So, here we are. TL;DR has been finalised and is looking absolutely gorgeous thanks to the work of Cameron @c_scottfrank, and is now ready to be released in the world.
I can now confirm that the official release date for the collection is going to be, 30 March 2018.
It will be available on Amazon www.amazon.com for the low low price of £1.99 ($2.77). CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/ will allow you to order a hard copy printed version of TL;DR which you can hold in your hands, and smell, and all the other stuff you might like to do with a book. Beware it will be more expensive though. More info on that to come.
All of the money from the sales of TL;DR will go directly to Doctors Without Borders. @mrdanalvarez did a lot of the leg work making that a reality, including getting in contact with them and setting up the ground rules, (Big thanks to Dan).
Finally, and I know I have said it before in various ways, but I am so proud of what we have done as a community. The whole process has been really positive. Even the people who didn’t make it in to the anthology deserve thanks for being so gracious. This really wouldn’t have been possible without all of the #Redditwriters group coming together and making it happen.
As always, special thanks to the editors David Clark, Camden M Collins, Ellie Raine, and Alexander Hamilton.
Fingers crossed that this one is a success, and here’s to more anthologies in the future.
I can’t leave.
Do not stay here.
There’s blood in the foundations of this place.
There is a ritual to keep them in their rooms.
Don’t call out to them.
The Witch in the first room covets the warmth of the living.
The Child in the second room covets the life of those who have lived.
The King is always hungry.
Red eyes in the dark.
A night full of teeth.
Do not stay here.
-Written on tissue paper and hidden in a cupboard.
I was woken up in the middle of the night by an old lady.
She had a kindly face.
She stood at the end of my bed, smiling sweetly.
Her hair moved slowly around her head, like coloured ink in water.
She was so pale, and looked shocked.
She said she always tries to speak to the people who stay here, and it makes her angry when they don’t listen.
She told me her husband had never listened to her, until she threw herself into the sea.
Then she would come to him every night and just talk, and talk, and talk, until he shot himself.
She told me that the people who wouldn’t listen made her angry.
Their bones are hidden in the crawl space in the corner of the room.
-Hidden behind the mirror
So, a long awaited update.
We, the editors, are knee deep in second scoring at the moment. We have our long list, and are working hard to get that shortlist finalised, but we are on the downward slope, speeding towards the finish line. Woo!
It’s been hard work, but an amazing experience so far. The Redditwriters community is absolutely amazing and incredibly talented. The quality of the submissions I have read have absolutely blown me away, and I am really excited to get this project out! Thank you for engaging with the project with such enthusiasm!
As soon as second scoring is done, I will contact the authors individually and announce the shortlist on the blog.
Now that we are on the homestretch, I would like to announce a call for cover art.
Let’s do this as a competition! Anyone interested in submitting up to two pieces of art, (Front cover only), please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 December 2017. Don’t make me ruin the project with crayons.
We, the editors will vote on the shortlist and then put those pieces out for final vote from you guys.
LETS DO THIS!
The altar appears in the form of a small bed in the corner of the room.
This means that the room is ready for The Sacrifice.
The Sacrifice must lie naked in the bed. No-one else, only The Sacrifice.
The Sacrifice will fall into a deep, dreamless sleep.
Do not leave the room whilst the altar is visible.
If you do not place The Sacrifice upon the altar, you will awaken The Master.
This MUST NOT happen.
Call me using the mirror in the bathroom if require assistance.
You know the ritual.
-Hidden in the bible.
Don’t ask reception about the ghost of room 26.
They won’t talk about it.
Ask for a bible.
Don’t look in the mirror.
Watch the painting- she will move.
Don’t sleep with the lights off.
Actually, you shouldn’t have even read this.
Throw it away.
– Hidden in the bible.
Don’t leave the room.
Don’t answer the telephone.
If you sleep, the lady and her children come.
They stand around your bed and lay their coal coloured hands on you.
Don’t let them touch you
Help me, God please.
-Hidden in the bible