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I've been informed by one of the greatest editor-guys EVAH, Mr. Ken Burns, that Issue #1 of Shock Totem is now available in e-reader format for only $1.99.  Why yes, there is a story by Yours Truly in this issue.  You can read his post on the Shock Totem website.  Or here:

Our debut issue is now available on the Kindle through Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de. You can also download the .mobi and .epub versions from Drive-Thru Horror. If you have a Nook, Barnes & Noble is your ticket.

Other online digital retailers will follow, as well as the other issues, including our upcoming issue #4.

The digital version is available for $1.99. Visit our Shock Totem Digital page for more details.

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OMG!  I've had THREE!!!! -- yes, count them, THREE!!!! -- pieces of awesome news since Friday that have me on top of the world.  One would have been just awesome by itself, but all three put together have me absolutely walking on air.  Pardon my exuberance, I feel like a fangirl squeeful of giggly.

On Friday I had another CT scan and my diverticulitis infection appears to be settled.  I thought I was going to have to go through another course of those antibiotics that end up only making me sicker.  That was awesome in itself, especially given the headaches and hassles I went through that day waiting for insurance approval because the Dr. wanted it done before 5 pm.  

Then last night (after a busy day of tamale making!) I returned home to find an email from Jeanne Cavalos of Odyssey Writing Workshop.  No, I didn't apply for the 6 wk course, I just can't do that.  But for what I believe is the first time ever, they are running some online classes during January and Febuary.  I applied for the 3-Act Structure in Fantastic Fiction course.  I was ACCEPTED!  I am so excited about this opportunity to learn more skills.  *dancing on air* over this one.  More info on those classes can be found at the Odyssey site.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank once again the most awesome editor EVER!!! -- K. Allen Wood of Shock Totem fame.  He has been so supportive and caring.  And he's just a fun guy, too.  He was one of the references I used in the Odyssey Online Class application, and he has enthusiastically supported and encouraged me.  Please support his fine magazine, he certainly deserves accolades himself for all the hard work and enthusiasm.

This morning came my 3rd bit of goodness.  It seems I may end up published at long last in ASIM!!!!  I've had about 3 stories held to final round, but never taken.  It appears they are considering one.  I've had a conditional acceptance.  The editor still needs to go over the story and may ask for rewrites, etc, which could affect the acceptance of the final story.  So I'll keep my fingers crossed on this one until the contract is in the mail.  But to say I'm excited would be an understatement of the first magnitude.

I think I'll just float off into space now.  I'm pretty sure my feet won't be touching the ground all day.
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Just received an email from the uber-great editor of Shock Totem, Ken Woods. And I quote:
Just wanted to give you a heads-up that we've got issue #1 on sale again. It's 40% off if you use our store or Paypal. You can read a bit more about it here: http://www.shocktotem.com. Please share this info, if you know anyone who'd be interested.
Otherwise, I hope your holidays are filled with "an infinity of awesome." =) As you may or may not know, not only does this fine premier edition of what is bound to be an excellent horror mag, contain my story, Below the Surface, but also the lead story by fellow flister [livejournal.com profile] tlmorganfield . Soo, ahem. Self-pimpage ended. Go, buy. Support your local publisher.
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Still haven't purchased the premiere, #1 Issue of Shock Totem (Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted)?  Well, don't despair!  Issue #1 is on sale through Halloween!  This is your chance to read stories by T L Morganfield, Jennifer Pelland, Mercedes M Yardley, Les Berkley, Don D'Ammassa, Pam L Wallace, David Niall Wilson, Brian Rappatta, Kurt Newton, K Allen Wood, Michelle Howarth and conversations with William Ollie, Alan Robert (Life of Agony, Spoiler NYC), and the legendary John Skipp.

From the mouth of Ken Wood himself:  A few times recently we've offered issue #1 at a 40% discount and it's done well. Usually we've only done the sale for a few hours, but we're extending it through Halloween this time (likely longer, too, perhaps through Sunday or Monday). It's an excellent deal ($3.59 per issue).
 
You have to go through our store (https://www.createspace.com/3388937) and checkout using the code HEBMPP5L. Once you apply the code, the discount will appear.

ENJOY!!! 

Shock Totem has been excellent to work with, I can't say enough about Ken's spirit and dedication.  It's important we support markets like this -- and keep supporting them, so they don't disappear!  I think you'll be pleased with the quality of the magazine. 

 


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I just received news that the premiere issue of Shock Totem is also available on Amazon! 

Um, if I may be allowed just a moment of squee-ing, you can actually search for my name on Amazon.  Well, it feels impressive to me!

Go here if you're looking to buy or browse:  AMAZON LISTING FOR SHOCK TOTEM  


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Those of you who have anxiously awaited the launch of the new magazine, Shock Totem, await no more!  The website is live -- and gorgeous!  Go take a look!  Go on, you know you want to. 

Shock Totem

And issue #1 is available for purchase, for only the measly amount of $5.99, you can own your very own copy! 

And yes, I *do* happen to have a story appearing within those very pages. "Below the Surface" is a dark fantasy story with a tinge of horrorful happenings.  And my fellow flister [livejournal.com profile] tlmorganfield 
has the lead story, "The Music Box."

I think this is going to be an awesome magazine.  Ken has been more than pleasant to work with as an editor.  He's kept us informed with regular updates all through the process of launch.  I'm really pleased and can't wait for my contributor's copy.  For those of you going to NECON, free issues will be handed out. 

Seriously, I hope you support Shock Totem.  I know Ken is dedicated to its success.  I think they're still closed to submissions, but trust me, you definitely want to be part of this.  

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Shock Totem's Premiere Issue will be -- well, premiering soon!  July 2009.  The artwork is so gorgeous, and the website is going to be awesome too.  I'll let you know as soon as that goes live.  But for now, please enjoy the cover artwork and the final TOC (of which I am, yes, very proud to be part of!)

Here is the final TOC:
 
Editorial
The Music Box, by T.L. Morganfield
Til Death Do Us Part, by Jennifer Pelland
One Foot in Darkness: An interview with John Skipp, by John Boden
Murder For Beginners, by Mercedes M. Yardley
First Light, by Les Berkley
No Superheroes Here: An interview with Alan Robert, by K. Allen Wood
Complexity, by Don D’Ammassa
Mulligan Stew, by Brian Rosenberger
Strange Goods and Other Oddities (Reviews)
Below The Surface, by Pam L. Wallace
Slider, by David Niall Wilson
On a Hellish Road: An interview with William Ollie, by Michell Howarth
The Dead March, by Brian Rappatta
Thirty-Two Scenes From a Dead Hooker’s Mouth, by Kurt Newton
Howling Through the Keyhole (Author Notes)




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