Friday, May 6, 2016

Morbid Metamorphosis: The Trailer and the TOC

Morbid Metamorphosis is scheduled to be released on June 13th. Before it gets here, feel free to check out the full-length book trailer (by Kevin Hopson) above. And when you're done, get an eyeful of the ridiculously awesome Table of Contents (TOC).

As far as I know, this is not the story order. I'll make corrections when I have them.

Introduction / Robert Nelson

"Become Him" / Greg Chapman

"Joey's Grove" / Roy C. Booth and R. Thomas Riley

"The Skelly Effect" / Terri DelCampo-Nelson

"Keep the Change" / Dave Gammon

"...and Thou!" / Nancy Kilpatrick

"Crowded" / Rod Charles Marsden

"You Are What You Eat" / Jo-Anne Russell

"Spirit Walk on Sour Ground" / M.J. Preston

"The Lake" / Stacey Turner

"The Death Vaccination" / Tina Piney

"The Moonlight Killer" / Suzanne Robb

"Pickin' to Beat the Devil" / Franklin E. Wales

"The Catamount" / Donna Marie West

"Vile Deeds" / Suzie Lockhart

"The Corkscrew and the Void" / Cameron Trost

"Paper Trail" / Daniel I. Russell

"Little Spark of Madness" / Simon Dewar

"Under the Weight of Souls" / Amanda J. Spedding

"Clay Danger's Balls" / Ken MacGregor

"Ezzie Does It" / Erin Shaw

"Febrile" / Gregory L. Norris

"Hyde and Seek" / Nickolas Furr

Monday, May 2, 2016

Semi-Colonic Irrigation: The Name May be Funny, But it's Actually Very Serious

The name of the upcoming book is Semi-Colonic Irrigation. It's funny, yeah? A nice bit of genial rudeness.

It's not that. Well, not just that.

The semi-colon tattoo is a relatively new bit of art you might see on people, but it's not just the next hipster thing in today's trend-o-rama.

It's serious. Very serious. But not dead serious.

This is what it means:

"A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life."

So the anthology, Semi-Colonic Irrigation, will be using true stories and fiction, prose and poetry, genres and real life to help shine a spotlight on depression, suicide, and mental illness. This is not just a good cause; it's one of the best causes.

For me, it means I'm pleased to be joining the Semi-Colonic team. One of my poems -- which will, for the moment, simply be known as "...4 am" -- will be published in the anthology. "...4 am" will be my first professional poetry sale, and frankly, I feel a little weird about it. I never quite thought I'd be a published writer and poet.

But what's life without a few interesting twists and curves. We react to them or we don't. We're human; that's what we do.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

"Twisted Tales Tea Party" Is Apparently No Longer a Thing

R.I.P. "Twisted Tales"
As much as I've been looking forward to seeing my short story, "Bad," appear in the Twisted Tales Tea Party anthology... at the moment, it doesn't look like it will happen.

The publisher and creator behind the project let the authors know today that it appears that the project is dead.

These things happen. Real life intrudes. Health, money, family... these all take priority. We all understand that. But it's still disappointing to know that this will die on the vine and never be the fine wine it should be.

The only thing I know is that a few people are working behind the scenes to see if any part of the project can and will be salvaged. I don't expect anything to come out of it, but it would be great if it could.

Until I hear the voices' final resigned comments, I'm going to keep "Bad" in play, along with the other short stories from the anthology... but I will consider this project a dead one.

Edit (May 10): Though there seemed to be some interest among the participants and editor in keeping these stories together, conversation died out very quickly and only blipped once more -- when I followed up. As much as I'd like to see these stories in one anthology, and as much editing as was done to some of the pieces, it appears that for most folks, it's just... done. I'm disappointed in the whole situation, but even more disappointed now...

Friday, April 29, 2016

Another Short Story to See Publication!

This one delights to me no end! Lycan Valley Press will be putting out Morbid Metamorphosis (Terrifying Tales of Transformation) very soon, and one of the stories in the book will be mine -- a genteel little piece called "Hyde and Seek."

First of all, this is the first time I've written a story for a particular prospective anthology. Knowing that the story was good enough makes the sun shine even brighter.

Secondly, I know some of the authors in this book and they bring the goods! I've been lucky to be in a book or two with a couple of them, and others I've wanted to share pages with. These are some amazing authors. (I'll be posting the author list in a week or two.)

Thirdly, though "Hyde and Seek" stands alone, it is my second short story to feature the Challenger's Club -- a fictional London social club for those touched by paranormal tragedy. The first, "In the Wardrobe," was very well-received, and was part of the brilliant A Darke Phantastique" anthology.

Morbid Metamorphosis should be available (in both print and e-book) on June 13.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I Join the San Diego Chapter of the Horror Writers Association (And Immediately Feel Like an Idiot)

Why this book? You didn't write this book. No, I didn't. Hush up and I'll explain.

So, this happened.

On April 23, I went to the first, organizational meeting of the San Diego chapter of the Horror Writers Association (HWA). As an affiliate member of the HWA and a basically-San Diego-based writer...

Imperial Beach!

... I felt that this was a good idea. The first meeting was at the awesome Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, a place I'd been a time or two before.

They'd moved since the last time I was there, so I ended up late to that first meeting.

An exceptionally charming first impression, I'm sure.

I arrived during introductions. Two had already introduced themselves -- a man and a woman. I took a seat, apologized for my tardiness (though, I am oddly-satisfied to say, I was not the latest), and watched the rest of the folks introduce themselves. I ended up sitting with the ones I hadn't met to my left and the rest of the room to the right. We introduced ourselves, we chatted, we discussed what we wanted to do as a group, and we discussed when we wanted to do it. If you want any more detail than that, you'll need to join. Fnord.

During the meeting, I met the woman sitting to my left, whose intro I'd missed. She was quite pleasant, as was everyone else who was there. And there were 14 of us there. It was a pretty amazing first meeting, and we all knew people who weren't there who plan to join.

It was excellent. There was still that one still-unknown-to-me guy, but time was short and my sub-group got caught up discussing J. Michael Straczynski, and that was that.

(You may have already figured out where this is going.)

Imagine my surprise when I got home and checked the San Diego HWA Facebook page and discovered that the gent whose name I failed to get was Kevin David Anderson. As in Night of the Living Trekkie's Kevin David Anderson. As in, the guy who wrote one of the few fantasy/horror books I have shamelessly crowed about and pimped out in the past few years! As in, one of the best zombie books I've ever read's Kevin David Anderson! As in... seriously here... one of other writers in the Kizuna: Fiction for Japan anthology. We've got stories in the same freaking book! We're FB friends! And...!

And I failed to know who he was.

I feel like an idiot.

... And in other news, I'm now an official member of the San Diego chapter of HWA.

(I'll discuss some of the other members of this soon-to-be-legendary group later, when they're comfortable with me talking about them without restraining orders coming into play...)

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.