Are you an Audible member?

Audible has included Where Darkness Dwells in their Thrills and Chills Halloween Sale.

Check out that list.  Nice company, huh? Where Darkness Dwells is on sale for Audible members for just $6.95 (sale ends at midnight on Halloween).  The regular price is $24.95, so that’s quite a deal.

If you don’t listen to audio books, please share!  Troy Duran did an excellent job with narrating this twisted tale.

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The Walking Dead, Season 5 Episode 2

The Walking Dead season 5 episode 2 thoughts:


My initial thought was that Bob was crying because he was bitten in the basement of the food pantry. Sarah thought that he just needed to let some emotion out after trying to put on a brave/positive face for everyone in the group.

So… I still think Bob was bitten. The way he was shambling away from the church was symbolically zombie-like. So… the next question to come to mind? What happens when a cannibal eats someone infected? My answer: living, fast-zombies. Zombie, a la 28 Days Later. Rage zombies. Yes, I do believe the writers of the show are going to merge the slow-zombie, fast-zombie orthodoxies.


Oh, and I’m not up to date on the comics, so please, don’t SPOIL it for me.  I’ve read as far as the fall of the Governor.

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New Release Day! The Devil’s Torment

The Devil's Torment

This release is a surprise even to me, even though it contains some of my personal favorite stories.  I’d put together most of a short story collection about a year ago, and then I set it aside when things got busy.  About a week ago, I remembered that all I basically needed was a new cover, and once I had that squared away I had a new 117+ collection to share with my readers.

Many of these stories appeared in my now out-of-print collection Through the Eyes of Strays.  Since only about ten people read that book, most of these stories will be knew to you.  This collection is a mix of genres–horror, fantasy, science fiction–but all of the stories are greatly influence by a dark, evil presence.  A devil, if you will.

The story that wraps up the collection “The Christmas Creep” appeared in Holiday Horrors, a chapbook published by Cemetery Dance.  The story’s main character, Maggie Torrence, is a little girl.  I’m thinking about basing a series on her as an adult.

I’d love to hear what you think about these stories, so don’t be shy.  And if you want to share the information with your friends, even better.

Thanks for your support!

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Arkadium Rising release date and cover reveal!

I’ve very happy to announce that Arkadium Rising, the first book in the Brother’s Keeper trilogy will be published by JournalStone Publishing on December 5, 2014.  JS is also the home of Joe McKinney, Weston Ochse, John R Little, and Jonathan Maberry, among many other fine writers.

Isn’t this an awesome cover!


The Arkadium’s time has come. A religious cult intent on setting history back ten thousand years, destroying modern man’s domination of the planet.

Growing up, the Grant brothers were close, but as they reached adolescence they drifted apart, taking opposite paths into adulthood.  Straight-laced Jason works for a small town newspaper.  Marcus is into drugs, violence, and self-destruction.

Marcus finds salvation and sobriety when he joins the Arkadium and reaches out to his brother, wanting him by his side to record the new prehistoric era, Arkadium’s era.  Jason faces a choice, join his brother in the destruction of humanity, or die like one of the millions of innocents who will fall in the Arkadium’s ascent.

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That most ungentle night.


Well said.

Originally posted on Martyntaylor44's Blog:

This is getting to feel like a conspiracy. Literary cyphers who have never had an original thought and really should not be let loose on our language except on a very short leash live for ever, leaching the sun from the sky with every word they write. Original, insightful, lyrical writers who illuminate our condition and make life worth living die at absurdly young ages, barely into their prime with so many stories to tell. Robert Holdstock, Joel Lane, Jay Lake, Iain Banks and now Graham Joyce.

Silent scream.

The lesson – yet again – is carpe that fucking diem. Writers – all artists – create like there is no tomorrow, because there will not be one, eventually. The rest of us, love your heroes now. Let them know now, not when it is too late.

I’ve just remembered JB Ballard and Angela Carter. Oh, I’m getting too old for…

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The Hollowed Land: Brother’s Keeper Book 1.5

I’ve started working on The Hollowed Land: Brother’s Keeper Book 1.5, which will be ready to go when Journalstone publishes Book One in December. This will be a free newsletter exclusive for at least six months. A new character I’m calling Kip is the focus, but Delaney from Arkadium Rising is also part of the action.

I haven’t sent out a newsletter in forever, but I’ll soon have a lot of stuff to announce. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s easy. Just click the link:


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5 (Really Good) Horror Movies You (Probably) Haven’t Seen


Reblogged to keep these movie titles on my radar.  

UPDATE: I just cross referenced Neflix and Amazon.  I can stream Julia’s Eyes and Isolation.  Sweet.

Originally posted on Something Stirs:

Every time I come across an article online which lists a certain number of horror movies “You Haven’t Seen”, invariably I’ve seen all of them, and I suspect so have most self-respecting fans of the genre. That might well prove to be the case here, but I thought it high time I cast some well-deserved light on a few of the more obscure ones that may have slipped beneath your radar. If even one of these is unknown to you and you end up loving it as much as I did, then I’ll consider this blog post a success.

Rabies1. RABIES (KALEVET) – 2010

When I first saw the trailer for this Israeli horror film about a brother and sister who have fled their home, only for one of them to find himself caught in a psychopath’s trap, it looked well-shot and acted but little else. I assumed it standard…

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The horizon… or my white board laid bare.

Excuse me while I think out loud.

After I turn in Arkadium Rising (which I’ll do in the next week or so), I have a few editing clients to take care of. And then it’s on to other writing projects. These are the next projects on my white board, which I hope to finish in the next 12 months:

1. I have about 200 pages in the can for the next novel, and I hope to wrap it up fairly quickly.  This story is written in a VERY nonstandard format.  I think it has a chance to go viral for me… or it might just collect dust.  Who knows?  At any rate, I’m enjoying the hell out of writing it.

2. A novella/short novel that bridges Arkadium Rising to the second book in the series. You might want to sign up for my newsletter to learn more about this, since it’s going to be a newsletter exclusive (HINT HINT) for at least six months.  You can sign up at this easy link:

3. A middle reader/YA adventure novel I’ve outlined with my middle child.  This is just going to be crazy fun to write and has series potential.

4. A literary, “quiet” horror novel that has no supernatural elements.

5. Gleaners: Brother’s Keeper Book Two

And… I’m sure more things will come up.


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Copyright Infringement: A Warning to all Authors


Oh, how I hate people who steal my work.

Originally posted on blindoggbooks:

I would like to share a letter sent to me by a fellow independent author, who wishes to remain anonymous, about a website claiming to be promoting independent authors, when in reality it appears that they are offering free downloads of the work of dozens of us.

If you are an author, independent or otherwise, I urge you to read this letter and investigate the site yourself. Find out if your work is posted there and take appropriate action to have it removed, or, at the very least, make sure you are willing to grant permission to the site owners to list your work.

Making money as an independent author is difficult enough without pirating sites giving our work away under false pretenses AND without our permission.

Please share, tweet or reblog this post in order to spread the word through the independent author community and, hopefully, put some pressure…

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10 Things I Wish I’d Learned In My Creative Writing Degree


So much truth in this post. So , you get your writing degree, hit the streets, then realize you don’t know anything about selling to professional markets

Originally posted on Judy Black Cloud:

When I finished my BA in English with a focus in Creative Writing, I was convinced I knew everything. Then I went to try to get a short story published in something besides the college run literary magazine and realized I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. For a while I was really angry about how little I came out of school knowing how to do. (Some days I still am.) It felt like my entire degree had been geared towards learning how to write what my professors wanted me to write, certainly not for me. I learned how to write for the deadline, make the changes the professor wanted, and to turn in a paper on time.

Learning how to turn things in on a deadline is a great skill to have learned, but I still get upset when I think about all the things I wished I’d learned in…

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