The Seven Deadliest RELEASES TODAY!

Out today! Pick up your copy now. Reviews have been great. And I think my novelette, “Ring of Fire” is one of the best stories I’ve ever written. Edited by Patrick Beltran and D. Alexander Ward, with an introduction by Mercedes M. Yardley.

Throughout history, there have been certain moral evils so entangling, so alluring, that they routinely give birth to countless other evils in the hearts of human beings. From antiquity, these “capital vices” have been known as the seven deadly sins.

Now, from the editors who brought you Cutting Block Single Slices and Shadows Over Main Street, comes an all-new novella anthology featuring seven dark fiction authors at the top of their games, each writing passionately about one of The Seven Deadliest sins. Inside these pages:

  • John C. Foster spins “Gilda,” a yarn about Avarice;
  • Bracken MacLeod takes us on the road to Wrath with “A Short Madness”;
  • Kasey Lansdale’s “Cap Diamant” teaches us the steep cost of Pride;
  • Brian Kirk lays bare the Jealousy hidden beneath affluence in “Chisel and Stone”;
  • Rena Mason reveals a new and terrifying guise of Sloth in “Clevengers of the Carrion Sea”;
  • Richard Thomas examines Lust in his dystopian “Ring of Fire”; and
  • John F.D. Taff feeds us the darker aspects of Gluttony in “All You Care to Eat.”

These dark tales from a cabal of highly regarded and award-winning authors hold nothing back, so turn the pages and feast your eyes. The Seven Deadliest sins await you.

REVIEWS FOR RING OF FIRE

Ink Heist: “There are two things in this overview of his story “Ring of Fire” that should make you sit up and take notice. One of them is making a reader like a bad person, and the other is magical realism. As to the first, he’s a fucking master of it. His protagonist in Disintegration was a very bad man who commits some heinous and horrific acts throughout the book, yet all the same, I loved the hell out of him. I think that was because of Richard’s authorial voice and his alacrity with backstory, but I don’t know. Read it and see for yourself. And when I think of magical realism and the movement we call neo-noir, his is a name that pops instantly, unbidden, into my mind. The man has a marvelous eye for curating such material and a fucking exemplary ability to write it. So yes. If you aren’t yet excited about Richard’s inclusion in a book about the Seven Deadly Sins, get that way. When Mr. Thomas is in the mix, it’s always a good indicator that you’re in for one hell of an unexpected venture of discovery.”

Mother of Horror, Sadie Hartmann: “Lust was the next sin represented in the story, RING OF FIRE by Richard Thomas. I very much enjoyed how the author chose to unpack this story’s secrets slowly and methodically. It was fun for the reader to guess at what was going on and to have some theories as to who the protagonist was in the context of the world at large as well as his object of lust, Rebecca. I admit, my theory was correct. I loved the ending/epilogue of this one—great dystopian/sci-fi story that reminded me of a Black Mirror episode.”

AE Siraki: “Richard Thomas deals with Lust in “Ring of Fire,” in which the protagonist is obsessed with a woman, Rebecca. It’s a very trippy story and at first I thought that one or both of the characters were [redacted] meant to look like [redacted], but let’s just say things took a turn in a much more Alien-like direction and that fans of sci-fi horror will really get a kick out of this one. Thomas explains in his afterword that he wanted to do something different with his pairing of lust and horror, and rest assured, he has pulled that off.”

MORE TO COME.

A World of Kinks

I’m interviewed about my novelette, “Ring of Fire,” some of my best work to date, IMO. Out soon in The Seven Deadliest anthology.

Ink Heist

Because of the way Rich Duncan and I divided the intros to these posts completely randomly and with little thought, I’m delighted that one of mine turned to be this author. Richard Thomas is a guy whose work I’ve been covering literally since the beginning, and he’s been a dedicated supporter, helping me to gain access to books that I didn’t then have the “street cred” to have earned yet. But Richard apparently had some faith in me and lent me a hand that helped me to get the ball rolling. There are two things in this overview of his story “Ring of Fire” that should make you sit up and take notice. One of them is making a reader like a bad person, and the other is magical realism. As to the first, he’s a fucking master of it. His protagonist in Disintegration was a very bad man who…

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When Good Deeds Turn Deadly

Brian Kirk’s “Picking Splinters from a Sex Slave” was a brutal story, one that really pushed my buttons. I can’t wait to see what he did here with “Envy.”

