Thursday, October 28, 2010

Panic Press is publishing my Short Story Collection

That’s right, my horror short story collection, The Man of Shadows has been accepted for publication by House of Horror’s new publishing venture, Panic Press. It features twenty-five of my stories. Most have appeared on e-zines and in print magazines and anthologies over the past couple of years. It also includes two brand new stories: A Depiction of Devils and Compass. The release date is scheduled for January 2011.

On the Panic Press website, Editor S.E. Cox says, “Panic Press is a new Small Press Publishing venture in association with House of Horror ezine.

Per their submissions guidelines page, “We are currently seeking submissions of novels, novellas, chapbooks and short story/poetry collections. You can submit at anytime but our reading periods are September, December, March and June.”

Their First Official Panic Press Books include:
Tales from the Dark Side by S.E.COX (Short Story Collection)
The Man of Shadows by Angel Zapata (Short Story Collection)
Revolution City by Darren James (Novel)
Ashes in her Eyes by Alan Spencer (Novel)

Be sure to visit their submissions page, and their newly created forum, The Panic Room for general information and up-to-date announcements.

Many, many thanks to S.E. Cox for this wonderful privilege.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Plagiarists are afoot...Let's be the boot in their ass

Writers/editors/fans of the written word,

It’s been over a year since I learned a story I wrote was stolen by a plagiarist and published under his name. Thankfully, the writing community came to bat for me and the unity we all felt was truly unbelievable. We learned a lot. We fought back. And although we couldn’t undo what was done, there was a feeling of triumph in exposing him as a fraud.

But sadly, plagiarism will never go away. Thieves will continue to steal. The best things we can do is support and encourage those victimized by these word thieves, and to keep the community active in spotting these wolves in sheep’s clothing.

There have been some recent cases. I implore each and every one of you to offer your support. Follow the links below.

Angel Zapata

AJ Brown
Plagiarism… It Effects the Family

Ramblings of a Tattooed Head

The Writer and the White Cat
Help Pin the Tail on this Plagiarist

Aaron Polson
On Plagiarists, Fake Names and Other Random Things

Michael Solender over at Not From Here, Are You has provided a link for those interested in protecting your stories through copyright (and it's FREE):

My Free Copyright

I also found a great article on protecting your website articles:

Copyright Website Articles— How to Protect your Work against Plagiarism

If anyone else has any other sites to help protect against plagiarism, please provide that info to me here in the comments section, and I’ll gladly create a link for all to use.


Copyright © 2010 by Angel Zapata

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Devil's Carriage

Halloween is just about a week away. Ghouls and ghosts, witches and goblins are a-comin'. But strangely, my writing has been anything but horror lately. I seem to be writing poetry about birds and love and such. What's that all about? Thought I'd get inspired by checking out some of my favorite horror comics. And Mexico brings us some of the darkest (and raunchiest) art and stories available. Allow me to share some covers with you of one of my favorite titles, El Carruaje Diabolico (The Devil's Carriage). These are Tales from the Crypt type of yarns where just about every issue's final moments have the lead antagonist boarding Satan's horse and carriage to hell.