My newest published story is now available:Â What Makes You Tick, published by Brain Harvest.Â It’s a horror flash fiction piece, the shortest I’ve published.ÂÂ It’s also the same story that will be printed in Northern Frights Publishing’s War of the Worlds:Â Frontlines anthology some time soon, so you can look at it like a free preview.
This is also the first story I’ve published that is available in text for free.Â You can donate to Brain Harvest if you’d like, and a donation of $10 will get you a hand-knitted mustache.
I hope you enjoy the story, and feel free to leave a comment here or there to let me know what you think!
Sale #6 today! It will be a reprint of my story What Makes You Tick (which I sold for the first time to the upcoming War of the Worlds: Frontlines anthology). Brain Harvest is an online magazine which specializes in very short, strange stories (up to 750 words).Â It’ll be posted there for free some time after the anthology is printed, so if you’d like to read what sort of stories Schnarr bought for the antho, you can look at it as a free sample.
By the way, you might’ve noticed that I hadn’t sent out a notice about sale #5. That was no mistake–I have made a sale #5, but it’s to a magazine that hasn’t been announced yet. I’ll send out the notice for that magazine once the magazine has made itself known. ,David Steffen
I have good news to share!Â Northern Frights Publishing has purchased one of my stories for their upcoming War of the Worlds themed anthology.Â Since I was able to make it into the pages of their very first anthology, Shadows of the Emerald City, I wanted to see if I could make it into more of their excellent compilations, and I’m glad to say it worked out.Â I also submitted to their Timelines anthology, but got a rejection for my entry there so it’s not a clean sweep but two out of three ain’t bad.Â JW Schnarr is once again the editor, and I was really impressed by the quality of the stories he picked for Shadows (even if he hadn’t picked mine), so I’m looking forward to seeing who I’m sharing the table of contents with and what they’ve come up with.
My story is titled “What Makes You Tick” and it is the story of an alien autopsy from the point of view of the alien.Â It’s very short at only 600 words, but it packs a wallop in that small space!Â I like flash fiction for its brevity, a climax in such a short period of time can’t help but be exciting on some level!
For those who like stats:
Time since I started writing fiction: 2 years, 11 months
Time since I started writing short stories: 1 year, 7 months
Short story #: 22
Total responses before this sale: 209
Total rejections since last sale: 81
Time since last sale: —160 days
Total rejections of this story before this sale: 1
Total rejections from Northern Frights before this sale: 1