It is nearly two years since I released the bad ass issue that is Issue 12 of The Ethereal Gazette and I want to reflect on the talent that appeared in the pages of that issue because all of them were standouts. I wanted to do something really special with the magazine because I got Ray Faraday Nelson for the 12th Issue. It was complete afterthought asking him for reprint rights to 8 O’Clock In The Morning. I originally first read the short story along with Tabloid Purposes alumni Casey Gordon via AIM — getting that story was a small press publisher’s dream come true and I invited another publisher to illustrate it. It was hard picking the right illustrator for this one because I wanted someone who can capture the vision of the original story and bring the story into the new decade. Panic Press was just screwing me over with their blog saying how I stole manuscripts for publications, it was a blow that I still have a hard time recovering from.
The staff of Bandersnatch Books were trying to get him to withdraw from the publication like Robert Essig did — Essig couldn’t take the pressure, he was bullied out of the publication because when I told him who I got he couldn’t believe it. The editor who gave me her blessing when I told her was Ellen Daltow. I am the only small press publisher with this cult science fiction writer on board. I wanted to do an interview with him on the blog asking him what it was like working with Phillip K. Dick. The artist I picked for Ray Nelson was another publisher and he got paid well for it but he just wanted bragging rights to illustrate a classic science fiction story. The editor that would had been the most pissed off that I got Ray Nelson would been Sam E. Cox of Panic Press. I had published one of her writers previously on The Ethereal Gazette: Issue 8 but this compares to working with small press legend Donna Taylor Burgess of Naked Snake Press on Tabloid Purposes 3. This was huge. I had every friend in the industry come together on this one, I got to publish T. Casey Brennan’s story from my e-zine marking it’s tenth anniversary from when it was first published. This issue was the first time I got to work with friend and author Fred Wiehe on a publication the public domain stories were referred to me from the horror moderator on Lulu.com, Nick Popio, when I was re-editing the first namesake. I was looking for replacements to the plagiarism that David Boyer did for the namesake. I was getting submissions left and right all by social networking and e-mail. Carol Sullvian and S.G. Cardin did tour de force entries. S.G. Cardin was a regular from Tabloid Purposes, one of the founding writers of the anthology. She was with me from the very beginning so she decided to learn some of my tricks in horror — namely Lovecraftian Horror. My story The Midnight Diner I decided to include in the publication then I got Terry Vinson and Jeff Skinner then Ken Kuptis submitted to the magazine.
As much as the writers were supporting cast to Ray Nelson they are all good and very talented worthy to fit in the pages of Cemetery Dance or Weird Tales. Some of the past contributors went on to bigger places and got noticed for writing crime fiction. They never forget where they came from though and keep in touch with me from time to time. Sometimes the contributors let me call them when I was accepting their manuscripts. I did this one by trading manuscripts with other writers, something I did when I first started online when Gary Morton ushered Writings From The Grave to the landscape that is the internet. Shroud Magazine came to me about promoting T. Casey Brennan because he s a legendary comic book writer. I’ve known of T. Casey Brennan for years — there is a short story that was adapted off one of my old ones from 1999 that was well adapted. The writer has a knack for storytelling and it will hold up with stories by Charles Beaumont and the collaboration between H.P. Lovecraft and his wife. This would been the second publication I ran a Lovecraft story. The artwork was done by a gifted Science Fiction artist I met on Nextcat.com — if you want to buy a copy of this killer publication join lulu.com. If you want to review the publication it is listed on Goodreads.com but don’t be an asshole and one star the publication without reading it because that is not fair to the contributors who put their hearts into the publication. The Ethereal Gazette: Issue 12 was the publication Ellen Daltow gave me her blessing and wished me luck on my own efforts as an editor. Issue 12 and the namesakes I came to my own as an editor. Mike Philbin said my publication layouts were getting better and better. Tabloid Purposes IV is represented in the pages of The Ethereal Gazette: Issue 12 — the 12th Issue and IV are brothers. I can’t talk about the one without mentioning the other, the writer who can hold his own with Lovecraft in the namesake is Jason Hughes. Jason is one of the more disturbing writers I published aside from Rev. Steven Rage.
It was the first story that had implied necrophilia. That was the most taboo story I published up that point. The 12th Issue was on par to what was being published in Chimeraworld, The Years Best Horror, Tabloid Purposes IV, The Blackest Death, and Weird Tales. The Ethereal Gazette is compared to old school Weird Tales and the old science fiction fanzines. Publishing Ray Nelson I wanted to have the old fanzine feel by having someone hand draw the cover art this time around and Lee Garrett of Speculative Fiction Centre handled the back cover of the magazine. This issue is one that is going to go down for the ages because I might not have the line up for this one again that I had with this — this would be compared to Tabloid Purposes II when I worked with Paul W. Finch and Barbara Malenky who had an impressive publishing credit before appearing in Tabloid Purposes. She appeared along side Stephen King. Working with A.P. — he is a class act when it comes to doing an illustration. He got paid for the artwork on The Ethereal Gazette and he is a talented writer too from what I saw of the amazon.com previews of his books. We started around the same time with our respective publishing outfits.
Issue 12 saw the return of a lot of Tabloid Purposes alumni reuniting on a publication. I got this huge volume without working with ralan.com which makes it even more impressive. The second namesake is a mammoth anthology and the reboot of the first namesake is 300 pages. There is one person who is going to give the publication a lot of shit because it was my publication and I didn’t deserve to work with Ray Faraday Nelson. I was blessed to have him. It was an amazing experience as a publisher I am going to remember this for years after the publication when to print. KHP Books wanted to see Lake Fossil Press call it quits and delete the storefront. It had been a year since I did the second namesake and worked with HORNS. HORNS pitched his novel originally to Lake Fossil Press and I had to call him saying I am not equipped to publish novels. I am an anthology only publisher. I am an anthology specialist. There were a lot of friends in the business who were cheering me on for getting Ray Faraday Nelson — they were amazed that I scored the permission to reprint his story and he was the highest paid reprint. I paid a semi-pro rate for his story because that was how bad I wanted it. I wasn’t going to let a disgruntled contributor screw me over on here and Marc Lyth was on a warpath because he wasn’t happy with what he got paid. He pulled a Kody Boye back in 2007 when he was towards the middle of the anthology.