- My first collection titled Seven Deadly Pleasures, Hippocampus Press, will be out of print soon. Copies are still currently available on Amazon or the Hippocampus site. This book contains the story “How Bria Died,” which appeared also in Paula Guran’s The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2011. The same tale was also given an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s “Best-Of” that year.
- I recently discovered that Ellen Datlow mentioned my short story “The Girl Between the Slats” in her “Best Of” (#7).
- Still waiting to see the artwork for the ebook version of my first novel Alice Walks, coming from Cemetery Dance. Publication date TBA.
- I recently gained back the rights to my second collection The Voices in Our Heads. I am planning to re-release this in a different form, with a different title. First, I will polish up and re-write the stories in it that I am going to keep…probably ten of the original twelve. I am then adding a re-written (and cropped down) “Soul Text,” my Sci-Fi short story originally published in the Ghostlight anthology, as well as the aforementioned “The Girl Between the Slats,” originally published in S.T. Joshi’s 2014 anthology, Searchers After Horror. The exciting news here, is that I am combining these tales with twelve stories written by horror and science fiction writer Erin Thorne, an exceptionally talented artist known for her breath-taking imagery and haunting depictions of various areas in New England. We are in the process of reviewing each other’s work, coming up with an order, and possibly adding a lot of art work from multiple artists.
- I am currently at the 30,000 word mark of my latest work in progress titled The Glorious Secrets of Ghosts.
- I am a huge fan of the Black Mirror series on Netflix, especially “White Bear,” season 2 episode 2. The new season 3 was ok. I liked the bookends actually. The first episode, while predictable, was absolutely horrifying in terms of its premise, in that social media ratings between people have gotten so important they become a new sort of vicious self-governing law. The last episode in the season (#6) is the best, filled with wonderful misdirection and mind-bending concepts. I also liked the clear allusions to my two favorite horror movies: Seven,
and The Silence of the Lambs.
- I am looking forward to teaching my classes this Spring semester at Delaware County Community College. I have two rhetoric classes (ENG 100 – Research paper) yet got a 112, Introduction to Literature, that which I always enjoy! We have a new book this semester, and I am looking forward to teaching short fiction by Joyce Carol Oates and others I hadn’t been exposed to before.
- I am also looking forward to teaching another continuing education class at The University of the Arts, February 1st through March 1st. These creative writing workshops are always closest to my heart in terms of writing and what it can do.
- Rumor has it that I might teach writing at Drexel University, yet this would not occur until 2018 potentially. That would be a high honor!
- I am reading simultaneously It and The Red Dragon. Amazingly, I never read It and I find it to be over-written. I could have sworn the original version looked to be around 600 pages. This is over 1100, and I wonder if this is one of King’s unabridged works. Even so, the wonderful thing about King is his rare ability to get to the heart of familial relationships on such individualistic and believable grounds. As far as The Red Dragon, I especially enjoy the way Harris cleverly inserts important exposition in what appears to be such a fast moving piece. Some lines are a bit odd at times, almost nonsensical, but these instances are rare.
- The Philadelphia Eagles will make the playoffs next year, but these things must happen first. They must add a corner, a wide-out, a running back, and three offensive lineman. Done.
- I have not seen a good movie since The Departed. I found The Revenant to be horribly boring, and Girl on the Train to be horrendously disappointing. If you know a good movie, email me!
- Happy New Year everyone!!