Bull Spec alumni news: David Tallerman

Here’s a couple bits of news for David Tallerman, author of “The Burning Room” which appeared in Bull Spec #4:

Congrats on both accounts, David!

Some local author publishing news…

A drive-by blogging, that’s what this is.

  • Eric Gregory’s had a second novelette published by John Joseph Adams’s excellent Lightspeed Magazine. Last January it was “The Harrowers”. Now it’s The Sympathy, accompanied by an illustration by Galen Dara, and narrated for their podcast by Heather Scott.
  • Mitch Ritchmond is a new name to me, and so this is his first mention here at the Bull Spec blog. Well, he’s just had a short story “Amsterdamned” published in Torn Realities from Post Mortem Press, an anthology which deals with Lovecraft’s themes of forbidden knowledge, where his story stands alongside ones from Clive Barker and JW Schnarr, among others. It’s available in print from IndieBound, B&N, and Amazon, which you can get to from the book’s Goodreads listing here as well as from Post Mortem Press’s online store, as well as in e-book form for the Nook, Kindle, and on Smashwords (which doesn’t show up on Goodreads).
  • Gray Rinehart’s latest story in Analog is in a closely forthcoming issue, on newsstands shortly — more plainly “The Song of Uullioll” is in the July/August issue of Analog Science Fiction & Fact. This on the heels of his short story “Sensitive, Compartmented” which appeared in the April/May issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. Maybe you can still find this issue on a newsstand near you… I have been looking and not been able to find an Asimov’s in stock, and let me tell you — I have been to a lot of bookstores lately.


Bull Spec events newsletter April 2012

Vol 2. No. 3, Friday, April 13, 2012:

Well. There’s been a lot going on since February’s newsletter, and there’s a lot coming up just around the corner including this Sunday’s NC Speculative Fiction Night at Durham’s Sci-Fi Genre Comics & Games. But before I get to the events, some back-patting and congratulations:

  • Mur Lafferty announced the sale of her novel,The Shambling Guide to New York City, to Orbit, for 2013 publication in a 2-book deal. Congrats, Mur!
  • The annual Locus Recommended Reading list included M. David Blake’s “Absinthe Fish”, published in Bull Spec #5 — this is absolutely awesome, and until Sunday April 15 you can vote for the story (among voting for your favorite novels and magazines, some of which, cough cough, you may have to write in) in their annual poll and survey. You don’t have to be a Locus subscriber to vote, so make your voice heard!
  • “Absinthe Fish” also took 6th place in the Tor.com Readers’ Choice Awards! Congrats again, Marc!
  • Meanwhile, it was Preston Grassmann’s “Cael’s Continuum”, also in issue #5, which found its way onto the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List for 2011 — so, yeah, go go, issue #5!
  • This year’s Nebula nominations included Bull Spec contributors Kij Johnson and Kate Sparrow
  • This year’s Hugo nominations included Bull Spec contributors Kij Johnson and Daniel M. Kimmel, and Mur Lafferty is one of the nominees for The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer — if you are a member (attending or supporting) of this year’s World Con, don’t forget to vote!
  • Jeremy Whitley’s writing work on the comic Princeless has been recognized with not just one but two Eisner Award nominations, for Best Single Issue and Best Publication for Kids — Jeremy is the writer of the current Bull Spec-serialized graphic short “The Long Lives of Heroes”
  • Lastly, nominations are open for the 2012 World Fantasy Award, with ballots due May 31
And, at long last at least for me, Bull Spec #7 is printed, cut, stapled, folded, packaged, and shipped. Boxes of Bull Spec #7 are on their way to my house right now! This is a very good feeling. Issues should make their way into stores and to subscribers in the coming weeks, starting with their debut this Sunday. I hope to see a lot of you there, and thank you so much for your support — and patience.



  • James Maxey’s Greatshadow in print and e-book from Solaris (January)
  • Gail Z. Martin’s The Dread in print and e-book from Orbit (January) and in audiobook from Tantor (February)
  • Tony Daniel’s Guardian of Night, in print and e-book from Baen and in audiobook from Audible (February)
  • Mark L. Van Name’s Jon & Lobo series in audiobook from Audible (March)
  • David Drake’s The Road of Danger (Lt. Leary series), in print and e-book from Bean and in audiobook from Audible (April)
  • Clay and Susan Griffith’s The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1), in audiobook from Buzzy Multimedia (April)

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NC Speculative Fiction Night this Sunday: meet hashtag #BullSpecNC

So. I haven’t been able to get out to do much flyering, or send much PR out to the newspapers, etc. to promote THIS Sunday’s NC Speculative Fiction Night. (Other than Independent Weekly, which as always is super supportive and made the event one of their picks of a busy (is there any other kind around here?) weekend.) That’s right: 3 days away! Sunday Sunday Sunday!! At Durham’s Sci-Fi Genre Comics and Games! From 5 to 7 pm! Be there!

Bull Spec #7 Cover: "Gearaffes" by Angi Shearstone based on D.K. Thompson's short story "The Gearaffe Who Didn't Tick", additional cover design by Jeremy Zerfoss

Bull Spec #7 Cover: "Gearaffes" by Angi Shearstone based on D.K. Thompson's short story "The Gearaffe Who Didn't Tick", additional cover design by Jeremy Zerfoss

In order to promote the event (and Bull Spec #7 of course!), we invite everyone attending NC Speculative Fiction Night to live tweet the event with hashtag #BullSpecNC — Bring your iPads and smart phones, post to your Twitter account and your Facebook and/or Google+ page. Help us promote Bull Spec and local writers to the internet at large.

If you can’t attend because you’re busy/sick/best man at your brother’s wedding, that’s OK too! You can still join us online @5:00pm by searching Twitter for #BullSpecNC to see what you’re missing and play the online version of Sh*t David Drake Says.

This event is also part of the NC Science Festival — in addition to the readings, we’ll have some discussion about “The Science of Science Fiction”. As part of the festival, folks can download the official iPhone app, which allows people to record and upload “the sounds of science” and possibly have their clips heard on-air on WUNC. Yes, this is going to be AWESOME.

So. Please, if you can, help spread this last-minute word. Spread the #BullSpecNC hashtag! We’ve got flyers and handouts (covering several upcoming events as well) to post and share around. What I’d love to see? Lots of people posting flyers around the Triangle, taking pictures, and uploading them with the #BullSpecNC hashtag. And to see you all on SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

Welcome to the new website and blog!

While there’s still some clutter about, and not everything is here that we’d fully like to be here: welcome to Bull Spec’s new WordPress-based website. We’ll no longer be updating the old blog. Stay tuned: the (very late) April newsletter is coming, with lots of news, including the arrival of Bull Spec #7 on Sunday, April 15th at 5 pm at Durham’s Sci-Fi Genre Comics & Games as part of the next NC Speculative Fiction Night!


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