Friday, May 26, 2023

42 Anthology Author Contact Emails



The anthology team is trying to reach authors of the anthology about some edits and other matters before the book's release in 2024. 

If you have not received an email from and have a story in the anthology, please send an email there with the subject: Missing email. 

In the message, please write something like

My name is Author Person, my stories are in the Parent, Thriller, and Sword chapters, and my current email is 

All the best.

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

Anthology complete

Dear writers and readers,
A few notes regarding the anthology.
42 Stories Anthology Presents: Book of 422 has reached its goal.

The chapters have Story of Excellence Award winners.
All authors of the anthology have been notified of its completion.
What’s next?
If all goes according to plan, the book will be published by 2024.
We are trying to obtain chapter introductions from chapter award winners.
The authors are voting for a book cover from now until January 22, 2023, 11:59pm GMT either via email
( or through the Facebook group. If you have a story in the anthology and are interested in voting for the book cover through the group, you can join by requesting a link via email. If you want to vote on the book cover without joining the group, you can ask me for a link to the covers and email your vote in directly.

That’s all for now. Happy New Year


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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Update: 42 Stories Anthology Complete


Story of Excellence Winners so far:

Alternate Reality: Steven M. Gerson

Apocalyptic: Kate Gaston

Clown: John Porcino 

Craft of Writing: Announced in the book

Crime: Tom Barker

Culture: K. A. Kern

Dystopia/Utopia: Râna Campbell

Escape: Matt Patrick

Fairy Tale: Lorisha Adams

Fantasy: Billy J. Forshaw

Fight: Daniel Getzoff

Hitchhiker's Guide to History: Adah Marie Guy

Horror: Michael Fagan

Humor: Evie Groch

Impairment: David Kuhnlein

Indigenous: Sophia Moore

Macabre & Morbid: Kim Hart

Monster: Suann Amero

Mystery: Antonella Piemontese

Mythopoeia: Jen Mierisch

Noir: Asta aka Genevieve Payne

oDDbALL: Miriam Thor

Outer Space: Elaina Hampson

Paranormal: Chris Bullard

Parents: Gina Burgess

Poetic Prose: David K. Slay

Romance: Michael Gigandet

Satire: Elizabeth Andrews

Science Fiction: Nick DiChario

Siblings: Trey Stone

Sports: John Ward

Steampunk: Christopher Airiau

Sword & Sorcery: Christian Meeks

Thriller/Suspense: Rob Nisbet

Tragedy: Debbie Wingate

Trapped: Jamil Hall

Travel: Barbara Meyrowitz

Vampire: Harry Carnegie aka Mike O'Connor

War: Joseph S. Pete

Werewolf: Beth Doherty

Western: Joe Kilgore

Zombie: Kerry Pickles

There will be a special blog spot for each chapter where the winners answer interview questions. If you have time, look up the winners, as they're very talented authors. Any winners mentioned above, contact the anthology team (here: if you didn't receive an email announcement.

There's also Runner-Up Award Winners. Here is who's been contacted so far. If you see your name below and have not replied to an email, please contact the anthology team.

Runner Up Award Winners:

Alternate Reality: Roger Hammons

Apocalyptic: Dr. Thomas Reed Willemain

Clown: Sharon Kretschmer

Craft of Writing: No Award

Crime: Anthony Knott

Culture: William McCann

Dystopia/Utopia: Alexis Gkantiragas

Escape: Gania Barlow

Fairy Tale: Sandra Simmer

Fantasy: Art Lasky

Fight: Ava Jean Wetzel

HGH: Glenna Anne Turnbull

Horror: Andy Betz

Humor: Elizabeth Barton

Impairment: Stephen Ground

Indigenous: Matias F. Travieso-Diaz

Macabre & Morbid: Christy Lynch

Monster: Bunny Haschen

Mystery: Tejaswinee Roychowdhury

Mythopoeia: Becky Benishek

Noir: Amy Cotler

oDDbALL: Faustine Guerrero

Outer Space: Ethan Shaskan

Paranormal: John H. Dromey

Parents: Travis Garner

Poetic Prose: D. I. Jolly

Romance: Lindy Greaves

Satire: Louise Mae Moises

Science Fiction: Harley McEvoy

Siblings: Nikki J. Davison

Sports: Nicole Ortiz

Steampunk: Madison Marshall

Sword & Sorcery: Ej Sidle

Thriller/Suspense: Suzanne Baginskie

Tragedy: Hibah Shabkhez

Trapped: Sheryl Loeffler

Travel: Adelaide B. Shaw

Vampire: Voting in progress

War: Amber Winter

Werewolf: James Lang

Western: Donald Winzer

Zombie: Ben Mimmack

Note: Some judges select "Honorable Mention" stories. They are optional awards given at the judge's discretion, and not every chapter has one. Honorable mention award-winners will be named in future blogs.

