Sunday, March 20, 2016

My First Real Author Interview!

So... this happened. Roma Gray, one of my fellow writers in the upcoming (and still possibly tentatively-titled) Twisted Tales Tea Party anthology has a horror website, Trick or Treat Thrillers.

On her site, she is interviewing the writers from the anthology and mine was one of the first to go up.

(At this point, I must admit that the aforementioned anthology has been pushed back a few times, but is still expected to drop quite soon.)

My short story, "Bad," will be part of the anthology.

Friday, December 4, 2015

My Amazon Author Page

Though it's pretty sparse at the moment, it will hopefully fill up before too long. It is my Amazon Author Page, a pretty nifty bit of real estate with links to the books and publications in which my work appears.

I've actually had it up and running for a year and a half or so, but I never quite felt the need to let anyone know it existed. It does, and now you know.

If you're still trying to find a copy of one of these books, feel free to check my page.

Hopefully, it will see more updates than my not-very-well known Internet Movie Database (IMDb) page.

Monday, September 21, 2015

"In the Wardrobe" makes "Best Horror of the Year" reading list

This is a first for me, though it's probably no big deal to a lot of other writers...

Ellen Datlow is one of the biggest, most-respected editors in any of the genre fiction fields. She published the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthology from 1988 to 2008, and then immediately started up the next version, entitled The Best Horror of the Year.

"In the Wardrobe," my short story in the A Darke Phantastique anthology was not included in this year's The Best Horror... anthology, I am sorry to say. Nor was any other story from A Darke Phantastique.


Datlow also publishes a recommended reading list each year -- stories that a worthy of notice, but not quite Best.

You got it. "In the Wardrobe" made the recommended reading list, even though it didn't make it into the book.

I'll take it!

One of the things that I am proudest of, however, is the fact that, even though A Darke Phantastique wasn't represented in The Best Horror of the Year, it was represented several times on the reading list. I am delighted to be one of several...

Mike Allen -- "Tardigrade"
Dennis Etchison -- "Breakfast in Tasmania"
Andrew S. Fuller -- "Immigrant"
Lois H. Gresh -- "Old Enough to Drink"
D. T. Kastn -- "Real Live Lobsters"
Erinn L. Kemper -- "The Claim"
Joe R. Lansdale -- "The Case of the Four-Acre Haunt"
Jason Maurer -- "In Your Dark..."
Lucy A. Snyder -- "Kudzu"

Ten of us!

I came up with a term for this that fits how I feel... stupid-proud. That's me... stupid-proud!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Bad" to See Publication

Yup. That's twisted.
I am happy to announce that another one of my short stories, "Bad," is to see publication in the upcoming (and possibly tentatively-titled) anthology, Twisted Tales Tea Party.

I won't say much about the story except that it is my twisted version of a fairly well-known story, and that I'm looking forward to seeing it be part of a collection of stories that the publisher has says he wants people reading it to be "unsettled" and "disturbed."

Sounds like tasty, tasty tea to me.

I'm not sure of the release date, but it is expected to be either at the end of the year or early 2016.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

An Author Profile... of Me!

I have just experienced my first authorial... profile? interview? Some of each?

And it feels great!

As one of the writers in the anthology, A Darke Phantastique, I've been profiled by Cycatrix Press, and appear on their Nameless Digest website. I'm just going to link to it and let you check out the interview/profile thing over there, and check out everything else good they've got to see.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"A Darke Phantastique" Nominated for Bram Stoker Award

I just learned that the anthology which my short story, "In the Wardrobe" appears in, A Darke Phantastique, is a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award, which is given out by the Horror Writers' Association (HWA).

The category of Superior Achievement in an Anthology...

Qualia Nous (Written Backwards) - edited by Michael Bailey

A Darke Phantastique (Cycatrix Press) - edited by Jason V Brock

Fearful Symmetries (ChiZine Publications) - edited by Ellen Datlow

Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) - edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, and Dennis Widmyer

Limbus, Inc., Book II (JournalStone) - edited by Brett J. Talley

What does this mean for my story, "In the Wardrobe?" Not a thing, except that it appears in an awesome, award-winning anthology. On the other hand, I did get a passing mention in a review by Rue Morgue magazine, and I'll take it!

Visit the HWA site for a current list of nominees!

Friday, October 31, 2014

"A Darke Phantastique" is in Print! (And Along with It, My Short Story, "In the Wardrobe.")

