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IN THIS ISSUE:

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ARTICLES

  "Getting Published wth ALLEGORY:
  What NOT to DO..."
      by Ty Drago

FICTION

  "Giants"
      by Jordan Legg

  "So She Danced"
      by Wayne Faust

  "Familial Creatures"
       by Hall Jameson

  "The Barn
      by W.C. Jones


  "The Poison Pawn"
      by Nicholas M. Bugden


  "The Dead Woman"
      by Adrian Lilly


  "A Taste for Adventure"
      by Wendy Hammer

  "Heavy"
      by D.W. Gillespie

STAFF SHOWCASE

"Short Story : THE OTHER SIDE OF AI"
      by James A. Miller

"Novel Preview: THE NUDE SCENE"
      by Jorje Lake

"Novel Preview: THE UNDERTAKERS:
      SECRET OF THE CORPSE EATER"
      by Ty Drago

"Novelette Preview: THE UNDERTAKERS:
      NIGHT OF MONSTERS"
      by Ty Drago

"Novel Series: THE DEATH CHRONICLES"
      by J.E. Taylor

"Novelette Preview: THE WRITING
      CLASS"
      by Kelly Ferjutz

 "Novel Preview: CRYSTAL ILLUSIONS"
      by J.E. Taylor

"Novel Preview: WAGERED KISS"
      by Hetty St. James

HONORABLE MENTIONS

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THE WRITINGS OF TY DRAGO
NAME IN LIGHTS AWARD

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THE WRITINGS OF TY DRAGO:


"THE UNDERTAKERS:
Secret of the Corpse Eater"
Month9Books, March, 2014

Trouble brews in DC as a mysterious monster haunts the Capitol, killing Corpses. Can the enemy of his enemy be Will's friend?.

"THE UNDERTAKERS:
Night of Monsters"
Smashwords, April, 2013

Will and the Undertakers spend a single night trying to thwart a terrifying new Corpse plot involving twins, maggots, and menace.

"THE UNDERTAKERS:
Queen of the Dead"
Jabberwocky, October 2012

Will and the Undertakers face a new and terrible enemy is this, the second book in the Undertakers series.

"THE UNDERTAKERS:
Rise of the Corpses"
Jabberwocky, April 2011

Will Ritter becomes relucantly involved in a war between children and an invasion of animated corpses.

"THE LITERARY HANDYMAN" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
I was honored to write the introduction to this collection of valuable essays on writing.
"Yesterday, I Will"
Fortress Publishing, 2010

Anthology Grandmaster
My story, "Yesterday I Will Remember Tomorrow" tells the tale of a young man who finds himself living his life backwards

"PHOBOS"
Tor Books, 2003/2004

Novel
A critically-acclaimed SF "whodunit" about murder, mayhem, and a mysterious monster on Mars' largest moon.

"THE FRANKLIN AFFAIR"
Regency Press, 2001

Novel
An historical mystery centered around Ben Franklin's 1776 visit to Paris - a tale of intrique, betrayal and friendship.


NAME IN LIGHTS:


This issue's name is lights goes out to our newest Allegory staff members.

N.E. White and Trevor Morrison joined us as associate editors with this issue. Both have taken on the unenviable task of sifting through the digital "pile" of submissions that Allegory receives pretty much constantly.

Their work,especially as "newbees," has been exceptional. What we do isn't easy, folks, and it isn't always fun. And everyone at Allegory, including myself, does it on a strictly volunteer basis. So you really need to love it!

My deepest gratitude goes out to both of our new editors as well as, of course, my entire staff. It's no lie to say, without reservation, that I couldn't do it without you!

- Ty Drago

 

EDITOR'S SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

While we pretty much deal with the written word, our resident proof-reader (and oldest volunteer) was part of the radio world on November 26, and the MP3/podcast is still available at the Performance Today site from American Public Media. Kelly Ferjutz was a guest contestant on the Piano Puzzler portion of the most listened-to classical music program in America. The link should be good for several months yet.
http://performancetoday.publicradio.org/podcast/piano_puzzler/
(Scroll down to the November 26, 2014 listing)


Getting Published with ALLEGORY:
What NOT to Do...

by Ty Drago

We receive anywhere from 400 to 500 submissions per issue. We sift through them all carefully, narrowing them down to usually about twenty "maybes." Then Yours Truly spends about a week going through those "maybes" and trimming them down to the eight stories that are actually published in each issue.

So, if you do the math, you'll probably figure out that every submission has a base chance of 1 in 20 to 1 in 25 chance of making the "maybe" list, and an ultimate chance of 1 in 50 to 1 in 62.5 of actually making a sale. Those odds, while better than at some other publications (both print and online) can still seem daunting.

