“Crimson” is up at Tales from the Moonlight Path!

And now a lighter bit of news…or darker, as the case may be.

I got another short story published…more of a flash really. You can read it at the online mag Tales from the Moonlight Path.

I was actually surprised that this one got published, because

1) it was the first market on the list I had researched. I had read all the stories on it and figured that this piece would fit right in. I didn’t expect the editor to agree–which goes to show you should always check out what stories are at a mag you want to send to.

Enya Amarantine2) The story started off as a writing exercise. I do short freewriting exercise to music from time to time to limber up my creativity, so I picked Enya’s “Amarantine” and started writing a story to match each of her songs. The title song particularly caught me; because the word “amarantine” is derived from “amaranth”, a flower noted for its red color, I wanted to play with the color and see what came out. What came out was not exactly a vampire story, but a nice, dark, moody piece of a woman waiting for her lover…or apocalypse, whichever came first. I liked it so much that I cleaned it up and sent it out.

I guess this can be considered my first horror story, though there’s nothing overly scary in it–it’s more dark than scary. But it’s a very short read, and I hope you enjoy it. Check out “Crimson” now!

Oh, and if you do want to check out the inspiration for the story, you can find the Amarantine video here. It’s not dark like the story (I have yet to see any Enya video that’s considered ‘dark’), but the dress is divine.