Fifty-Two Stitches

December 9, 2008

The contract is signed, so I’m glad to be able to announce that my flash fiction story “Sitting Up With Grandpa” will be a part of the lineup of Fifty-Two Stitches, which promises a new story a week throughout 2009, culminating with a paperback containing all the stories. I don’t know when “Grandpa” will appear, but don’t worry – there will be plenty of reminders once a date is set!

You can learn more about Fifty-Two Stitches here and here.


They’re here…..

November 18, 2008
So today I got a package in the mail from Cutting Block Press. Inside were three copies of Horror Library Vol. 3, in which my short story “Toll” makes an appearance. Cracking that book open and finding my story inside was a surreal experience – one that I’ll never forget.
Getting published has been a dream of mine, and a couple of years ago I decided to quit dreaming and get to work. Since then I’ve had numerous reviews, interviews, and flash fiction stories appear online, plus a couple of interviews appear in print (in the excellent Dark Discoveries magazine). And while having some of my fiction appear online was great, I’m old-school, and I hungered to see my work in print.
A couple of months ago I did, thanks to Shroud‘s flash fiction contest. But I’ve known this was on the horizon, and this is what I was really waiting for – having my work in a BOOK.
And now I do.
And I like it. And I think I want to have it happen again.
So, enough celebrating. It’s back to work. Well, as soon as I plug the book, which you can preview and purchase right here.

Two Pages of “Toll”

November 10, 2008

Horror Library Vol. 3, the new anthology from Cutting Block Press which features stories by Gary Braunbeck, Kealan Patrick Burke, Michael Arnzen, and, uh, me (among many others), is making its way out into the world. You can read an excerpt of my contribution, “Toll,” right here. You can also check out excerpts of the other fine stories and find ordering information at the site.

Brimstone Turnpike review

November 7, 2008

My review of the Kealan Patrick Burke-edited anthology Brimstone Turnpike is now available at Dark Scribe Magazine.

Horror Library Vol. 3

October 13, 2008

Cutting Block Press is expecting to release their new anthology Horror Library Vol. 3 in the next few weeks. Below is the full table of contents:

Lávese las Manos – R.J Cavender & Boyd E. Harris
Them – Sunil Sadanand
Ashes of the Dead – Kurt Dinan
The Orange Mammoth – Matthew Lee Bain
The River Child – R. Michael Burns
The Station – Bentley Little
Short Stacked – Rodney J. Smith
After – Kealan Patrick Burke
Consumed – Michael Louis Calvillo
Under the Bridge Downtown – Gary A. Braunbeck & Matthew Warner
Being Supreme – Mark Justice
Clover – Gina Ranalli
Guarded – Michael A. Arnzen
The Review – Rick Moore
Teeth – A.C. Wise
When the Skies Toss Down Rain Heavy – Eric Grizzle
Obsidian Sea – Kurt Kirchmeier
Masks and Shadows – Cullen Bunn
Extra Innings – John Peters
The Living World – C. Michael Cook
Fish Bait – John Everson
Toll – Blu Gilliand
The Steel Church – Charles Colyott
The Apocalypse Ain’t So Bad – Jeff Strand
The Rhythm Method – Mikal Trimm
Her Dead Oceans – Lorne Dixon
Golden Eyes – Lisa Morton
The Haven – John Palisano
The Birdie – Stephen Couch
Blink the Blood Away – R.M. Ridley

I’m really proud to be part of a lineup that includes heavy hitters like Bentley Little, Kealan Patrick Burke, Gary Braunbeck and Matthew Warner. And speaking of the last two, they’ve posted a free reading of their collaboration. Check it out, and then head over to Cutting Block Press, where they’ll soon be posting preorder information.

Three Years Later

September 24, 2008

Oxford American is marking the third anniversary of the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina with a special issue written almost entirely by New Orleans and Gulf Coast locals. It’s an amazing insider’s look at how one of the worst natural disasters in our country’s history came close to completely washing away one of our most unique treasures, and how its people are fighting to reclaim their homes and lives with dignity, imagination and unbelievable spirit.

Oxford American has long been a place I could turn to to hear the voice of my people. It embraces the grit and determination I see all around me on a daily basis, and shines a loving light on the traditions of a region that lives and breathes good music, good food, and good writing.

If you’ve ever been to New Orleans…if you’ve ever drank Black Voodoo beer while listening to a three-man band play the blues in tree-shaded courtyard…if you’ve ever eatem spicy gumbo and gnawed on a hamhock from paper bowls and plates…if you’ve ever wandered through a New Orleans cemetery, browsed a New Orleans record store or got your shoes shined on Bourbon Street, you need to read this issue.

And if you haven’t done any of those things, or any of the million more there is to do in New Orleans, you must read it. You’ll see what you’ve missed.

Eerie Archives Vol. 1

September 12, 2008
Dark Horses Eerie Archives Vol. 1

Dark Horse's Eerie Archives Vol. 1

Various (W/A)

On sale Mar 18
FC w/b&w, 240 pages
HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″

Slithering upon the heels of Dark Horse’s archive collections of the seminal
horror comics magazine Creepy comes its terror-filled cousin publication Eerie!
Collected for fans for the first time ever, and packaged in the same amazing
oversized format as our Creepy Archives, Dark Horse Comics has taken great,
gruesome care in presenting this groundbreaking material to readers who have
been waiting decades to get their claws on it. Eerie magazine, like its killer
kin Creepy, features work from many of the masters of comics storytelling. For
fans of spectacular spookiness, mind-bending sci-fi, and astonishing artwork,
the Eerie Archives library is a must have.
– Includes the work of Gray Morrow, Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth, Neal Adams, Joe
Orlando, and others!


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