It’s officially fall. It’s time for jackets, warm drinks, and that wonderful smell of campfires. Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s always meant a time of new beginnings, the start of a new school year plus October is my birthday month. I love where the weather is warm in the afternoon and cold in the mornings. That wonderful time of year where you take a hoodie with you and end up taking it on and off multiple times throughout the day. Fall also means a showcase of HORROR – the coming of Halloween where we all cuddle up under the covers to watch our favorite horror tales. Horror is such a fun and versatile genre. It does well in all media – books, podcasts, movies, and videogames.
Let’s celebrate fall with a NEW PUBLICATION.
“Night at the Shockplex”, originally published at Coffin Bell, is set to go live friday in AUSTRALIA. Due to the time difference, you should be able to listen to it TOMORROW! CHECK OUT THE AWESOME GRAPHIC BELOW!
“Night at the Shockplex” is a mixed media story. A man receives an invitation to attend a brand new theater experience. It’s a fun read that sounds even better read out loud – ABSOLUTELY PERFECT FOR A PODCAST. When James Barnett (AKA Jimmy Horrors) contacted me about the acceptance, I was thrilled. I’m sure he will do the story justice and I can’t wait to listen.
Check it out when it goes live tomorrow…or Friday…depending what time zone you live in.
As always, thanks for reading/listening to my work
I’m pleased to announce I have another accepted story. My story “Appalachian Curses” is being published in October at The Horror Zine. Links will be posted when it goes live. It’s the first brand new short story I’ve written in awhile and it feels good to get back at it.
My story “Night at the Shockplex” is set to go live with The Night’s End podcast on September 25th at 10 am Australian time (I will post an update closer when I know what that means to US people). Check out their site in the meantime for some other great horror stories. They post a new reading once a week.
My story “Family Dollar Lockdown” is set to be published in Horror #8 through Black Hare Press’s Lockdown Fiction Anthology Series. Another Australian publisher. The cover artist they have over there is amazing…here’s a sneak peak
“Night at the Shockplex” will be featured on a Horror podcast known as The NIGHT’S END. This story was originally written for a prompt for a magazine about using mixed media. Unfortunately, it was rejected fairly quickly. I still liked it though and shopped around for other markets. It eventually found a home at Coffin Bell. When I first heard about Night’s End podcast, I knew I had a story that would sound great on a podcast as it was also featured on Charlotte Reader’s Podcast on my guest episode. All this goes to show, is never give up on a story. If you like it, keep shopping. Most of my writing success is simply due to me being a stubborn and determined individual.
“Family Dollar Lockdown” is a flash story I wrote in Richard Thomas’s Flash Fiction course(Just about every story I wrote in that class has been picked up. If you are looking for a great teacher who can really help you achieve success, Richard Thomas is your man. He’s also a pretty great writer himself.). Anyways, this story was harder to find a home…it’s flash, it’s horror, and it’s zombie-esque. Not the most easy story to find a market as zombie stories flood the market and most places won’t accept them anymore. But I’m happy to say that it will be published in a Lockdown Anthology through Black Hare Press…an awesome Australian publication. They put out a ton of work.
Links to both publications will be provided on here once they go live.
I’m hoping to have more updates on the novel soon. Right now I’m just in the waiting and collecting phase. Waiting for updates from the publisher and collecting book blurbs (Thanks for those that have provided one).
The final draft of HEALERS is complete. During this time of quarantine, I’ve learned to appreciate all the benefits that a newborn waking you up early brings. I’ve learned to love the productive mornings while I wait for the toddler to wake up. I’ve also learned to print out my chapters so that I can edit while I sit with the baby or toddler. The toddler isn’t going to know what to do without “Momma’s pen and Momma’s paper” which she constantly tries to steal in order to make her own edits. Guess I’ll have to free hand the next writing project as well.
With just 9 months left until publication, the only major thing left for the manuscript is a copyedit. It’s weird to think that this word document in front of me is soon going to be transformed into something that I can smell, hold, and swipe on my Kindle.
Next is designing the cover art. I think I am excited about that step the most.
Some have asked, what is your book about?
Well, it’s dark. And funny.
It’s the type of book that I won’t allow my kids to read until they are MUCH MUCH older…like 18.
