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For those of you not following along with the Freaks and Weeping Children Kickstarter campaign I’d like to introduce one of the contributing authors appearing in the anthology.

Jamie Wyman

What was the first work you sold? How did it happen?

First work I sold was a short story for the anthology When the Hero Comes 2. I’d submitted my debut novel to Gabrielle Harbowy at Dragon Moon Press. Even though we ultimately didn’t publish that together, she contacted me a few months later with an invitation to be part of the anthology. I wrote “The Clever One” and sent it off. A month later, I had an acceptance in my inbox. (Consequently, I think I signed that contract the same week I signed the contract with Entangled Publishing for my debut novel Wild Card.)

What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?

It changes from day to day. Some days it’s staying focused. Other days it’s getting past the cycle of “this sucks! No, it’s the best thing in the world!” Most often, though, I think the hardest part is remembering that nothing happens overnight. I’m an impatient Aries and I may not always know what I want, but I know I want it *now*! Patience is not my virtue, but being a writer requires a zen-like calm sometimes. That’s hard for me.

Tell us about your favorite book.

Oh geeze…

Honestly, it’s a toss-up between two:

Fool by Christopher Moore and Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley.

Fool is a re-telling of Shakespeare’s King Lear as told from the jester’s point of view. It’s not a departure from Moore’s other works, but rather seeing his trademark wit and color in Elizabethan garb. The characters are alive and the laughs don’t stop. It highlights Moore’s gift for using humor to tell a very deep, emotional story. One of his best.

Mists of Avalon is the Arthurian legend retold to focus on the women rather than the King and his Companions. I read this book every year and every time I come away with a new appreciation for something I hadn’t noticed on an earlier read. It’s timeless. It’s heartbreaking. It’s beautifully told.

Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?

Wow, again with trying to pick just one…Probably Christopher Moore, honestly. Again, I absolutely love the way he can write dick jokes and have you wetting yourself with laughter all while telling the story of the Crucifixion (Lamb). His use of humor, vulgarity and satire are masterful. Also, having met him, I have to say he’s just an awesome guy.

Any ideas for your Freaks and Weeping Children story? If so, can you give us a blurb?

So far, the piece is still hot, molten idea-slag waiting to coalesce into story.

Beyond those five things, where can people find you on the internet?

Website & Blog:

Twitter: @BeegirlBlue




Freaks and Weeping Children is live on Kickstarter. Roughly nine hours in and it stands at 6% funded. If it can maintain that dollar amount throughout the life of the Kickstarter it will reach the goal of $10k. I’m realistic; I know Kickstarters generally ebb and flow but a guy can hope. Can’t he?

Surf on over and take a look.


The Countdown Begins. . .

This week the Kickstarter page for my anthology, Freaks and Weeping Children, goes live. I’m currently being consumed by lots of nervous energy. But, with everyone’s help, I’m sure it will be a success. You see, I haven’t been alone on this project. Throughout nearly every step I’ve had someone whispering in my ear; friends on Twitter offered me words of encouragement whenever I began to doubt this project and, to be honest, myself. So, I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ to those that stood by me during this, the grandest thing I’ve ever attempted. It may not look like much to some but believe me, it means a lot.

Now, on to more important things. . . the talent. What follows is the line-up of Freaks and Weeping Children‘s Contributing Writers.

Karina Cooper

After writing happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (sort of), went to work in the real world (kind of), where she decided that making stuff up was way more fun (true!). She is the author of dark and sexy paranormal romances, steampunk adventures, crossover urban fantasy, and continues to write across multiple genres with mad glee. Her award winning steampunk series, The St. Croix Chronicles, has been nominated for multiple RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

One part glamour, one part dork and all imagination, Karina is also a gamer, an avid reader, a borderline hermit and an activist. She co-exists with a husband, a menagerie and a severe coffee habit. Visit her at, because she says so.



Two months ago I posted submission guidelines for Freaks & Weeping Children, an anthology of dark fiction edited and self-published by me. This project is near to my heart and I’ve been lucky enough to have many talented authors working on dark tales for little more than a contributor’s copy of the finished book. More on that in a bit.


Beyond the writing, I hired Matt Davis to design the cover. He did a wonderful job taking my Photoshopped rough and developing a striking piece of art that I’m happy displaying on the front of my anthology. Kudos to him. You should definitely pop over to Matt’s deviantART Gallery and take a look at more of his work.

