This is not an article about American Sniper (via Literati Press)

I haven’t seen America’s latest patriotic Rorschach test. However, its success has helped bring attention to a Hollywood organization comprised of veterans and industry insiders called Got Your 6. Got Your 6’s aim is to certify (a nebulous, Orwellian term if my cynical eyes ever saw one) films about veterans as authentic. They want to discourage stereotypes—especially that of the broken, embittered, trauma-ridden veteran—and encourage more positive, “realistic” portrayals of our warriors.

Even the First Lady put her support behind the organization—a move that is sure to be less controversial than, say, encouraging children to eat more vegetables.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Why Write About War?

One of my writing gigs is for UniformStories.com, where I share insights into the veteran and military experience. My latest post, “Why Write About War,” is something I think anyone can relate to. I argue for the power of writing down your experiences to make sense of them, and to help share your thoughts and perspectives with people in a way that isn’t all touchy-feely-weird-awkward.

You can find the article here. 

In other site news, we’re happily moving through the submissions and book design process of High Strange Horror, prepping for Doctor Gaines’ new work The Shot, and gearing up for con season, with our first outing at MiniCon in Minneapolis on April 2nd.

My first novel, Flight of the Blue Falcon, will see release in July, and I plan publishing my horror novel The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre in the months following that.

In the meantime, we’ll have a review of the short story collection Nightmare Carnival sometime next week.

Stay weird!

-Jonathan

Now Seeking Short Story Submissions: Quiet Desert, Lonely War – Short Stories of the Afghanistan Conflict

The always insightful Brian Castner has illustrated an issue with American war literature: a general lack of fiction pertaining to the Afghanistan War.

As an Afghanistan war veteran myself (and a published fiction writer in that regard), I consider this a call to arms. Muzzleland Press does not have the reach or influence of an established big press. But if the big companies won’t take on this mission, then we’ll step up to the plate.

While we tend to focus on genre fiction, we’re going to do something a little different for the anthology after High Strange Horror (releasing in April of 2015). My goal is to produce and publish a veteran-driven and edited short fiction collection about the Afghanistan conflict. Anyone with a connection to the war is welcome to submit, veteran or otherwise. See the requirements and description below, and pass the word.

Quiet Desert, Lonely WarShort Stories of the Afghanistan Conflict

Seeking:

Veterans, translators, civilian contractors, military family members and friends – they all have a story to tell. If the first casualty in war is the truth, the truest way to tell a war story is through fiction. Stories of combat, homecoming, goodbyes, tragedy, comedy—anything related to the U.S.-Afghanistan conflict is welcome in this anthology.

All stories must have a setting, theme, or characters that relate to the Afghanistan War. Authors should have some relationship and connection to the war. Military veterans are especially encouraged to submit.

Stories should be between 1,000 and 6,000 words in length, and can be in any genre (including literary fiction, horror, fantasy, or science fiction).

Deadline: until filled.

Payment: $15 or five contributor’s copies; author’s preference.

Tentative Release: Late 2015

Send an email to: editor@muzzlelandpress.com with the subject line “Submission: Quiet Desert, Lonely War”. Please follow our standard submission guidelines.