Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Calling Bullshit

I get a little tired of posting about projects that are moving forward, or that have all of the potential in the world. It seems like I have spent more time trying to build anthologies, than I have focusing on my own work. It also seems like of all the people I try to include in these projects, only about half of them care enough to follow through on what they say they'll deliver.

When things don't work out, it looks like I can't do what I say I'm trying to do. The problem with collections and anthologies is that they only work if everyone comes through. I can't do it by myself and I'm getting sick of trying. It hurts me and and it's unfair to the other authors in the books who can have a story or multiple stories submitted by the deadline, or a short extension.

This leads me to my biggest annoyance, people who talk and talk and never produce anything. I know a lot of talented individuals doing some really great thing, and I know some really talented people who talk about what they are going to do and all of these fantastic ideas, that will most likely never see the light of day.
I am one of those people who produce things. I am sitting on three finished novel and laptop full of unpublished short stories,that will be published. I guess I would rather try and maybe fail, than never take a chance and fail anyway. I wanted to produce a collection a year to collaborate with my friends, but I'm sick of people I want to work with becoming stumbling blocks or dead weight.

It's unfair for “friends” or more “established authors” to assume they can hold production.

I can't finish the 1,000 Words anthology without enough quality stories that fit the concept the book was based on. I have the cover and the layout set, but I only have 4 stories that fit the picture, and that are exactly 1,000 words. It will take a lot more stories to fill a book.

I can't pay the money out of my pocket to produce Call of Lovecraft. The cost of the anchor story, cover artist, production cost and individual author payment is too much. This book was designed to be a team effort, from Papercut Books. That company is dead and that book will not happen.

Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction will ready soon. The deadline has already come and gone, but I am already working on replacing the people who have not submitted their piece yet. I'm not waiting anymore.

The stories I have for Fracas already are phenomenal, and this is going to be a great collection. I will not be posting anything else about this anthology, until all submissions are in and the author list is final.
It gets old changing it all the time.

As far as future collections go...we will see. I sort of doubt it.If a horror anthology just happens to fall together I'll let everyone know. It could happen, right?

That's all for now. Until next time don't forget to check out Eclectic Collection in print and on the Kindle.

- Travis

Monday, June 13, 2011

J. Trav and friends on Amazon!!!

Valley Falls by Justin Brock- Jones

Valley Falls was once a proud mining town, but journalism student Keira Schere finds one thing odd with this claim: there is no mine. As part of her thesis research she sets out to locate the old mine and discover why it's been hidden. The reason is something that neither she nor anyone else at the college is prepared for: vampires. For the past century they have been using the old mine as a home - one they viciously protect. After she is attacked and nearly killed, her life, and that of the three passersby who came to her aid, spirals down a dark road the leads to the supernatural.

Justin was previously featured in Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead and will also be a part of my next horror collection, to be named later.

Also available on Amazon...

A Touch of Darkness: An Abigail St. Michael Novel by B.C. Brown

Abigail St. Michael, a former cop, has joined the recently growing ranks of metaphysicals, individuals with abilities outside that of normal human nature. When a murderer stalks her town killing children, Abbey uses her ability of touch clairvoyancy to hunt him down. Her only roadblock is that her murderer seems to have his own unique talent, the ability to 'wipe' his victims and their surroundings of any metaphysical energy. With little physical evidence and no supernatural evidence, Abbey is forced to rely on instinct and luck to solve the case. However both Abbey's luck and instinct seem to have taken a permanent vacation as the victims keep piling up with the killer's escalating bloodlust.

B.C. Brown lives and works on the southern Indiana/Illinois border. She divides her time between writing and running her bookstore. Her first novel, Sister Light, Book One: Of Shadows, a fantasy adventure and published under the pen name B.B. Walter, is available online and in brick and mortar stores. Her non-fiction work can be found online and in various magazines. Look for B.C. online at her blog: www.bcbrownbooks.blogspot.com.

And don't forget my book, Eclectic Collection

Log on to Amazon and start reading the books and authors people will be talking about!!!

- Travis

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Con-tamination 2011 The Sequel

Attention St. Louis: Come get contaminated with J. Travis Grundon, and get your copy of Eclectic Collection at Contamination 2011

St. Louis' only Horror, Sci-Fi & Pop-culture convention under one roof! June 24-26 at the Sheraton Chalet in Westport Plaza.

Eric Roberts & The Boondock Saints are headlining. Other celebrities listed on the website & more announcements yet to come!

Join us for celebs, movies, concerts, parties & more!

Discounted tickets now available online as well as special Contamination room rates at the Sheraton Chalet.

Visit our website for more information: http://www.con-tamination.com/

Check out the author's page here.