Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Splintered Mirage

A Splintered Mirage

Something illusory, without substance or reality.
The sticky threads that communicate the meaningless in a thousand different ways.

“The doors made me do it!”
—Ida Lupino

“He dressed up, even to a cheap wig he bought.  He’d walk about the house, sit in her chair, speak in her voice.  He tried to be his mother!  And, uh... now he is.”
—Dr. Fred Richmond

     In Fight Club, The Narrator’s mental state deteriorates due to insomnia; his mind forms a new personality capable of escaping the problems of his reality.  In the movie Man in Uniform, Henry Adler is an actor who’s cast as a cop in a TV show and takes his role too seriously; things come to a head when an officer mistakes him for a real cop.  In Single White Female, Ellen Besch tries to look exactly like whatever roommate she has in order to find a female companion to replace her dead twin sister.  These are decent examples of the kinds of things I’m hoping to find for A Splintered Mirage.  People having borderline personality disorders, suffering from a markedly disturbed sense of identity, or agoraphobia or schizophrenia or amnesia: things that support all activity but explain none of it, if that makes sense.
     Think Robert Bloch, Cornell Woolrich, Chuck Palahniuk, Thomas Harris, etc.  Have fun but please be smart, and shoot for originality.  Be weird and messed up.  Crime/Noir/Thrillers are my favorites.  No minimum word length with a limit of 5,000; that is, of course, not set in stone.  Also, please take note that this is a non-paying anthology.  The only payment is exposure.  If it somehow manages to make money, everyone will make money, but please don’t be expecting it in the near or distant future.
     As I am also a copy editor, I will be going through each accepted story, mostly to smooth things out, but if there is anything significant I shall run it by you first.  I may also ask for a rewrite if I think a story is almost there but could maybe be a bit stronger.  Please note that a rewrite does not guarantee acceptance.
Feel free to include a cover letter in the body of your e-mail and a bit about yourself and your publication history, if any.  This anthology is open to old pros and newcomers alike.  Send your story as a .DOC file to with SUBMISSION, your story title and your name in the subject line.  I will try to get back to you as soon as I can.
     Look forward to seeing what folks come up with.


  1. Oh, this shall be released in trade paperback by Black Curtain Press.

  2. Pay is now in exposure AND copies.