Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Summer 2022

 Here I am, right on time to catch the end of the season. 


I have a short story in Shadow Atlas (awesome cover, no?) which won the Colorado Book Award for Anthology. I think this was the sixth time an offering from Hex Publishers was in the running so the recognition was long overdue. 

Luther, Wyoming was also in the line up for Historical Fiction in the CBA and for Best Novel, Historical Fiction in the International Latino Book Awards, but as we say, in both cases, close but no cigar. 



Some of you might have known that during the pandemic, I sketched a daily cartoon called Cats In Quarantine that I shared on social media. I'm excited to announce that Hex Publishers will offer Cats In Quarantine: A Cartoon Memoir of the COVID-19 Pandemic received a Starred Review from Kirkus! Pub date of October 25, 2022. Pre-order your copies here. My cat cartoons were also picked up by Westword. Check it out.










Monday, June 6, 2022

Spring 2022

These last few months have kept me busy with the publication of three awesome anthologies, of which I'm proud to be in.


Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas is the latest offering by Hex Publishers. It's a layered and especially imaginative approach to speculative fiction, being the suppressed journal of the Umbra Arca Society who sought to unearth the ancient history behind fables and myth in the Americas. Though the mood was horror, the included pieces range from short fiction to flash fiction to poetry, lavishly illustrated by Aaron Lovett. My story, "Xipe Totec," draws from the Aztec migration out of Aztlán and a particularly gruesome form of ritual sacrifice. 

Denver Noir brings together many neighborhoods that make up the Denver metroplex with stories that drop their protagonists off a cliff, much to the reader's delight. I described my story "El Armero" in my last posting here and it's a tale I'm especially proud of.

El Provenir ¡Ya: Citlalzazanilli Mexicatl! gives a decidedly sideways look at the future from a collection of literary cholas and vatos. Definitely first-rate what-if and what-might-be cuentos. Mine, "El Chivo," gives chilling glimpse into a disturbing future. Imagine Basic Uniform Income as benefitting The Animator.

Speaking of the future, what's next in line? Something truly exciting, another book. Title? Cats In Quarantine: A Cartoon Memoir of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Stay tuned.
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Saturday, February 12, 2022

Winter 2022

My news this post is that I've got stories in two new anthologies. What the stories have in common besides their dark narratives is that they were both previously rejected by other venues. When "El Amero" was first passed over, I was bummed and conflicted over I should take it. That night I attended a reading by Stephen Graham Jones and he commented that he was in a blue mood because earlier that day he'd gotten a rejection on a submission. If someone as esteemed as him had been 86ed, then I shouldn't feel all that bad. A short time later, Cynthia Swanson asked if I had anything for her proposal to Akashic Books for Denver Noir. She said I'd have to set the story in a specific Denver neighborhood and I chose Globeville, an industrial barrio named after a smelter. Personally, it's the most noir place in Denver. Go visit if you don't believe me. Although my story takes place in the near future, the neighborhood descriptions aren't too far off. 



"El Chivo" had likewise been given the boot by someone else but I didn't feel as bad because that anthology never got off the ground. When the editors at Somos en escrito Literary Foundation Press contacted me for a submission about the future from the perspective of la raza for El Porvenir Ya, I had this story ready to go. With this narrative I got to amalgamate several ideas that had been percolating in my head for some time. The title, which means "The Goat," refers to the way my parents used to call my dad's paycheck. This was when government checks were printed on IBM punch cards. I also commented on future tech (always a challenge because tech moves so fast) and personal relationships in this Brave New World. But my story is mostly a reflection on Basic Uniform Income, that it's a trap to keep the lower class in poverty and where their best options are to do the ghastly bidding of the rich. So how is this different from now? Read my story and find out. 





Sunday, August 15, 2021

Summer 2021

These past years I've had several short stories published, which throws me back to my first attempts at writing fiction. Thankfully those early stories remain forever disappeared, like Mafia snitches. This year I signed contracts for three short stories, all horror. The first was "Blucifer" for the StokerCon 2021 Souvenir Anthology, that I wrote about in my last post. The second story "Xipe Totec" was for Shadow Atlas: Dark Escapades of the Americas. Check out the awesome cover below. This tale draws upon Mexican fables that I heard as a kid. I also included a particularly gruesome account of human sacrifice as practiced by the Aztecs. Strange as how we file details in our memory to be repurposed later. The third story I'll explain in my next post. 



This year I had two books published, the Western novel Luther, Wyoming, and Broken Destiny, that I co-wrote with Mark Verwiel. As a WWII armchair historian, I've always wanted to write a novel about that war but never had a good story idea gel. Two such attempts are likewise buried and decomposing with my first short stories. Then as a ghostwriter, some of my clients proposed manuscripts about WWII and off I went. The other stories were about the Pacific, one of which was Forgotten Letters. However, Broken Destiny is not a novel, but a historical account of Sergeant William M. O'Loughlin, who perished when his airplane was shot down over Italy. The setting and events have links to A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (all three men served on B25s). Both Miller and O'Loughlin were tail gunners and bombed some of the same targets though they were posted to different units so probably never met. Heller served as a bombardier. In the book I mused that had O'Loughlin survived the war, perhaps he too might've penned a literary classic.









Monday, February 8, 2021

Winter 2021

 Lot's of writing going from 2020 to 2021. Here are two big projects that are close to going public.


At long last, here's my Western novel, Luther, Wyoming, that I co-authored with Tomas Alamilla. It's a gritty blend of Frontier drama and pulp fiction from Five Star Publishing. Because of Covid, the pub date has been delayed several times. Keep an eye out for mid-April. Stay tuned. 












In May, the anthology, Blucifer, for Hex Publishers, begins its rampage across the Colorado Front Range. I've got a work of horror short fiction and an interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, exclusive for the StockerCon 2021 Con. Sadly, because of Covid, the event will be virtual. Order your copy of Blucifer for the awesome cover alone. 




Sunday, April 12, 2020

Spring 2020

We're all in lockdown! The Apocalypse in slow motion! If you stop by my Events page you'll see that my con appearances have all been cancelled. So far. Hopefully I'll manage at least one in the fall.

LitFest is still a go but has gone virtual. Check out their schedule and seminars.



As a bonus, I'm going to be interviewed by Nox Mente on Youtube Wednesday, 7pm April 15.
Drop by their Voces Nocte channel and listen to their previous guests. Very enlightening. I'll be discussing a whole bunch of stuff that I usually keep to myself: dreams, personal encounters with the supernatural, and my thoughts on spirituality, as it were. Should be fun.



In the meantime, I've been directing my thoughts about this lockdown and the virus into cartoon form, Cats In Quarantine. Follow the series on my Instagram page @real_adelantearts.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Winter 2020

Hope that 2020 is off to a great start for you all.

What's in store for the year?

Thus far, I have two short stories slated for publication this year. Both stories will be in horror anthologies from Hex Publishers, It Came From the Multiplex and Psi-Wars. Here are the covers. Pretty awesome!





I was busy in 2019 completing book-length freelance projects plus a smattering of short fiction. My audiobook for Rescue From Planet Pleasure hit the streets. I also had the opportunity to share my knowledge of storytelling in writing workshops with Regis University and Lighthouse Writers LitFest. Touring with the Bard's Tower gave me the chance to rekindle old friendships and start new ones.

Check out my appearance schedule on the Events page. Still tuned for updates.