Meanwhile, I’m busy on the layout of the interior pages. InDesign is a great help in this process but for someone who rarely uses the software it means refreshing myself on a number of skills. I’ve been reminding myself how to manage gutters and kerning and lets not forget fonts, type size, line spacing, headers, footers. . . Oh, my.

Now, remember a few paragraphs when I mentioned contributor copies? Yes, that just doesn’t sit well with me. I would love to pay the authors for their work. I believe SFWA says .06/word is the standard fair rate. If I can’t manage that I would at least like to offer an honorarium, a flat cash rate.

And then there’s my wishlist of published authors; authors I would love to invite to the anthology. I’m not sure how many would actually be interested or have the time but if the funds were available I could put the offer out there. My wishlist? Well, that’s easy: Robert J. Bennett, Karina Cooper, Delilah S. Dawson, John Hornor Jacobs, Kat Richardson, Steve Weddle, and Jaye Wells. Every one of these authors writes the kind of tales that fit right in with Freaks & Weeping Children. If you haven’t heard of any one of these writers you would do well to Google and read.

The question now seems to be, “should I crowdfund?” The obvious answer is, “Well, yeah. No shit!” So, I’m going to make an attempt. If I only receive enough to pay my contributors then I’ll be satisfied. All funds above and beyond the goal will go toward inviting other writers to the anthology.

Stay tuned. I’ll post the Pubslush link soon. This will be my first foray into crowdfunding so if anyone has tips to share I promise to listen.


On Monday, November 18th I posted submission guidelines for an anthology of dark tales. The title, as well as the theme, will be Freaks & Weeping Children. This is my first attempt at selecting and editing a collection of short stories written by other writers. So, in the spirit of full disclosure I’ve decided to keep a running journal here on my blog.

Who am I and what qualifies me to edit an anthology? My name is Michael Woods and, to be honest, I have no legitimate qualifications other than a love for well-told stories. Though, before you dismiss me as a loon, I would like to add I’ve studied graphic design most of my adult life. I truly appreciate the work that goes into creating a book, from cover and layout to fonts, margins, and gutters. This is a project near to my heart.

What’s the point of Freaks & Weeping Children? To discover new writers of dark fiction and to put great stories into the hands of readers searching for fresh voices. With this anthology I hope to publish a wide range of speculative fiction all with the delicious taint of horror.

Larrikin Books? What the hell does that mean? Well, one definition of larrikin is a person with apparent disregard for convention. That just sounds appropriate. Conventional wisdom, my family and friends, too, tells me this is wasted time, effort, and money. I don’t believe it is. This isn’t about fame and fortune. It’s not about becoming an indie publisher. Larrikin Books is about publishing a quality anthology of stories to entertain and terrify. If one reader enjoys the collection of tales I assemble then I’ve achieved my goal.

So, do stay tuned to this site as talk about the process from beginning to end. Oh, and please, check out the guidelines. I would love to read your story.


Welcome to a little idea I’ve had for a while now. I’ve always had this love of books and stories so why not feed that love? Why not gather together a group of new writers – writers I enjoy reading, as well as unfamiliar writers – and publish an anthology of stories from fresh voices in the field? Well, I think I will.

First up, an anthology of tales with a title which hints at a dark theme: FREAKS & WEEPING CHILDREN. I’m not hampering anyone’s creativity by insisting on one genre over another. Writers are free to explore the ideas as wildly as they wish.

 I’ll be editing and designing the anthology myself. The costs of cover art and Ingram fees will be coming out of an account I set aside specifically for Freaks & Weeping Children.


Submission Period: November 20th – February 28th

Payment: Contributor copy of EBook and Trade Paperback

Length: 2,000 to 8,000 words.

First World Electronic Rights and First Print Rights. Book to be published in print and ebook through IngramSpark.

Simultaneous Submissions: NO

Reprints: NO

Paper Submissions: NO


I’ll only accept email submissions. Please use Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX) or Rich Text Format (RTF) in Standard Manuscript Format. Name your file FWC_STORY TITLE_YOUR NAME


Send your story to Please use the subject line FWC_STORY TITLE when submitting. Please follow this format so your submission does not get overlooked.

Also, in the body of your email, please include the following REQUIRED information:

  •        Title
  •        Pen name (if desired)
  •        Word count
  •        Real name
  •        Email address
  •        Phone number (To be used only in the case email doesn’t work)
  •        Short biography

Please allow two weeks after submission deadline to check the status of your manuscript.

Thank you for your interest. Please feel free to post questions or comments.