The Squirming, Scarlet Madness

I’m happy to announce my novelette “The Squirming, Scarlet Madness” has been accepted by The Society of Misfit Stories and will be published October 7th. It’s my first paid sale in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres!

The story is about 10,000 words and follows a young woman on trial for parricide in a closed religious community. The Lovecraftean theme is deep and deliberate, albeit with some twists. That said, it’s not set on Earth but a secondary, created world called the Astral Empire, the same setting used by most of my stories. The subject matter is also darker than my others, with murder, black magic, and cosmic entities.

SSM_smallThe story had its genesis as a NaNoWriMo project from  2014 and while it never panned out as a novel, I liked it in a shorter form. Due to its length and genre, it didn’t qualify for a lot of short story markets. So it surprised me that it turns out to be the first of my current stories to be a paid sale, finding a home after only four submissions. A huge thank you to Julie Ann Dawson and Bards and Sages Publishing.

You can view the schedule of upcoming stories for the Society here. I will provide another post and link to it on Facebook and Twitter when it’s available for sale.

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  1. Pingback: The Squirming, Scarlet Madness, Part 2 | J.E. Bates

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