March 26, 2014

A Much-Owed Update

Hello, fiends. I wanted to apologize, again, for the slow pace of posting and for the long-delayed contest results. I promise that I have not forgotten you. I am currently in the final weeks of my Master’s degree program, and trying to fulfill my assignments on schedule while still holding down a full-time job amounts to one of the most rigorous tasks I’ve ever faced. One way or another, though, it will all be over by the middle of May. I’ll do my best to keep you all informed. I ask not for your pity–only your patience.

December 9, 2013

And… That’s a Wrap!

Well, kiddies, I just posted the last of the 2013 contest entries. You sent me 72 this year– that’s the biggest turnout since 2008! I’m proud of each and every one of you!

Now it’s time for me and my fellow judging staff to read our poisoned tea leaves and make some very difficult decisions, whereupon I’ll announce the winners as well as the prizes. Watch this space!

December 6, 2013

Slowly But Surely

I’ve read and posted tons of great stories submitted for the contest, and I’ve still got quite a few to go. Thanks for your patience, and I hope you’re enjoying these little treats as much as I am!

November 5, 2013

Thank You, Yermo!

My aforementioned genius coder friend, Yermo Lamers, has saved this site and my reputation. My gratitude knows no bounds. If you find yourself in need of a brilliant IT professional, or if you want to talk about motorcycles, look no further: miles-by-motorcycle.com/yermo.

More Bugs 2: The Buggening

I can’t fix this. For the first time, I’ve handed over the reins of MicroHorror to a genius coder friend, who thinks he can make this place pretty again. Updates to come soon, I hope.

November 4, 2013

More Bugs

I just updated WordPress, and things seem to have broken. Please, I need your help. If you see anything weird or incorrect on this site, even if you think I should already know about it, point it out to me. Thank you.

October 31, 2013

Time’s Almost Up…

By my reckoning, you’ve got less than eleven hours remaining to send me your 2013 contest entries, so you’d better pick up the pace! I’m doing a decent job keeping up with the submissions, but there are quite a lot of them, so I expect the final ones will be posted sometime in mid-November. Don’t worry; as long as Submittable confirms your submission before the deadline, you’re in.

Happy Halloween!

October 21, 2013

Hear Me!

I should have posted this sooner, but better late than never, right? In two hours, at 8pm Eastern Time, Monday, October 21, I’m joining Viktor Aurelius for his podcast “Whispers in the Dark.” Call in and join the conversation! And if you miss out, you can always download the show as an MP3 later on at the same link. Talk to you soon!


October 7, 2013

Bug Squashing

I think Submittable has been behaving strangely for the past few days, but I believe I’ve fixed the problem. If you’ve experienced any problems or weirdness when submitting a story, please try to resubmit it, and if anything seems to not work properly, please let me know. Thanks, and sorry for the inconvenience.

October 1, 2013

It’s the 2013 Story Contest!

October again! Monsters are teeming / and people are screaming / and running in fear! / It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, kiddies, and you’d better sharpen your scalpels, because I’ve got a doozy of a theme for you.

The theme for 2013 is… EYES!

Some say that eyes are windows to the soul. Others say eyes are things to be plucked out if they offend you. But they’re weird, aren’t they? These little round globules of matter and fluid, perched so jauntily in their sockets. Rods, cones, lenses, vitreous humor. When functioning to their full potential, they let us perceive shape, light, distance, and even color. And what of non-human eyes? They may have compound lenses, or extra membranes to protect them, or the power to perceive things invisible to us.

So I want you to write about eyes. They may belong to humans, to animals, or to something else entirely. They may be found in the usual spots, or in places most unexpected. They may fail when needed most… or they may work too well.

You have 666 words in which to make me think about eyes in a whole new way. As always, creativity and originality are key! Watch this space for further announcements about prizes, judges, and other contest details. The rules and submission link are right here.

See you around…

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