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24
Feb
16

Croatoan Published by Nebula Rift

NebulaRiftVol03No12Just got a story called “Croatoan” published in the science fiction magazine, Nebula Rift. Thanks to Editor-in-Chief, Doug Lance, and his staff for making this happen.

This is the story about the small town that mysteriously vanished. It was fun to write. Enjoy!

Be sure to pick up your copy here:
http://www.fictionmagazines.com/shop/nebula-issues/nebula-rift-vol-03-no-12/

– Derek

02
Jan
16

Aurora Wolf Publishes “Saturday’s Child”

Just got a new story entitled “Saturday’s Child” published for the new year in Aurora Wolf. This piece was inspired by the 1970s, particularly the pop culture back then, as well as apocalyptic themes. (Yes, I’m a 70s child and like that era:), hence the hippy, groovy sounding name.

Even though I was just a child at the time, looking back at that period in retrospect, it was a simpler, more innocent time compared to now. I remember riding in cars without wearing a seat belt (what safety?!), being a latch key kid, having cool toys (remember the Mego action figures?), hearing disco and classic rock staples like Journey and Bee Gees on the radio, and seeing President Carter on TV.

It’s fun to reflect back and sprinkle ingredients from the past into your writing. We’re living in an age now where one can get a lot of inspiration from the current climate, for example, technology, the environment, scientific advances, politics, foreign/military affairs. A lot of food for thought. But for now, kick back, relax, take a swig from your favorite beer, and enjoy “Saturday’s Child”.

Read “Saturday’s Child” on Aurora Wolf here:
http://aurorawolf.com/2016/01/saturdays-child/

14
Oct
15

“The Demon Kids” Published by Calliope

cover_149My new story “The Demon Kids” was just published in the Fall 2015 issue of Calliope.

This piece was inspired by a combination of things: watching Keira Knightley films and Daniel Dae Kim TV shows( both of whom are awesome); also inspired by having spent numerous years working in San Francisco and learning about this great city and exploring its unique neighborhoods, and lastly, I always thought being a tour guide seemed like an interesting job. So I wrote this short story.

Learn more about the Fall 2015 issue of Calliope here:
http://www.calliopeontheweb.org/

-Derek

05
Oct
15

New Albert Taylor Story, “The Mystery of Secret Town Road”, Published

Star-Crossedcover.272105118_stdMy new Albert Taylor horror story “The Mystery of Secret Town Road” is in the new October 2015 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly. Great spooky reading for Halloween to give you some shivers!

Available at:  http://www.bardsandsages.com/speculative_fiction/bards_and_sages_quarterly

-Derek

12
Apr
15

“The Haunted Academy” Published by The Horror Zine

TheHorrorZineSummer2015The new summer 2015 issue of The Horror Zine is out and includes my horror short story “The Haunted Academy” (this is a shorter, catchier alternate version of the novella by the same title that was released by Midnight Frost Books). The shorter version was written years ago, inspired by things like Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran (who was sort of the inspiration for the character of Christian). During that time I wanted a story that was tight and compact.

A few years later, I decided to expand the story into a novella, removing some of the characters (including Christian) and replacing them with new characters that I got to flesh out more, like Jan and Erica, who seemed more appealing ( though I still like Christian). So the two versions are definitely different, not just in length.

Which one do you prefer?

Thanks to editor, Jeani Rector.

-Derek

Purchase: The Horror Zine Magazine Summer 2015

02
Mar
15

Night to Dawn Publishes The Children of Armageddon!

NighttoDawn27frontcoverJan10Thanks to Barbara Custer, editor of Night to Dawn Magazine, who bought my story “The Children of Armageddon” for issue 27 of Night to Dawn.

Well worth the wait to see this story in this issue alongside the works of other great writers and artists.

Visit Night to Dawn Magazine & Novels

-Derek

21
Dec
14

Hawaiian Inspired Story, “The Tiki Statue”, Published

Full+logo+smallOne pre-Christmas present arrived today: my short story called “The Tiki Statue” was published in Fiction On The Web. This horror piece was inspired by past vacations in Hawaii, one of my favorite travel destinations. No matter what time of the year you go the weather is always nice.

Enjoy!
Derek

http://www.fictionontheweb.co.uk/2014/12/the-tiki-statue-by-derek-muk.html

24
Nov
14

Derek is this Month’s Selected Writer in “The Horror Zine”

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 6.52.23 PMMy story “Boo!” is featured in the December 2014 issue of The Horror Zine.

This particular story was inspired by old-school horror movies from the 1980s (something I grew up on). I’m proud and excited to be in this publication. This issue features other greats too: fellow writer and friend, Kevin Bufton, Piers Anthony, and other writers! Thanks to editor, Jeani Rector!

Here’s more information:

http://www.thehorrorzine.com/Fiction/Dec2014/DerekMuk/Derek.html

15
Oct
14

“Skinwalker” Published in Calliope

cover_145Just got my mail today and discovered that my short story “Skinwalker” has been published in the Fall 2014 issue of Calliope Magazine.

You can check it out here: Table of Contents — Issue 145

-Derek

02
Oct
14

“Boo!” – A Halloween Story Appears in “The Horror Zine”

61WAVtE1PRLHalloween and October wouldn’t be complete without a short story named “Boo!” It was inspired by old-school horror films from the ’80s.

It’s in the Fall 2014 issue of The Horror Zine. Prepare to get spooked!

Here’s more info: The Horror Zine Magazine, Fall 2014

– Derek

27
Sep
14

Whispers From The Past Books “Room 1826”

953221My story “Room 1826” has been published in the new horror anthology, Whispers From The Past, from North 2 South Press. I’m excited to be part of this book.

Here’s more info about it:
http://www.north2southpress.com/available-now-coming-soon.html

17
Sep
14

Dark Eclipse Publishes Albert Taylor Short “Bats”

cover-38-140x211Just found out my Albert Taylor horror short story “Bats” has been published in the latest issue of the magazine, Dark Eclipse #38.

Here’s some info on how to get it: http://www.lastwritesdmd.com/product/dark-eclipse-38/

– Derek

19
Aug
14

Albert Taylor Appears in “Space and Time Magazine”

10527484_10152241903727477_270259789963690964_nI have a new Albert Taylor story called “The Haunted Goldmine” that is in the new summer issue (#121) of Space and Time Magazine. Excited to be part of this magazine! check out the cool cover art.

Here’s more information:
http://spaceandtimemagazine.com/wp/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Space-and-Time-Magazine/237564157476?ref=nf

-Derek

02
Apr
14

“Zero Hour” Now on Amazon

The zombie anthology, The Dead Walk, featuring my story “Zero Hour,” about a spunky roller derby queen, is now available on Amazon!

Check out Breaking Fate’s website for details:
http://breakingfatepublishing.com/#/titles/The-Dead-Walk/

-Derek

10
Mar
14

Zombie Short “Zero Hour” Coming to New Anthology

The Dead WalkMy zombie short story, “Zero Hour”, (featuring a spunky roller derby heroine!) is included in a brand-new zombie anthology called “The Dead Walk,” due out on March 11, 2014.

Read more details about it here:

http://breakingfatepublishing.com/titles/The-Dead-Walk/

Derek




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