1 Comment

Grab Me by the Throat

What do you do when you first pick up a new book? Do you admire the cover? Do you smell the glorious scent of the print?  Perhaps you read the synopsis on the back or scan the blurbs from other authors? Or maybe you’re one of those depraved individuals who turns to the last page and reads it before even starting the story.

Ugh…even thinking of such heinous sacrilege churns the acid in my gut.

I do the opposite. My routine with a fresh read, no matter the author – from Stephen King to the local newspaper columnist – is to read the first line. I read it, then I close the book and let it marinate for a few seconds. If the first sentence didn’t touch a nerve, most of the time I’ll put the book down and move on to the next choice. Occasionally I”ll stick with an established author for a page or two, but if I can’t be interested by that point, it’s not worth it to me.

There are too many other options out there to read for me to waste on books that can’t immediately immerse me in their world.

At the time I write this post, there have already been close to 150 submissions in 3 weeks for our anthology – muych more than I could have expected. Considering the fact that I can only keep between 20-30 of them for inclusion, I have to be quite picky.

So, if you do intend to submit something, please be sure to grab me by the throat and cut off my oxygen.

Make me breathless.


One comment on “Grab Me by the Throat

  1. Working on a submission…will meet the deadline. Sounds like a great anthology.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Brief Teacher Thoughts

...because in depth thoughts take too long.

Ink Heist

Genre fiction essays, reviews, and features on crime, horror, and SF

The Scary Reviews

Dedicated to Horror, Post Apocalyptic Fiction and Thrillers

DARK DOCUMENTARIES » Free, full-length documentaries on crime, murder, conspiracies, serial killers, the occult, and more

Free, full-length documentaries on crime, murder, conspiracies, serial killers, the occult, and more

Realms of Night

An Online Gallery of Horror and Dark Fantasy Cover Art

Sci-Fi & Scary

Sci-Fi & Horror Reviews, News, and More

%d bloggers like this: