News of the World (or at least my world)

As I start my collection of rejection letters for Pale Winter Sun, I am happy to say that at least my short stories are tantalizing the eyes of discerning readers.  This week my story Washing Blood With Blood has been published on the recently relaunched website The Carnage Conservatory.  It’s a dark and dreary story that was posted along with other really great stories so I strongly urge you to check it out.  (I’ll know if you don’t and give you that same sort of disappointed look you hate to see on your parents face)

Another piece of good news is that my story Start Again will be published in the upcoming Shadows and Light Anthology.  That one will be available in September.  It is a little ghost story inspired by creepy apartment buildings I have loved before.  While you are waiting for that you can always check out my work in an edition from last year here.

I’m tinkering away at a sequel for Night Shall Overtake, and it’s coming together well but stubbornly.  And I’m still working on the same dark ghost story that I’ve been hacking away at for the last decade.  (You may think it will wind up being a massive tome after all this time but don’t forget that the delete button is the genocide of writing.)

Next bit of news:

I am now a part of the Bicast!  I’ve been a supporter of the Bicast almost since the beginning and very pleased to work with these amazing people.  Last year I did a Tit for Tat Session with Lynnette and she has the distinction of being the first guest on my own show The Headphone Bleed. I’m looking forward to working and helping the Bi community, something that I have done little to nothing about in the past. Time for my anti-social ass to actual do some good in the world instead of shaking my angry fist in the air and think that will somehow make things change.

And speaking of The Headphone Bleed, I’m finally getting around to having more guests and whatnot.  I’m working on getting a few folks on at the moment.  I will say right now that if you or someone you know would be interested in being a guest on the show, drop me a line at funkyhorror42@yahoo.com and I would love to include you on the show.  Whether you are a musician, artist, writer, just some random person, or whatever; I would like to bring you on.  We’ll laugh we’ll cry, we’ll listen to music.

Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and groove is in the heart.

 

 

 

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I always was partial to June.

It’s out!

My first published work is finally been released to let the world do with it what it will.  Night Shall Overtake, published by Black Bed Sheet Books, is now available where ever the hell you get your reading material.  And, coincedentally, my second published work is also out.  My story ‘Possession’ is included in the current issue of Shadows & Light anthology, so you can read that one as well.  And you should because it has a lot of fine authors in it.

It’s a pretty damn good feeling, right now.  A life long dream come true.  Twice, even.

Getting it published is the first step.  Now to try and sell the damn thing.  I’ll be the first to admit, it’s a strange little story and not terribly conventional.  It’s not quite horror, not quite detective story, and deinfinitely not for the kids.   As Nick put it,  ‘a thrilling whodunnit creaturefest.’ I think he pinned it.  Has a nice ring to it, right?

A big thanks to all the folks who helped hammer it into shape.  And even more so to my long-suffering family and roommates who have had to deal with my crazy ass throughout.    If I wasn’t holed up writing, I was sitting around grumpy because I should have been writing.  Not that it’s any different now.

You have no idea how many times I’ve heard this as I emerged from the computer. My roommates think they are just Hil-ar-ious.

 

Below are all the fine internet establishments that you can find both stories at.  I’ll be pushing to get physical copies in physical stores and will keep you updated on that.  Of course, you could help a writer out by having your local book store put one or two on the shelf.  (I’m giving you puppy dogs eyes right now)

Anyone with a blog, website, radio show, or major television network; I’m totally willing to whore myself out and trade reviews, interviews, and shameless plugs if you are.  Whatever it takes to get the word out that this strange tale of crime, creatures, and creepiness is something the people need to read.

Of course now that NSO is out, I can’t let myself get lazy on my next projects. (Too late!)  My very much not-a-horror-story story about two youth’s struggle with ostracization and survival on their own is coming along swimmingly and probably my next book.  The ghost story is on hiatus right now, but certainly not forgotten.  The pile of notes I keep making for it is getting bigger and quite possibly a fire hazard.

Life is good.

Night Shall Overtake Links:

Black Bed Sheet Store(print) , BBS(digital)Amazon

Shadows & Light Links:

Createspace, Amazon(digital)

Remeber kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and do a little dance-make a little love-get down tonight.