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Author: Subject: The Rejection Notices for "The Butterfly" Just Got Better
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[*] posted on 7/26/2011 at 10:14 PM
The Rejection Notices for "The Butterfly" Just Got Better


For those here familiar with my horror story "The Butterfly", you know it has been rejected without comment by a few editors up to an editor who blasted is as vile and disgusting.

Yet I continue to recognize "The Butterfly" as a great work of horror in spite of editors who refuse to recognize true genius when the words launch themselves from the pages and bite their tiny noses.

So, just minutes ago, "The Butterfly" was rejected again, but with this encouraging message:

Dear Robert Arend,

Thank you for sending us "The Butterfly." I have reviewed your story and decided not to purchase it. I found it an enjoyable read and evocative, but I don't think it's a good fit for the podcast.

Sincerely,
Joe FitzPatrick

PSEUDOPOD - The Horror Podcast Magazine
http://pseudopod.org

At least Joe didn't find it "vile and disgusting" like the last horror magazine editor, the one who should be first reader for "Highlights" magazine instead of a clearly defined graphic horror publication.

Still, "The Butterfly" is in the new Circle 8 Writers Group anthology "Mothers & Other Strangers" because, as the C8 editor, I kinda liked it....





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[*] posted on 7/26/2011 at 10:17 PM


LOL! I cannot imagine a horror magazine editor calling something vile and disgusting. You are probably correct in your assessment that he should be reading for Highlights. Maybe Reader's Digest.

That's awesome, Robert. Keep that thing flying around. It'll stick somewhere.




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[*] posted on 7/27/2011 at 08:37 AM


Robert,
This cracked both me and my husband up when I read it to him. Thanks for the laugh. :lol:
Good luck and keep at it!
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[*] posted on 10/8/2011 at 07:59 PM


Is "Vile and Disgusting" supposed to be an insult or a compliment when writing in the horror genre. I'm getting mixed messages.
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[*] posted on 10/8/2011 at 09:23 PM


Depends on the editor, it's been my amusing experience. Perhaps a female editor reading a depiction of a woman giving birth in agony to a monster caterpillar would find it "vile and disgusting", but a male editor would completely appreciate the novelty of it....



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[*] posted on 10/8/2011 at 09:56 PM


I sure did. :punk:



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[*] posted on 10/9/2011 at 01:48 AM


I did. Find it "vile and disgusting".



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[*] posted on 10/9/2011 at 03:19 AM


EW!!!! *croses thighs tightly*



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[*] posted on 10/9/2011 at 12:54 PM


I wrote "The Butterfly" as a tragic love story: two lovers of different species are destroyed by the prejudice of a half-bird/half-human first born son. I vote novelty.

Those curious enough to want to read what the controversy is all about can find "The Butterfly" in the Circle 8 Writers Group anthology "Mothers & Other Strangers".

"Mothers & Other Strangers" and all Circle 8 Writers Group anthologies are available as ebooks and paperbacks at:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_at_ep_srch?_encoding=UTF8&sort=rele...

and Barnes & Noble at: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/amy-browne

For a peek under the covers of "Mothers & Other Strangers", click:
http://circle8writers.blogspot.com/2011/07/peek-under-covers-of-mot...






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[*] posted on 10/9/2011 at 08:04 PM


If there is a place for those horrible Saw movies Robert, there SURELY has to be a home for the Butterfly. Keep trying! :)



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[*] posted on 3/8/2014 at 02:20 PM


Just an update. Of all my free estories, "The Butterfly" has been my most downloaded on both Amazon and Smashwords. If I had sold as many as was given away, I think my entire cost to heat my home this winter would have been covered. Go figure....

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Butterfly-Robert-Arend-ebook/dp/B00CGCWA3A/re...

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308304




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