Sunday, December 23, 2007

Darkened Horizons Review up on Lulu

I've posted my review of Darkened Horizons Issue 3 on Lulu. It's an abbreviated version of the review because Lulu limits the number of characters one can post.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Darkened Horizons Editor's Humor

Jordan Bobe, the editor of Darkened Horizons Issue 3, has some humorous things to say in his "note" at the end of the issue. I don't think he intended them to be funny, but I couldn't resist sharing them:

"I also attribute a good deal of the problem to the greed associated with writing. Authors are people and as the prices of gas and utilities goes up, so does the need for the story writers to be paid for their contributions."
I'm confused about the message here. Greed is bad,'s OK for writers to want to be paid. Huh? With logic like this, I can see why Mr. Bobe might like Nicky's writing.

"Editors of other publications have become greedy with their desire to sell copies. The result of this is that they refuse to publish previously unpublished authors. … publishing firms refuse to give the new guy a chance."
I read this complaint most often from frustrated writers who have received a few too many rejections. Instead of looking at the quality of their own writing, they bitch about how no one will give "new" writers a chance. Um, no. The truth is that serious publishers are loath to give bad or weak writers a chance.

"To the critics that attempted to stifle the voice of one of my more controversial contributor’s: No respectable market would turn down a well written submission just because of a man’s reputation."
At first I thought he was talking about Nicky, then he mentioned a well-written submission.

Cross-posted to my Xanga account.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I Have a Copy...

of Nicky's "Damnation Observes", and last night I struggled through reading it. It is just as awful as the rest of his writing. A few examples of Nicky-isms:

"Observers all of us are, or were, in our time and the madness that wanders from an illness no one can see or understand."

"She didn't have a name but her sincerity stood in the eyes of those who knew this darkness, but yet has no understanding how an illness of the mind ticks away."

"The nihilism within the eyes of those who dwell in the wide awake nightmare draws the individual who doesn't understand into a world that takes years to understand even their own sickness."

Full review to come soon.

Cross-posted to my Xanga account.