The Blue, the Grey, and the Scarlet

Maybe someone out there remembers this one.  The unofficial cover from KnightWatch Press graces the top of my blog, as a matter of fact.  Well, after a solid, short run, KnightWatch went kaput and tossed some of their yet-unpublished anthos overboard to other willing publishers.  They were then taken over by a new imprint called Fringeworks.  Anyway the antho I was contracted for never made it out of the gates.  That’s life in small-time publishing,  I’m really sad to say.

I wrote my story “A Pound of Flesh” back in 2011, just to give you an idea of how long this Civil War horror compilation has been on a slow simmer.

Anyway, Neon Moon Publications has taken over the contracts, and last I heard, the book is slated to be released in March.  We shall see…

Here is the TOC, in order they will appear, as I understand.

1 – Dog Meat – Nathan Barnes
2 – A Pound Of Flesh – Kim Krodel
3 – Where Angels Fear To Tread – J. Rodimus Fowler
4 – Traitor, Coward, Betrayer – Russell Brown
5 – The Corrupted – R.W. Hawkins
6 – The Fossum Hill Letters – Erick Mertz
7 – The Confederate Dead – Jonathan Wood
8 – Wept The Midnight Sky – Joshua Skye
9 – The Truth – Jeremy Peterson
10 – The Lost Unit Of South Mountain – Ken Courtenay
11 – When Johnny Came Marching Home – Jeff Suess
12 – Place Of Refuge – Dale Eldon
13 – Stonewall – Brent Abell
14 – Meat For The Beast – Buck Weiss
English: Dog Meat On Sale At Kyungdong Shijang...

English: Dog Meat On Sale At Kyungdong Shijang Market, Seoul, Korea Taken by Rob Sherridan, posted on his Flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/demonbaby/2088034091/in/photostream/ More Rob Sherridan pictures can be found at http://www.rob-sheridan.com. CC-Share Alike 3.0 licensed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Oh yes they do.

I’ll keep you posted.  They say good things come to those who wait, so this book should be a real firecracker by that logic.

Hang loose,

Kim

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Realistic Horror Vs. Supernatural Horror

So, recently I wrote a short horror story.  Originally, my plan was to have a supernatural element to it, which, generally speaking; I love the supernatural.  Speculative fiction and fantasy are consistent players in my authorial poker game.

They are also heavy drinkers and fun to be around.

But, in the seventh inning or so I decided that I wanted to change it up.  I remember being a kid, and my father, a hard-core Stephen King fan, getting pissed about the heavy use of the supernatural in King’s later works.  See, my dad preferred the creepy that could actually happen–the evil that resides in the heart of man, and all that.

With that gripe in mind, I changed my story to straight-up horror, with only a couple of dream sequences to add a light brushing of supernatural flavor…but in the end, dreams are a fact of life, whether realistic imaginings or not, so I skated a fine line there, too.

Now, my friend/muse/sounding board/editor was a bit resistant when I laid my plan down on her.  She has yet to read the finished product and let me know if it worked, but she liked the fantasy element of my original outline.

So I asked my husband, who said that he, for-the-most-part, prefers real-life-scary to bogey-man-scary.

Now, we had a draw…hence my blog topic.  I wanted to get some feedback from readers as to their preference when it comes to horror.  Maybe you like both equally?  Maybe, if one or the other is done right, it doesn’t matter?

An anthology of monsters, mayhem, and a country at war

http://www.knightwatchpress.info/blue.html

I also got to thinking about an upcoming story I have in a Civil War horror anthology from Knightwatch Press (called “The Blue, The Grey, and The Scarlet–An Anthology of Monsters, Mayhem, and a Country at War”).  My tale involves zombies, but it also highlights the horrors of the war in general–the complete annihilation of bone by ball bearings resulting in an unprecedented number of amputations of limbs; the archaic medical science of the time that resulted in disease spreading like a brush fire from person to person.

I asked myself, what was the scariest part of that story?  The flesh-eating mutants?  Or the nightmares people lived (and died) through during the war between the states?

Anyway, take a second to vote.  Leave a comment if you have something to add.  I’d love to hear what keeps you awake at night.