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!
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.
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.
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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: http://eepurl.com/qFUfP
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.
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).