Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Anthology Submissions Tally: February

We've now completed our fifth month of readings. Those who submitted stories to us during the month of February will be receiving notification of our editorial decisions regarding their submissions by week's end. Here are the results of our Febuary readings:
  • Total # of queries = 22
  • Total # of greenlighted queries = 22
  • Total # of actual new submissions = 20
  • Total # of re-submissions from previous month(s) = 0
  • Total # of 2nd readings that were re-considered = 0

Disposition of submissions:

  • Accepted = 3
  • Rejected = 15
  • Held for second reading = 1
  • Revisions requested from authors = 1

Monday, March 24, 2008

Tips From the February Submissions...

  • Interesting month. On the upside, there was nary a psycho tranny nor man-hating lesbian in sight. That was downright refreshing, and you have our eternal thanks.

  • On the downside, there were several solid stories that were creative in concept and competent in execution but derailed in the final act from over-ambition or predictability.

  • We're winding down now in the process so the "wow" factor is critical for your story to move ahead in the process. The good news is that we're receiving far more good stories than bad; the bad news is that the stories need to be great.

  • Narratives that are little more than rambling, free-association aren't making the grade. Think characters, plot, conflict...

  • Characters need motives, and they need to act on those motives in a manner logical to the situation you've placed them in, to the time period and setting, and to themselves.

  • Most satisfying literary tickle of the month: "jingoistic claptrap." Pure word harmony!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Cover Art Unveiled...

Dark Scribe Press is pleased to unveil the central artwork for the cover of its upcoming anthology project, Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet:

This magnificent artwork was created by Michael “Pooch” Pucciarelli, an extraordinary up and coming artist in the Pop Surrealism/ Lowbrow scene. Visually captivating, Pucciarelli’s paintings blend the fantastic and surreal - Mexico’s Dia De los Muertos imagery, a bit of Bosch and Brueghul, and MC Escher's' architectural elements with an infusion of tattoo culture. His acclaimed “rides” series - intricately detailed carnavalesque worlds in which characters are sent careening on macabre rollercoaster rides through worlds populated by movie monsters, skeletons, and underground pop culture icons - reflects his constant exposure to Florida theme parks, where surreal carnival ride facades reflect the false fronts of modern society. Pucciarelli, who is also a renowned South Florida tattoo artist, created an original work in his “rides” series specifically for the anthology.

From his website:

"Raised on a diet of Ray Harryhausen films, H. P. Lovecraft novels, comics, Walt Disney World and other Florida tourist traps, Pooch paints images that seem to exist in a bizarre afterlife. His art is a visual cocktail of these influences—with a shot of lowbrow culture—shaken and stirred, then served up in a souvenir tiki skull on the Day of the Dead. A self-taught artist, he owes much of his painting skills to over ten years of daily tattooing and drawing."

Cover design duties now fall to the equally talented Deena Warner and her team from Deena Warner Design LLC. Check back for more updates and announcements as our TOC comes together for what promises to be an eclectic and amazing anthology!