Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Website is Live

http://www.stygianpublications.com/

Please check it out when you get a chance. As a reminder, we start taking submissions for novellas and novels on November 1st.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Did you miss us?

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While many of you only know Stygian Publications because of the short fiction magazine, Necrotic Tissue, we also put out the anthology Malpractice, the novel Samhane by Daniel I Russell and a short play collection with Roy C. Booth. I was mostly testing the waters and what I found out is that while none of this is easy, doing a novel takes less time than putting out a short fiction magazine every three months.

A good friend of mine and former editor for Necrotic Tissue, John P. Wilson, has talked me into restarting Stygian Publications with a focus on novellas and novels. I may at some point start another short fiction project but never again a quarterly unless I win the lottery and no longer need to work. I will be heavily involved with this new direction, but John will be the Editor-in-Chief.

Our plan is the launch the website Stygianpublications.com in October and start taking submissions in November. The first of these novellas or novels should appear in early 2014. No idea yet how many. We have no lofty goals other than taking it as it comes. Details on submissions are still being worked out, but we’re looking at a 50/50 net split with authors. As always, we’re interested in dark stuff but less worried about genre or categories than we are about good writing and unique ideas.

Novellas will be e-book only, but novels that sell well in e-book format will also be made available in print. We’ll also have discounts for print copies for the author and I will send out e-book copies to reviewers. We’ll do what we can to push all books through the regular channels, but it should be no surprise that as a small press we won’t be funding nation-wide book tours. Assuming things go well, I will be bringing Stygian to conventions, but if a writer wants to increase sales they need to be as invested in promotion these days as they are with writing.

While running Necrotic Tissue, I had a few goals. Fast turn around time, pay the writers on time and put out a good magazine. I met those goals for three years. With the novella and novel lines, I intend to do something similar. You won’t have to wait three months to hear from us, but I can’t promise the same turn around time as I did with a 2,500 word short story either. What I can promise is that writers will be treated with respect, be paid their fair share for all sales and you will be able to get hold of me or John or hear back from us in a reasonable time with regard to all issues, be it email or by phone.

I’ve been doing this long enough to know that trust must be earned and that there are far too many examples of shady publishers. Even when they seem to meet all their obligations, writers have suspicions that they are not seeing all the earnings from all sales. I’ve earned the trust of the horror community since 2006 and plan to continue where I left off in 2012 when I had to close NT

Who wants to come along for the ride?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Best of Necrotic Tissue Anthology Update 10/27/11

I just mailed out all of the overseas contributor copies and subscriptions.

My bulk order should be here by next Wednesday, so I will be able to mail off all the US subscriptions the weekend of November 5th.

I'm still projecting to have issued all refunds for those with a remaining balances left on their subscriptions by the end of December.

The Anthology is now available in print on Amazon and B&N.com. In e format, it is available on Amazon and Smashwords. Due to some odd glitch, the Amazon print version shows the Malpractice Anthology cover when you click on the detail. It is only a glitch. If you order the Best Of Anthology from Amazon, I assure you it will come with the correct cover and I am working to get the right cover displayed in the link.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Necrotic Tissue: Best Of Anthology is out, come get some.

Time for an update. Thank you all for your patience.

The print version is ready, but there is always a lag between the printer and Amazon of up to two weeks. When the print is available, I will post a link on the FB Stygian Publications page. The price for the print version is $11.95, with 32 stories and over 65,000 words of the best horror short fiction in the last three years.

The ebook version is already available on Amazon and Smashwords if you are into that for $2.99.

All US contributor copies have been mailed out. Overseas contributor copies will get mailed out in two weeks as well as subscriber copies. I'm treating this like the 15th issue for all those subscribers with copies still due.

After they are all mailed out, those of you that have copies still due to you will get refunds as previously described. I hope to issue all refunds by the end of the year. If you believe you are due a refund but haven't seen anything by Jan 31st 2012, let me know.

Congratulations again to all the writers that made it into this anthology.

If anyone is interested in a review copy, please let me know.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

TOC for Best on NT

The Best of NT Anthology is coming along. Final edits will be done next week and I will have a proof copy to review. Mid October is the estimate for release. I will be sending out contributor copies first and then putting the print version up for sale, then I will work on getting an ebook version on Amazon. This will be Stygian Publication's first ebook, so give me some time :)

The anthology weighs in at 65,000 words with 31 stories that will thrill, chill and entertain. Please join me in congratulating these writers for making it into the Anthology.

Aldrich Byrn, How to Make a Brain Souffle
Matthew Phoenix, Bless me Father
Jimmy M.F.ing Pudge, Bad Billy
David McAfee, Cardiac Episode
Nate Lambert, Camp-een
Cate Gardner's, The Scratch of an Old Record
Doug Murano, Chums
Jason Hardy, Crowley's Surprise
Robert C. Eccles, Spelling Bee for Exceptional Children
Robert Millard, Smoke
David Tallerman, Caretaker in the Garden of Dreams
Daniel I Russell, Blood Pit
Gregory L Hall, Love is the Answer
Jan Brady, Mumsy The Last Unicorn
Zombie Zak, Zombie Unicorns
Fred R Kane, Unicorn Poem
Natalie L. Sin, Losing Face in Kwai Chung
Roger Kilbourne, Special Needs
Natalie L. Sin, Miss Molly's Scarecrow
Matthew Ewald, From the Journal of Johnathan Harker
James Stafford, Lizard Pit
MontiLee Stormer, Flytrap
Mark Owens, Sigil
Jeffrey Rice, Choices Made Possible by Modern Science
AJ Brown, Picket Fences
D. Brian Hardin II, Five or Six Feet Away
Brendan P. Myers, Ohrwurm
Bryce Albertson, Last Waltz in Texas
Jaelithe Ingold, The Rules
John P. McCann, Dagon and Jill
Matthew Fryer, The Narcslaag

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Best of Necrotic Tissue Anthology Update

You already know we are behind, but we are making good progress. The draft layout is done and being edited and the cover is almost done. I hope to have a proof copy in my greedy hands by October 1st and to mail out contributor copies around October 15th.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Running late with Best of NT

I am proud of the fact that for 14 issues, we were never late on our quarterly schedule. Unfortunately, we are running late with our Best of Necrotic Tissue anthology.

Instead of coming out in July, it looks more like mid August for a release date. Sorry everyone, but I am very happy with the selection of stories and hope you will feel it is worth the wait.