A new story and some great stuff to share

Happy Saturday!

Hi all! 

New story! New story! Check out The Black Cloud before you go any further!

Are you done? Ok!

That one was fun to write! It started as a conversation on the NoSleep podcast facebook group, where someone commented that there are a lot of zombie apocalypse stories, a few vampire apocalypse stories, but fewer stories about things like werewolves taking over the world. I’ve been struggling a bit with writer’s block recently and that was just what I needed! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. 

PS: The NY Times story about the wedding party? Totally true!

The great podcast Curse Land recently did a reading of my story “Forever, A Drug.” You can find his awesome version here.

Since we’re now more than halfway through 2019 (how??) I wanted to look at my goals for the year. At the beginning of the year, I responded to a thread asking about writing goals for 2019. In 2018 I had just started writing again after years of reading and had posted my very first stories on NoSleep (to varying degrees of success). 

For 2019 my goals were simple: publish at least one story per calendar month on NoSleep (I’ve since edited this to 12 stories for the year, since June was a tough month personally). Now that we’re at the halfway point, I decided to look at how I was doing. 

I’m meeting my goal, having just publishing my 7th story for the year in July. My stories have been nominated for the NoSleep story of the month in January, March, and April, winning bronze in January and winning the story of the month in April. Two stories have made it into the Top 50 NoSleep stories of all time. I’ve also recently submitted my first story to an anthology, I am submitting another one in the coming weeks, and I’ve started work on my first book which will be a collection of stories hopefully being released early next year. I’m so thankful for your support, and hope you stick around, there is a lot more coming!

As always, I’ve been reading some great stories lately. 

My dear writer friend Polonium Poisoning wrote “After the love of my life died, I religiously bring home one girl a night.” PP puts out quality work constantly (seriously, she needs to slow down, she’s putting us all to shame) but this one is fantastic, dealing with loss, life, and black magic. Seriously some of her best work, and that’s no small task. 

Verastahl wrote the spooky “There is a needle hunting me” about an unstoppable needle of unknown origin. It’s got great pacing and a creepy story I really enjoyed. 

I saved a white snake” by fainting was a story I’ll honestly go back and reread from time to time. A beautiful, haunting story, with hints of something supernatural and monstrous lurking under the surface that becomes more and more apparent and horrible. Reminded me of some of my very favorite works of all time. I can’t recommend this one enough. 

One story that isn’t quite as recent (I am going to start working in some older stories I consider classics) is “Time Travel is not like you think it is” by flard. This one was written earlier this year and is fantastic. I think questions of time can be really scary when done well, and this story does it very well. 

Finally, you may have noticed I’m coming to you today from substack instead of tinyletter! I loved tinyletter (and just recommended it the other day), but a few articles on newsletters that I read this week made me concerned about the long term health of tinyletter as a platform, and it seemed best to change now and make use of some fun tools that substack offers. Let me know what you think!

Hope you have a good weekend!

-NM