Thursday, August 22, 2013

Another positive review for Bedtime Stories for Carrion Beetles

HERE is a review of Bedtime Stories for Carrion Beetles from Matthew Scott Baker of Shattered Ravings.

I am grateful to Mr. Baker for expressing an interest. Many potential reviewers won't consider self-published works. 

To quote him directly (from his email to me):

I LOVED this collection of short stories. I really enjoy your imagination and the things that dwell there. I mentioned a couple of my favorite stories in the review. PLEASE keep me in mind to review your future projects as well...I would love to keep in touch.

Hellnotes also reviewed my collection several months ago. Thanks to K.H. Vaughn for taking the time to read my work.

Remember, you can read my dystopian sci-fi story, Metsys, for free right here.

I have stories upcoming in Diabolic Tales 3 (this fall), Darker Edge of Desire (next spring), and Dark in the Limelight (also next spring). Ten other stories under consideration. One never knows what tomorrow's mail (or email) might bring!

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Free read: "Metsys" in Chrome Baby this month.

Adrian Ludens ushers Chrome Baby into the two digit era:


HERE is an alternate link if the first one doesn't work.

Here are two more quotes from the editor, Robin Dunn:

This is an astonishingly beautiful story I would be honored to publish in Chrome Baby.

You know, you and Bosch have something in common, somewhere down there
in the psyche.

The Bosch referenced is Hieronymus Bosch, a Netherlandish painter who lived from 1450 to 1516. Bosch painted a triptych called The Garden of Earthly Delights. When I was a small child, our neighbors and friends were Ella and Leonard Boschma. I find that to be quite interesting.

Metsys also received some kind words from Borderlands editor Thomas Monteleone. I will always be proud of the email he sent me saying the story almost made the cut for Borderlands 6, but that the story was too sci-fi.

I shortened the beginning of the story, and, at the suggestion of Robin Dunn, tweaked the ending to make it have a greater emotional impact, I am pleased to see Metsys published.

Metsys is easily my most esoteric and bizarre story. 80% of the events in this story come straight from a dream I had. Who knew my subconscious was so ugly? Well, you do, now.

I hope you enjoy Metsys, and thanks again to Robin Dunn for purchasing my work.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mid-August Update: Stories and Contracts

First, I'd like to say "thank you" to everyone who purchased a copy of the August 5th issue of Woman's World. It featured my solve-it-yourself mystery "Coin Return". Appearing in such a widely-circulated publication felt great, and the pay is remarkably good! For those who read the story, I hope you enjoyed it.


My story, "Snuffed Out", inspired by Zita Johan (Boris Karloff's costar in The Mummy), will be published in February 2014 in Dark in the Limelight (Horrified Press). This will be an anthology featuring show-biz related horror.


Just signed the official contract and made final revisions for my story, "Reynolds' Tale" for Darker Edge of Desire (Cleis Press). This horror erotica anthology will be published Spring 2014.

We also draw closer to "Coke Mule Deer" making its long-awaited appearance in Diabolic Tales III (Diabolic Press). This story was accepted previously by two other anthologies, but both were cancelled. Hoping third time is the charm!

I will post art work for both anthologies as soon as I have it.


Completed a new story, "Asylum" and will begin work on another new story (titled, but still a secret) tomorrow.

I encourage you to take a look at my collection, Bedtime Stories for Carrion Beetles, available HERE.

Thanks for reading!