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Quick update + more intros

Hi folks! Just a quick update to say that we are still making sure everything is perfect behind the scenes, but hopefully it won’t be too much longer until we can release the digital version. We’d like to thank everyone for being so patient – putting together an anthology is a huge task, and while we want to do it as quickly as possible, we also want to make sure that the end product is as good as it can be.

In the meantime, here are some more introductions from our contributors.

Leigh K. Hunt considers herself a dreamer. She disappears into worlds created within her head, and every now and then she’ll re-enter the real world for a little while before delving back in again. Leigh writes for the love of writing, the creation of new worlds, and creating new characters that she eventually considers as her ‘internal friends’. Leigh has written a number of unpublished novels, and some short fiction. Leigh supports her passion for writing by working in the world of New Zealand Treaty Settlements. At home, she is based on the Kapiti Coast, in the lovely world of marriage and the motherhood of a lonely oversized tomcat. To get to know Leigh a little more, please visit her world: http://parchmentplace.wordpress.com/

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Karen Healey is the author of GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD and the forthcoming THE SHATTERING. She attended the University of Canterbury for five and a half years, and would like to dedicate “The Unicorn Bell” to the University of Canterbury Drama Society. You can read more about and by her at her website, http://karenhealey.com

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A.M. Harte writes twisted speculative fiction, such as the zombie love anthology Hungry For You. She is a writer and practical joker, is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and is utterly addicted to chocolate. Find out more at http://amharte.com

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Cassie Hart is a full time mother and part time writer living in New Plymouth. She has been published in A Foreign Country: New Zealand Speculative Fiction, and the Masters of Horror Anthology. She is the vice-president of kiwiwriters.org, and a founding member of SpecFicNZ. Cassie blogs about life, writing and whatever else takes her fancy at just-cassie.com

Progress

It’s been a few days now since we started this whole thing off, and the response has been overwhelming. We’ve had emails from writers all over the world wanting to submit stories to the anthology, or offer help in other ways.

So first up I want to say THANK YOU!! It really has been amazing, and humbling, and just plain wonderful to be part of this. We couldn’t put this together without you all, and while there is a lot of work ahead, we’re confident this is going to be great.

At the moment we have over twenty authors who have confirmed that they are submitting. Stories have begun to trickle in – some people are writing brand new stories for this project, and others are offering us reprints that fit our requirements.

The very first day, after I had Anna on board, I emailed an amazing author to ask if he would considering letting us reprint one of his stories for the anthology. I am really excited, thrilled, and pleased to announce that Neil Gaiman has said yes! We’ve got a beautiful piece lined up for the anthology, which is very fitting for the occasion. I was blown away by his generosity, and the speed with which he replied. So thank you, Neil Gaiman.

We have many other wonderful writers on board, and we’re looking forward to making further announcements and filling out the contributors list in the near future.

On that note, I’d once again like to say thank you for all the submissions, but we’ve reached a point where we unfortunately need to close off unsolicited submissions. Whilst we would love to read stories and accept submissions from new writers, we have a very short time-frame in which to pull this together. If we have contacted you, or someone else has contacted you on our behalf, then please do still get in touch, but we really need to focus on those who have been asked to submit for now. Otherwise thank you so much for your interest, good luck with your writing, and if you would like to help us out there are some suggestions in the FAQs.

-Cassie Hart