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This is a partial bibliography of my writing. I will be adding to it as I slowly unearth the original magazines. Never really kept track until now. Never really been much for sport statistics either. Got an offer to publish a collection, and thought I would go through my work. Didn`t realize I'm such an old fart. Not really an article, I know, but I have a couple of articles due out in print in the next month or so and I promise to post them as opportunity presents.
STEVE VERNON - A BIBLIOGRAPHY
* "The Bridge" - HAWGS #1, 1986 - (my first sale to a professional paying market-will be reprinted in an upcoming collection)
* "Basket Case" - THE HORROR SHOW, Winter 1988, (I get lucky early on, placing a story in one of the great horror magazines of all time)
* "Bloodtide" - FOUR STIX '88 (a short experimental piece sold to this one shot title. Their parent company EOTU, is still in business as an e-zine.)
* "Beat Well" - TERROR TIME AGAIN #2, '89, editted by Donald Miller
reprinted - SPWAO's "best of" anthology ALPHA GALLERY, '90
reprinted again in David Kubicek's trade anthology OCTOBER DREAMS, '90
* "Yonderman" - A Canadian speculative fiction magazine, editted by Glenn Grant, Spring '89
* "Statistic" - AFTER HOURS, Editor William G. Raley, spring '89
* "In Loving Memory" - CEMETERY DANCE #2, Editor Richard Chizmar, (originally written for a NIGHTMARE EXPRESS cover contest. Sent it to this brand new magazine instead, because of the title, and the fact they sounded so hungry). Over ten years later, Richard's still going strong)
* "Night Of The Living Frogs" - recieved honorable mention in Janet Fox's "Killer Frog" contest and was published in her chapbook ROSEMARY'S TADPOLE. Summer '89
* "Song Of Freedom" - SEA TAILS - issue #3.5, Summer/Fall '89 (a short story based on an oil painting in an abandoned cottage)
* "Mongrel" - CEMETERY DANCE, Spring '90
(a small milestone. Placed first in Richard's "best up and coming author contest". Accompanied with an interview. My only copy of this magazine was lost during a move when a box of magazines fell off the back of my friend's pickup truck in the middle of a highway)
* reprinted - KARL EDWARD WAGNER'S YEAR'S BEST HORROR XIX, DAW, '91 (wow!)
* reprinted - THE BEST OF CEMETERY DANCE '98 (double wow!)
* "Downward Bound, Downtown" - DOPPLEGANGER #13, Nov. '90. editor Jamie Meyers (a short scary bus story, written around the time of the Montreal Massacre)
* "Midnight Snow" - AFTER HOURS Summer '90 (another magazine lost to that badly packed pickup truck)
* "Hooney Jew, Hooney Jew" - NOT ONE OF US, October '91 editor John Benson (one of my favourites)
* "Prufrock And The Spiders" - THE HAUNTED SUN, January '91 (a neat magazine published in newspaper format. One of my less favourite stories)
* "Daemon Drink" - NIGHT SLIVERS '91 (a nifty little magazine dedicated to short shorts, editted by Patricia Kocis)
* "Finger Liquor" - THE YEAR IN DARKNESS 1991 (A different sort of sale. A horror calender, with a sketch for each month and a story that accompanied the sketch. The company that produced the calender send me a sketch at random, and I my job was to come up with a story inspired by the picture. They liked it so much that they used my story and accompanying picture as the back page of the calender.)
* "Once More Round The Block" - MIDNIGHT ZOO - '92 (another calender, only I got to write the story first and it was the artist's job to follow my lead. I was Mr. July.)
* "Deathdreams" - NOT ONE OF US '92 (another of my favourites. John's a damn good editor)
* "Sorrowcrow" - DOPPLEGANGER #14 Feb. 1992 (I'd nearly forgotten this one when I turned it up in my hunt for past manuscripts. There's a lot of my childhood in this one)
* "A Fine Sacrifice" - BAD MOON BOOKS - (there was nearly a ten year gap there, some unverifiable years, I went through a divorce, hitchhiked twice across Canada, did a whole lot of thinking, and then got back to work. One of my earliest efforts resulted in this, the winning story of Ottawa publisher's Bad Moon Books 1999 Blood & Guts Horror Story Contest. Published in chapbook form and still available at badmoonbooks.ca. The contest is still going on as well. Interested horror writers really ought to check this out)
* Mystery Time's Mystery Mayhem Contest - In 1999 I was fortunate enough to win Mystery Time's annual contest for creating the worst opening line for a mystery novel. The sentence reads as follows - "As I kicked down the steel-reinforced brewery door, a screaming bullet whistled Mozart's Requiem past the lobe of my cauliflowered left ear, barely missing the bottle of cheap recreational bourbon that I happened to be carrying in my left hand, along with my Winchester .45 kill-them-all-in-the-blink-of-a-nearsighted-owl's-eye fully automatic military-surplus pistol, but the blonde under my arm was not nearly so lucky."
* "Rolling Stock" - NOT ONE OF US #24 - September 2000. (Another of my favourites. Chalk another one up to John Benson. Anyone who wants to see how a small press horror magazine ought to look like, ought to get a subscription to NOT ONE OF US. Recieved an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow's YEAR'S BEST FANTASY & HORROR.)
* "Dopple Dribble" - DARKNESS WITHIN #4, 2000, editor G. Durant Haire (so you think basketball isn`t scary, eh?)
* "Jugular" - CARNIVAL OF SOULS - Every October Edmonton's Northern Light's Theatre holds it's annual Carnival of Souls, a festival consisting of haunted houses, a street parade, and a theatre festival dedicated to horror on stage. This year my play "Jugular" was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the five plays presented in their Urban Tales Cabaret.
* "Something After Saturday" WHISPERS FROM THE SHATTERED FORUM #6. Editor: Cullen Bunn, 2001
(if the magazine`s name didn't use up so much darn ink I'd submit to this more often. Another stalwart in the small press, Cullen's Undaunted Press is slowly making a mark in the industry)
* "Catcall" CEMETERY DANCE #36 2001 Batting back in the big league, yeehaw.
* "The Woman Who Danced On The Prairie" OPEN SPACE" NEW CANADIAN FANTASTIC FICTION Red Creek Press 2003 Editor: Claude Lalumiere (a Canadian print anthology, one of my first internet sales. Snailmail seems so darned unenthusiastic. There's a real catharsis in e-mailing an editor and hearing back from him in the next couple of days. These days I pretty well shun magazines and anthologies that don't accept e-mailled submissions. Just got so discouraged waiting so long to hear "no thanks". Now if they don't like it, they zap my rejection right back to me, and I can get on with finding another market)
* "Papercut" SCRIPTURES OF THE DAMNED Double Dragon Press. 2003 (another anthology, another internet sale. E-mail rules!)
* "Do-overs and Detours - Somewhere South of Bigfoot" WICKED WHEELS Cyber-Pulp 2003 Editor: David Bain (an e-anthology, and an internet sale. David Bain's an amazing editor, plain spoken but with the eye of a roving eagle. Has since lead to the possible publication of an e-anthology of my own fiction, more on this later.)
* "Jumping Chollo Never Dies" HORROR GARAGE June 2003 (a horror magazine that I can sometimes find on our isolated boondock Halifax newstands: always a bonus)
* "All Wood Dreams Of The Sun" FORBIDDEN TEXTS Cyber-Pulp 2003 (another e-anthology. This medium is kind of scary for me, but hey, what better way for a horror writer to feel? Another chance to work with the esteemed David Bain.)
* "The Weight Of A Stone" NOVA SCOTIA CRAFT NEWS - (an article on the sense of touch in arts and crafts, based on my experiences as a professional jeweller. Will be entering this into my Authorsden site shortly.) Summer 2003
* An as yet untitled article for storytelling and children in the summer 2003 issue of THE APPLESEED QUARTERLY - THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF STORYTELLING, based on my experiences as a professional storyteller.
* My full length collection of short fiction NIGHTMARE DREAMS should be coming out from Cyber Pulp in November 2003. The image shown above is a sneak peek at my cover for the collection. Hope it whets your appetite.