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3-Day Novel Long-list Released

The Ravishing Corpse one of thirteen long-listed entries

This week Anvil Press announced the long-list for the 2020 3-Day Novel Contest.

There were over two hundred entries and my entry The Ravishing Corpse made the cut along with twelve other novels.

The complete long list is:

  • Añoranza by Esperanza Vargas Macias
  • Frat Ghosts by Christopher Hoffman
  • How We Got to the End by Avi Kotzer
  • Isobel’s Mountain by Jan Redford
  • Light Yrself on Butterflies by Elijah Sparkman
  • Rest in Pieces by Autumn Cejer
  • Safety Behaviors by H.T. Smith
  • She Wouldn’t Leave by Rachel Sentes
  • The Crossover at Clifton Hill by Mark Southern
  • The Ravishing Corpse by Todd Besant
  • Unrest by Emma Côté
  • Waking up Erica Hammersworth by Sandra Forsyth
  • Welcome to Miller’s Grove by Briana Jae Alzola

Congratulations to all those long-listed!

The short-list, winner, and runner(s)-up should be announced in about a month. There are three prizes:

  • 1st Prize: Offer of a publication contract by Anvil Press.
  • 2nd Prize: $500
  • 3rd Prize: $100

Whatever the outcome I’ve registered for this year’s contest. (And I have a plan…)

In the meantime, I’ve posted a version of the prologue of The Ravishing Corpse. I’ve rewritten it, and several other sections, and added new material because even by the standards of writing a novel in three days, I thought the manuscript was in shambles.

I never expected to be among the finalists, so I’m grateful. But it does feel a little weird.


Coming eventually!

The Ravishing Corpse

Nikki only wants what’s best for Jason. She’s helping him finish a “true crime novel” based on a local unsolved murder. She’s sacrificed so much. So he killed her. He’s certain he did. But now they’re living in a fieldstone house on the acreage where his grandfather murdered a man. In addition to adding new grotesque tricks to their already vigorous sex life, Nikki starts sending Jason on late-night “missions” to warn women who are soon to be killed by their partners, women who are very similar to lovers from Jason’s past.

As Jason comes to grips with his romantic and sexual past, warns women in danger and works to outwit the Vampires investigating Nikki’s murder, he discovers ex-dead Nikki has been enacting her own agenda for revenge.


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