So, I finally got the call. I made the big leagues! Mourning Goats has been doing interviews with some of the most compelling, visionary, and talented authors out there—so many of my idols, mentors and peers. I’m thrilled that I got to sit down with the smelly beast and answer some of the most thoughtful and challenging questions of my career. They obviously did their homework. I join the ranks of Stephen Graham Jones, Monica Drake, Craig Clevenger, Paul Tremblay, Chelsea Cain, Donald Ray Pollock, Lidia Yuknavitch, Joe Lansdale, Nik Korpon, Rob Roberge, Megan Abbott, Brian Evenson, Holly Goddard Jones, Paula Bomer, Cheryl Strayed, Shya Scanlon, Craig Wallwork, and so many others.
My essay “Ten Essential Neo-Noir Authors” is up at Flavorwire in case you missed it. What exactly is “neo-noir” and who are the voices you absolutely have to know? Click on through and read up. Maybe you’ll recognize the names and maybe you won’t, but these are some of the most powerful authors writing and publishing today, and some of my favorite voices as well. They’ll all been major influences on my own writing, and I encourage you to pick up their work ASAP.
I have two new stories hitting the streets today. First is my parallel father/son story “Bloodline” which features rabbits having the same problems that us humans do. It’s kind of my contemporary take on Watership Down. That story is in Daddy Cool, edited by the talented Ben Tanzer, and published by Artistically Declined Press. Second, is my literary holiday story, “Chrysalis” in Arcadia Magazine #6. It’s a lighter story about winter, loss, caterpillars, and what a father will do to protect his family. I hope you enjoy them both. Support small, independent presses and journals and pick up a copy of each today!