Signature Sheets for Chiral Mad 3!

My very first signature sheet! In great company here—Chiral Mad 3. With Paul Michael Anderson, Mort Castle, Jack Ketchum, Meghan Arcuri, Emily B. Cataneo, Jessica May Lin, Hal Bodner, Richard Chizmar, Josh Malerman, Max Booth III, Scott Edelman, Gene O’Neill, Gary A. Braunbeck, Eric J. Guignard, Jason V. Brock, Erinn L. Kemper, Damien Angelica Walters, Ramsey Campbell, and Mercedes M. Yardley. Wow. One hell of a TOC.

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My Story, “Hiraeth” will be in BEHOLD! Oddities, Curiosities, and Undefinable Wonders

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be a part of Behold: Oddities, Curiosities, and Undefinable Wonders. My story “Hiraeth,” will be in this exciting anthology (I’ve seen the full TOC). It’s a story about pain, hope, suffering, and the stories we tell ourselves, the layers of reality that exist around us. Hope you dig it. I’ll be joining a growing table of contents that so far includes Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Lucy A. Snyder, John F.D. Taff, Brian Kirk, Patrick Freivald, Kristi DeMeester and Erinn Kemper. Josh Malerman will write the foreword. More to come! Stoked. Thanks, Doug Murano and Joe Mynhardt for your continued support. Crystal Lake Publishing continues to do great work. (FYI: Hiraeth is defined as “a feeling of nostalgia or longing for a place you’ve never been, or which may never have existed.)

StokerCon 2017!

Here is my schedule for StokerCon:

FRIDAY—Mini Mass Signing 10-11 AM; Shades & Shadows 8-10PM (attending)

SATURDAY—Panel: Publishing, Kickstarters, Gamut and Expanding Horror (with Mercedes and Dino); Pitch Panel 2-3; Pitch Session 3-5; Stoker Awards 7-10 PM. And I’m sure a lot of other social events.

See you there!

Day of Reckoning Class at Gamut

How exciting! Gamut is offering up our first class, Day of Reckoning. One intense day with eight talented authors and teachers, plus feedback on up to eight different stories. All for only $350. Click on over and check it out, the classes will be small, up to eight students. This should be a lot of fun. Honored to work with each and every one of these authors.

13 Dark: A Fiction & Art Project

Are you in yet? Excellent Kickstarter.

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Are you ready for a journey into the dark? 

I’ve been asked to be a part of an amazing project.

13Dark (stylized to †3Dark) is a unique project that will showcase both written and visual artwork of some of speculative fiction’s greatest creatives.

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All of the work will explore the sacred and profane, the holy and damned, the beatific and the demonic. Think of the kind of subtle supernaturalism and religiosity of something like True Detective, or Craig Clevenger’s story “Act of Contrition” from The New Black.

Who are the writers?  Established names including Richard Thomas, Moira Katson, Veronica Magenta Nero, and Christa Wojciechowski as well as newer voices such as Matthew Blackwell, Andy Cashmore, Samuel Parr, Tomek Dzido, Anthony Self, Ross Jeffery, Jamie Parry-Bruce and Tice Cin. And myself, of course.

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The aim is to release 13 unique short stories monthly, in digital and paperback form, accompanied by…

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Breaker is a Finalist for the 2017 Thriller Award!

Wow, I just heard that I’m a finalist for the 2017 Thriller Awards. Breaker is up for Best E-Book Original Novel. Totally unexpected. Any time I can share an announcement like this with Megan Abbott, Jonathan Maberry, Laura Benedict, and Joyce Carol Oates it’s an honor. Wish me luck!

Monthly short fiction roundup – March, 2017

The latest short fiction roundup by Maria Haskins.

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As usual, I feel like I didn’t read enough this past month. Just like my TBR-pile of novels and anthologies and collections is ever-growing, so is the list of short fiction I should be reading. Still, I did read a lot, and here are 15 fabulous stories from around the web.

The Worldless, by Indrapramit Das in Lightspeed. “Sometimes the starship looked like a great temple reaching to the sky. All of NuTay’s customers endless pilgrims lining up to enter its hallowed halls and carry them through the cloth that Gods made.” Every now and then you read a science fiction story that makes you remember exactly why you fell in love with the genre in the first place. This is one of those stories. It’s a story that deals with the small universe of relationships and love, while also creating a dizzying and believable, vast future-verse where…

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