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March 18, 2011

March Mad Killing Time

Killing Time - Horror E-Rag™ Issue 3-3 available now. A camping trip collides with a most bizarre horror. A necromancer's acolyte has a chance at more out of life. The boys had their trouble, but so did Sally. A prolific horror author illuminated. Inbred cannibals. He can't help being a hero. This and more inside.

Yes, the new issue is just out today. The first thing I find that I have to talk about is this issue's poem, "Gathering in the Field of Ed Greely". This was a standout for me; from the vision I had of it that I laid out, to the final execution. I think it's very evocative and I enjoy the subtle unsaid story at which it hints. The first story "Invincible" is a freaky bit of work. It calls upon your sense of hearing. I think it would make a great short video if you could stand the sound. Check out the image immediately after it. The other story "Dare Try" is, I'll admit, a two-parter again. It is also the return of the story inspired by a song entry. The last bit of fiction is part three of "Sun Cycle" titled "A Perceptive Afternoon" and covers Sally's side of last issue's nasty encounter with the living dead, and more.

The article front of course kicks off with the "Letter From the Editor" where I talk a little bit about nightmares and the like. There's even what I thought was an incredibly interesting factoid about particular bad dreams and Canada. This issue's "Ghostly Illumination #3" covers my favourite author, the prolific and horrific Graham Masterton. The whole issue is again pulled together into that cohesive whole in the "Sommatoria #3" at the end. While I don't often speak of them I want to make special mention of the back cover. The back cover is always a teaser or alternate version of what will be the next cover. Until you read Issue 3-4--to be released on April 22--you can only guess to which story it actually belongs. Until then, keep creeped, and go buy the new issue to do that.

Music: Paint it, Black by The Rolling Stones.

P.S. Check out the special sale prices on the Spleen-Mart™ front page.

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March 11, 2011

The Reissue Blues

The Ides are nearly here. Time just seems to be flying. It's only next week that the next issue of the magazine is unleashed on all too expecting public. Despite that I don't want to focus too many entries of this blog about Killing Time - Horror E-Rag™, and the newly renamed I must. There was a technical issue that affected the file size of E-Rag. After some work and recoding I have rectified the problem and the store now has the slimmer version. Nothing was changed visually or text wise, only the download time was seriously impacted, or if you want to put the E-Rag on a thumb drive or what have you. Still, for those that wish the smaller file please email me from the account tied to your PayPal and/or send me the transaction ID and I will reissue you a new download link. The new file is not quite half of the size of the one you already downloaded.

The problem arose due to an error in a third party bit of software that I use to convert web pages into PDF pages. The error itself is most likely tied to my having moved from the beta of Internet Explorer 9 to the Release Candidate. To work around it I used an obviously inferior replacement, which while printing visually identical pages, created pages that were actually eight times larger. While this did get compressed down when all of the pages were put together and the rest of the work done to them, it didn't help much. Honestly, with a release compared to a beta there shouldn't have been an issue. The fix itself to make the original third party program work again was in itself ridiculous and didn't involve said company at all, just me and some recoding. The moral of this story is that when you sit on the bleeding edge of technology prepare to do some bleeding now and again.

Music: Prowler by Iron Maiden.

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March 4, 2011

A New More Frightening Shop

Last time when I was putting together the entry to premiere the new issue of Killing Time - Horror E-Rag™ a thought occurred to me out of the blue. I can't recall what it was that triggered the idea, but it prompted me into immediate action. I went to my favourite domain name supplier, GoDaddy, and I bought yet another name. The name forwards everyone to the Battered Spleen Productions™ Store. I always thought that was a very inauspicious name so when this brilliant idea came to me I ran with it. I created a new logo as soon as I was done here at Inchoate. Then as soon as the forwarding had propagated out to me at least I altered the store site with the new name. I would now like to present to you the new branding and domain name. Welcome to Spleen-Mart ( )!

I will now let you loose in Spleen-Mart. Sorry for the brevity of today's post.

Music: I Am I by Queensryche.

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