Ink Heist

We’re at the halfway point in our ongoing series chronicling the stories in Cutting Block Books’ upcoming anthology, The Seven Deadliest. So far we’ve been lucky enough to host John C. Foster, Bracken MacLeod, and Kasey Lansdale and share their insights into what inspired their stories. Today we welcome Brian Kirk to Ink Heist and he talks about the way he uses Envy in his story, “Chisel and Stone”. If you’re unfamiliar with Brian’s work, definitely seek out his two novels We are Monsters and Will Haunt You. He has a bold, imaginative writing style and utilizes psychological horror to stretch the boundaries of what we come to expect from horror fiction. In his article, Brian talks about the different facets of envy and what can happen when a good deed is born out of something sinister. Be sure to keep coming back to Ink Heist in the coming weeks…

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The Original Deadly Sin

Awesome comments from Kasey Lansdale. Her “Pride” story sounds great.

Ink Heist

We’re excited to continue our ongoing coverage of The Seven Deadliest by welcoming Kasey Lansdale to Ink Heist! Kasey is a multi-talented creative who has achieved success in just about every artistic medium you can think of. She’s an accomplished recording artist, author, editor, and actress. “The Companion – the story she co-wrote with her father and brother – is also set to be adapted for the upcoming season of Creepshow. In addition to all of that, she also started The East Texas Songwriter’s Workshop, which she still hosts. Simply put, Kasey has a superhuman work ethic and if you aren’t following her various projects already, you’re missing out. In her article, Kasey talks about the urban legend that inspired her story and also the way women are perceived and how that shaped the tone of “Cap Diamant.” Be sure to keep coming back to Ink Heist in the coming…

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Giveaway – The Seven Deadliest

Giveaway for The Seven Deadliest, which includes my novelette, “Ring of Fire.” I got lust. One of the hardest stories I’ve ever written, but some of my best work, too.

Ink Heist

Ink Heist is hosting a giveaway over on Twitter that you’re going to want to get in on. In partnership with the Cutting Block Books imprint from Farolight Publishing, we’re happy to offer you the chance to win one of two copies of the new anthology, The Seven Deadliest, coming May 7th and featuring sins from John C. Foster, Bracken MacLeod, Kasey Lansdale, Brian Kirk, Rena Mason, Richard Thomas, and John F.D. Taff. These fantastic authors were tasked with writing stories to the prompts of the biblical 7 Deadly Sins and they came through in spades.

Head on over to the Ink Heist Twitter feed to enter now, and tell all your friends about it too!

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Righteous Anger

I love hearing Bracken’s thoughts here. Mine will be up at some point, soon.

Ink Heist

We’re excited to continue our ongoing coverage of The Seven Deadliest by welcoming Bracken MacLeod to Ink Heist! Bracken is one of our favorite authors and chances are if you’re a fan of dark fiction, you’re already well acquainted with his work as well. His work is atmospheric and character-driven, which makes for potent stories that are likely to stick with you long after you reach the end. Bracken has written stories dealing with anger before and just so happened to be given wrath as his sin. In his article, he talks about the creation of his story, how he became involved in The Seven Deadliest project, and how he decided to put his own unique stamp on dealing with a familiar theme. Be sure to keep coming back to Ink Heist in the coming weeks as we plan to feature guest articles from the authors involved with The Seven Deadliest

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Shallow Creek Anthology Out—With My Latest Story

Shallow Creek (STORGY) is a shared world anthology that is going to blow you away. I was lucky enough to get Krinkles the Clown, which ended up being a pretty weird story told in four acts—with some shifting POVs. It’s part It part Twilight Zone with a smattering of Black Mirror. “The Caged Bird Sings in a Darkness of Its Own Creation” is one of eight stories I have coming out this year and I think it’s some of my best work to date. Ross Jeffery is doing some great work over at STORGY, so be sure to pick this one up.

Full list list of stories and authors:

DAVE DANVERS’ LAST FORAY INTO ALL THINGS WOO WOO
by J. Stuart Croskell

BEHIND THESE EYES
by Alice Noel

ARROWHEAD
by Daniel Carpenter

THE SOIL OF STONIER HEARTS
by Erik Bergstrom

JANET’S VISION OF LOVE
by Tom Heaton

ANCHOR
by Marion Coleman

BACKWARDS
by Adrian J Walker

SECRET INGREDIENT
by Heather Cuthbertson

DISTRACTION
by Brian Wilson 

AND THE WORLD FADES TO BLACK
by Adam Lock

THE LURID TRANCE
by Gregg Williard

WE LIVE IN DIRT
by Ian Steadman

KNOCK, KNOCK, KNUCKLE BONE
by Allyson Kersel

PENTAMETER
by David Hartley

BLOOD MOON BOB
by Simon Billinton

THE EYES HAVE IT
by Sarah Lotz

THE ALTERATION
by Aliya Whiteley

TIDE
by Nick Adams

THE FULMAR’S CRY
by Andrea Hardaker

STRANGE BREW
by Eleanor Hickey

THE CAGED BIRD SINGS IN A DARKNESS OF ITS OWN CREATION
by Richard Thomas

With accompanying artwork by Michael To.