by Michael J. H. MacNeill
Two years ago I got a wild hair up my ass and
decided to make a fiction magazine. There weren’t many magazines out there that
produced what I wanted.
What I wanted was the equivalent of a low budget, terrible-but-great horror movie. Despite having no budget, and despite having no directorial skills and no trained actors and no sober crewmembers, a bunch of enthusiastic fans with a camera and a heart of gold can still make something incredible. And by incredible, I mean incredibly bad. But something magical happens with these kinds of bad movies. The audience can quickly adopt the movie’s shortcomings, and, somewhere along the line, the chemistry of the water changes. It’s the puppet show effect. Don’t bother hiding the strings. Everybody can tell that it’s a puppet. There are no illusions. The strings don’t matter. You can still enjoy the show.
I wanted that DIY, screw the rules, “lean in”
quality in a literary magazine. And, equally as important, I wanted to show off
the good work that my writing group was producing. Most importantly, I wanted
to reestablish subterranean mutants and slimy, semi-erotic monsters into the
great Literary Conversation. So I got to work, learned what I needed to learn,
and put out the word.
That’s when I realized I had been fucking up.
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As you know, all four novellas featured in Throbbing Tales 2019 are standout, knock-you-down thrill rides. But that said, it’s time to announce the winner of Best In Show! Based on a vote of one, by yours truly, editor in chief.
Buckle your seatbelts boils and ghouls, because here comes the drumroll:
After much deliberation, constipation, condemnation, and conflagration, the winner of the Best In Show Award goes to………..
Jason Michael Spurlock!
Congrats, Jason. Your novella T.H.R.O.B. truly showcases what Throbbing Tales is all about, all while elevating the anthology to new heights with your strong narrative voice and dynamite characters. It was an honor to publish your work and I know readers will feel equally honored when they get to read it.
Again, a big thank you to all the authors featured and to all the authors who submitted. I’m already gearing up for next year’s edition, so bring it on!
Michael J. H. MacNeill
Throbbing Tales, Editor in Chief
Throbbing Tales 2019 has burst forth into the world! Available now in paperback and eBook.
If phones and social media has scrambled our brains and melted our attention span, why haven’t novellas had a resurgence? They’re meatier than a short story and still short enough for us bipedal surface-dwellers to finish in one sitting. So where have all of the novellas gone?
Throbbing Tales made a space this year to highlight the novella format. I was overwhelmed with the quality of the submissions, and I’m proud to showcase them within these pages. This year’s model contains a wide variety of work, coming at you from every angle. We’ve got weird, we’ve got exciting, we’ve got poignent, we’ve got cannibals and sex-bots and wizards and werewolves. Time to unzip, then zip it right back up, because it’s about to get weird…
Snag your copy this weekend, and spread the word.
Love you all, and congratulations to the authors!
Michael J. H. MacNeill
Editor in Chief