My latest writing project is a short story called THE NURSERY, a contribution to THE CHRONICLES OF HELL vol. 1. I'm lucky to be included in a wonderful company of authors including Colin Barnes, who is also the editor and publisher of the anthology, Anne Michaud, Belinda Frisch, Kendall Grey, Victoria Griesdoorn, and Ren Warom.
As I wrote and rewrote and edited my story, I couldn't help pinching myself over and over again. I'm thrilled to be a part of this writing crowd. My fellow contributors are super-talented, published writers. There's the Coffin Hop blog tour winding its way through Anne, Belinda and Colin's blogs (with prizes!), and Ren has an on-going, darkly addictive story posted, Umwelt. Kendall currently has a project called "Manual Transmission" which is a collection of pictures taken by writers of their hands. The pictures are beautiful and interesting and show just how varied we are as writers (and humans). Victoria is a scientist and writer, and frankly, her powerful mind has me in awe most of the time. In awe and mostly incoherent. But don't take my word for it. Check them out. They're 100% swoon-worthy.
All of our stories are different although they share the same premise:
There is no god, no angels, no redemption; only suffering. The Ant-headed Old One ‘The Great Maurr’ has risen and brought hell to earth. The land is scorched and the human race decimated, eaten or tortured. Only three cities remain, a crumbled dying version of their former selves: London, Moscow and Hong Kong.The Great Maurr’s own City of Hell dominates most of North America. Its diabolical influence has turned ordinary citizens into torturers, debased slaves, lunatics and zealots.
With an eruption at Yellowstone, the likes of which humanity has never seen before, The Old-One tore apart the land, and ascended to rule, aided by its faithful army of acolytes. From the core of the earth it crawled up on to the land, spreading disease and insanity to all corners of the globe.
The City of Hell Chronicles tell the tales of survival, death and debauchery.
The first anthology features 8 stories from 7 international authors.
Volume 1 of the chronicles will be released in December 2011 in eBook and Paperback versions.
For more details, click here to go to the City of Hell Chronicles website.
I will be devoting Mondays to writing news and posting more about my story and the other writers as we approach the December release date. And I promise that it won't always be spooky stuff. We may be dark, but we're also hysterically funny. Trust me on this.
Now I'm off to squeeze a Little Bear into her lion costume and then prepare the candy bucket. Yes, we have a bucket of candy. No, I won't tell you how much of that chocolate has already found its way into my gullet. *sniff* That would be oversharing, my dears.