“Dear Phil Ford, I’m thrilled to be able to inform you that “Splitting Maul” has been selected to be included in the Generation X-ed collection.”
Those are some nice words to read in an email! Dark Ink Publishing (an imprint of AM Ink) has included my story, Splitting Maul, in their upcoming Anthology titled “Generation X-ed”, a set of dark horror stories by and about that generation. My story fits perfectly, a summer tale set in the early 80s about three suburban kids going to find adult magazines in the woods, but they also discover something else. There are a lot of references from my own memories growing up as an 80s kid, from movies to toys to language, and it was a lot of fun to write. It’s a subtle slow burn type story that I hope creeps you out!
Dark Ink is also home to Kane Hodder (Jason, in the Friday the 13th movies) and Tom Savini (Special FX genius from George A. Romero movies like Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow, actor and director). Prestigious!
I’m very excited for this one and to quote Jason Williamson, of Sleaford Mods, who said to me in an IG post regarding creating stories and getting frustrated at not getting published: “Don’t stop.” True words to live by as a creative artist, no matter what your art form may be. Keep at it.
The anthology is due to be released January 2022 and available in book form, ebook, and freaking AUDIO! I think it is going to be a pretty good one considering the theme.