SIFTING THE ASHES – BRAM STOKER AWARDS ® PRELIMINARY BALLOT

The Horror Writers Association released their 2022 Bram Stoker Awards ® Preliminary Ballot, and Marge Simon and I are pleased to announce that Sifting the Ashes (released by Crystal Lake Publishing) made the list for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection. This does not mean the book is nominated, but it is still an honor to be considered. We put everything we had into this book.

Over a hundred individual and collaborative poems explore what it takes to survive after all is suddenly taken. Combined life experiences of love, loss, and personal tragedy sift what’s salvageable from the aftermath of fire, searching through the layers of ash for lessons about death, cremation, and the various stages of grief. What might be found in the remains after all is lost?

Horror Writers Association voting members may request a free PDF by emailing written@nettirw.com.


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RIGHTING WRITING – NOW AVAILABLE

RIGHTING WRITING is now available wherever books are sold. A book not only designed for those who want / need to write, or for already emerging writers, but for all writers. Also features a very short piece by Jack Ketchum called “On Reading.”

Writing is a disease without a cure. Once infected, the virus is in the host for good, until death. Something first sparked a need to create, so what was it? What does it take to survive publishing and continuously improve one’s craft?

The Beginning: A straight-to-the-point narrative pushes past impostor syndrome, examining the writer life in detail while defining / dissecting fundamentals required to finish a first draft manuscript: character, dialogue, voice, plot, conflict, theme, and setting.

The Middle: The journey continues with a look into manuscript revisions, with advice on breaking bad habits and developing healthy skills to improving intrigue, prose, pace, tense, point of view, show vs. tell, imagery, framework, and structure.

The End: After mastering the art of self-editing, writers will be ready for manuscript presentation, with an understanding of book layout, as well as knowledge of the publishing industry in general, such as with solicitation, rejection, acceptance, promotion, and performance as a professional writer.

A book for those who want need to write.

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PRISMS – PRE-ORDER

PRISMS, an anthology of dark science fiction and fantasy co-edited by Darren Speegle and Michael Bailey, is now available to pre-order. This anthology was previously published in limited hardcover by PS Publishing in March 2021, but will be made available in a wider release by Written Backwards on March 21st, 2023. Features cover artwork by Ben Baldwin.

Prisms are instruments, mirrors, metaphors, gateways humankind must pass through in order to achieve, to overcome, to realize, to become. Contained herein are nineteen transformative tales from some of speculative fiction’s most brilliant minds. So open your eyes and let the light pass through . . .

Table of Contents:

“We Come in Threes” – B.E. Scully
“Encore for an Empty Sky” – Lynda E. Rucker
“The Girl with Black Fingers” – Roberta Lannes
“The Shimmering Wall” – Brian Evenson
“In This, There Is No Sting” – Kristi DeMeester
“The Birth of Venus” – Ian Watson
“Fifty Super-Sad Mad Dog Sui-Homicidal Self-Sibs, All in a Leaky Tin Can Head” – Paul Di Filippo
“Rivergrace” – E. Catherine Tobler
“Saudade” – Richard Thomas
“There Is Nothing Lost” – Erinn L. Kemper
“This Height and Fiery Speed” – A.C. Wise
“The Motel Business” – Michael Marshall Smith
“Everything Beautiful Is Also a Lie” – Damien Angelica Walters
“The Gearbox” – Paul Meloy
“District to Cervix: The Time Before We Were Born” – Tlotlo Tsamaase
“Here Today and Gone Tomorrow” – Chaz Brenchley
“The Secrets of My Prison House” – J. Lincoln Fenn
“A Luta Continua” – Nadia Bulkin
“I Shall but Love Thee Better” – Scott Edelman

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RIGHTING WRITING – PRE-ORDER

RIGHTING WRITING is not out until January 17th, but already a #1 New Release. A book not only designed for those who want / need to write, or for already emerging writers, but for all writers. Now available for pre-order wherever books are sold.

Writing is a disease without a cure. Once infected, the virus is in the host for good, until death. Something first sparked a need to create, so what was it? What does it take to survive publishing and continuously improve one’s craft?

The Beginning: A straight-to-the-point narrative pushes past impostor syndrome, examining the writer life in detail while defining / dissecting fundamentals required to finish a first draft manuscript: character, dialogue, voice, plot, conflict, theme, and setting.

The Middle: The journey continues with a look into manuscript revisions, with advice on breaking bad habits and developing healthy skills to improving intrigue, prose, pace, tense, point of view, show vs. tell, imagery, framework, and structure.

The End: After mastering the art of self-editing, writers will be ready for manuscript presentation, with an understanding of book layout, as well as knowledge of the publishing industry in general, such as with solicitation, rejection, acceptance, promotion, and performance as a professional writer.

A book for those who want need to write.

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FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION . . .

Everyone hates creating (and probably reading) “Award Eligibility” lists, as well as writing (and probably receiving) opt-in emails to consider one’s work for award recognition, but it has become essential for independent and non-bestselling writers to highlight what they have published, a way to determine from their peers if what they have published is any good. And let’s face it: all creators want award recognition. Who doesn’t want a statue, a trophy, a rock?

