Published Again! Poem “Hate” in “Bear the Pall” anthology

This time I had a poem published in an anthology, Bear the Pall: Stories and Poems About the Loss of a Parent. 

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Bear the Pall: Stories and poems about the loss of a parent

I was actually published a couple months ago but I’ve been keeping it on the down low. The poem I wrote, Hate, was never meant to see the light of day. The pain I divulged and the turbulence I expected it to created kept me from talking about it at all. But the reception was amazing. The editor has been very supportive, the other authors have been fantastic, and of course, everyone’s contributions have been incredibly heartfelt and touching.

And, frankly, reception from friends and family has been more positive than I expected. It’s rare that my heart is knee deep in my stories. So having a poem that had nothing but me in it and the possibility of losing friends when they saw the monster I hide from the world, and the possibility of family reading it and seeing me for the dick I am, I expected the worst.

So buy a copy. Read my poem. Read others’ contributions. They’re all amazing. Have a box of tissues at the ready.

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Paperback Publication: The Devil Inside: A Short Story

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94 Creations Issue 5

Back in December I had two short stories published in Black Mirror Magazine.

This month, I get my first physical paperback publication of a short story: The Devil Inside. My story will be featured, along with multiple other great writers, in 94 Creation‘s Issue #5 which comes out April 18, 2014.

The Devil Inside is the story of a “traditional” Southern mother of one whose daughter has turned into a rebellious teen of the worst sort. She doesn’t act lady-like, has stopped speaking to anyone, and cut her hair shorter than most men in their rural town. This Southern mother believes the scar on her daughter’s face is the sign of the Devil inside her. Then we learn of the Devil’s true nature.

You can head over to 94 Creations site to purchase a copy of the Issue 5 to read this twisted tale. Or if you’re so inclined, purchase a subscription.

Published: Now Rene Mullen is an Author

I mentioned some time ago that two of my short stories were accepted in an online literary magazine. I’m happy to share with you today, my publications in Black Mirror Magazine.

They published two of my flash fiction pieces.

Those Little Words” is the story of a woman who wakes on her front porch. We follow her progress as she learns who she is and what happened to her life.

Of Many, One” jumps in mid-story inside a dystopian world where children are not being born.

All my back-patting aside, you should stop by Black Mirror Magazine and give them some love. They’ve published lots of really great short stories and poetry.

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I’m Published! I’m Officially an AUTHOR

You (and I) thought it would never happen. But I promised myself that, by year’s end, I would be published somewhere, somehow. That day is today. That place is Black Mirror Magazine.

You’ll have to wait until December to read the stories and see my name in digital gold lettering, but my author bio no longer says “currently unpublished.” It now reads “two published short stories in Black Mirror Magazine.”

I love that I’m published, but that’s not even the best part.

The best part is two fold:

1. I got to email another magazine to tell them I had to pull my story from their queue. It was so cool to be able to say, sorry I GOTS me a publication.

2. I’m not longer a writer. I’m an AUTHOR!