The Graveyard Slot (an excerpt)

May 29, 2014 Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writing Comments (0) 728

A few days remain to pre-order Black Chaos, the new zombie anthology from Big Pulp! Black Chaos includes 25 new zombie tales from indie and small-press authors, including my brand-new story The Graveyard Slot.

As an incentive, I’m sharing the first few pages below. If you’d like to read the whole story, pre-order Black Chaos from Big Pulp. Note that the pre-order page is an Indigogo campaign, but the book is not contingent on reaching any financial goal. You’ll get whatever you order, no matter who else signs up.

Also note that my usual policies apply: I’m happy to sign anything you want me to sign, as long as you find a way to get it in front of me, and if you buy the book and tweet a photo of it (with or without you) at me, @keeltyc, I’ll reward you with some yet-to-be-determined prize. I’ve been thinking a drawing of your choice, but no one has yet taken me up on this offer so who really knows?

So that’s it for now. Enjoy!

The Graveyard Slot

By Christopher Keelty

Richie’s TV was on the fritz, and Mom was parked in the living room watching her American Idol or The Apprentice or So You Think You Can Castrate a Dachshund or some other bullshit. He had to pull the old Magnavox from the back closet of the basement, its plastic belly bulging with tubes and capacitors. It was hidden behind three dusty boxes of old magazines that Richie relocated, swearing under his breath. When he wrapped his arms around the Magnavox, strands of sticky spider web clung to his hands like a mummy’s wrappings. They tore free with a sound like Velcro, and Richie swore he felt hairy legs scramble across the backs of his fingers. Continue Reading

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Video: New Zombie Fiction and Other Updates

May 19, 2014 Personal, Video Blog, Writing Comments (0) 392

Sorry to be an absentee around here the last week or two. I’ve gone back into the writing process, this time revising the novel I finished drafting in March, Tsar Bomb. The good news is I’m almost halfway through my first read-through, and it’s the cleanest first draft I think I’ve ever written.

It still needs major work, of course, but I might be sold on the particular writing process I used on this one. Maybe I’ll share that process here at some point.

In the meantime, the video above contains a couple of announcements, about the Jersey Devil Press Sampler that went out at the Asbury Park Comicon a few weeks ago, and about the Black Chaos zombie anthology from Big Pulp that drops next month. You know, the one I’m in, that you can pre-order until June 1? That one?

Being buried in revisions, I may be posting less frequently for a while, but I’ll try to keep up. The videos and cartoons take a lot of time to create, so those particularly may be less frequent. Fiction is my first priority.

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Coming in June: Big Pulp’s BLACK CHAOS Zombie Anthology

April 30, 2014 Personal, Writing Comments (0) 571

For he being dead, with him is beauty slain,
And, beauty dead, black chaos comes again. 

Twenty-five new zombie-themed stories from indie and small-press authors–including The Graveyard Slot, the newest short-story from from Yours Truly!

Big Pulp‘s zombie anthology BLACK CHAOS is coming in June, but you can order your copy now by supporting Big Pulp’s Indigogo campaign.

A $20 commitment gets you an actual paperback copy–yes, you read that right. Paper. Made from dead trees. It’s the perfect thing to read when the zombie apocalypse arrives and knocks out your electricity–also makes a great gift for your power-shunning survivalist relatives.

As always, if you want a signed copy I’m happy to provide the signature–just find a way for me to apply a pen to your copy.

If you’d rather embrace modern technology, the eBook edition will only run you $10. That’s less than you’ll spend for a baseball bat with a nail driven through it.

You’ll also know you’re supporting a great market for indie fiction–Big Pulp relies on readers like you so they can afford to pay writers like me. If that’s not reason enough for you, well then maybe you’re the zombie.

In the next couple weeks I’ll share more about The Graveyard Slot. For now, go take a look at the anthology!

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