Friday, September 18, 2009

OFFICIAL Acceptance!

Yes, I finally received my official acceptance. Well, I wouldn't say finally because I got it soon as I woke up this morning.

Patricia Hurst, the editor, isn't sure exactly when it's coming out because she's having to set up some things on her computer. But she assures me it will be sometime in September. In the meantime, I'm going to be finishing my short story called Sacrifice Ticket and proofreading Witch Tourniquet (of which I will have "polished" teasers of shortly. Teaser Tuesday anyone?).

Enjoy this teaser of Dead Poet's Pendulum. It might or might not be completely edited, as I didn't bother using The Oddville Press's edited version, since the changes were so minor. So, if you feel like you're seeing glaring mistakes, rest assured that the wonderful editors of The Oddville Press have fixed that.

Here you go!

The pendulum swung back and forth, back and forth, above the frightened poet tied to a rack, Rupert Eastlake. He lay on his back staring wide-eyed at the pendulum, hideous sounds issuing from his throat. The dark stone buildings behind the pendulum towered over Rupert, and the blooming crepe myrtles near the small church swayed in almost-mourning fashion. An executioner stood high on a platform using a lever attached to intricate machinery to lower the pendulum about every five minutes. There would be no headlines for him, for Moorshir Village was much too small for England.


Anonymous said...

Congrats on the acceptance! Interesting teaser, too. Is it a play on Poe's story? Keep it up!

Amber said...

You can see it as that way, too. I actually was inspired by Nightwish's song The Poet and the Pendulum. But the message of the song is completely different from the message of my short story. You can look up analysis for The Poet and the Pendulum, then read my short story (whenever it comes out), and see that the messages are totally different. But my mind took me on The Dead Poet's Pendulum journey when I listened to the song.