Sunday, June 21, 2015

2015 Writing Recap: Jan-June

Wow! Where did the time go? 2015 has been an INCREDIBLE year for anthology appearances and story sales!

Let's begin with a recap: (these anthologies have all been released.)

"Estranged" appeared in Shadows Over Main Street, a themed anthology in which Lovecraftian horror descends upon Small Town, USA. Hazardous Press released it in early 2015. It hit the #1 spot on the Amazon bestsellers list in the horror anthology category. Other contributors include Gary A. Braunbeck, Lucy Snyder, Mary SanGiovanni, Brian Hodge, Josh Malerman and many more. I read it cover to cover and loved it. For more information, you can look here. Thank you to editors Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward for purchasing my story.

"Slay it Forward" appeared in Insidious Assassins, an assassin-themed anthology of crime, horror, mystery, sci-fi, and more. Smart Rhino Publications released this in the first quarter of 2015. Other authors include Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and James Dorr with reprinted stories and JM Reinbold, Christine Morgan, Lisa Manetti and many more with new work. Thank you to editor Weldon Burge for purchasing my story. Ordering info here.

"Atop the Ferris Wheel" appeared in Forgotten Places, an anthology showcasing up-and-comers and established horror authors who are members of the Facebook group: The Horror Society. In particular, It includes stories by John H. Howard, Marianne Halbert, Rose Blackthorn and William F. Nolan, among many others. Information on Forgotten Places right here.

By the end of June 2015, Surreal Worlds, from Bizarro Pulp Press and Journalstone, should be readily available in paperback and in digital formats. The title and cover art may have tipped you off: it's an anthology of surreal and bizarro horror stories. Edited by Sean Leonard. Authors include: Steve Rasnic Tem, John Palisano, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Bruce Boston, Max Booth III, Chris Kelso, and many more. My included story is called "I Can Do What I Need to in the Dark". Ordering link will be posted as soon as I have it. Thank you to Vincenzo Bilof for purchasing my story.


My weird western/erotic horror story "Rougher Than the Rest" will appear  in Creepy Campfire Stories for Grownups, edited by Jennifer Word. Fall 2015 from EMP Publishing. Ordering information and more on the authors included soon!

Not pictured: "Another Mouth to Feed" (one of my most misunderstood stories) will appear in Cranial Leakage II: Tales from the Grinning Skull. Summer or fall 2015 release from Grinning Skull Press. Ordering information and more on the authors included soon!
Not pictured: "Question Mark" will appear in Crossroads in the Dark, a "would you rather/tough choices-themed crime and horror anthology coming this fall from Burning Willow Press. Ordering information and more on the authors included soon!

My supernatural horror/historical fiction story "The Monster's Leather Apron" will be included in The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories, coming to the US via Running Press in December of 2015. Hearty thanks to editor Maxim Jakubowski for purchasing my story. I might also add that Steve Rasnic Tem, Barbara Nadel, and William Meikle are also featured. Pre-order it here!

More information on my second collection When Bedbugs Bite (Slanted Mansion Books) coming very soon!

Also be watching for an exciting science fiction anthology sale announcement coming very soon as well!

Thank you for reading,

Monday, December 22, 2014

Year in Writing 2014: Part 1 (with links and cover gallery)

I look back upon 2014 pleased to note that it was a vast improvement over the previous year, writing-wise. For a list of upcoming anthology appearances, please visit Part 2.

My newest available published story is "Suicide by Cop," a dark crime story that deals with a tough subject. It is available to read for FREE right here. Over My Dead Body also includes several of my solve-it-yourself mini-mysteries. This link will take you to the two most recent entries, and on the page you'll find another link for four others.

Also newly published in 2014:

"Glass Caskets" appeared in Cadavers, from Knightwatch Press. Available here. This is a themed anthology about dead bodies. Not zombies (the un-dead), but corpses, stiffs, cadavers! A variety of genres are present. I'd classify my story as dark fantasy. Thanks to G.P. Stratford for selecting my story.
"Reynolds's Tale" appeared in Darker Edge of Desire from Tempted Romance. This is a themed anthology of romantic horror stories, or supernatural sex stories, if you prefer. The authors aim to give you chills and sweats simultaneously. Thank you to Mitzi Szereto for purchasing my story! Available now!
Doug Murano, C.W. LaSart and I met at SoDakCon in May of 2014. Our experience there exceeded all our expectations. We wanted to do something special for the attendees next year, so we collaborated on a multi-author collection. We each chose four reprints that we are very proud of, and each wrote one brand new story exclusive to this collection.

My stories included are: "You Don't Know Jack" and "There's Not A Word For It" from Bedtime Stories for Carrion Beetles; "The Adventure Never Ends," which is exclusive to this collection; and "Ghost Soup" and "A Misadventure to Call Your Own."

To purchase a copy in paperback, click this link.
To purchase a Kindle edition, this one will work.

"Four Houses Down, on the Bad Side of Town" appeared in In Shambles. This anthology features eclectic and eccentric horror stories. Interesting side note: Kevin J. Anderson, probably the most well-know author included, was the editor who purchased my first professional-rate sale back in 2012. Thanks to Jesse Duckworth for purchasing my story. In Shambles is available HERE.
"Clutterbugs" appeared in Strangely Funny II from Mystery and Horror, LLC. This is a loosely-themed anthology of humorous fantasy and horror stories. Thank you to Sarah Glenn for purchasing my story. Extra credit for going all out on the promotional materials, too. I gave away a lot of post cards and book marks for this one! Available here.
2014 got off to a good start (even though the world ended--sort of) thanks to Vignettes From the End of the World from Apokrupha. Part of the QuickLII series of flash fiction, the theme of this anthology is evident from the title. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Literary Fiction and more. My story included is "Carrying On". This book is available in paperback, for Kindle, and in hardcover. Check here for details.
"Methods of Coping" and "Coping Methods" are two different stories using the same characters and same premise. One is (much) longer, one is shorter.

"Methods of Coping" (the longer of the two) appears in Beyond the Nightlight, a young adult horror anthology from A Murder of Storytellers. Thank you to Adrean Messmer for purchasing my story. 

"Coping Methods," along with a poem titled "Neck, Romantic," appears in Black Hills Literary Journal: The Family Issue. Thank you to Black Hills Writers Group (Karen Hall and Charlotte Walling, among others) for purchasing my work.

Thank you for reading!