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Post by Kenwood on Wed May 12, 2010 12:10 am

Here is the Table of Contents and cover art for issue #2 of Shock Totem:

* To Be Titled: An editorial, by K. Allen Wood
* The Rat Burner, by Ricardo Bare
* Sole Survivor, by Kurt Newton
* The Spooky Stuff: A conversation with James Newman, by John Boden
* Sweepers, by Leslianne Wilder
* Rainbow Serpent, by Vincent Pendergast
* Strange Goods and Other Oddities (Reviews)
* Abominations: Hide the Sickness: An article by Mercedes M. Yardley
* Pretty Little Ghouls, by Cate Gardner
* Messages From Valerie Polichar, by Grá Linnaea & Sarah Dunn
* Return From Dust, by Nick Bronson
* Leave Me the Way I was Found, by Christian A. Dumais
* Upon My Return, by David Jack Bell
* Howling Through The Keyhole (Author Notes)

This TOC is a bit shorter than issue #1, and that is because we've bumped up the font size for this issue so we were left with less space. The word count on fiction remains the same, though (approx. 30,000 words).

You'll notice that Kurt is once again in this issue. The reason for this is explained in the editorial. We don't intend to feature authors in back-to-back issues ever again, unless we have a serialized story.

And Mercedes is now on our team, so that's why her name is there. I saw someone recently write that it was "a bit cheeky" that we featured "an editor" in issue #1. We did not, of course. We got to know Mercedes after we had accepted her story for issue #1, and we asked her to join us well after the issue came out. And if you've ever had the pleasure of getting to know her, you know why.

How about the cover art?


Wicked, huh? I'm not sure I like the yellow Shock Totem font yet, so that may change before the layout is complete. The artwork was done by Hicham Haddaji. You can check out his work here.

Once the layout is complete, and the book block is checked for missed typos a few more times, we go to print.

Soon. Very soon! Def


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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed May 12, 2010 12:44 am

I WANT IT NOW!!!


LOL


OK, I can wait... I've read all of these stories... They will be worth it!

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Kenwood on Wed May 12, 2010 12:46 am

What do you think about the yellow font? I'm thinking it needs to be white, like the mock-up I did.

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Kenwood on Wed May 12, 2010 12:46 am

Also, nonfiction or non-fiction? I'm always torn on that one. Haha.

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed May 12, 2010 12:51 am

I wouldn't complain about the yellow, but I prefer the white from the mock-up as well.

And I prefer nonfiction, but it's not a pet peeve either... Smile

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by dgrintalis on Wed May 12, 2010 12:52 am

Sweet!

P.S. Not that my opinion means anything, but I'd go with nonfiction. That's the format Publishers Weekly always uses.


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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Kenwood on Wed May 12, 2010 12:54 am

Tall Tyrion wrote:I wouldn't complain about the yellow, but I prefer the white from the mock-up as well.

And I prefer nonfiction, but it's not a pet peeve either... Smile
I hate the word. If I see nonfiction, I like it; if I see non-fiction, I like it. Drives me nuts! I spell it differently every time.

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Kenwood on Wed May 12, 2010 1:01 am

dgrintalis wrote:Sweet!

P.S. Not that my opinion means anything, but I'd go with nonfiction. That's the format Publishers Weekly always uses.
No, it matters. I need to make a decision. Haha. I'm thinking nonfiction, too. Seems that using the hyphen on common words has died out over the years. I refuse to write email, though.

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by dgrintalis on Wed May 12, 2010 1:03 am

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Hmmmm....was that cruel? Wink

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Rich Sampson on Wed May 12, 2010 1:16 am

That looks absolutely awesome!

As something of a spare time artists, I was floored by that guys site. Amazing work.

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed May 12, 2010 1:17 am

You're like the moon, Ms. Grintalis...

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Vincent on Wed May 12, 2010 1:30 am

I've only just noticed this, but for folks posting this TOC on their blogs, could you change Vincent Pendergrast to Pendergast ?