The best way to figure out what we want is by reading the ezine and reviewing our submission guidelines carefully. Your goal in this should be to understand the kind of stories that appeal to us and then to consider submitting work that fits that profile.

That's all well and good. But, while such an effort will certainly help you grasp what Allegory wants, it doesn't necessary speak to what Allegory doesn't want. So, with that in mind, here are some of the biggest Don't Do's, at least from my perspective.

1. DON'T send novels

Seriously, folks. We publish short stories and articles. Always have. Always will. We don't publish novel length fiction, ever. We aren't interested in serializing novel length fiction. We don't review novel length fiction; heck, we barely have the time to review the submissions we have already! As a novelist myself, I get what you're feeling and know how hard it is to break into this business. But please don't send us your novels.

2. DON'T submit by snail mail

Every issue, I get at least a few big envelopes in our post office box. Allegory doesn't accept regular mail submissions for the simple reason that, were we to accept one, somebody would have to transcribe it. We're volunteers, folks. Nobody at this ezine, including (and especially) me, makes a dime for our efforts. For this reason, we focus entirely on digital content going out and coming in.

Snail mail stories are sent back without having been read.

3. DON'T offer to do a rewrite

This is a frequent occurrence. An eager and well-meaning writer will offer to do a rewrite of a submission that has been rejected based on some inference taken from the editorial comments. Allegory (unlike a lot of publications) tries to offer at least minimal feedback on every submission. But this is not the same as requesting a rewrite.

Rewrite requests from us are rare, but they do happen. However, when they happen, there is no ambiguity. Trust me, you'll know it if we want to see the story again.

4. DON'T submit outside of our genres

Allegory publishes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We don't publish mysteries, romances, general interest, or slice of life, unless there's a speculative slant. We don't publish essays, stream of consciousness, poetry of any kind, or political manifestos.

You know who you are! :)

Read our guidelines. Read our issues. Get to know us before you send us something. It will save you no end of grief.

5. Watch the vampires and Nazis.

This is more of a word of caution than a Don't Do. I'm not saying we've never published short stories with a vampire or Nazi theme. We have. I'm not saying we never will again. I'm simply saying that it's hard, really hard, to sink a new shaft into those thoroughly mined fictional veins, so to speak.

Vampires are fun and sexy. Nazi were (and are) horrific. Both would seem excellent avenues to explore from a storytelling perspective. But folks, if you can come up with something truly original to say about either subject, then I'd love to see it.

But I rarely do.

Well, that's about it. I hope these tips prove helpful. Just bear in mind the amount of material that we receive and how important it is to "stand out from the crowd." I know first-hand
the frustration involved in trying to become published. I truly do. But if you keep writing, keep submitting, keep thinking outside the box and, most of all, persevere - it can be done.

It really can. Good luck to you all.

 

Fiction

"Giants"
by Jordan Legg

“You see that?” Des asked. He passed Caleb the binoculars and wished that the question hadn’t made him sound so small. Caleb took the binoculars and squinted southward.

“Yeah,” the weathered scout rasped through spiny bristles. He passed the binoculars back and threw his pack around his shoulder. “Yeah, it’s them.” He grimaced. “Let’s move.” Caleb turned and began to run. Des bolted after him.

It was the fastest and longest Des had ever run in his life. Perspiration soaked beneath his jacket and sweat shirt and dripped down strings of sopping blond hair. Salt stung in his nose. His mouth grew dry and his chest tightened as he propelled himself forward over the rocky foothills toward the waiting Camp Nightingale.



"So She Danced"
by Wayne Faust

As she dances before me, coming closer and then gliding away, I reach out my silver gloved hand but she is just beyond my reach. I feel a lump form in my throat and the trickle of a tear running down my cheek. I want to rise to my feet, to approach her shyly, to offer her my arm. I ache to join her in the dance, to twirl her around, to find my own legs. But, like in most dreams, my legs are rooted in place and I can only watch. Still, it brings me a hint of joy, the only joy I’m ever likely to experience again.



"Familial Creatures"
by Hall Jameson

I shuddered and slipped on my work gloves, running a finger over the intricate pattern, tracing two circular sections the size of silver dollars. The skin over the circles was smooth and clear, like a windowpane.

Jesus. What reptile around here has eyes this size?

My mind clicked through the possibilities. I knew of no large lizards in the wild in Montana.
Iguanas are common pets, perhaps one slipped from a neighbor's house.

Unlikely. The closest neighbor was six miles away, plus this pelt was too large for an iguana.



