Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cid Corman's last chapbook, a Halloween short story

Anyone who enjoys reading haiku is likely familiar with Cid Corman. And if you're not, you should be. Moira Richards reviews the master poet and translator's last chapbook before his death, For Crying Out Loud. If you want to buy a copy, it's only $8.

And since it's almost Halloween, I thought I'd share one of the best Halloween short stories I've ever read. It's by Gary Raisor, and it's called "Making Friends." Any horror fan will certainly like this story.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Belated congrats to Josh Gage

I know this is late, but I just found out about it. Congrats to Joshua Gage for winning the 2010 Flip Kelly Poetry Prize! That's a pretty big deal. You can read one of his winning poems, a haunting take on a popular fairy tale, below the announcement.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Run for your lives

If anyone hasn't heard about this, it's a pretty cool idea. Run For Your Lives is not your typical 5k run. For one thing, it's also an obstacle course, with mud, fences, and tubes to crawl through. For another thing, there will be zombies chasing you.

The event is being held in eight different cities across the US, starting in Baltimore tomorrow (Saturday). The last race will be on December 15th next year in Austin, so there's plenty of time to start training. Check out the website for more details.

On a lighter note, the new issue of Chrysanthemum is now available online.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A science fiction market; Halloween contact lenses

Schrodinger's Mouse is an online science fiction magazine that seeks short stories, flash fiction, serialized novellas, and poetry. Short fiction should be in the range of 2500-5000 words, and poetry and flash fiction should both be under 1000 words. Novellas can be 17,500-50,000 words, broken down into short story segments. The editors don't want previously published work or simultaneous submissions, and payment is 2 cents/word ($15 for flash fiction and poetry). Thanks to the Flash Fiction Flash newsletter for mentioning this market.

If you're looking for a pair of spooky, scary, or wicked contact lenses to complement your Halloween costume, check out these lenses from VisionDirect.com. They've got zombie lenses, vampire lenses, all-black lenses, cat-eye lenses -- even flame lenses and a cool design called Biohazard lenses. You'll need a valid prescription to order, but you can save 25% off by using the code 25TRICK when you check out.