I am delighted! My short story, "In the Wardrobe," is part of this Cycatrix Press anthology, "A Darke Phantastique: Encounters With the Uncanny and Other Magical Things" (forever to be known here just by the first three words).

This is one of the best-looking books I've ever seen, with gilt page edges, tremendous interior artwork, and amazing design. I'm actually a little gobsmacked to be in this massive tome.

The collection of authors is pretty amazing, too.

Featuring a foreword by Ray Bradbury, it is separated into five sections, each of them the size of a lesser collection.

Though it is taking up some space to do so, I really feel a need to share this phenomenal Table of Contents...

"The Beginnings of Imagination" (foreword) / Ray Bradbury
"An Abiding Darkness, A Phantastique Light" (introduction) / Jason V Brock

Section One -- Magical Realities

"Michael the Monster" / Paul Kane
"A Darke Phantastique" / Jason V Brock
"Charles Out of La-La Land" / Bruce Taylor
"The Wisest Stone and the Zoo" / Nathaniel Lee
"Out of the Blue, and Into the Black" / Sunni K Brock
"Lizard Man Dispatches" / Ray Garton
"Real Live Lobsters" / D. T. Kastn
"Bittersweet Bedlam" / Samuel Marzioli
"The Last Witch" / William F. Nolan

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Short Story to Appear in "A Darke Phantastique!"

I am happy to announce that one of my short stories, a 7,000-plus word behemoth named "In the Wardrobe," will appear in a massive anthology by Vancouver, Washington-based Cycatrix Press!

The anthology, "A Darke Phantastique: Encounters With the Uncanny and Other Magical Things" is scheduled to be released this October.

The anthology is edited by authors Jason V Brock and William F. Nolan. Nolan was one of the author of the seminal science-fiction novel, "Logan's Run."

Friday, May 24, 2013

Interview with J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski is a man of many firsts. Back when the Internet was unknown to everyone except a tiny number of techies, geeks, wealthy dilettantes and nerds, he was the first showrunner (Hollywood-speak for a television show’s executive producer who handles day-to-day operations) to go online and interact with fans.

He was the first – and will likely ever be the only — scriptwriter to write 92 out of 110 episodes of a show, his brilliant creation “Babylon 5.” B5 was the first television show meant to run a certain number of seasons, five, with a definite beginning, middle, and end, and included dynamic storylines the characters and multiple, overlapping story arcs. Long form television writing is now common thanks to Straczynski.  He did it first.

He is probably the first journalist to cross over into a successful television career, likely the first journalist and television writer to cross over into mainstream comic book writing, and absolutely the first television and comic-writing journalist ever to become a major Hollywood screenwriter.

Other “firsts” include developing his own comic book line (Joe’s Comics), his own multimedia studio (Studio JMS), directing his first movie and creating an original series for Netflix.

The word “first” applies to Straczynski in many ways, including as a fiery, intelligent defender of the First Amendment.

From 2009 to 2010, students, faculty members, Sun journalists, and concerned citizens fought with a corrupt Southwestern College administration and governing board to keep the First Amendment Freedoms of Speech, Assembly, and the Press alive on the campus. In 2010, when the administration attempted to strangle the newspaper by tying its purse strings around its throat, Straczynski responded by undermining the administration the best way possible – financially.

It was definitely the first time that had happened.

And now, for the first time, an unbridled, warp speed first person Q&A interview with the 2013 Southwestern College Honorary Degree recipient:

First Amendment Warrior

In September 2010 Straczynski personally funded an issue of The Sun after former superintendent Raj Chopra and his vice presidents attempted to block publication. The issue broke the story of construction contract corruption involving college board members and administrators.

Sun: In the fall of 2010, the Chopra administration dug up a never-used print bidding policy to force the Southwestern College Sun to prevent printing a controversial issue. You stepped in and paid for the entire issue. Why did you feel this was necessary?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Scholarship Awarded from Worthy Organization

I just wanted to announce that I've received a scholarship award from San Diego Association of Black Journalists. This is one of the city's most worthy journalism organizations, and I'm proud to have won. But I have to say, the fact that my colleague from the Southwestern College Sun, Alexis Meza, has also been awarded one.

Alexis is a Sun sportswriter who has been chasing down a vast number of recruiting violations among the SWC basketball team. Pop over to the Sun website to check out a little of his work.

We'll be awarded scholarships on April 19 at a scholarship reception hosted by SDABJ at National University.

If you want tickets, all the contact information is on the fly