Autumn Is Coming

Just got word from Mike Davis that my story "Cul Du-Sac Virus" is going to be included in his Autumn Cthulhu anthology. As an avowed lover of Autumn (there really is no better season) I'm both honored and excited to have one of my stories among the leaves.






...And a Happy, Sepia-toned Holidays to You!

   Yes, it's cold outside (or at least it should be). Yes, it's dark when you go to work and when you come home. Yes, it makes you want to just curl up on the couch and watch entire seasons of Supernatural, Game of Thrones, or Breaking Bad until you feel you're about the most useless human being on the face of the, that didn't quite end up like I expected it to. Sorry, you're not useless...I mean, you ended up here didn't you?

  What I meant to say was, you're going to be inside anyway, so at least try to enjoy it. And when you get so sick of your loved ones that you want to wrap your hands around their throats and squeeze, and squeeze, and squeeze, why not escape into something other than the latest HBO mini-series? Wait, what am I saying, if you're reduced to reading this, you've probably watched just about all the television you can stomach.

   Well, here comes the pitch. There's a lot of free fiction out there, and some of it is very, very good. But if you're anything like me, it's not a lack of will that keeps you from reading, but a lack of time. Here's some ways to scratch your genre itch without spending too much time or money.

  • Daily Science Fiction: publishes a story every single damn day of the year, delivered right to your inbox. The topic run the gamut from traditional science fiction to outright fantasy and everything in between. In my experience, the stories tend to be character driven and relatively short (enough that you can devour one over breakfast, or lunch and still not be late for work). Also, it'll give you a good taste of a lot of flavors of genre fiction in small, easy to manage bites.
  • Escape, Castle, and Psuedo-pod: Who has time to read? Not you, that's for goddam sure. In fact, you probably stopped reading just--no time to explain, right? Here then, one small bite: Audio Fiction Download, for free. Listen to it at work, in the car, wherever the hell else you want. Again, for free.
  • Innsmouth Magazine and Lovecraft eZine: Both publish horror in the Lovecraftian vein (both Mythos and Weird Tales), and have (again, in my experience) a pretty damn good selection of stories for semi-pro zines. So, if you're the type of person who likes to draw the blinds closed and let the darkness press in from all around while you scare the shit out of yourself, well, you could do a lot worse than these two magazines. The Lovecraft eZine also does podcasts, so again, listen to the stories while you drive, or while you file, or while you update databases.

  So there you go. If that isn't enough to at least take the edge off...well, there's always another season of Trueblood or Law and Order:SVU, right?


Waiting for October

            Context 25 was an absolute blast. I had the opportunity to sit on panels dealing with everything from Horror in non-traditional settings, to Historical Fantasy. My "Maps and Speculative Fiction" Seminar went over well (standing room only), and I got to meet a lot of really good people. In just a single day I debated the vagaries of High Fantasy magic systems with L.E. Modesitt Jr., tried to pin down the nature of Evil with Raven and Lain Bower,  talked publishing with Steven Saus, and waxed poetic about Njal's Saga with Steven Zimmer and Tim Esaias

It’s no secret Autumn has always been my favorite time of year, this year especially. By sheer chance, a couple of my stories are making their print debut in the near future.

"Twenty to Life in the Lonesome October," will appear in The Lovecraft eZine's Halloween issue. Written from the perspective of Frankenstien's Monster it follows his attempt to bring about the end of the world from behind bars in Newgate prison. Just judging from the table of contents alone, it looks like there are a lot of good stories in the mix. The issue's theme is Roger Zelazny's classic work A Night in the Lonesome October. If you haven't read it, I can't recommend it highly enough. But you don't have to take my word for it, ask Neil Gaiman, go ahead ask him.

"Dark Illusions," will appear in Stupefying Stories' October anthology. The story is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek take on vampires (as if there was any other way to write about them in the post-Twilight age). If you haven't heard of Stupefying Stories, you should give it a look. They e-publish (almost) monthly fiction anthologies, available for all manner of e-readers for less than three dollars. There's no better place for good, cheap fiction. 

Look for me next month as well in The Innsmouth Free Press, Mystic Signals, and maybe, just maybe War of the Words Press' Weird War. Ah, Autumn...


...And So it Begins?

     The site is officially up and running, still bare-bones for now, but hopefully there will be a lot more to come.  If there's something you'd like to see, please feel free to contact me or comment below. Until then, I'm going to be e-puttering around, tweaking this and updating that, oh, and writing, always writing. 

     It's been a pretty busy month thus far. I just hit the halfway point in my, as of yet untitled, historical fantasy novel set in the late Edo period, and had two stories find homes--one with Chaosium's Mark of the Beast anthology, and the other with Mystic Signals Magazine.

     Weird War should also be out in print relatively soon. I've gotten a sneak peek at the cover and back jacket, and it looks great! Keep an eye out for it on Amazon some time in July or August...or September.

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