Read Us or Die: A New Anthology from Black Bed Sheet Books Authors

Have you been looking for something new to read? My publisher, Black Bed Sheet Books has a brand new anthology out in digital and paperback right now. The antho, edited by the talented Jason Gehlert and titled Read Us or Die, features horror authors from the BBS roster including Lincoln Crisler, Jennifer Caress, Jessica Lynne Gardner, and William Cook.

A story called “The Patchwork Boy” from my BBS collection Meat City is in the anthology as well. It’s one I enjoyed writing and I hope others enjoy reading. Enough of me though. If you like horror and you want to read some cool horror stories by some great folks, please check out Read Us or Die. I really think you’ll dig it.

You can check out the Amazon link here, or you can head to the BBS site.

“Enlightened by Sin” on Ellen Datlow’s Honorable Mention List for Best Horror of the Year Volume 5

As the title indicates, I found out recently that my story “Enlightened by Sin”, from Lincoln Crisler’s anthology Corrupts Absolutely? made the honorable mention list for Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Volume 5 along with Weston Ochse and A.D. Spencer. You can find tons of great authors on the list, as well as in the actual book. Anthologies put together by Ellen Datlow are always worth reading.

Weston, A.D., and I also got a mention in the Summation 2012 section of the book that’s out now from Nightshade Books for those interested. Here’s an Amazon link. It’s available in paperback and digital.

I’m thankful for Lincoln for including my story in this anthology, and I’m very happy that Ms. Datlow enjoyed it.

As anyone who writes knows, self-doubt is a scourge that sits on our backs and haunts us. When we find out that someone we respect and have admired for years actually liked something that sprang from the nooks and crannies of our brain, it means a lot. Getting on this honorable mention list for the best horror of 2012 really does mean a lot to me.

Now, for anyone who wants to see “Enlightened by Sin”, you can buy it here. The sample is long enough that you can get a good taste of the stories within.

Wetwork Now Available

I thought I’d let folks know that Wetwork is now available for Kindle ($1.99) and in paperback ($6.99). Click the picture below or the title to head to the Amazon page. Right now, this is an Amazon exclusive, but it will be coming to other platforms soon.

Here be vampires with nary a sparkle in sight.

For those who have read Lou vs. the Zombies, you might find a familiar name or two in this book. And for those who are looking forward to Lou Black’s next adventure, Lou vs. the Pack is getting closer. I have a whole bunch of other goodness coming soon as well.

Description: What happens when a hitman hiding from his former boss finds out that a vampire is hunting him? Joey Sanders and everyone he has ever cared for are about to find out…

From the author of Lou vs. the ZombiesMeat City, and Dead Ahead comes Wetwork, a horror/action novella.

Wetwork

Good News on the Writing Front – Comic Books, Lou vs. the Pack, and More

Some interesting developments over the past couple of weeks. While I continue to toil away on my normal freelance work and try to make ends meet,  I received some good news. Yours truly is going to be writing a comic book for Shot in the Dark Comics! The comic, titled Pieces, comes from the mind of Gene Tipton, publisher of the comic company.

(Once again, I’ve gotta thank Nick Grabowsky, the publisher of Black Bed Sheet Books, who published Meat City. I found out about Shot in the Dark Comics through him – they are the company turning Nick’s stories into stand alone comics seen here)

This is a steampunk/superhero styled comic that promises to be quite a bit of fun. I’ve always loved comics, and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to take over writing the book. Gene Tipton wrote the first issue, and I will be taking over duties from the second issue forward. I have some fun and wild ideas that I look forward to incorporating as well. I’ve already just about finished the synopsis for the first arc, and will be working on finishing up some scripts in the coming weeks.

In other writing news, I am going to be finishing up a few other prose projects in the next few weeks, hopefully. I am just about done writing Out in the Cold, a short horror novel. I’ve started work on Lou vs. the Pack as well, and that should be out in – hopefully- a couple of months. It’s gonna be a fun one. If you liked Lou vs. the Zombies, chances are that you’ll like this one too. Same Lou attitude, entirely different beastie and a new cast of entertaining characters.

I also have a couple of other things in the works, but I imagine people are tired of hearing about that sort of thing. I’ll try to blog about other things that might interest folks as well! I promise.

Dead Ahead Now on Sale – Free on Amazon Jan 1 and 2!

The short horror story “Dead Ahead”, which clocks in at more than 10,000 words, is now up and ready to download at Amazon. It’s going to be free on Amazon January 1 and January 2. After that, it’s just 99 cents. It also includes a free flash fiction piece called “Feeding Lizzie”.

Dead Ahead

It’s 1987 in Upstate New York. What secrets and horrors will fourteen-year old Andy Vinson and his friends behind an old taxidermist’s shop?

Give it a shot!

Plus, I may have some cool news to announce in the very near future! Yeah, I hate when people do that too, but there you have it.

More Book News – Lou vs. the Zombies Sale, Lou vs. the Pack, and more

I keep writing, freelancing daily while working on my own fiction into the wee hours. I only stop for dinner, maybe a bit of Netflix, and sleep. Although, most of the time, I try to sleep but end up watching old episodes of Star Trek (TOS) because, you know, it can’t watch itself.

However, I am making some good headway on all of the various projects that I’m doing. Wetwork is just about ready to go, and Out in the Cold is probably a week or two away from going on sale. Still plugging away on a rewrite of the outline for the short story “Dead Ahead” – it’s rough. Also, the outline for the new novella, number 2 in the Lou Chronicles, is nearly done. Lou vs. the Pack promises to be just as fun as his first adventure.

I want to make sure old Lou gets the attention that he deserves, so I’m running a sale on Lou vs. the Zombies from now until Monday, September 3 (Labor Day). Until then, the novella is going to be just 99 cents on Kindle! I’m working on a paperback version as well.

I’m also mulling over ideas for the third Lou novella. I also thought it might be fun to “interview” Lou after the third book comes out, hopefully before Christmas of this year.

That’s all for now. Please spread the word about the sale for Lou!

Dark Superheroes – Corrupts Absolutely?

I recently had the honor of appearing in a wonderful anthology called Corrupts Absolutely?, a book that looks at the world of superheroes through a dark and dirty lens. The anthology, edited  by Lincoln Crisler and out now in paperback and digital from Damnation Books, has a ton of great stories for those who like their superheroes with a bit of a sharp and nasty edge.

You might recognize some of the authors in the anthology: Weston Ochse, Jeff Strand, Tim Marquitz, Cat Rambo, and some other greats. I’m quite proud of my own contribution to the anthology, “Enlightened by Sin”, but sharing a table of contents with all of the other great writers is what really makes me happy.

Now, I’ve blogged about this antho before, but with the loss of so much of my posts, it needed to be done again. I also thought I would add some links to a round table discussion on the book that appeared on a great genre blog called Wag the Fox.

Enjoy the discussion:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Interview with the Editor: Lincoln Crisler

Free Kindle Promotion: Lou vs. the Zombies

I’m doing a promotion on the Kindle on 8-22-12. Lou vs. the Zombies will be free for the day. Please spread the word and enjoy some free zombie goodness. Lou will certainly appreciate it.

What happens when an over the hill mafia bodyguard has to deal with zombies invading the trailer park he now calls home? Lou Black, former Giovanni family enforcer and protector, is about to find out.
Poor zombies.
(Lou vs. the Zombies is an 18,000-word horror/action novella with a touch of dark humor)

Stories Coming Out in the (Hopefully) Near Future

Even the best plans can have some missteps, and that’s what’s happening with my publishing schedule lately. I’m starting to make some headway though, and I’ve had some good feedback with recent stories, including Lou vs. the Zombies.

With my updated schedule, I should have quite a few things coming out in the next couple of months, much of which I will be publishing on my own. I still send some things to publishers, but I’m finding that I like the challenge of doing things on my own. Anyhow, here’s some information about a couple of the upcoming books and stories, as well as the tentative order in which they will likely release.

  • “Dead Ahead” – a short horror story
  • Wetwork – a horror/action novella
  • Lou vs. the Pack – a horror/action novella

These four items should get me through September and part of October in the publishing schedule. With enough caffeine, maybe sooner. Most of these are already completed or almost complete, just going through a bit of fine tuning and tweaking and fleshing out. The new Lou vs story is still in the outlining stage, but writing Lou is fun, and I should have a nice novella out before Halloween. From the title, I bet you can guess what it’s about. After these, I have a whole lot more just waiting to get out.

Here’s a couple of covers for the upcoming titles.

 

Lou vs. the Zombies

Out now for Kindle is Lou vs. the Zombies, a horror/action novella that, funny enough, features a guy named Lou and his battle against … wait for it… zombies. The novella answers the question:

What happens when an over the hill mafia bodyguard has to deal with zombies invading the trailer park he now calls home?

It’s an action oriented zombie novella with a touch of dark humor. It was fun to write, and Lou might just make a few more appearances in novella form. I hope you will give old Lou a chance, and I hope you enjoy his first adventure.