This week, I reached into my vast collection of rejection letters and pulled out this double-sider from Marietta Publishing:
Side one is a flier advertising Tom Piccirilli’s short story collection The Dog Syndrome. Checking Wikipedia, that places this rejection at around 1997.
Side two is the rejection. It’s a very nice rejection, but unfortunately, I have no idea what story it was for.
If I still had my submission tracking database up and running I could find out, but that requires MS Windows and MS Access and I don’t have either of those anymore. Important safety tip, kids — when possible, avoid proprietary formats!
Incidentally, if you’re looking for a short, creepy, moody novel, you could do worse than Tom Piccirilli’s A Choir of Ill Children. I picked that up at World Horror 2004 and rather liked it.