It’s about a man who hates his job. It’s about feeling stuck. It’s about a man trying to learn to forgive himself. Think Dresden Files mixed with a Dirty Job mixed with Fight Club. Think the writings of Christopher Moore mixed with Chuck Palahniuk. It has all the good elements of a transgressive triller – sex, alcohol, snarkiness. If you like dark mixed genre things – think A24 movies and Black Mirror on Netflix, then this book is for you. It won’t be a book for everyone. But hopefully it’s a book for someone.
Last time I posted I was able to share the incredibly exciting news that my novel HEALERS is being published by Adelaide Books – an independent publishing company based out of NY.
Well the world got a little crazy after that. Good thing is that people still need and love books. I know during my time at home, I’ve been able to read a good bit. Plus having a newborn at home, reading helps to pass the time when you’re up all hours of the night.
With this time at home, I’ve thankfully had time to work on the novel. I’m using this time to read through each and every chapter one last time to improve areas that I feel are week. I’m also in the process of collecting book blurbs and writing my Acknowledgement and Dedication pages. In the next coming months, the book will also go through a copyedit process.
I’m excited to get through the edits so I can work on the next project – whether that’s more short stories or a new book…that’s undecided at the time. I have a few ideas floating around that need to be fleshed out. While previously I could sit down and just crank out a short story, life is much busier with a toddler and newborn around. So I’m shifting to the planning approach, using a notebook to jot down ideas and outlines so when I do have a few hours, I can be productive and get a big chunk of words onto the page.
Now for the big update, we have a tentative publication date…or at least month.
So be on the lookout for more updates. Next big thing will be working on the cover art which I’m very excited to see. I think seeing the cover of my book with my name on it will make it all real.
Stay tuned and I hope you all enjoy the book. It’s a book that blends neo-noir, fantasy, and the transgressive into a dark rollercoaster of a tale filled with humor, tragedy, and more importantly HOPE. Because in times of uncertainty, we could all use a little hope.
So I did a thing. I wrote a book. Over 2 years ago. I even took a course afterwards through Litreactor on how to write Query Letters. I sent some letters out, but not enough. Gave up. Let the book sit. Figured it would just be something I said I did but never took it anywhere.
Life got busy. Our family grew and is about to grow again.
But then, an opportunity presented itself. A literary magazine that my work has been named a finalist before in their annual short story contest mentioned that they publish manuscripts. So I took a chance, sent it in, and got the good news.
My manuscript is becoming a book. It will be available in physical print as well as e-book format. I couldn’t be happier. It’s another push to keep trying, keep experimenting, and ultimately keep writing.
As the process moves along, I will provide lots of updates.
Well, life sure does have a way of shifting priorities and redistributing precious time. But things are finally settling down and a sort of system or schedule is beginning to form that will hopefully lead itself to some new writing material soon. Goodness knows there are plenty of ideas brewing, just need to transfer them from the idea journal to the actual page.
In the meantime, I wanted to share a link. Several months back, I was featured on the Charlotte Reader’s Podcast – a wonderful venue that lets writers read and share their own work. The podcast is thriving, thanks to all the hard work from its creator, and is set to enter into it’s 3rd season. Recently it highlighted Season 1 again and I wanted to share that podcast to anyone still reading this that hasn’t listened to the podcast yet.
So give it a click and stick around to listen to other seasons and other episodes. It is time well spent.
Write what you fear. That was the assignment from award winning horror writer Gemma Files that prompted this story. I took an online course with her where we explored our own fears and experiences and used them to develop a story. The fear that led to the best story at the time was my personal fear of parasites. Not necessarily the idea of parasites in general (afterall, I deal with them during everyday life as a Veterinarian) but the idea of being controlled by something unknown. I was scared to write this story at first because there are so many parasite stories out there in the horror genre. So naturally, I found a way to make it different. Using my knowledge base and my love of writing “body horror” this is what came up. Thankfully it was picked up by a great magazine that was getting a reboot – Sanitarium. Click on the links below for the magazine and give some love to the other authors and the magazine itself. As always, thanks for reading my work.
An oldie but a goodie…well not exactly. A story I previously had published in December of last year was a finalist for Adelaide 2018 Literary Award in is published in their 2018 Anthology. Knick Knack Wars is that story. It’s a short little piece about an old man in a nursing home and his feud with a fellow neighbor. It contains bits of humor in a little heartfelt piece – quite a different piece from typical horror stories but still a fun read. You can find it at the link below or check out my website for a link to the original publication in Defenestration Magazine.