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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The Neurological Similarities between Successful Writers and the Mentally Ill


Some great thoughts here if you’re a creative person.

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

Knowing his wife was upset with him for spending more time with his typewriter than with her, F. Scott Fitzgerald hatched a plan. He wasn’t proud of many of his short stories (he only included 46 of his 181 short stories in his published collections), but he knew that in order to win back his wife he’d have to whip up something quickly. Working from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., he churned out “The Camel’s Back” for The Saturday Evening Post for a fee of $500. That very morning, he bought Zelda a gift with the money he had made.

“I suppose that of all the stories I have ever written this one cost me the least travail and perhaps gave me the most amusement,” he commented in the first edition of Tales of the Jazz Age. “As to the labor involved, it was written during one day in…

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On the perception of limitations

After particularly difficult hill workouts in college, with our legs trashed and our lungs searing, we’d sometimes run a surprise “maintenance mile.” Before this final mile we’d write down our guestimated time to compare to our actual time. More often than not, we’d run quite a bit faster than we thought we would. Running the maintenance mile was more about perceived limits than adding to the workout.  After all, what would one more mile add after already running a five mile tempo warm up, five continuous hills on a ski hill, followed by a 3-5 mile farklek?

I hadn’t thought about that aspect of training in a long time, but watching Galen Rupp’s workout after setting the American indoor 2-mile record (8:07) sure brought it back. We can can always do more; we set our own limitations.  And for the record, Rupp after race work out was 5 x 1 mile (4:21, 4:20, 4:16, 4:16, 4:01).



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Audiobook Giveaway

Paul at Audiobook Reviewer has kindly agreed to help me run a giveaway for a couple of free copies of the audio version of The Nightmare Within.  I’m so unsavy with this WordPress blog that I’m not even sure if I can use the widget for the giveaway.  I’ll make it simple.  If you’d like to enter, just click through here:


And if you’ve already read and/or listened to The Nightmare Within, please consider click a couple of the share buttons below to share the love. 



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Top Ten Reads of 2013

Top Ten Reads of 2013

I read fewer books this year than last (down to 40 from 51), but I wrote a lot more, so I’d say that’s an acceptable tradeoff.  I can recommend all of the books on this year’s list without reservation.  All of these books are stunning, and a few will stay with me for a long time to come.

I would love to hear about your favorite reads of the year.  It makes me feel slightly guilty and certainly glutinous to read through people’s lists while switching over to an open Amazon window.  That one-click option is going to bankrupt me, lol.

(in no particular order)

The Gray Zone by John R Little

Miranda by John R Little

The Girl on the Glider by Brian Keene

The Tent by Kealan Patrick Burke

Jianghu by Charles Colyott

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Westlake Soul by Rio Youers

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Whom the Gods Would Destroy by Brian Hodge

The Keep by F. Paul Wilson

If I don’t hear from you sooner, I hope you have a happy holiday season!


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