Schlocktoberfest is dead! Long live Schlocktoberfest!
A few years ago I realized that slaving a story to a calendar was not only difficult, it made for a weak story. So I stopped doing "Schlocktoberfest" and started simply writing what I wanted to write, putting pictures to it, and hoping that when it got around to airing it was what you folks wanted to read. The result? Better stories.
Some of you have looked at General Karl Tagon's arc, in particular this most recent installment, and suggested that I haven't abandoned Schlocktoberfest at all. I assure, you I have. That ghoulish face spewing nanomotile death at the viewer is something I've been planning to draw for quite a while, and it's nothing more than a happy accident that it showed up during October. I assure you, the current story, Random Access Memorabilia, is not mapped to the month of October. Halloween will come and go, but this story will continue.
I don't want to leave you in the cold, however. I want you to have something genuinely spooky, creepy, or outright horrific waiting for you for Halloween -- in a good way, mind you. Not under your bed, or anything like that. I mean, unless that's where you leave your e-reader at night.
And so it is that I'm participating in the Space Eldritch anthology, a collection of seven brand new novelettes and novellas of Lovecraftian pulp space opera. Without putting too fine a point on it, they're science-fiction horror tales, and some of them have tentacles. The contributors and their contributions, alphabetically by author, are:
- “Arise Thou Niarlat From Thy Rest” by D.J. Butler
- “Space Opera“ by Michael R. Collings
- “The Fury in the Void” by Robert J. Defendi
- “The Shadows of Titan” by Carter Reid and Brad R. Torgersen
- “The Menace Under Mars” by Nathan Shumate
- “Flight of the Runewright” by Howard Tayler
- “Gods in Darkness” by David J. West