The fallout from the very public feud between first-time writer Mandy DeGeit and Anthony Giangregorio of Undead Press (first covered here yesterday) continues today, with professional writers weighing in on the controversy. Neil Gaiman tweeted DeGeit’s original post, bringing thousands of readers to her blog, and now Adam-Troy Castro, Alyn Day, Richard Salter, Nick Mamatas and others have written about their own experiences.
Here’s Adam-Troy Castro, from his blog:
There’s recently been a flurry of posts about Undead Press, a small publishing house that a) doesn’t pay, b) allegedly humiliates its authors by inserting gratuitous rape scenes into their stories, without asking those authors if they want those rape scenes to be there, and c) has apparently published and continues to advertise a sequel to George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, showing an absolute lack of respect for copyright or concern for the legal consequences… what I really want to address is that Dawn of the Dead sequel, an act of supreme arrogance… What Giangregorio has done is specifically, and deliberately, hijack the name of a better work and superior work to his sequel; he is specifically saying, “This is a sequel to Dawn of the Dead.” Which he has no right to do.
Alyn Day, another Undead Press contributor, relates how her story was also rewritten and retitled without permission.
My story was no longer my story. It had been butchered. I sat in my livingroom with one of the 6 copies I had purchased, flipping through the pages, eager to see my words in print… only they weren’t my words. It wasn’t even my TITLE. Parts of my story had been cut out, names and details had been changed, things I was never made aware of and had never agreed to… I bit my tongue and kept silent about my interactions with Anthony Giangregorio and Undead Press/Open Casket… I’m sorry for that, because the very same thing happened to a friend of mine just recently. Mandy DeGeit had a story published in Undead Press’s Cavalcade of Terror, which was similarly mistreated. I learned my lesson about being quiet.
Richard Salter explains why he recently pulled his shared world anthology, World’s Collider, from the same press:
This small press is a one-man show, run by Anthony Giangregorio. He also runs Living Dead Press and Undead Press… A few months ago I pulled World’s Collider from Open Casket Press’s roster. The straw that broke the camel’s back was a dreadful and misogynist book blurb for Women of the Living Dead. I called Tony out on it, said I didn’t trust him with World’s Collider (in an e-mail I agonized over for hours). His response, “Whatever”, and then he defriended me.
And finally Nick Mamatas, in a blog today titled Anthony Giangregorio — beware, for real!, shares a rather disturbing Facebook screencap from late yesterday, also featuring Alyn Day:
Alyn Day also came forward to describe a story she had placed with Giangregorio being substantially rewritten and retitled without her permission… And apparently, Giangregorio is upset enough about these revelations to invite himself over to Day’s house…. Is there a way to read this as something other than a threat against Day — especially as Giangregorio had previously told DeGeit that he would only communicate through lawyers? I tend to think not. Please spread the word.