I’ve been busy.
In the last two months I have written rock reviews on Our Last Enemy, Avatar, Sifting, Lillye, High Priests, Ravenscroft, and a few others.
I wrote a bio and review for upcoming superstar and British diva, Phoenix O’Neill.
I published a short story titled “The Session” through the “Ghostlight” anthology.
I anticipate the publication of my campfire story, “The One-Armed Brakeman,” in S.T. Joshi’s upcoming anthology “Apostles of the Weird.”
I gained back the rights to all the stories in the collection, “The Voices in Our Heads,” and plan on revising them all while adding five or six stories in a new publication.
Last October, I landed a deal (on my own…I do not use an agent…they suck) with Cemetery Dance to publish the electronic version of my first novel Alice Walks, available on Amazon with a fee app that puts the book on your tablet or phone. I am especially proud of this one because A) I had been trying to be published by Cemetery Dance for years, as they are an outlet for some important, yet under-the-radar work by Stephen King and B) I can now say that I have a book that came out through three different publishers in three different formats…something odd in today’s day and age when paperback and electronic so often must go together. (Hard cover version – Centipede Press, paperback – Dark Regions Press, and electronic to CD).
It seems we are getting unusual late movement on my third novel, “Phantom Effect,” which was released in early 2016 through Night Shade Books. I have gotten mixed press on this, mostly because of the rebellious structure. Initially, this was my finger in the face to fucktard magazine publishers, usually some dipshit with an MFA, making up pretentious “rules” for submissions. There was talk in these “circles” that point of view had to be limited, first person was a sloppy second to third person limited, and flashbacks were for punks. I broke all the rules, and while I have been praised for the labyrinth by some, there has been criticism. I’ll take it. I never played with structure at the expense of character or story, and “Phantom Effect” remains one of my favorite works.
My “Music Hell” series with Pure Grain Audio music magazine is picking up traction. I never had the opportunity to do a series before, and I enjoy rising to the task. In this series, I write horror stories once a month starring the band members of a happening group. This gives me the opportunity to merge my two favorite things: horror and music (so far all heavy metal). Our latest release is the massive novelette I wrote about Thrash superstars, Anthrax, whose publicity department has been a dream to work with. I also got word that Frank Bello, the bass player, found the piece to be enjoyable and startling in terms of its detail. (Link Below)
I recently wrote a short story called “The Tool Shed,” and I am presently looking to find a home for it.
The Eagles won the super bowl.