I jumped in to check this project out right from the start and MUY MAL is rockin'! Stop by and visit Weston Ochse, John Urbancik and Michael Oliveri at Muy Mal to read some GREAT fiction...and it's FREE! And to let you know the quality of storytelling going on at Muy Mal, Weston Ochse just won The Horror Writers' Association's coveted Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel!!
Here's what the Muy Mal guys say about their project:
"So what is Muy Mal? We're glad you asked.
"Muy Mal is a shared world created by Michael Oliveri, John Urbancik, and Weston Ochse. It's a world very much like our own, similar in time and place, but just about thirty degrees off of reality. This is a world in which magic never ceased to exist; a world that is a very bad place.
"Each writer will explore their own corner of this world, though readers can expect some crossover between tales. Characters may make cameo appearances, for example, and major events will affect every story. This is not collaboration so much as it is cooperation, and readers will be welcome to witness as much or as little of the world a they see fit.
"Each story will be serialized, and each writer may spread their work across several serialized pieces at a time. An overall title serves as an umbrella for each writer's work, and each individual tale will carry its own title as it unfolds chapter by chapter. These titles are:
"Muy Mal is also an experiment in the delivery of online fiction. Thanks to the power and flexibility of WordPress, the stories will be accessible in a familiar, blog-like structure where each new chapter will appear at the top of each writer's section. Similarly, links will be available so readers may drill down and focus on specific serials. There will also be RSS feeds for each author so readers can pull content directly to their feed reader rather than visit the main site.
"Finally, Muy Mal's contents are Free. All of the work posted to the site is licensed under a Creative Commons license, specifically the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 license. In English, this means readers are welcome to download and/or print the stories out to their heart's content. Give copies to friends and neighbors! We don't care, so long as the work is presented with bylines of the respective writer, it's not altered, and not used commercially." --From Muy Mal
I hope you enjoy, Muy Mal. Be sure to tell 'em, Fran Friel sent ya'!
And when you're done with the Muy Mal guys, stop by for the latest offerings of Fresh Meat for June from my T12 colleagues, including my own story - part one of Fine Print. As always, the reading is FREE at The Horror Library.