Intussen zijn op AnthologyBuilder de voorbereidingen voor Halloween in volle gang. Niet dat er enige pompoenen in het zicht zijn, maar hun enorme database van korte verhalen bevat voldoende exemplaren om een verhalenbundel te vullen met met spoken, monsters, en andere verschrikkingen. Hun meest recente blog verleidt je met drie korte uittreksels van zulke verhalen: prikkelende, plagende, beangstigende, of…

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Meanwhile, over at AnthologyBuilder, preparations for Halloween are already on their way. Not that there are any pumpkins in evidence, but their huge database of short stories contains ample tales to fill yourself an anthology of ghost, ghouls, and other horrors. Their latest blog entry teases you with three brief excerpts of stories that fit…

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Sale! A hugely disloyal member of the marvellous online writers group Codex, when I was still fairly active there I participated in the 2005 Halloween contest. The contest challenge that year was to write a Halloween story based on a ‘seed’, something to prod the muse, provided by another participant. Seeds could be anything from…

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One of the fun things about being a professional writer is that reading fiction suddenly counts as work! That fact is a blessing in itself, but today it was extra joy, because I got to read every story submitted by my talented fellow Codexians for the Halloween Contest (see other posts below or click the…

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So far, my newfound urge to write (brought home from Seattle, where the Writers of the Future workshop caused it) is paying off. It may not be the greatest story I’ve written – actually, it is probably the worst – but my entry for the Halloween contest of my Codex Writers Group is finished and…

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A writer’s curse is his inability to be a fair judge of his own work. Either that, or my just-submitted story for the Halloween Contest of my Codex Writers Group really sucks as badly as I fear. To quote one of the characters: “Lame, lame, lame, lame, lame.” But at least I worked in all…

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