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Hello and welcome. It’s been a while since I had a formal update, but a lot of good things have happened. I’ve recently started a new job, as a narrative designer with Crystal Dynamics, which means that I now basically write and make things up for a full time living, and will be helping to tell stories in a franchise that I’ve loved for over a decade, Tomb Raider. I’m still a little starry-eyed about the whole affair. Additionally, I’ve completed a couple of longer pieces I’m quite proud of, one of which should see publication very soon. Here are some of the recent and upcoming releases I have planned in the next few months.
Miseria’s Chorale, a new horror anthology edited by David Nell, is now available from Amazon. Miseria’s Chorale contains my story “One”, as well as many many more stories from authors I have previously been honored to share pages with.
Click through for more recent releases and announcements.
You can look under Enter to Win on the Goodreads page to be entered into a drawing to win a free copy.
If you like free things, that is.
Cover by Justin T. Coons
After a bit of an unforeseen delay, the incredible Pseudopod podcast has just posted a reading of my story “The Blues”, read for you by Gabe Diani, writer and star of the fantastic horror-comedy “The Selling”.
Gabe, along with his partner-in-crime, Etta Devine, are the masterminds behind The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Robotic Edition, and are currently producing and gearing up for their next feature, Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse, a comedy road movie about two comedians caught unaware by the end of the world, or as they put it: “Like ‘The Road’…but funnier!”… which is perhaps the best tagline for a piece of art, ever. Check out their page, and when the Kickstarter is up, I’ll let you know.
Gabe and Etta are both old friends of mine, and I was honored that they volunteered to step in and read “The Blues” after the first reading suffered some issues. Their read turned out better than I could have hoped for, and I’m incredibly grateful to Shawn Garret, the editor of Psuedopod for all his help.
Having a story on Pseudopod is an enormous honor for me, as it was one of the reasons I started writing horror (4chan’s /x/ being my other big inspiration). I’m thrilled to have followed, at last in numerological sense, the incredible Thomas Ligotti, with episode 351 “The Bungalow House”, which was fantastic.
I am deeply appreciative to you all for your readership and support over the years, and thank you for being here with me. It would mean a great deal to me if you downloaded the show, left me feedback here, or at the Psuedopod Forums, and I would be especially grateful if you would share this episode with a friend if you liked it, or an enemy, if you didn’t.
Hit “Continue Reading” for some photographs of the locations in “The Blues”
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Jeff Clement and the good folks over at AuralStimulation have just sent me the following video, an awesome reading of “Dust” with music, stunning, eerie imagery, multiple actors and sound effects. Here it is, with my commentary, which is simply “wow”.
I’m a big fan of modern and old radio theater, and I think Jeff and company really nailed the aesthetic. There’s a lively community of people reading creepypastas on the YouTubes, and I’ve shared a handful before, but here’s a list I’ve compiled of all the ones I’ve found read from my stories. Hit “View Full Article” to see the rest.
It is my sincere pleasure to share with you Tom Festo’s film adaptation of “The Algorithm.”
For me, one of the many wonderful surprises was Zach Heyde’s creepy score. It reminds me in the best way of the “Session 9″ score. The original soundtrack is available on Zach’s bandcamp page, name your price. I’m listening to it, right now.
The latest anthology from Hazardous press is now available on Kindle or in Paperback. “Shifters: A Charity Anthology” includes a reworked version of my story “Collision”, which among other things, adresses the problem of conservation of mass among skinwalkers in the Arizona desert. Among other things. Shifters includes stories from Chris Larsen, Doug Murano, Rose Blackthorn, Jay Wilburn, and D. Alexander Ward, as well as David Wellington, Aaron Gudmunson, Dane Hatchell, Mandy DeGeit, Kris Freestone, Adam Millard, Brent Nichols, Terry Alexander, Steve Voelker, Max Booth III, Matthew Wilson, Beryl Knight, Lisamarie Lamb, Chantal Boudreau, Dana Wright, Lori Michelle, Rie Sheridan Rose, Dawn Napier, Jen White, Cameron Johnston, E.L. Kemper, Amanda Pillar, Jonah Buck, Emma Whitehall, Christine Morgan, Susannah Carlson, Robin Deffendall, Tracie McBride, and Erzabet Bishop. Cover art by Glenn Chadbourne, back cover art by Diana Whiley, interior illustrations by Kris Freestone and Leia Napier.
All proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to the American Humane Association’s Red Star Rescue Team, providing disaster response services for pets and domestic animals.
Also newly released, “Another 100 Horrors” from Cruentus Libri Press. 100 stories from 100 writers, all exactly 100 words. My new (short) story “Shipwreck” is a part of this collection, and it’s available for both Kindle and paperback.
In future news, I am completing work on a historical horror story about the Siege of Constantinople and have completed a first draft of a very odd “Fields of Ur”. It’s still very very rough, but if you’re interested in seeing a completely unrevised initial draft, and would like to offer feedback, please send me an email and I would be happy to share it with you.
This autumn should see at least two more exciting releases: “The Blues” will be featured on the Psuedopod Podcast, and a version of “Before” will appear in Nightfall Magazine’s inaugural issue.
As always, if you’re so inclined to share your feedback, positive or negative, all us contributors would greatly appreciate it, either on Amazon or Goodreads.
This is just to say that I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold.
Oh, and also, the latest collection from Hazardous Press, “Horrific History” is out on Kindle and on Paperback. It contains history themed tales of horror by such authors as Chris Larsen, Doug Murano, Rose Blackthorn, and Jay Wilburn. It also includes my dust bowl story, creatively titled “Dust”, as well as stories from Brent Abell, Pete Aldin, Jason Andrew, Monette Bebow-Reinhard, Rebecca L. Brown, Deborah Drake, T. Fox Dunham, Gwendolyn Edward, Aaron J. French, Tara Fox Hall, Ken MacGregor, Lynne MacLean, Adam Millard, Douglas J. Moore, Doug Murano, Christopher S. Nelson, Brent Nichols, Emerian Rich, Stephen D. Rogers, Julianne Snow, Jenny Twist, D. Alexander Ward, David Williamson and Lee Clark Zumpe.
Doug is doing a series of Q+A with the various contributors, and I’m sending him some rambling nonsense right now, stop by and take a look.
Have a look at the free sample, and if you’re so inclined to share your feedback, positive or negative, all us word-arrangers would greatly appreciate it, either on Amazon or Goodreads.
In the past few years, about a half dozen people have emailed me, wanting to adapt a story I’ve written for film. My answer has always been yes, but so far, not much has come of it (with the exception of one really interesting script adaptation of “Roadwork”.) This weekend, Tom Festo (twitter:@bigleaguetom), director/writer of “The Algorithm (based on my story of the same name), sent me these behind-the-scenes production pictures, and graciously let me share them here. I’m very excited to see the final product.
I’m really taken by this image, the symmetrical framing, the small cooler (such a nice touch), and a very creepy looking house. Location scouts are unsung heroes. I’m not just saying that because I’m related to one.
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I hope this update finds you all as well as I have been.
In the past few months, I’ve had two anthologies released from Cruentus Libri Press, and another story featured in the Mad Scientist Journal. If you’ll forgive the self promotion, here are the links to read “Zero” at Mad Scientist Journal, or to purchase either anthology from Amazon: