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David's Variety Hour Part 1

I've been trying to strengthen my various skills and find creative ways to utilize them.

I don't think it's working.

Nevertheless, I've been working on book trailers and advertisements, which are fun. They also force me to learn and improve.

Here's a trailer I made for Orpheus and the Pearl by Kim Paffenroth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JJuSG28Op8

Here's a trailer I made for Leftovers by Steve Vernon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gyxuMQ01fU

Here's something I made for the contributors of Winter Frights. (This isn't a real trailer. I just made it in the hopes that it would get some chuckles.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_tTjeLetOM

I also made something for Nick from Novello Publishers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQNZHm5SjLA

Then there are experiments:

A Winter Frights experiment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CisXYsOZbw0

A promo experiment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVL79IXbR9Y

And a Peacekeepers experiment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOdtxV7XON8

I made a video for people who want to submit stories to the MagusZine. I've noticed most people don't read the guidelines. I receive a lot of submissions by people I don't think have ever read a book. This video may be a glimpse at the fucked-up near future of writing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5seG3MRyPM
Dichotomy:

1) I hate serial killer stories. Especially stories with a serial killer killing a serial killer.

but

Dexter is my favorite television show. Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite makes the elves in my belly do the happy dance. I've never missed an episode of Criminal Minds.

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Someone recently submitted a 15,000 word manuscript. I don't know what the hell he expected me to do with it. Anyway, his cover letter:

[e-mail begins]
To whom it may concern, Hello my name is [deleted]. I don't know if this story falls into the typical horror catogory but it is a story full of darkness and evil. The story is inspired from a ten year period I spent running from the law. The names have been changed, So I guess that makes it sdemi fictional. I look forward to hearing from you. You can contact me @ [deleted]@[deleted].com or by phone @ ***-***-**** thankyou [deleted]
[e-mail ends]

I'm not a rat, snitch, or concerned citizen, but I was really hoping that he had murdered someone in Texas so that I could forward this e-mail to Joe McKinney. He's a homicide detective in San Antonio. Maybe I could have helped with some cold cases.

No such luck.

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I NEED to go to Mo*Con. I don't know how I'm going to get there, or where I'm going to stay when I get there, but I NEED to go.

Mo*Con III: The Intersection of Spirituality, Art, and Gender

My dad died on June 14, 2003. My dad and I always spoke about death. We spoke about spirituality and our ideas about life after death, the supernatural, the bizarre, the occult...we shared macabre interests. We shared mystic interests. He appreciated my writing, opinions, and beliefs. Our opinions and beliefs were not always things we agreed on, but they were things we shared and discussed.

The fact that Mo*Con is on the anniversary of my dad's death gives it a strange significance. (The 13th-15th was a fucking weird weekend.)

Besides, after my dad died there was this numbness that lasted for a long time. I became distanced, detached, and shunned my former interests. I was afraid that if I looked too closely at all those things we used to share that I would find there was nothing there.

It's a long story.

Anyway, gotta go to Mo*Con.
Magus Press' Upcoming Winter Frights Anthology will feature the following stories:

"Scraper" by Michael A. Arnzen
"They Know" by Kealan Patrick Burke
"Goners" by Eric Christ
"I'm Dreaming Of..." by James S. Dorr
"Feral" by JG Faherty
"In Heavenly Peace" by Darren O. Godfrey
"Diseaseater" by Michael McBride
"The Little Church of Safe Crossing" by Joe McKinney
"Chillers" by Lisa Morton
"Miriam" by Kim Paffenroth
"Sarcophagus" by Stephen Mark Rainey
"The Illusion" by Bev Vincent

The weather outside is frightful...

Stay tuned for more updates.

Shocking Tales of Terror

Sometimes I'll get a submission that reminds me of the beginning of a CSI episode.

Imagine: Gil Grissom is called to a crime scene. He's shining his UV light around and sees something shocking. You can tell it's shocking by the way his cheeks wobble. He stoops down and picks up what looks like a limp sausage. "Well," he says. "Looks like our vic couldn't keep his dick in his pants."

Cue the opening credits. "Whoooooo are you? Who who? Who who?"

The submissions are 4,000 words culminating in a bad pun. 4,000 words setting up a bad joke. And not even the kind of bad joke I like! Nope. They're not dead baby jokes, they're not grosser than gross jokes, and they don't end with someone snapping their fingers and saying, "The Aristocrats." Nope. Just bad puns.

Then there are endings that crawled out of a dumpster behind an abortion clinic where Twilight Zone scripts go to get rid of their bad ideas. Those endings are not shockers.

This is the shocker.



I will also accept this as the answer:



Shocking.

:)

Important Stuff For Everyone!!!

Magus Press' first publication is finally complete!  Other Things...Other Places will be ready to ship by May 12, 2007 and is now available for pre-order.

FIRST: AN EXPLANATION OF MAGUS PRESS, WHY IT EXISTS, ITS MISSION, AND THE FUTURE OF HORROR

David Montoya sits on a faux-leather couch in his cluttered downtown apartment.  His view overlooks the homeless shelter and the sprawl of beige vomit known as the Gateway.  His apartment is littered with books and there is a shelf full of obscure movies.  Most of the movies he owns were, at one time, banned in the United States.

MP:  Why did you start Magus Press?

DM:  I was sick of seeing aspiring authors getting screwed.  There are no magazines or publishers that work closely with new authors.  You submit something, get rejected, and that is the end of the relationship.  Many authors don't know how to submit a manuscript that will make it past the gatekeepers.  There are so many chances for an author to get chewed up and not enough chances for an author with talent to get a chance to showcase their skills.  I wanted to start a publishing company where the stories sold the authors, opposed to the authors selling the story.

MP:  That last statement doesn't entirely make sense.

DM:  I want Magus Press to be a catalyst for change.  Horror is not limited to two authors.  Anne Rice is not the Queen of Vampires.  I would rather see a confident author publish a book through a vanity press than see another author who writes out of vanity get promoted by a mega-conglomerate or multinational corporation.

MP:  What would be an example of a vanity writer?

DM:  Someone who writes because they love the idea of what's associated with it.  They're like a kid falling in love with a pop star and wanting to grow up and be able to possess that pop star.  The idea of being a writer holds a certain allure.  If I don't write, I get physical withdrawals.  A writer is a writer.  A vanity writer is somebody who wants to call themselves a writer so they can snort coke off a stockbroker's dick at a New York party.

MP:  Were you not hugged enough as a child?

DM:  No, I was over-hugged.  I was hugged until I realized it was programming.  There are different kinds of hugs.  Most hugs are not loving embraces.

MP:  What can you tell us about Other Things...Other Places?

DM:  It's perfect.

MP:  Perfect?

DM:  It's Magus Press' first release.  It contains three stories by fresh and innovative voices.