Goodbye, Pic

When you graduate with a degree in writing, you think you’d know a little bit about the business side of things, but unfortunately, more often than not, this important facet of becoming a professional author is lacking from degree programs.  I’ve learned a lot about the business of writing for publication through trial and error.  The rest I learned through the advice and guidance provided by already established professionals.  In my early years post-graduation, there were many people who calmly abided my newbie questions.  Sometimes I look back and think I must have been such a pest! Even so a handful of the people I asked for advice stood out as exemplars of professionalism and class: Rick Hautala, Tom Piccirilli, Brian Keene, and Kealan Patrick Burke.

But for one brief anxiety-laden encounter at a signing in Joliet a LONG time ago (which I’m sure Brian has certainly forgotten about), I’ve never met any of these fine authors in person.  And even though I am literally a stranger to them all in a flesh and blood sense, they all listened willingly and gave of themselves graciously whenever I reached out to them.  They helped me avoid pitfalls they had to learn about firsthand.  They helped me remain positive when I had trouble seeing the light.  Most importantly, these authors taught me not only how to act professionally, but also how to treat other people trying to make it in this sometimes rough business of ours.

I still think back with regret that I never took Rick’s suggestion to pick up the phone and call him whenever I felt the need.  At the time I thought, “Who has time for phone calls anymore?”  What a damn fool I was for missing out on connecting with him on a deeper level than through email.  Rick was taken from us too early a couple of short years ago.

The literary world lost another shining light with Tom Piccirilli’s recent passing.  These last couple of days I’ve looked back at our correspondence with sadness, but also indelible fondness.  These aren’t just brief letters of encouragement or guidance, but clear examples for how to treat other people.  I have no doubt that Tom’s work will endure.  He was a master of the dark, the macabre, the surreal. But I also believe that his example will endure just as long through those authors he helped guide through their early days.

R.I.P. Pic

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Signed print editions available

Would anyone here be interested in signed paperbacks of my work that’s available in print? We’re coming close to pulling the trigger on moving, and it would make moving easier to clear out some books. For the record, I have copies of The Nightmare Within, Where Darkness Dwells, Arkadium Rising, and Through the Eyes of Strays.  Here’s a handy Amazon link if you want to read up on the titles.

Oh… I guess I should say it costs $12 via paypal. Email me at with which title(s) you want, along with your email address, and I’ll send along a paypal invoice.

Thanks for making this move a little easier on my poor old back. lol

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Now open for editing projects. Free sample edit!

After taking a break from editing to work on other projects, I’m ready to jump back into the game. If you are an author looking for a meticulous (some say vicious) editor, don’t hesitate to email me about my availability. I’ve worked with many clients to polish their first novels, and I’ve edited work by Lawrence Block and Tim Lebbon, so I’ve seen it all. If you want your work to shine, let’s talk!

I offer a free sample edit to see if we would be a good match.

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I was going to blog about Mad Max: Fury Road, but Kealan does a much better job than I ever could.

My short review of Mad Max: a work of art.

Something Stirs

Critical buzz can be a dangerous thing because high expectations are generally made to be quashed. This has happened to me so many times I’ve lost count. The most recent example was the independent horror film It Follows, which, while certainly a way above average example of a fright-flick done on the cheap, left me a little disappointed. Blurbs like “the best horror movie of the decade” are hard to take seriously, and indeed, It Follows, for me, despite doing everything right, did not live up to that claim. Few movies could (though I would argue that The Babadook, a similar critical darling, certainly comes close.)

So with all that in mind, nobody is more surprised than I am to find myself typing these words: Mad Max: Fury Road is far and away the best action movie of the past decade. Nothing even comes close.

mad-max-fury-road-poster1It’s important…

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My Process

It’s like Bracken’s in my head. This is so my process as well.

Everyone's Devil

My friend Charles Rutledge shared his writing process (he’s a pantser) on his Facebook page this morning and as a joke I drafted up my own. It was only when I was done with the joke that I realized none of it is made up. This is actually my process with no embellishments. Here you go. Drop that hack, King’s On Writing, and get ready for some deep knowledge!

Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak

My process:

  • Get idea. Obsess.
  • Write synopsis. Obsess.
  • Start writing.
  • Realize I don’t know a single damn thing about [military snipers/maritime sailing/porn production]. Despair.
  • RESEARCH! Obsessobsessobsessobsess!
  • Keep writing. I can fill in the technical details later.
  • Obsess. Wake up. Make notes in Moleskine notebook at midnight. Lose sleep.
  • Write.
  • Revise synopsis.
  • Research. Get frustrated and rage quit research. It’s fiction for Christ’s sake! Feel guilt.
  • Write.
  • Sneak research in form of television doco. Hope…

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Where Darkness Dwells: Just 99-cents!


Many readers consider Where Darkness Dwells my best novel to date.  I usually agree with this sentiment, if for no other reason than it was the most difficult to write.  It wasn’t the meticulous research involved, or the setting, or the various character points-of-view that hindered the novel’s creation.  No, it was the bleak material itself that nearly did me in.  I was possessed by the story, compelled to climb from bed at 3 am for several months to commit the horrors of Coal Hollow to paper.  In the end, I’m glad I went through that crazed ordeal.  It shaped me as a writer, and everything I’ve written since has been better for it.

I’m sure many of you have already read Where Darkness Dwells.  If you have, thank you!  If not, now is a great time to pick it up for just $.99.

Here are some handy links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

“Glen’s storyline was really interesting and fresh, and his depiction of a small coal mining town during the Great Depression was very believable. There is a bleak atmosphere to the story as he paints a somewhat depressing picture of the town of Coal Hollow, but there is also a sense of hope, community and self-worth within the characters that adds a touch of realism and depth. It is readily apparent that he did a lot of research on this time period and it definitely pays off.”
–Famous Monsters of Filmland

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Mailchimp… I think it’s run by chimps.

A number of people have tried to sign up for my newsletter (hosted by Mailchimp) and somehow the interwebs has failed to add them to my list. Sorry!

I don’t want anyone to miss out on receiving a free copy of my new novella, THE HOLLOWED LAND.  If for some reason you haven’t received notification that you’ve signed up, please let me know. I can manually enter your email address (feel free to drop me an email

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This was nice to see (editing post)

I just started editing a book for a repeat client. At the beginning of her first book she wrote: “Thanks to my editor, Glen Krisch. You corrected my grammar and cut out all my wordiness. Any mistakes made in this book (which I’m sure I didn’t catch them all) are mine and mine alone. If you want him to edit your book or read his amazing novels, you can reach him at…”

It’s nice to know my obsessive-compulsive tendencies are appreciated!

If you are thinking about hiring an editor, drop me a note and we can talk details.

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Free copy of my new novella, THE HOLLOWED LAND

If you subscribe to my newsletter, I just sent you a free copy of my new novella, THE HOLLOWED LAND. If you aren’t a newsletter subscriber yet… why not?

It’s easy, just click this link:

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Best Reads of 2014

While going back over what books I read during 2014, I came to a few conclusions.

1. I read and enjoyed a lot of titles published by DarkFuse.  It wasn’t my intention to stock my list with DF titles, it just turned out that way.

2. I pulled the plug on more books this year than in any other year I can remember.

3. Excluding these titles, I was largely disappointed with the books I read for the year.  I read a lot of other solid books that didn’t make my list, but nothing to really blow my hair back.  A lot of these title were quite competently written, but somewhat lacking in creativity.  I read widely.  Big press, small press, indie/self-published work.  Across all venues, creativity in the horror genre seems to be stuck in the mire.  It’s seems like now that anyone can publish anything they want, instead of taking chances, there is a tidal wave of people finally getting their chance to write their “Stephen King” story, their “Dick Laymon” homage, their love letter to Lovecraft.

One of the reasons the horror genre is so great is that it is nearly limitless in its scope.  Nearly any plotline can become a horror tale.  And yet… and yet the boundaries remain largely unchanged in this unrivaled moment of opportunity in the realm of publishing.

Perhaps this is more a reflection of how I feel about my own work than an overall judgment of the genre as a whole.  I always strive to write a story that couldn’t be told by anyone else.  I don’t know if that is what I achieve, but that is my goal.

So without further rambling and navel-gazing, here is my list of my Best Reads of 2014:


Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon


Emergence by Gary Fry

children of no one

Children of No One by Nicole Cushing


The Boar by Joe Lansdale


The Troop by Nick Cutter


A Shrill Keening by Ronald Malfi

last mile

The Last Mile by Tim Waggoner


Tyler’s Third Act by Mick Garris


Oasis of the Damned by Greg Gifune


DarkNet by John R Little

What were some of your favorite reads from the last year?

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