Friday, March 23, 2007

Ahoooooo -- Werewolves are Coming

"Lync," a werewolf story I wrote once upon a time--and rewrote recently--has been accepted for Werewolf Magazine from Sapphire Publications. It should be in issue #7 due out in midsummer.

It's one of those happy occasions where a rejection led to other things.

I sent a story I recently finished to Blood Moon Rising Magazine, which I discovered while browsing at Shocklines.

That story was too long, but the editor mentioned their werewolf publication which accepts stories up to 4,000 words.

I wrote "Lync" probably in the early '90s and it was just sitting in my files, so I plucked it out and started re-reading.

Several of my fellow bloggers including Kate and Charles have discussed issues related to likable characters and digging deeper with stories.

Well as I reread the first version of "Lync" I discovered, in hindsight, my protagonist was well... What a bitch.

I gave her a complete overhaul, a new motivation and massaged the plot just a little, distancing the tale from the original news story on which it was based.

In the process I hope the total effect is a better metaphor and a better myth. Time will tell. I'll post a reminder come July.


Charles Gramlich said...

Congrats. I'll check it out. I've always liked werewolf stories better than vampire ones. Closer to the savage in my own veins perhaps.

Kate S said...

Oh, cool - congratulations! I like werewolf stories too. Looking forwared to it.

Christopher Mills said...

Oddly enough, I'm writing my first genuine werewolf story right now for an anthology. It's pretty Old School – very much in the vein of an old Universal or Hammer film... but ironically, that's what made it appealing to the editor: it was so completely different from the rest of the "modern werewolf" stories in the book!

Sidney said...

Thanks Kate and Charles.

Chris, I was a little worried this tale was not "modern" also but I guess it's a lesson for me in not letting things stay in the file drawer.

etain_lavena said...

I so tried to comment my connection is so flimsy these days....well done....Love the title of this post....hihihi....
Have a great week:)

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