Jerry Gordon 2007

City of Refuge Now Available...

"City of Refuge" is now available in text and audio formats at Apex Magazine. The short story is free. Give it a listen (and leave me a comment over there if you like it).

Text Version:

Audio Version:
Jerry Gordon 2007

City of Refuge...

I’m happy to announce that "City of Refuge" has been accepted by Apex Magazine for their May issue and will be featured as that issue’s audio story (so you’ll be able to read and listen for free).  The story, about a church leader transporting a prophet accused of murder across post-apocalyptic America, is a mixture of literary horror and science fiction.  Many thanks to LJ's mylefteye, [info]justin_pilon, and 
[info]sarajlarson for their help with the story. 

I'll post the link as soon as it becomes available.
Jerry Gordon 2007

Blurbs and Interviews...

In two weeks, the semester will be over and I can resume a more normal LJ schedule.  I'll be popping back for a surprise announcement next week.  Until then, I wanted to share some Dark Faith blurbs and interview links.  Reviewers are starting to chime in on the book, and so far it's been very positive:

"Terrible beauty and mind-shattering horror. It’s all here, in what’s sure to be one of the year’s best anthologies." 

-Shroud Magazine

"A remarkable collection, bursting at the seams with thought-provoking ideas and shattering visions."

-Brandon Massey, award-winning author of Dark Corner and Don’t Ever Tell

"A moving examination of the spirit.  Nobody does faith like the horror genre, and this diverse collection is the new bible of the bizarre.  Heaven and hell never looked so scary."

-Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church

Editor in Chief Jason Sizemore has pulled out all the stops and is offering up daily interviews and excerpts from the book.  As we head toward launch day the list will grow:

Jerry Gordon 2007

Project Updates...

Yes, my weekly posts have dwindled to monthly updates. My apologies. I'm no longer eighteen hour a day busy, but twelve hours a day still leaves you not wanting to write updates. Plenty of cool stuff going on:

Interviews - I've been doing interviews with Maurice for Dark Faith:  Cemetery Dance, Weird Tales, and Fangoria so far.  I'm also putting together a group interview with a few of the book's contributors:  Gary Braunbeck, Jay Lake, Cat Valente, and LJ's own Nick Mamatas. 

Commissioned Stories - I've been quiet about this one.  I've got one in (but not yet approved) and one I'm revising.  I'm looking forward to talking more about these soon. 

Anthologies and Novels - Dark Faith will be out in April (available for pre-order now).  This is an amazing book.  I can't recommend it enough.  As soon as I'm done with the commissioned stories, I need to do a submission package for Severed Dreams.  More news there that's not yet fit to print.

New Projects - It looks like 2010 will be the year of dueling projects.  I've got my sights set on a non-fiction *and* a fiction book.  The later takes place in Chernobyl, Russia.  That's all I'm prepared to say right now.

Even when I'm not posting, I'm lurking.  So don't think you're sneaking good news by me!

Jerry Gordon 2007

Dark Faith Available for Pre-Order (with Limited Edition Bonus)


Faith.  So much of our reality is determined by what we believe, and it can so easily be…undone.  Editors Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon have created an anthology that explores, questions, and shatters the boundaries of faith.  

Pick up a gun and write a new psalm with Brian Keene.  Face the inhumanity of modern society with Gary Braunbeck.  Find magic behind the suburbs of Portland with Jay Lake.  Walk the line between art and desire with Tom Piccirilli.  Through twenty-six stories you will be transported from the rooftops of the twin towers to steps of the Vatican.

Pre-order Dark Faith now and receive the limited edition promotional chapbook, Dark Faith: Last Rites.  Only 500 chapbooks will be produced.

Pre-order Dark Faith and Last Rites from Apex Books Now!

Table of Contents:  Dark Faith and Last Rites...

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Jerry Gordon 2007

Dark Faith Cover and Table of Contents...

Dark Faith - May 2010 (Apex Books)

Poem: “The Story of Belief-Non” by Linda Addison
“Ghosts of New York” by Jennifer Pelland
“I Sing a New Psalm” by Brian Keene
“He Who Would Not Bow” by Wrath James White
“Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch’s Damnation” by Douglas F. Warrick
“Go and Tell It on the Mountain” by Kyle S. Johnson
“Different from Other Nights” by Eliyanna Kaiser
Poem: “Lilith” by Rain Graves
“The Last Words of Dutch Schultz Jesus Christ” by Nick Mamatas (LJ)
“To the Jerusalem Crater” by Lavie Tidhar
“Chimeras & Grotesqueries” by Matt Cardin
“You Dream” by Ekaterina Sedia
“Mother Urban’s Booke of Dayes” by Jay Lake
“The Mad Eyes of the Heron King” by Richard Dansky
“Paint Box, Puzzle Box” by DT Friedman
“A Loss For Words” by John C. Hay
“Scrawl” by Tom Piccirilli
Poem: “C{her}ry Carvings” by Jennifer Baumgartner
“Good Enough” by Kelli Dunlap
“First Communion” by Geoffrey Girard
“The God of Last Moments” by Alethea Kontis
“Ring Road” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Unremembered” by Chesya Burke
Poem: “Desperata” by Lon Prater (LJ)
“The Choir” by Lucien Soulban
“Days of Flaming Motor Cycles” by Catherynne M. Valente (LJ)
“Miz Ruthie Pays Her Respects” by Lucy A. Snyder (LJ)
Poem: “Paranoia” by Kurt Dinan
“Hush” by Kelly Barnhill
“Sandboys” by Richard Wright
“In Abstentia” by Gary A. Braunbeck (LJ)

For those keeping track at home, that makes 5 poems and 26 stories by 17 men and 14 women (and 5 LJ Writers)

*Barring any issues regarding the dotting of i’s and crossing of t’s. And this isn’t the final, final cover.
Jerry Gordon 2007

Death By Slush...

Rumors of my "death by slush" are greatly exaggerated. Sure, I was trapped under an avalanche of paper. And yes, I did technically stop breathing (and posting) for a while, but rumors of an undead editor roaming from house to house to eat the flesh off the bones of authors pitching Zombie Jesus stories...that's just nonsense. Mostly.

Tomorrow, I hope to post the ToC and cover art for
Dark Faith. Lots of good news to follow...
Jerry Gordon 2007

Apollo 11...

William Bradford, speaking in 1630 of the founding of the Plymouth Bay Colony, said that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.

If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred. The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space.

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.

We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people.

John Kennedy
Rice University Speech

Jerry Gordon 2007

Wordcount Wednesday...

July is blurring by at a pace that almost prohibits updates.  On the novel front, I've polished off another nine chapters of Severed Dreams.  Still not the pace I'd like, but the final draft seems to be gaining momentum.  I revisited the whole YA sex debate and decided to stick to my approach in the last draft.  It tested well, and I have an easy out if a publisher wants to pull it a step back.

I've also read 132 of 181 stories for Dark Faith, everything up to the 4th of July.  As you can imagine, reading that much slush is a love/hate affair (our publisher likens it to panning for gold).  If you subbed before that date and haven't received a rejection letter, you're still under consideration.  If you're looking for suggestions,
beyond my prior post, I'd say submit sooner rather than later (and the shorter the better).  Just over one hundred days left!

Jerry Gordon 2007

Apex Magazine Returns...

I'm a big fan of stubborn determination and great fiction, so it's nice to see both coming together in a new issue of Apex Magazine.  After moving the magazine from print to the web, Jason Sizemore put it on temporary hiatus.  The break turned out to be a short one and 
the magazine is back with a new business model.  You can now read downloadable, print, and online (donation friendly) editions.  Go check it out.  You know you want to...