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November is a great month for D.M. Domosea-produced fiction!  I’m excited to announce that two more short stories are officially published and available.

First up, my suspense horror short story “Visceral” is now online in Volume 36/63 of Allegory, a Biannual Online Magazine of SF, Fantasy and Horror:

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A mother, haunted by a final gruesome phone call from her daughter, hunts the vicious beast that killed her.

This is a horrific story inspired by an actual event that happened in Russia in 2011. The news story has haunted me since I read it, so I wrote a fictionalized version in 2018 to control the way it affects me. The narrative style is unique in that it toggles back and forth between the present and the dialogue of the past phone call. I won’t lie…some will find this story of emotional trauma and parental helplessness a tough read. The story will be available on Allegory through the end of April 2020.

Next, the book launch party for Beach Dreams from Cat and Mouse Press is set for this Sunday from 2-4 pm at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach. Not only was my short story, “Dreams We’ve Lived,” selected for inclusion in the annual Rehoboth Beach Reads anthology contest, but it also earned a Judge’s Award:

Cover of the Beach Dreams book. A woman sits on a bench in front of a sea shore, while swirls of color and fanciful lines seem to emanate from her mind into the sky above her.

Courtesy of Cat and Mouse Press

A journalist interviews an old woman about her antique beach tag collection and learns there may be more to the plastic trinkets than faded memories of sunny days.

If you are not familiar with them, beach tags, or beach badges, are plastic buttons issued by many beaches in the north Atlantic coast that serve as “tickets” to the beach. They may be sold as one-day or multi-day passes. Here’s the link to a Cape May blog article that partly inspired my story and helped me accurately describe some of the beach tags Cape May used in the past.

I’m grateful to Cat and Mouse Press for presenting me with my first “official” published story opportunity with Beach Pulp. I was so energized with that experience that I leapt at the chance to enter the Beach Reads contest, and I’m very glad I did.

The Beach Dreams launch party will include refreshments, prizes, and a book signing with authors featured in the book—including me! The event is free and open to the public. If you are in the DelMarVa coast area, consider stopping by to chat!