It's something I've encountered in the past, what with me having a funny sounding name 'n all ( Blame the Flemish-Norman-Irish). The cover has it right though, thankfully!

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Kenwood on Wed May 12, 2010 2:07 am

Crap! Fixed.

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Vincent on Wed May 12, 2010 2:08 am

Kenwood wrote:Crap! Fixed.

Cheers, mate.

I'm still digging the cover, but I'll have to think about that yellow a bit before I throw in my two cents.

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Mercedes on Wed May 12, 2010 2:14 am

Try white, Ken. And I'm 100% for nonfiction. Rock on!

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Post by Kmzone on Wed May 12, 2010 2:18 am

BEAUTIFUL cover Ken. I love it. The white color might set the author's names off nicely. Do you have a black shadow underneath to offset it from the photo or is it just strictly white?


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Hmmmm....was that cruel? Wink

who said you're not funny Damien? Or are well all calling you Ms. Grintalis now? (Shouldn't it be Mrs. Walters-Grintalis or is that WaltersGrintalis without the hyphen?)

Geeze. I should not be up this late. I can't be held responsible for what I do or say this side of midnight...

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Post by dgrintalis on Wed May 12, 2010 2:26 am

LOL!! Just call me Damien; it's easier that way. Smile

And no, no hyphen. Grintalis is my last name. Walters is my middle name. I use it for writing because it's also my maiden name, and I was a Walters long before I was a Grintalis. When I got married, I ditched my middle name and moved my maiden name to the middle.

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Post by Mercedes on Wed May 12, 2010 2:28 am

I hear ya on that! Mercedes M. Yardley. I grew up a Murdock and I'm loathe to lose it completely. It's who I am. Smile

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Kenwood on Wed May 12, 2010 2:29 am

Here is the mock-up I did with white font:



Better, right? At a minimum, the yellow needs to be toned down.

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Post by Vincent on Wed May 12, 2010 2:31 am

Yeah. I liked the font colour of issue#1, it has a soft, almost moonlit quality to it that really fits the art. But this yellow is very strong for the near sepia-tone of the art.


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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by dgrintalis on Wed May 12, 2010 2:32 am

That looks very pretty, Ken. Smile

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Post by Kenwood on Wed May 12, 2010 2:35 am

kmcelhinny wrote:Do you have a black shadow underneath to offset it from the photo or is it just strictly white?
There is no shadow there, but I've asked for it. It'll really only make a difference where that root comes down from Leslianne's last name, but I think it's necessary.

And just for you guys (and anyone else stopping by here), this is the back cover:



That's a mock-up that I did. The final version will look much better.

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Post by dgrintalis on Wed May 12, 2010 2:39 am

Very, very cool. One quick question, though. Do you have permission to use the lyric? If not, I'd axe it.

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Re: Issue #2 Cover Art and TOC

Post by Kmzone on Wed May 12, 2010 2:42 am

Ken, I think the white stands out much more. The back cover has me drooling right now. That is amazing. I can't wait!! I think the shadow will offset the title and stuff more too. Nice that you asked for it.


dgrintalis wrote:LOL!! Just call me Damien; it's easier that way. Smile

And no, no hyphen. Grintalis is my last name. Walters is my middle name. I use it for writing because it's also my maiden name, and I was a Walters long before I was a Grintalis. When I got married, I ditched my middle name and moved my maiden name to the middle.

Here... did you see that TT called you that? I was just commenting on his comment. *squishes*

Tall Tyrion wrote:You're like the moon, Ms. Grintalis...

I made a silly joke. See... (gah. You can't tell but I"m grinning like an idiot right now... cause it's too late and I'm trying to be funny, but unfortunately i've left my funny in yesterday).

Ah, yes... I had a lot of trouble letting go of my Maiden name as well. I keep thinking about it, and I go back and forth on whether or not I should put it back. Zone. I used to be Kara Zone. I loved it.

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Post by dgrintalis on Wed May 12, 2010 2:46 am

Ha! Nope, I missed the moon comment! lol

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