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Pen Names, Pseudonyms, Nom de Plumes

Hi everyone,

We're reading submissions for the 42 Stories Anthology this month and will hopefully reach our goal by May or December this year. No guarantee.

Let's chat about names.


The whole pen name schtick came from the theme of the book having 1,764 names in it, sure. However, that's only half of the story.

I've had many pen names. 

My dad named me after his favorite uncle. Bertram was a lawyer by day and trumpet player by night. He had an accident, which led to him being bedridden.

Dad always looked to him for guidance when he was young. Then, one day, probably a rainy one, Bertram died tragically.

Mom got to name my sister and brother. Then, when I was born, Dad named me after the lawyer/trumpet player. 

The only problem with the name was that he shortened it to Bert, and I was a child in the '80s being called "Bert."

So, naturally, the first question kids asked, "Where's Erine?"

Just imagine, being circled by 30+ kids laughing "Where's Erine?" Some of them threw things at me. Saying "bullied" would be a light way to put it. Teachers laughed with the kids. One day, I punched a few of them and the teacher and the laughter turned to screams of horror.

I was probably one of the first 5-year-olds kicked out of that kindergarten for punching a teacher. (Now, I'm a teacher 😅).

There were other problems with being called "Bert."

In short, I hated the name.

My parents were divorced, and I went to live with Mom at 8. 

She asked if I wanted to change my name to "Allan." 

"My middle name?" 

It so happened that a story I liked called The Raven was by a writer who had the middle name, Allan, too. Plus, we shared the same birthday and eyebags problem. So, I was down for the shift. 



As it turns out, Bertram means Bright, Famous, Raven.


Something changed when I was 23. I had started getting published and needed a writer's name. I went with "B. A. Mullin," thinking it was kind of funny sounding: "Be a Mullin." 

At the same time, I blogged on The blog, Ten Things That You Should Know, had 133 posts and over 50k readers. Sometimes the blog hit the #1 spot on the site. My username: "Devilsthrill." 

The username actually goes back to when I was 19. There's a song that inspired me to write my series, Demon Blade Bearer, called Devil's Trill. I was listening to Vanessa Mae's version at the time and wrote and wrote and wrote. 

Suddenly, I had ten books written within three to fives years. As an ode to the song, I used "Devilsthrill" as an online name. It was also a typo that stuck. I wanted the name to be DevilsTrill. 


At 31 my dad got sick, and we were friends. I decided to use the name "Bertram" with the stipulation that no one called me "Bert" unless they wanted to get punched in the face. 

That year, I moved to Japan with a dream: Find a manga artist and make Demon Blade Bearer a manga and maybe an anime in Japan and America. I'd introduce myself as "Bertram."



At my first job, without asking, the trainer introduced me as "Bert." He didn't get punched, but it was one example of the disrespect I went through until quitting. 

Got a job as a foreign teacher at public schools and while searching for an artist, continued teaching. 

Because students had issues saying "Bertram," I just went with my initials: "BAM." 

For the past seven years, everyone has either called me Bertram, or BAM.

I don't dislike being called "Allan," but it feels like a childhood name that I no longer use. 

Subsequently, I applied to a private school last month. The director kept calling me "Bert" even after I said my name was Bertram or BAM. You should never nickname someone unless they're okay with it. That's called respect. I didn't take that job and am still teaching at public schools instead. 

If you thought this covered all of my pen names, you were wrong. I've got a Hebrew name, "Abraham." There's also Eval Jaeger, Scott Allan Terrier, and Shelly Macaroy. Those are characters from stories of mine, and I've used their names as pen names. Shelly has about 4 horror publications. The other two have one each.

In case you're wondering, I found an illustrator two years ago. She's working on Demon Blade Bearer. Here's her Instagram: Kou Hirose (@kou_hk_yk) • Instagram photos and videos
Here's a sketch she drew of me:

Thank you for reading until the end. Looking forward to seeing the submissions everyone sent. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

42 Stories Anthology: Down to the final 99

One major difference between Project 42 Stories Anthology and other anthologies is that no other ones have so many stories in one book. 

