I woke up this morning to the news that Bill Crider passed away yesterday. He was a true gentlemen in the writing community. Although most of his work was in the mystery and crime genres with a few forays into westerns, he wrote some short fiction that contained fantastic elements, such as his Sidewise Award winning story “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”. James Reasoner told me after the story won the award that Bill had written it at the last minute as a replacement for someone who had to drop out of the project. I considered it an honor to be included in that anthology with him.
One story of Bill’s I read years ago in an anthology (the name of both the story and the anthology escape me) concerned a town in the old west that was having troubles with a werewolf. And the only person in the area with silver bullets was a masked man and his faithful Indian companion…
Bill had been fighting cancer since about July of 2016. Bill had lost his wife Judy to cancer a few years prior to that. They have been reunited.
It was his announcement of the diagnosis that made me decide to attend Armadillocon that year. I hadn’t seen many of my friends since moving to the Llano Flatto part of the state. It was the first time in over half a decade I had seen some of those folks, and it made me realize how much I missed them. Continue reading →
(i. to r.) Bill Crider, Joe Lansdale, Scott Cupp, William Browning Spencer on Telling Tall Tales
I’m somewhat tardy in getting this written, but I’ve been focusing on fiction writing this week. Last weekend I attended Armadillocon 39. It was something of a last minute decision. I had a choice, either go to Armadillocon or go to prison (cuz I was gonna go postal and kill somebody). As I have no aspirations to end up as some lifer’s wife, I chose the former rather than the latter.
The headliners (with one exception) weren’t a draw for me this year, although I did have a brief conversation with the GoH, Nisi Shawl. I found her to be a very nice lady, and I enjoyed my interaction with her. Otherwise I hung around with friends and went to some panels on writing. Continue reading →
James Reasoner announced earlier today that two of the stories from his anthology Tales From the Otherverse have been nominated for the Sidewise Award. I had the privilege of having a story accepted for that anthology, and no, mine isn’t one of the nominees.
The stories are “The Hero of Deadwood” by James Reasoner, and “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” by Bill Crider. If you haven’t read them, you should. They’re both top notch. The entire anthology is. (I’m speaking of the other stories; modesty prevents me fromo commenting on my own work.) And that’s not just my opinion. Tales From the Otherverse was the only publication to have more than one story on the short list. So congratulations to James and Bill on their fine work and congratulations to James on editing such a outstanding anthology.
Details about the Sidewise Awards can be found here. The winners will be announced at this year’s Worldcon, MidAmeriCon II, this August.
Tales from the Otherverse went live today. It’s available in paper format from Amazon for $9.99 and in electronic format from Amazon and Smashwords for $3.99.
I’m excited to be included in this anthology. The other authors are an impressive lineup. I’ve only read Robert Vardeman’s story, and ti was a blast. I’m looking forward to diving into this one over the holidays.
Rough Edges Press announced their next anthology earlier today. I’m announcing it here because I’m included in it and am not above a little shameless self-promotion. Tales From the Otherverse is an unthemed anthology of alternate history stories, meaning they don’t all deal with the same concept, such as Carthage defeating Rome or the Spanish Armada reaching England or Dewey actually defeating Truman. I don’t know anything about the other stories (with one possible exception), but looking at the lineup, I’m humbled to be included in that group. I’m also impressed with some of the company I’m in. There is at least one person who hits the bestseller lists and at least one who is a multiple award nominee (multiple nominations for mulitple awards).
I said there was one possible exception to my statement that I didn’t know anything about the other stories. I may have heard one of the authors read their story at a convention early in the year. I know I heard one of them read a story that would fit this anthology, and I really hope it’s in here because it was awesome. Since I don’t know the titles of any story but mine, I can’t be sure.
Anyway, setting my ego aside, I would encourage you to check this book out. There are some top-notch authors in this anthology. Rough Edges Press puts out some good books. I’ll let you know when I get a publication date.
James Reasoner announced this morning that Weird Menace Volume 1 is now for sale. Electronic copies are $2.99 and paper copies are $9.99. Volume 2 will follow soon. Look for an announcement here when it does.
Here’s an excerpt from the introduction along with the table of contents.
The Weird Menace pulps flourished for less than a decade, from the mid-1930s to the early ’40s, but while they were popular, they delivered adventure, excitement, and spine-tingling thrills in quantities rarely seen before or since. Mad scientists, deranged henchmen, damsels in distress, and stalwart heroes raced through their pages in breathless, over-the-top, never-ending action. A good Weird Menace yarn really is just one damned thing after another.
Rough Edges Press asked some of today’s best authors of popular fiction to write Weird Menace stories, and they delivered. Settle back and let us spin a few yarns for you…
But keep an eye out behind you. You never know when something might be sneaking up on you.
Stories in this volume include:
“Bodies for the Brain Butcher” by John C. Hocking
“A Night on Madhouse Mountain” by Bill Crider
“The Curse of the Monster Makers!” by Scott Dennis Parker
“Farmhouse of the Dead” by Keith West
“The Hideous Blood Ray” by Robert E. Vardeman
“Blood Treasure for Satan’s Buccaneers” by James Reasoner