The Good, the Bad & the Zombie

Should we start with the good news or the bad? Where’s Magic 8 ball when you need it? Ok, bad first. Yesterday we were checking up on submitted stories that we hadn’t heard back from. All four didn’t make it 😦 We weren’t really surprised because as anyone who’s tried to get published knows, the rejections far outweigh the acceptances. Still, it was disheartening to have to remove 4 smiley faces from our short stories list. We have a list of all the short stories we’ve written & the ones that get submitted have a smiley face next to them, the ones that get shortlisted have a lightning bolt & the ones that are published get a star.

Now for the good news. We’ve just had another story accepted for publication by Dark Fire Fiction! 🙂 The story’s called Deadly Reflections & has been rejected 9 times but FINALLY someone likes it. It will come out in issue 52 at the beginning of July. This is actually breaking news ‘cos we’ve just found out.

And now for the zombie. Our short story featuring Scott, Parliament of Monsters, wasn’t even longlisted for the Sunday Times short story award. We didn’t expect to be, after all, the authors who make it onto the shortlist are all multi-award winners with either their short stories or their novels so a story about a zombie appearing on a Jerry Springer style chat show written by two novices was never gonna make it. But we’ve now sent it to an anthology by Aeon Press so talons crossed they like it. We’re not holding out a lot of hope because the anthology wants horror, dark fantasy or weird & it’s basically a comedy with horror characters. But the way we see it is if we don’t send it off then it definitely won’t get accepted. Death or glory.