of several anthologies including (most recently) Fae and A is for Apocalypse.

In addition, I am a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012) and Mythic Delirium.

Bec: What is your most recent release(s)?

Rhonda: I’ve had some poems and short stories published in various places in the past few weeks, but my most recent publication where mine is the only name on the cover would be White Noise. White Noise is a collection of a whack of poems I wrote about the zombie apocalypse. They are mostly reprints (meaning they’ve been published elsewhere first),  but this is the first time they’ve been gathered together in the same place.

WhiteNoise

Bec: What genres do you most like to read?

Rhonda: Everything. I’m not kidding. I read everything. For Niteblade and anthologies I read a lot of short speculative fiction and novel-length spec fic fills a lot of my leisure reading as well, but I don’t ONLY read that genre. I also love nonfiction, literary fiction, classics. P.G. Wodehouse and Charles Dickens are very near the top of my list of favourite authors, for example. Though that love of classics isn’t very well represented in it, here’s the list of books I’ve read so far this year according to Goodreads. Quite a variety, but no more than I’d expect on anyone’s bookshelfs. J

Bec: What genres do you most like to write?

Rhonda: I think I prefer fantasy and horror because while there are definitely rules, they feel far more bendy than when I’m writing something which is more strictly “mainstream” (for lack of a better word choice).

Bec: I know you’ve recently been to a couple conferences… Would you like to share a little bit about those with us?

Rhonda: This year I attended three conventions: When Words Collide, World Fantasy, and Pure Spec. All three had awesome and totally different things going for them. When Words Collide is where we launched (and sold out of) FAE, an anthology I edited for World Weaver Press. It was also the first time I was ever on a panel at a convention so that was frightening in the best possible ways.

At World Fantasy not only did I get to meet up with people I’d only seen before online (which is what happens at every convention, amirite?), but also both anthologies I edited this year, FAE and A IS FOR APOCALYPSE were represented in the readings. And I got to talk to people about them, and sign copies. At one point, I even had a line of people who wanted me to sign their books. Okay, okay, it was of three people, but dudes – it was a line!

Pure Spec takes place right here in Edmonton, within walking distance of my house even. That alone makes it pretty awesome, but it’s also fantastic to get a chance to hang out with local friends and talk about work and everything else. J What’s more, this year at Pure Spec was the first time I read any of my work out loud in public. I was taking part in the Character Death Match (which is as awesome as it sounds) and I was eliminated in the first round BUT I read my whole excerpt without fainting or throwing up so I still count it as a win. LoL

Bec: Which holiday do you like better: Thanksgiving or Christmas? Why?

Rhonda: Christmas, most definitely. I kind of feel like Thanksgiving isn’t as big a thing in general up here in Canada than it is in the US and I could be wrong about that, but it’s definitely not as big a deal in my family. Christmas, or as I prefer to call it, Giftmas (because we celebrate a secular version of the holiday), is something I look forward to all year long. My extended family is very large and when I was younger Christmas was a raucous affair with loads of relatives, tons of presents and far, far too much food. Now my immediate family (husband, daughter, and myself) tend to make Giftmas a much more low-key affair, but we still have tons of presents and far too much to eat and drink.

Bec: What is your favorite Christmas themed book?

Rhonda: I’m a huge fan of Dickens’ Christmas stories. Not just A Christmas Carol, but also The Cricket on the Hearth and The Chimes (I haven’t read his others yet). I also love The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and, though I haven’t re-read it recently, I loved The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Bec: Is there anything you would like to share that I haven’t asked you about?

Rhonda: I’ll add in the obligatory promo part. LoL

If you like zombies please check out my books, Waste Not (And Other Funny Zombie Stories) and, if you like highly accessible poetry, White Noise: Poems of the Zombie Apocalypse. Both come in electronic and paperback versions and the paperbacks are priced perfectly to be just the right thing to add to your shopping cart to qualify for free shipping while you’re shopping for Christmas/Giftmas presents.

WasteNotSmall

Bec: Thank you for stopping by and sharing yourself with us. Have a great holiday season!

 

Find out how to stalk Rhonda Parrish below:

Rhonda Parrish is a shapeshifter with talents to match her every incarnation- magpie tenacity for picking the shiniest submissions, nightingale notes for crafting tales, and bright, feline eyes for seeking out her photographic subjects. She balances on the knife-edge of darkness and light, a sorceress of both realms.” – Sara Cleto

Website: http://www.rhondaparrish.com

Newsletter: http://www.rhondaparrish.com/newsletter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhondaparrish

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhonda.parrish.31

 

©Rebecca Besser & Rhonda Parrish, 2014. All rights reserved.

 

Feast or Famine – Free for All Hallow’s Read

Happy Halloween!

Feast or Famine: A Banquet of Tales for the Zombie Prepper ebook

is free to download to your Kindle from Oct. 30-Nov. 1!

FF book cover

Click on the cover to visit the title on Amazon and download to your Kindle!

My story, “We’ll Be All Right,” is included in the collection.

Enjoy!

©Rebecca Besser, 2014. All rights reserved.