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The benignly-neglected online home of writer Desmond Warzel.

Imprimis: The latest episode of Cast of Wonders (the weekly YA fiction podcast featuring stories of the fantastic) has just been released, and the featured story is my own "Cosmetic Procedures" (which first appeared in the 2011 anthology It Came From Her Purse from Sam's Dot Publishing), expertly-narrated by Rish Outfield, the improbably-named co-editor of the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Podcast. When you're done listening, stay and browse the archives if you like (folks who let the "young-adult" label scare them off are missing all the fun!).

Item: I've been derelict in promoting it, but the latest horror anthology from Blood Bound Books, Blood Rites was released about a month ago; in addition to my short tale "The Final One Percent", it also contains stories by Jeff Strand, Lisa Morton, Brian Lumley (!) and about twenty others. Do check it out, won't you?

Item: The fine folks at the venerable Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction have just posted a brief interview with me on the subject of my story "The Blue Celeb", which appears in their January/February issue (an issue you just might still be able to find in your local bookstore, if the guy in charge of magazine turnover is especially sluggish this winter). If you're as fascinated with me as I am with myself, I'd imagine it's a must-read.

Asimov, Heinlein, Le Guin, Ellison...Warzel???
The January/February issue of the venerable Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction is out, and should now (or very soon) be available at better bookstores and newsstands everywhere.** This one contains my F&SF debut, "The Blue Celeb", which Lois Tilton over at Locus Online has already granted her coveted imprimatur of "Recommended". Of course, if you're a subscriber, you probably already know all this. But if you're the sort of person who only buys one or two issues of F&SF a year, I'm just saying maybe you want to make this one of them. (You can't really miss it. Has a cow on the front.)

** If you can't find it, it's obviously because you shop at worse bookstores and newsstands everywhere.

January/February 2013 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Stuff I read in 2012

The usual miscellany, presented without comment or apology.


Shameless seasonal self-promotion

If you haven't yet read Mark Ciccarone and Theresa Dillon's anthology Night Terrors II from Blood Bound Books, 1) first of all, shame on you, and 2) now's your chance, because for this weekend only, the Kindle version is on sale for ninety-nine cents.


And if you've got some harvest cash (or Amazon credit) burning a hole in your pocket, might I suggest these other fine volumes to enhance your Halloween experience, such as:

An issue of Shroud magazine (they've got about a dozen to pick from);
Return of the Raven--stories inspired by Edgar Allan Poe (available in print from the publisher or as an ebook from Kobo);
31 Days of Halloween Horror (exactly what it says on the label), available in numerous electronic formats;
Candle in the Attic Window--new tales of gothic terror; and
Love & Darker Passions--new horror and dark fantasy stories involving relationships.

You really can't miss.


Saturday morning surrealism
Stranger things have happened, but I can't name one: #1 best-selling author Brandon Sanderson gives a class on creative writing and, about six minutes in, suddenly starts talking about me...

Love hurts.
Just out from Double Dragon Publishing: the new horror anthology from Alexis Brooks de Vita and Lee Barwood: Love and Darker Passions. Seventeen dark tales, including my latest story "Sirens". Available for the Kindle, or head over to the publisher's website to get it in a variety of tasty electronic formats. Paperback to follow!


You can go home again
My first-ever published short story, "Wikihistory", is now back up at its original place of publication, Abyss & Apex.  Stick around, read the entire current issue, and then come back next quarter as well.

And now, part two...
...of my sword-and-sorcery tale, "The Most Precious of Treasures", now being podcast at Cast of Wonders, the YA fantasy & SF audio magazine.

Treasures for the ear
My sword-and-sorcery tale "The Most Precious of Treasures" came out in the magazine Shelter of Daylight in 2011; it's now in the process of being adapted to audio format, thanks to the fine folks at the premier young-adult science-fiction/fantasy podcast, Cast of Wonders, and the golden tones of Mr. Graeme Dunlop.  Part One is here; stop by and give it a listen, won't you?

Flush with success (plus, WIN A FREE BOOK!!!!!1!!1!!1!)

The folks behind the venerable Uncle John's Bathroom Reader franchise have gone literary: their latest offering is Flush Fiction, a collection of dozens--literally dozens, I tell you--of short stories. From the publisher:

"Prepare to be entertained by this unique collection of short-short stories–all fewer than 1,000 words–handpicked by the master story-teller himself, Uncle John. Whatever genre you’re into–humor, mystery, romance, horror, adventure, sci-fi, or slice-of-life–it’s in here."

Flush Fiction

Flush Fiction contains my dryly humorous science fiction story "Wrestling with Alienation", but if that isn't enough to entice you, go here to see the entire list of contributors.

Even better: the kind staff of the Bathroom Readers' Institute have graciously allowed me to offer a free copy to one lucky person. So, how shall we go about this?

  • For simplicity's sake, let's set the deadline at April 30, 2012 at 11:59:59 Eastern Time.
  • Residents of the U.S.A. only, please.
  • One entry per person, please.
  • I will gather all eligible entries and select one completely at random under the auspices of
  • If you know me personally, feel free to enter anyway. You'll have the same chance as everyone else; I don't see why my friendship should carry any more penalties for you than it already does.
  • Flush Fiction boasts a lot of contributors, so there's a chance you'll run across other giveaways of the book; if you should win one of those before my giveaway reaches its deadline, kindly let me know so I can remove you from the running. One freebie to a customer, please.
  • How to enter? Simply leave a comment below (if you're smart, you'll either leave me an email address in some form or be the sort of person who checks your livejournal messages, because once I notify the winner, he or she has forty-eight hours to acknowledge me and supply a shipping address). And, just to separate the deserving people who read the rules from the undeserving who don't, your comment, in order to constitute a valid entry, must answer the following question: "What is your favorite short story?" Answer honestly if possible; if you can't decide, or can't think of a favorite, then just name a short story. It's not as if I'll know the difference. In the name of fair play, I'll go first: "Unaccompanied Sonata" by Orson Scott Card.
  • Comments screened for your safety and security--nobody will see your info.
  • Good luck.

(PS: If you like "Wrestling with Alienation" well enough to be interested in my future publications, they're generally announced on this blog, or you can be my friend--won't that be nice?--on Facebook here.  I post about as often as a two-headed calf is born, so I promise I won't clutter your feed.)

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