Toward the end of the year, social media, websites, and email inboxes are flooded with last-minute “for your consideration” type posts, even though this could have done throughout the year. Why? Because most who recommend works for award consideration do so in bulk toward the end of the year, and because not all award systems are jury-driven. This is sadly the case, which is why no one tends to see “Award Eligibility” lists or opt-in emails during the first ten months of the year.

But . . . then, is there enough time to read the work in those final months? Not usually, but the list or opt-in email or whatever it may be works as a reminder to “rec it” if having already read and enjoyed the work, and without using the R-word. It is similar to begging for book reviews, which has become another essential for independent and non-bestselling writers.

It goes against award conduct to request recommendations from peers, but isn’t that exactly what “Award Eligibility” lists do without implicitly stating, “Consider recommending my [ title and type of published work ] for the [ fill-in-the blank ] Award”?

“Award Eligibility” lists thus are created as a way of stating without stating, “Here’s my work to consider for awards this year, not that, you know, I deserve such things,” while implying, so if you feel inclined, maybe, you know, throw in a good word?

All that said, below is my list of works published in 2022 that I am most proud of (one for each category, some of which were collaborations with other writers), and with all the important information about each, if, you know . . .

Title: Chiral Mad 5
Category: Anthology
Editor: Michael Bailey
Publisher: Written Backwards
Month of Publication: September


Title: Sifting the Ashes
Category: Poetry Collection
Author(s): Michael Bailey & Marge Simon
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Month of Publication: April


Title: The Call of the Void
Category: Novella
Author(s): Michael Bailey & Erinn L. Kemper
Publisher: Bleeding Edge Books
Month of Publication: March


Title: Slo-Mo”
Category: Short Story
Author: Michael Bailey
Publisher: Hybrid Sequence Media
Venue: Hybrid: Misfits, Monsters, and Other Phenomena (anthology)
Month of Publication: June


Title: “A Need for Storytelling”
Category: Short Nonfiction
Author: Michael Bailey
Publisher: Manuscripts
Venue: Online (manuscripts.com/a-need-for-storytelling)
Month of Publication: December

AGATHA’S BARN

Arriving in early 2023 by Written Backwards: Agatha’s Barn, the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novella by Michael Bailey. The original, a tie-in to Josh Malerman’s serial novel Carpenter’s Farm, was originally released as a 5-part series during the start of the pandemic. You can still read (perhaps indefinitely) both for free online as originally intended, but the novella is on the way in physical formats.


More information will be made available soon, but the cover features new artwork by Glenn Chadbourne, and the interior will include all original black and white illustrations created for the story, a few of which are featured below.

MISCREATIONS: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors

The Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated anthology, coedited by Doug Murano and Michael Bailey, is under a buck on Kindle in the US / UK now through the weekend. Snag a copy of the eBook if you haven’t already. Features the Stoker-winning short story by Josh Malerman.

Foreword by Alma Katsu

“A Heart Arrhythmia Creeping into a Dark Room” – Michael Wehunt
“Matryoshka” – Jo Kaplan
“Butcher’s Blend” – Brian Hodge
“Operations Other than War” – Nadia Bulkin
“One Day of Inside/Out” – Linda D. Addison
“One Last Transformation” – Josh Malerman
“Brains” – Ramsey Campbell
“You Are My Neighbor” – Max Booth III
“The Vodyanoy” – Christina Sng
“Imperfect Clay” – Lisa Morton
“Spectral Evidence” – Victor LaValle
“Ode to Joad the Toad” – Laird Barron
“Only Bruises Are Permanent” – Scott Edelman
“My Knowing Glance” – Lucy A. Snyder
“Paper Doll Hypderplane” – R.B. Payne
“Not Eradicated In You” – Bracken MacLeod
“Resurrection Points” – Usman T. Malik
“The Old Gods of Light” – Christina Sng
“Sounds Caught in Cobwebs” – M.E. Bronstein
“Umbra Sum” – Kristi DeMeester
“A Benediction of Corpses” – Stephanie M. Wytovich
“The Making of Asylum Ophelia” – Mercedes Yardley
“Frakenstein’s Daughter” – Theodora Goss

Features artwork throughout by HagCult


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CHIRAL MAD 5 BOOKBUB!

Now through November 11th, BookBub is running a promotion on Chiral Mad 5. Get the eBook for $1.99. Chiral Mad 1, 2, 3, and 4 are listed at that same price for the next few days, as well most Written Backwards anthologies, including The Library of the Dead, Qualia Nous, Adam’s Ladder, and You, Human. For a full list of titles, see the Anthologies page.

CHIRAL MAD 5 is the fifth and final volume in the Chiral Mad series, edited by Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Michael Bailey, and illustrated by Seth Brown. Contains speculative fiction and poetry (25 of each) from the likes of Stephen King, Josh Malerman, Victor LaValle, Linda D. Addison, Zoje Stage, Christina Sng, Haley Piper, John Langan, Tlotlo Tsamaase, and so many more. See the book cover below for a full list.

