After much anticipation, PICKMAN’S GALLERY has a rapidly approaching release date. Scheduled for release on August 18th (HPL’s birthday), my story “Beyond the Veil of Pretty Pink Lies” is one of seventeen tales in this anthology inspired by Lovecraft’s Pickman’s Model. I’m extremely proud of Pretty Pink Lies, and find it particularly fitting that it comes one year after being unable to attend NecronomiCom (the intended publication date), which ultimately resulted in my writing hiatus and tangential pursuit of painting. Perhaps this series of coincidences will bring me back to the written word, but in the meantime, snag a copy of PICKMAN’S GALLERY (I’ll post a link as soon as it’s available) and check out what may or may not be my final story.
As always, thanks for reading.
Horror Library, Volume 6 is now available for purchase!
The multiple Bram Stoker Award® nominated Horror Library anthology series is back!
Shepherded by new editor Eric J. Guignard — himself a past Stoker winner — Horror Library Volume 6 is imbued with a new level of literary energy and purpose. It features 27 brand new horror short stories, written by 27 different authors, including well-known pros and up-and-coming new talents.
As always, if you’d like a snapshot of where modern literary horror fiction is headed, you’ve found the right book.
Don’t miss Horror Library Volume 6! The Librarian wants to see 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.
Earlier this year, I was interviewed by author Gwendolyn Kiste, and the interview has recently posted on her blog. Among the questions addressed are:
So far, your fiction has been primarily horror. What first attracted you to the genre? Were you always a fan from childhood, or was it something you learned to love as you got older?
By day, you work as a pathologist. Do you find that elements of the medical industry often creep their way into your writing, or do you tend to keep your day job and your fiction mostly separate?
What upcoming projects are you working on?
Read the entire interview here.
Also, if you haven’t already done so, please consider picking up a copy of Borderlands 6. Trade paperback and Kindle copies are available from Amazon. Sadly, the publisher has done very little in the way of promotion and distribution for this volume, so any support in the way of reviews or sharing links would be greatly appreciated.
“The master wants her…”
“You’re like me…”
David, a film archivist, and his pregnant wife, Alice, move into an old home near a canal. Five years later, David is asked to review old police footage and discovers that their home was the site of a grizzly murder, and that the man who killed his unfaithful spouse later escaped prison and drowned his two children in the nearby canal.
David is unnerved by these revelations, and begins seeing a spectre that threatens both him and his family. To make things worse, he suspects his wife is having an affair. When Alice disappears and her body is later found in the canal, David becomes the prime suspect. Desperate to prove his innocence and protect his son, he digs deeper, discovering a series of unsolved murders that have occurred in or near his home over the past century. With the help of his coworker, Claire, David must solve the mystery or risk history repeating itself.
While not necessarily new on ideas, The Canal was well acted and heavy on atmosphere with an effective twist ending that did the film justice. In my opinion, it’s definitely worth checking out on Netflix.
The contract has been signed and returned, and the requested period of confidentiality has passed, so I’m pleased to announce that I’ve sold my story, ECDYSIS, to Flame Tree Publishing.
Sometimes, signing contracts is exciting!
Ecdysis will appear in the forthcoming anthology, Gothic Fantasy: Chilling Horror Short Stories. The following description is from the product page:
With a new foreword by Dr Dale Townshend, this is a chilling selection of brand new stories, and essential tales of horror from the infamous pens of Walter de La Mare, William Hope Hodgson, Arthur Machen, Henry James, Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James, Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and other nefarious authors… A dazzling collection of the most gripping tales of horror, vividly told.
Hardback Deluxe edition: 480 pages, 25 illustrations
I’m thrilled to be a part of this collection, and I hope that when it becomes available you’ll consider checking it out. Publication is scheduled for August 15, 2015.