My Story is Out!

A little blurry because I blew it up. Go to their site for a better cover shot.

Retribution, is out. Better get your copy and get it signed before I get famous– this could be a collector’s item someday. heh heh (If writers didn’t dream, you wouldn’t get the stories, right?)

No seriously, this is a story about a character who kept knocking on my door over a period of three years or so. It was just one line.

“Clyde Wynette woke up sad one day.”

The line later changed because it took me awhile to get to know Clyde. He’s a sociopath, so he’s not real forthcoming — doesn’t share much. But, I did come to realize that feeling sad might not be something he’d recognize. The line changed to, “Clyde Wynette woke up different.” I knew Clyde was a bad guy. But I didn’t know why. Then it hit me. I had my story question.

What would happen if a hitman who had spent his entire life without emotion, suddenly got it all back at once?

I tie the story in with an old northern Native American myth about the Aurora Borealis.

Retribution won first place out of 109 entries in the main stream short story category of the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation annual contest last year. (Check out OWFI here OWFI — this is a great contest and a fantastic regional conference!)

It sold to Surreal Magazine within two weeks of sending it out, though the editor and I did have a little trouble getting in touch with each other so I didn’t hear for a couple of months. Surreal is a full size magazine with fantastic stories and art. I’m looking forward to seeing what the artist did with my story. And Surreal has great writers — if I do say so myself. If you write PG13 type horror, think contemporary Poe, you might want to try them. In the meantime… On the main site… In this issue:

Our latest issue brings us great fiction by authors such as Erin MacKay, Rinda Elliott, Jason Sizemore and more. In non-fiction, we feature an interview with English horror writer Graham Masterton, an article on real life zombies in Haiti and a look at Old Spye Road, an actual location in New Jersey with a haunted history. Our editor Jason D’Aprile rounds up the best horror videogames out there and collaborator Alasdair Stuart takes a look at the boom of horror in the world of graphic novels.

Issue 4 is particularly special to us for it marks the debut of the graphic story Trapped, a four-part tale based on a story by Nicholas Tyler and with amazing illustrations by Donald Jackson. We hope you will enjoy this new venture and would love to hear your thoughts. You can find a minisite for Trapped, with information about the story, the characters and a trailer, at Surreal Interactive.

You can go here to read more about it and to order if you want that future collector’s item… LOL! Welcome to Surreal Magazine

Added: To order a copy, go here Surreal Magazine – Subscribe This is the subscription page, but it also has a single copy option. 🙂


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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10 Responses to My Story is Out!

  1. Corey says:

    Wow Rinda. That is amazing. I’m glad you’re getting recognized finally for your work. With any luck, I’ll pick up that magazine and subsequent issues, or maybe someone will send me one. *WINK WINK* Congratulations, and can’t wait to see you again.

  2. Dana Pollard says:

    This is sooooo cool! I can now say “I knew her when…” hehe And you’re right, DREAM BIG!! And I do want an autograph! 😉

  3. Thanks Rachel! It’s a start.

    I don’t think this issue will makes stores, but it’s available on the net. I’ve got one author copy coming, but I think the hubby plans to order more. I know I do.

    Gotta get this book finished, so I’ll be working hard. I’m thinking of doing my own book in a month challenge. I’m also thinking of sending it to Rachel’s agent since she likes urban fantasy and Dweller is definitely that. I’m currently making it more scary.

    Hi, Corey! How’s college going? I didn’t know you visit me here. :)My cousin, Corey, shares my obsession with music. Finally? I have a ton of awards, I’ll have you know. But sales have been stingy– so yeah, finally. (grin)

  4. Betty S says:

    I need you to tell me how to get a copy. Do I order it on the internet? (give me the site) Do I get it from your hubby when his truckload comes in? (Put me on the list)

    I’m really excited about this. I want to read it and I want my own copy.


  5. Betty S says:

    Never mind.
    I found it.
    I just paypal’d it.
    It should be on the way.


    HA! My word verification is mountfk

    Where do they get these?

  6. mountfk? LOL!

    I’m word verification challenged. Half the time, I have to do it twice.

    I added a place to go buy the magazine at the end of the blog. 🙂

  7. Betty S says:

    I’m a two-timer, too.
    I hate q/g and i/j.
    I can never tell them apart, and sometimes the letter t is a little tricky.

  8. Thanks! I didn’t write this story as horror, but it ended up being creepy enough. 🙂

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