Fresh back from Context 26, I was delighted to see that my story, “Just a Regular Hero”, had been published over the weekend in This Mutant Life: A Neo-Pulp Anthology (Volume 1). The history behind this particular publication and this particular story is somewhat interesting — at least to me!
“Just a Regular Hero” was the first story I had accepted for publication. That was over three years ago. It was, needless to say, a very important moment in my (writing) life. It was the first time I tasted victory. I couldn’t believe it. I reread the email several times. I raved to my husband, asked if it could possibly be right, if my story would actually be published.
But I always kept it in the back of my mind that the story might not be published. That something would happen, it would turn out to be a mistake or something, so I tried to keep that expectation and that really helped when This Mutant Life, then a periodical magazine, shut down. I was still disappointed, but by that time I had, thankfully, managed to attain a few more acceptances so my dreams of publication were only delayed a few more months and not completely destroyed.
I sent “Just a Regular Hero” to a few more publications over the years, but never could find a good home for it.
So when Ben Langdon, the editor/publisher, emailed me this year to tell me he was revamping the magazine in the form of two anthologies, I was ecstatic. He very kindly picked my story back up for publication.
And so today, things have sort of come full circle. There’s something that feels right about finally seeing this story published in this anthology after all this time. This sort of thing doesn’t happen often, so I’m delighted that Ben was able to bring the publication back to a new sort of life.
Anyway, enough of my jabbering. I’m sure I’ll be posting sometime in the next few days about my adventures at Context. Until then, feel free to check out this anthology — available on Amazon, in both print and Kindle formats.
Thanks for reading!
Alexis A. Hunter