"The Barn"
by W.C. Jones

We all have different fears growing up. Mine was of the old barn down the gravel road from my house. I had to walk that single-lane stretch of loose rocks and earth every morning because the school bus never turned onto it. Something kept me away from that barn each morning. I can’t say what. All I know is the sensation that crawled up my body each time I had to pass by it. I never got too close. Until the fall before I turned eleven. Because after the leaves got sick and fell from the trees, fate gave me no other choice.


"The Poison Pawn"
by Nicholas M. Bugden

“Why don’t I just move the pieces myself?” the old man countered.

The son-in-law was still confident with his gift, and he held the smile on his face. “Because if you don’t have anyone to play with, the machine can move by itself… give it a try.”

His son-in-law pressed the button to turn the machine on.

“Welcome,” the machine said in a serious monotone, “would you like a game?”


"The Dead Woman"
by Adrian Lilly

Abigail’s fingers brush the chain before she realizes that she is touching the body. A beautiful locket with a brocade embossing hangs on the chain. She hefts the charm. Her eyes dart up and down the beach, side to side where the beach lulls up to the grassy mainland. She is still alone, with the dead woman. Trying not to touch, the cold, wet skin, she pulls the chain from around the woman’s neck. Strands of the dead woman's hair snag in the clasp.

Abigail plucks the hairs free. She sprints away, falling once in the heavy sand.

"A Taste for Adventure"
by Wendy Hammer

“What? He just fell right into the trap? You didn’t have to glamour him? No curses or hexes necessary?” The blonde one squealed. “How did your familiar react?”

The darker one shrugged. “Just as you’d expect, Fee. She took it like any cat would. I’d get attitude no matter what, but she let me know she was less pleased than usual.” The witch smiled. “I think she was looking forward to getting her claws into that ghoul.”

Fee nodded sagely and drank some tea. She looked over, noticed Darfich, and nudged her friend. She whispered, “Oh my Goddess, Diana! Look at that dwarf sitting there, all alone. Poor old thing. Do you think we should invite him to sit with us?”

Darfich tried not to flinch and resisted the urge to walk away.


"Heavy"
by D.W. Gillespie

He never put her in the bed with him, because really, who would do such a thing? Every night, no matter when he faded into restless sleep, no matter where he left her the night before, she would find her way into the bed, her eyes pale and open, a pair of cold, green marbles. There was a time, in the early days, when he would actually slide the lids closed. It was an innocent enough thing, the desire to avoid her gaze, to refuse to see, but it was a futile gesture all the same. As soon as he turned away, they were open once more.

Staff Showcase

In this issue we're doing things a little differently. Instead of short stories,
a number of ALLEGORY staff members are highlighting their published
or soon-to-be-published novels. We hope you'll take a moment to see
what we've been up to -- besides this e-zine!


"Short Story :
"THE OTHER SIDE OF AI"

by James A. Miller

"Novel Preview:
"THE UNDERTAKERS: SECRET OF THE CORPSE EATER"

by Ty Drago

"Novelette Preview:
"THE UNDERTAKERS: NIGHT OF MONSTERS"

by Ty Drago

"Novel Preview:
"THE DEATH CHRONICLES"

by J.E. Taylor

"Novelette Preview:
"THE WRITING CLASS"

by Kelly Ferjutz


"Novel Preview:
"CRYSTAL ILLUSIONS"

by J.E. Taylor


"Novel Preview:
"WAGERED KISS"

by Hetty St. James

Honorable Mentions

Allegory deals with submissions in the way that, as far as I know, remains fairly unique in the publishing world. Each story is individually reviewed and, if considered publishable, is placed in our "Maybe" pile. At the end of each submission period, these "Maybes" are reviewed, and the best eight chosen to appear in the next issue. This final cut is made on the basis of issue balance, and does NOT reflect the overall quality of these stories.

That said, here - in no particular order - are the "Maybes" who just missed publication in Allegory. Each one is a fine tale that we would have been proud to publish. Remember these names, friends and fellows. You'll be hearing from them in the future. I guarantee it!

An Astronomical Collision by Daniel Coble
Harper of Stone by Sandra Unerman
Malcolm Maloney, World Wide Plague by Kenny Jackson
Casperina by Candlelight by William J. Jackson
Repent by Gunnar De Winter
Grief, Processed by J.J. Roth
The Storyteller by Tarah Flicek
Birka Burning by Caryn Studman Sutorus
Lost Princess by Lynn Rushlau
Soliloquy by Jacey Bedford
The Truth Will Out by Tim McDaniel
The Fun Guys by Aaron Martz

Editor for Hire!!!

Allegory's own Kelly Ferjutz, who has lent her editorial talents to this ezine since its inception in 1998, is now offering her expertise to writers out there looking for professional editing services.

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