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If you need to catch up on past volumes of Chiral Mad, they are available for a limited time at that same low price, so time to fill up those eBook readers. See below for individual links.

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CHIRAL MAD 4, an anthology of collaborations. 4 short stories, 4 novelettes, 4 novellas, and 4 graphic adaptations make up this mammoth book of wonders. Every story in this anthology is a collaboration. Bram Stoker Award-winners Michael Bailey and Lucy A. Snyder even collaborated on the co-editing to bring you an incredibly diverse and entirely collaborative experience! Also includes a co-introduction by Gary A. Braunbeck and Janet Harriett. Nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award.

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CHIRAL MAD 3, an anthology of psychological horror. The third act in the critically-acclaimed series contains 45 illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne, over 20 stories by the likes of Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Gary A. Braunbeck, Mort Castle, Josh Malerman, Scott Edelman (his story nominated for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction), Hal Bodner (his story nominated for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction) and Richard Chizmar, as well as 20 intertwined poems by the likes of Elizabeth Massie, Marge Simon, Bruce Boston, Erik T. Johnson, and Stephanie M. Wytovich. Also includes an introduction on the state of horror by Chuck Palahniuk. Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology.

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CHIRAL MAD 2, an anthology of psychological horror, contains twenty-eight short stories by established authors and newcomers from around the world. Features the imaginations of David Morrell, Mort Castle, P. Gardner Goldsmith, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Ann K. Boyer, John Skipp, Gary McMahon, Lucy A. Snyder, and Thomas F. Monteleone. Also includes an intro / outro written by the book itself. Also features the Bram Stoker Award winning novelette (“The Great Pity) by Gary A. Braunbeck.

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CHIRAL MAD, an anthology of psychological horror and the first in the series, containg twenty-eight short stories by established authors and newcomers from around the world. Features the imaginations of Gord Rollo, Monica J. O’Rourke, Jon Michael Kelly, Meghan Arcuri, Christian A. Larsen, Jeff Strand, Gary McMahon, and John Palisano (his story was nominated for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction), Jack Ketchum, and many others, with an introduction by the master of anthologies: Thomas F. Monteleone.

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PSYCHOTROPIC DRAGON, THE IMPOSSIBLE WEIGHT OF LIFE, and OVERSIGHT – FREE!

To celebrate the Shirley Jackson Award nomination for A Rose / Arose from Psychotropic Dragon, Written Backwards is offering a sampling of writing by Michael Bailey for free from October 19th thru the 23rd. All we ask is to leave a review on Amazon.com and/or Goodreads. Click the covers below. Have you read these collections already? We’d love a review!



Psychotropic Dragon - Cover (full spread)

PSYCHOTROPIC DRAGON is the third composite novel (technically a fiction collection) by Michael Bailey. Part short novel, part novella, part novelette, with a few short stories and fables in between, Psychotropic Dragon is a mind-bending composite narrative about Julie Stipes and her experience with the street drug Drakein-5. The psychotropic eye drops blur reality, sending her through a horrific journey of self-discovery and recovery. Each act in this ensemble is further brought to life with illustrations by Daniele Serra, Glenn Chadbourne, L.A. Spooner, and Ty Scheuerman.

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TIWOL - Cover

THE IMPOSSIBLE WEIGHT OF LIFE, an autobiographical collection of speculative fiction and poetry by Michael Bailey. contains Bram Stoker Award-nominated short stories such as “I Will Be the Reflection Until the End” and “Time Is a Face on the Water,” but also never-before-published mind-benders created during his “highly-medicated” state of recovery, including a story about memory loss called “Fragments of Br_an,” (composed on a typewriter that no longer exists, now ash), “Emergence of the Colorless,” a statement about the beginning of the end of prejudice, and the far future “Oll Korrect,” in which artificial intelligence is used to explore humankind. As for poetry, there are favorites such as “Loosed Earth” and “Shades of Red,” but many new poems to help with balance, including “Hurt People Hurt People,” “Night Rainbows,” and “Paper Earth.”

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OVERSIGHT, a themed collection of two novelettes and a short story by Michael Bailey. Includes “Darkroom” and “SAD Face” (novelettes), and “Fade to Black” (short story).

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CHIRAL MAD 5 – NOW AVAILABLE!

CHIRAL MAD 5, the fifth and final volume in the Chiral Mad series, edited by Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Michael Bailey, and illustrated by Seth Brown. Contains speculative fiction and poetry (25 of each) from the likes of Stephen King, Josh Malerman, Victor LaValle, Linda D. Addison, Zoje Stage, Christina Sng, Haley Piper, John Langan, Tlotlo Tsamaase, and so many more. See the book cover above for a full list.

Purchase directly from the publisher (US only, shipping included) . . .

CHIRAL MAD 5: Hardcover

ISBN: 979-8986748801 424 pages, 6 x 9″

$34.95

CHIRAL MAD 5: Paperback

ISBN: 979-8986748818 424 pages, 6 x 9″

$19.95

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