The goal started with a simple aim: 1,764 stories and an equal number of authors in one book of 42-word stories within 42 chapters. By simple, I meant ambitious. 
("Clark on the hill," Made by Tando Saka, 1920-1998, built in 1976).

After realizing that it would take too long to get so many unique writers in one book, I let current authors send up to 4 stories each with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, stories being under unique nom de plumes, and kept posting a call in submissions from July 2018 to now. 

Currently, we only need about 99 stories out of 1,764. It really hasn't been that long of a wait either. 

Categories still opened:

Hitchhiker's Guide to History: Both historical nonfiction or fiction are fine.



Sword & Sorcery
And the Craft of Writing. Click the link for details.
Hope you send something soon.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

42 Stories Anthology Book Cover front/back Needed

 A book cover (front/back) is needed for the 42 Stories Anthology

Estimated dimensions:
Mass market paperback: 4.25 x 6.87. Trade Paperbacks: 5.5 x 8.5 to 6 x 9. Hardcover books: 6 x 9 to 8.5 x 11

Send your submission to anthology ( with the subject "42Art Submission_Name."

The artist can be creative with how the name of the chapter appears on the piece.

The book cover (front/back) can be in color.
Here is an example of what we're looking for:

Artists are paid $42

Friday, September 10, 2021

Hyphens, Em-dashes, and Ellipses


(From ESL Grammar: Link)

Some writers have emailed asking if we had a rule at 42 Stories Anthology that hyphens counted as words. 

This is not a case of "rules." Hyphens change your word count. 

You can send a story that you counted by hand that's 42 words with a 42-character title and 42 word 3rd-person bio, but you didn't use as we recommend and your numbers come out off. 

Explanation below.

Simple solution: Use as recommended and don't count by hand. 

Maybe you're wondering "Why?"

No one wants to count 42 words out of thousands of stories by hand, so we use 

For the title, counts spaces between, after, and before as characters. Please keep that in mind with titles.

Why are some hand-counted word counts and the generators sometimes counting differently? 

Look at this sentence written three ways:

"Hello, he said"
"Hello - he said"
"Hello-he said"

The sentence without hyphens should be three words. Microsoft Word Docs shows three words at the bottom to your left.

When you connect two words, they become one word as shown in the Microsoft Word Doc counter.

Below is a hyphen used to be an em-dash. You should not use a hyphen like an em-dash. Some counters read your hyphen like an extra word as shown in the Microsoft Word Doc recognizes the dash is not a word, so if you used Microsoft Word instead, our counts will not match. is more accurate, so we use this site instead of Microsoft Word

Below is a separated em-dash for a pause, which is what writers should use for pauses. Notice the counter on Microsoft Word recognizes that the em-dash is not a word. Microsoft Word counts the hyphen as a word and not an em-dash, because the hyphen is placed in the sentence incorrectly and the software doesn't recognize it.

Em-dash example

If you are using hyphens like em-dashes, I recommend that you stop doing it in all of your writing. Hyphens are generally used to connect two words into one and similar situations. Hyphens are not for pauses between words. 

I won't get into whether em-dashes should technically be separated or connected to words. For the anthology, either way is fine. Be creative. In both circumstances, and Microsoft Word Docs displays the correct number as shown below:

However, doesn't get the correct wordcount when you connect two words with an em-dash. 

Here's ignoring the em-dash

Here's counting the same sentence as two words with an em-dash connecting words

Both counters are good for different purposes. When checking numbers, the staff at 42 Stories Anthology uses because it's more accurate. 

When putting a title in all CAPS, we use

Microsoft Word and count . . . as 3 words. does not, which is why I use it and not Microsoft Word when checking numbers. This could be another reason numbers don't always match. is accurate and updated frequently.
Also, ". . ." with spaces is a correct ellipsis and ... without spaces isn't correct. 

Off Topic
Please wait 6 months after submitting your story before inquiring on its status. 

On the Release
Many writers are in a hurry for the anthology to come out, so is the staff. We are trying hard to find great works and get the book out and will respond to submissions within approximately 6 months.

Update as of September 10, 2021
Stories accepted: 1,479
Stories needed: 285 to complete the anthology

Note: If you accidently used a hyphen as a pause between words in a story we accepted, you can email the anthology ( a revised version of your story. Please check your numbers in 

Related note: Let's all combine our efforts to end the double hyphen. Below is the face most editors make when they see -- in a story. 

Have a safe and happy month.