Editor’s Note: “Paying the Ferryman” Announcements

“Paying the Ferryman” and my story “Maze Walker” will be released in October 2015. Here are more details.

Charon Coin Press

Editor Margaret L. Colton of Charon Coin Press is happy to announce not only the authors for Paying the Ferryman anthology, but also the foreword done by Hal Bodner. As the release time draws nearer for Paying the Ferryman—October 2015—we grow more excited with the anticipation of sharing this anthology.

Paying the Ferryman Front CoverHal Bodner is the author of the best-selling horror comedy, BITE CLUB and a Bram Stoker Award nominee in 2015 for his short story, HOT TUB. Bodner is an active member of the horror writers’ community and a past trustee of the Horror Writer’s Association. We are thrilled to welcome him aboard and have him lend his voice to the foreword for Paying the Ferryman.

Paying the Ferryman is an original anthology from Charon Coin Press.  What makes the stories in Paying the Ferryman unique is the fact that the main character is dead and the stories take…

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A character name study: Morrow

Morrow-family-crestI am currently listening to an audiobook where one of the characters is named Morrow. He is a secondary character so he is not in that many scenes, but is often referenced by other characters when he is not present.

The name itself sounds good on its own: it’s a reassuring, almost slow motion, purring name. Morrrrrow.

Its written form is a thing of beauty. It’s almost a mirror image of itself, anchored by a double R, padded with Os, and bookended with a flip of the M and W, which give it movement, and makes it look like it could spin like a windmill and fly off into an amber-colored sunset sky.

It’s certainly a romantic view of it, but one must admit its symmetry and movement make “Morrow” look great on the page.

The name comes up fairly often, and my most recent favorite is for the character Clay Morrow, from the tv series Sons of Anarchy.

In the story I am currently “audiobooking”, more often than not, the word preceding the name is “to” – as in “Make sure it gets to Morrow”, and the like.

To-Morrow. ToMorrow. Tomorrow. The sun’ll come out tomorrow / Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow / there’ll be sun… The Annie song is an earworm so distracting I am not even sure what the novel is about anymore.

It is therefore with great sadness that I crossed Morrow off my character names list notebook, banishing it to the depths of a black hole. I never be able to use it, just in case my work is ever is transformed into an audio format.