Hook was almost part of EG 10 but he wanted out in the 11th Hour. Hook is a good writer but he couldn't handle the intense fishbowl environment that is a Lake Fossil Press publication. I am not angry with him for backing out, that was the reason I have the 2 week warning rule with the magazine. That is of they want out before it goes to press, and if I have the master files handy.
Real publishers - or even folks with a teaspoon of common sense - would keep all the necessary files for each project in, say, one directory on their computer and then BACK THEM UP.
GAME OVER was born -- and this one is still being written, I drop the other f-word in that one in the beginning.
Just for fun, I ran GAME OVER through a word frequency counter. Nicky used the "f-word" or a version of it 60 times in 23,000 words, which works out to about 2 times per page of text. We all know how Nicky loves the word "horror", so I also looked for that word and versions of it. "Horror" or "horrors" was used 97 times; add in 8 more instances if you count "horrifying" and "horrific". Nicky is nothing of if not repetitive.