Release Day: LampLight – Volume 5 Issue 2

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Featuring Livia Llewellyn. She brings us her apocalyptic story, Horses. We talk to her about writing, acting, and books she’s looking forward to reading.

Kevin Lucia’s Horror 101, Quiet Fears in The Twilight Zone, he talks about the very influential television series, as well as a radio show, Quiet Please.

Fiction from:

  • Hal Bodner
  • Rebecca J. Allred
  • Ada Hoffman
  • Susan Jane Bigelow
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Publication Announcement: The Only Why is You

I’m pleased to announce that my story “The Only Why is You” will appear in the 2016 December issue of LampLight Magazine (Volume 5, Issue 2). My first story sale was to Apokrupha in January of 2014 for their flash fiction anthology Vignettes from the End of the World, and “The Only why is You” is the first story I wrote in 2016, so it’s a nice way to close out the year. If you’re interested in such things, LampLight has a one year subscription plan. $10.00 buys you four issues of top-notch dark fiction – not a bad deal, if you ask me.

I’d also like to say thanks to Joshua Mohr, whose LitReactor Bootcamp workshop is responsible for “The Only Why is You.” If you’ve not checked out Josh’s fiction, swing by his site and buy a book or two.

LampLight 5.2 will be available for purchase in January.

October Horror Movie Recap

My good friend, Jaime Burchardt, hosts  HorrorFest every October. It’s a semi-interactive (via Twitter) month-long movie marathon composed of new theatrical releases, recent video releases, and old classics. I do my best to keep up, but Burchardt is a movie machine! Nevertheless, there is no better time to consume horror flicks than the greatest month of the year, so I shoved a total of twenty-two dark films into my eyeballs over thirty-one days—almost all of them new to me. Below is a poster compilation of every movie I watched last month.

There are only a few titles I’d recommend against (Goodnight Mommy tops my list of flicks to skip), but I’d like to call your attention to THE INVITATION and THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN. I wasn’t very turned on by the description of either of these films, but because they came recommended by folks I trust, I dove in. DEBORAH LOGAN is hands down the best possession film I’ve seen since REC, and although THE INVITATION features a paint-by-numbers plot, the final moments of the movie make the whole uncomfortable, predictable viewing experience worth it.

DEAD TONGUES is a student film that premiered at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. I really hope this film gets picked up by an indie studio, because it was fantastic. Equally great was THE CREATURE BELOW. This film also screened at HPLFF, and as soon as you can get your tentacles on a copy, I recommend you do so.

October may be over, but it’s never too early or too late to consume horror. If you missed any of these films, check them out, and feel free to tell me about your favorites in the comments.

Real-Time Review: Nightscript vol 2

NS2 CoverDes Lewis has hosted a long time series of real-time book reviews. He is currently reading and reviewing Nightscript II which includes my story From the Fertile Dark. Pick up a copy of Nightscript II here, and be sure to check out Des’s impressions as he makes his way through this collection of twenty-one strange and darksome tales.

Publication Announcement – A Little Glimpse of Madness

 

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I’m pleased to announce that my story “A Little Glimpse of Madness” is appearing in the 6th Anniversary issue of Dark Moon Digest (#25). Some of you who have been following me since my online Flash Fiction days may recognize this tale as an expanded version of the bit I wrote for Flash! Friday vol 2.42. I’m thrilled to be included in this publication and I hope you’ll all snag a copy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Typhoon Maid Thursday. CC photo by Shuji Moriwaki

 

Killing it Softly: Pre-order

Killing it Softly is now available to pre-order on Kindle. The price is set at 99 cents, but is only good through Halloween. Killing it Softly features 450 pages of horror written by 32 women, including Bram Stoker Award winner Nancy Holder.

Secure a copy for you Kindle today, or if you prefer physical books, paperback copies will be available October 26th.

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Release Day: Nightscript II

It’s October—the greatest month of the year!—and I’m pleased to announce on this chilly, fall morning that NIGHTSCRIPT II is now available to order. 

Table of Contents:

“The Carnival Arrives in Darkness” — Michael GriffinNS2 Cover
“In the Dark, Quiet Places” — Kristi DeMeester
“Phantom Airfields” — Christopher Slatsky
“En Plein Air” — J.T. Glover
“The Inveterate Establishment of Daddano & Co.” — Eric J. Guignard
“White Elephants” — Malcolm Devlin
“Reasons I Hate My Big Sister” — Gwendolyn Kiste
“Nearness” — Ralph Robert Moore
“This Lonely Hecatomb” — Christopher Ropes
“Apartment B” — Steve Rasnic Tem
“Understairs” — Jason A. Wyckoff
“As Summer’s Mask Slips” — Gordon White
“And Elm Do Hate” — Nina Shepardson
“A Silence of Starlings” — Kurt Fawver
“Aycayia” — Rowley Amato
“The White Kisses” — Charles Wilkinson
“Down by the River” — H.V. Chao
“Arena” — Daniel Mills
“From the Fertile Dark” — Rebecca J. Allred
“No Abiding Place on Earth” — Matthew M. Bartlett
“Pause for Laughter” — José Cruz