Saturday, December 23, 2017

Ghosts From Outer Space

Well, as I've mentioned before, I'm editing a haunted hotel anthology right now.  I've also mentioned writers rarely write to markets. Instead, they try and stick something they've written into an existing project. Well, that's what we're seeing so far. Surprisingly, we're getting a very light submission load. I think we'll be able to complete the book, but I'm amazed at how light the volume is compared to other projects I've edited and the fact the guidelines for this one were rather well distributed. Oh well, that's the nature of the beast. Some projects overflow with submissions while other ones go begging. We're not at the begging stage, just a little surprised by the lightness of the volume.  

I wanted to do a haunted hotel book as I've worked at two haunted hotels.  One had a somewhat playful entity that loved to stomp on the ceiling and also liked to ride around on elevators and scare children.  Then the other place had a darker more aggressive presence that I never quite understood. There, a mirror would appear in a hallway that looked like it was dripping blood--sending more than one night employee fleeing from the property and their job. I guess truth is really stranger than fiction.  It's a shame the ghosts can't submit their own stories based on what it is that makes them do ghost stuff. That would re-do the term ghost writer.

Well, they say you don't really believe in ghosts until you've encountered one.  I have. I do. And that may be why I'm more partial to ghost stories than other types of horror stories. 

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