Thursday, January 6, 2011


Yesterday, I opened an email that started like this:

We'd like to purchase this story for the anthology. Please see the attached electronic contract.

I read those words several times, more confused with each read. It seemed like a rather sadistic way to start off a rejection letter. Were they going to give me a contract and have one of those obnoxious Psyche! jokes on the bottom? But no, they seemed to be seriously asking me for a bio and a paypal address and all sorts of things. But that meant that…

At this point, any conscious thought was replaced with a repeated string of expletives similar to OHMYFUCKINGGODOHMYFUCKINGGOD, only much longer and less coherent.

Back on December 1st, at the end of National Novel Writing Month, I said:

This is, in case you were growing worried, the last time I’ll discuss my own writing until, I guess, NaNo next year short of some sort of publication related miracle.

Well, as the more astute among you have probably guessed by now, said publication related miracle has, evidently, become publication reality. It seems that everyone’s (second? third? fourth? eighth?) favorite blogger will be published in Innsmouth Free Press’s Historical Lovecraft anthology. Though I haven’t blogged about him, Lovecraft is one of my favorite authors, and being in an anthology like this makes me happier than a Shoggoth in…well, whatever substance Shoggoth’s like to be immersed in.

Oddly enough, this is one of those cases where sitting on something for a little while until they’re fully formed, as I so often (innocently) do around here, makes the revelation sort of awkward. See, a short time ago, I got another set of great news. Everyone’s (second? third? fourth? eighth?) favorite  blogger is going to have a review go up at Strange Horizons. I figured I’d wait to say anything till I could link to the review, but waiting further seems pointless, so yeah. Expect amazing linking action in the next little while.

How will these Totally Awesome announcements change the Rack? Not that much. The …Who? section has been slightly updated, but posting should continue as normal right up until I get that three book deal, and I’ve got some very cool stuff coming up.


  1. Incredibly exciting news, and hopefully the first of many. Oh, and by the way, as far as I know, Shoggoths enjoy the thick, primordial ooze beneath the seas.

  2. Gratz! That was some very fast publication related miracle :)

  3. That's awesome, man. I love hearing things like this. It gives hope to those of us that struggle with the same hopes and dreams. The dreams seem like so little to ask from life, but the hopes are BIG I assure you.

    Also glad I found another well-written blog to read.

    Best of luck on future publishing!

    The Sound and Fury of Kristopher A. Denby