SMART RHINO PUBLICATIONS
SMART RHINO PUBLICATIONS opened for business in February 2012 ... and we still have the momentum! We now have 12 books in print. And next year looks to be just as productive, if not more so.
Although we're known primarily for our anthologies, (Zippered Flesh, Zippered Flesh 2, Uncommon Assassins, Insidious Assassins, Someone Wicked), we have also branched out into publishing novellas (Green Tsunami, and soon The Box Jumper) and novels (The New Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn). And to give folks a taste of my own writing, we've published two collections of my stories, Broken: Stories of Damaged Psyches and The Conwright Trilogy.
We've also published our first nonfiction book, Getting the Story Straight: The Whys and Hows of Submitting Stories to Anthologies, which is based on a workshop I presented at a local library.
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Here is the current catalog of Smart Rhino books, starting with the most recent and working back through the years to our "virgin" project, ZIPPERED FLESH.
Many of us cut our teeth writing short stories. But how do you find markets for your work? Consider submitting to anthologies. This book will help you tailor your stories for the best chances for acceptance and publication. This is not a how-to on writing techniques. There are plenty of other books and magazines to help you with that. I assume you are already writing short stories if you decided to read this book. The focus here is on how to submit your work to anthologies.
Francis "Flash" Conwright is an extraordinary hit man with a bizarre and highly disturbing trait—he fantasizes various inventive, unconventional killing methods, all in his imagination. Think of a perverted version of James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Conwright has seen and done it all when it comes to hired killers.
"Welcome to the Food Chain"—Conwright meets with obese, wealthy man on his yacht in the Chesapeake Bay. He wants Conwright to off his trampy, gold-digging wife, but doesn't want to pay for it. Steamed crabs are involved.
"Right-Hand Man"—Conwright finds himself in a nasty, deadly predicament involving the mob, a set-up, and revenge. It's rough when you're in the nude with a gun in your face.
"Vindictive"—Conwright faces a ghost that is out to wreck his career. Can you kill someone twice?
A maintenance technician in Alaska, an English thief, a young couple on a road trip across America, an astronaut on a one way ride to Jupiter, an Irish gravedigger, and dozens more. All victims of an otherworldly infection, all tormented by a plague of shadows. This anthology includes stories and poetry by the members of the Written Remains Writers Guild, as well invited, renowned guest authors.
The third in the "Zippered Flesh" series of anthologies, with stories by Graham Masterton, Jack Ketchum, William F. Nolan, Billie Sue Mosiman, L.L. Soares, James Dorr, Jeff Menapace, and 12 other incredible horror/suspense writers.
Lisa Mannetti's incredible novella focuses on Houdini and his confrontations with fraudulent psychics and mediums of his day, told by his "box jumper" (a magician's assistant who seems to "jump" from box to box onstage), Leona.
This sequel to UNCOMMON ASSASSINS has suspense stories by Joe Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, Billie Sue Mosiman, Joseph Badal, and 20 other incredible writers.
An apocalyptic horror novella by L.L. Soares and Laura Cooney, with illustrations by Dan Verkys, Will Renfro, Ju Kin, and Justynn Tyme.
In this wonderful novel by Lisa Mannetti, Tom and Huck have reincarnated as two white cats, and they are now familiars for a modern day witch. Of course, they want to be boys again! Available in Adult and YA editions.
Someone Wicked is the second anthology produced by the Written Remains Writers Guild, and contains stories by both Written Remains members and a number of friends of the guild. The anthology contains 21 stories, ranging from horror to suspense to fantasy to bizarro fiction.
This sequel to ZIPPERED FLESH includes two stories that were nominated for the Bram Stoker Awards: "The Hunger Artist" by Lisa Mannetti and "Primal Tongue" by Michael Bailey. I had fun editing this one!
This is a collection of five horror/suspense stories by Weldon Burge, designed as in introduction to his work.
The first in the "Assassins" series of suspense anthologies, UNCOMMON ASSASSINS focuses on hired killers, vigilantes, assassins--but these are not ordinary killers, not your run-of-the mill hit-men. The emphasis is on the uncommon here!
This is the first anthology published by Smart Rhino Publications, and still one of the favorites for readers. The horror stories are not for the squeamish! The antho contains 20 stories from some of today's best horror writers, includnig Graham Masterton, Lisa Mannetti, John Shirley, Scott Nicholson, L.L. Soares, and several other names you're sure to recognize.