Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"The Redcap of Glamtallon" Published in COVER OF DARKNESS


I've been anxiously awaiting the release of the March 2013 issue of Cover of Darkness, and it's finally out! Yay!

This issue contains, among other works, my horror short story "The Redcap of Glamtallon". I meld a bit of the traditional with the contemporary in this one. As with my alpe story, I also use a horror creature somewhat different from the vampire/werewolf/zombie norm.

BTW, with the publication of "Vengenace of the Alpe" in the All Souls' Night 2010 issue of Hungur, the publication of "Sing the Bones Alive" in Bards and Sages Quarterly earlier this year, and now the publication of my redcap story in the newly released March Cover of Darkness, I've now seen three pieces of short fiction longer than flash published. A fourth is slated for publication later this year. I might actually dare to add writer of short fiction to artist/illustrator/poet/writer of non-fiction (not that I've been writing much of anything lately - the art has taken over completely).

Get a copy of Issue 14 of Cover of Darkness! Read my story!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cover Art (and more) for How We Play Football in Alabama And Other Short Stories From Doug's World


I just found out, purely by chance, that cover art of mine which I thought was never going to see the light of day actually saw publication back in September 2011, on the cover of an e-book anthology. Not only that, this same anthology contains four pieces of my artwork as interior illustrations. As a matter of fact, in the dedication, the author gives special thanks to "Richard H. Fay, "Illustrator Supreme". And that's not all, one of the stories contains an excerpt from my poem "Holiday on Phreetum Prime".

So, better eighteen months late than never, I am pleased to announce that my artwork of a football-playing elephant appears on the cover of Doug Hilton's How We Play Football in Alabama And Other Short Stories From Doug's World, Kindle Edition, available through Amazon.com.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Publication World's Unreliability: How Frustrating!

If someone asked what bothered me the most about the publication world, I would have to say it's not rejections, it's the unreliability of it all. I can just about handle rejections, but I have the hardest time dealing with the disappointment when, for a variety of reasons, accepted works fail to see publication. This has happened to me again, and again, and again, and it might be happening yet again. It's incredibly frustrating!

What's Up With Sam's Dot?


What is going on with Sam's Dot Publishing and the various zines they publish? I had my worries about the recent purchase of Sam's Dot by White Cat Publications, but all I heard from Sam's Dot was that the transition should be a smooth one. Despite these assurances, I had a bit of trouble receiving a couple of payments and contributor's copies for material published in the later part of 2012. Three editors have already left or are soon leaving the Sam's Dot fold. Now I receive an "all points bulletin" from the editor of Cover of Darkness that they have no answers regarding the delays in distribution of various zines, and correspondence with their White Cat owner has been slow.

Should I be worried about my two stories, one artwork, and one poem slated for forthcoming publication in three different Sam's Dot zines? I am supposed to have a story in the March issue of Cover of Darkness. It is now March 18th, and no March Cover of Darkness. Will that issue ever be released?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"Jungun Catching a Quibbib" in D&N 94

My contributor's copy of Dreams and Nightmares 94 arrived in the mail today. My sci-fi filler artwork "Jungun Catching a Quibbib" appears right on the bottom of the back cover. It really does look absolutely lovely in print. It's a fine example of the sort of filler artwork I do.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Zero AnthologyBuilder Sales

Here is something sad. I just checked on my lone story in AnthologyBuilder ("Vengeance of the Alpe"), and it has had 0 sales so far. It has been published twice (originally published in HUNGUR and reprinted in NIGHT TO DAWN), but it hasn't been added to a single AnthologyBuilder anthology. Bummer!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

THE SECRET SOCIETY OF PIGS AND DEAD DINOSAURS


I've had my absurd moments. Of course, this was something I wrote back when I was a messed-up teenager in the late 1980s (alas, this particular poem was never accepted for publication):

THE SECRET SOCIETY OF PIGS AND DEAD DINOSAURS

With a thunderous roar
The terrible lizard laughs.
Stomp on the tree ferns!

Here we go a wallowing
Down in the pig pits.

Brontosaurus footsteps
Precede the savage storm.
The primeval jungle trembles.

Stuff your face with slop.
Long live the belching boar!

A comet blasted the behemoth.
A dark cloud covered the sty.
The ruling reptile lost his throne.

All hail!
The overly exalted hog!

Where is Tyrannosaurus now?
Covered in miles of petrified muck.
The sow is inspired.

A pig, is a pig, is a pig,
But a pig by any other name
Is a dirty, disgusting,
Homo sapiens.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Personal Story About Writers and Contracts


Many years ago, before there was an internet, I looked into one of those vanity presses for possible publication of a poetry collection. The vanity press in question did send me a contract, but I was less than enthusiastic about the terms of that contract. Actually, I thought the terms stank like the shit they were! Even though I was young and naive, even though I did not have the access to information about such things that writers have today, even though I would have loved to have had a poetry collection to call my own, I followed my gut instincts and never signed the contract. In the end, I ripped up the unsigned contract and threw it away.

If a deal smells like shit, it probably is shit. There have always been those who try to take advantage of naive and desperate writers and artists by offering them shitty deals and hoping some writers and artists are gullible enough to agree to them. Usually, there are some who do just that.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Plate Armour Art, New and Old


When I first started selling my art to the public, back when I sold it at a handful of events, one of the first images I sold was a labelled 15th century armour diagram. I drew my inspiration for the image from various knightly memorial brasses of the latter part of the 15th century. Ever since I've been selling items through Zazzle and Redbubble, I've been wanting to do an updated version of that image. Well, this week I finally created a brand-new piece along the same lines, albeit one based on the brasses circa 1430 instead of those circa 1460 Here is a link to my "Plate Armour Circa 1430" up on my Redbubble portfolio:

Plate Armour Circa 1430 by Richard Fay

Compare this to my earlier labelled 15th century armour diagram, drawn in 1998: