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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Seven Deadly Delights

This is going to be something special. “Ring of Fire” is some of my best work to date. Really excited about this project.

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Cover Reveal for The Seven Deadliest

To Be Released on May 7, 2019 From Cutting Block Books

Edited by Patrick Beltran and D. Alexander Ward

I’ve known most of the authors in this anthology for five years or longer and have come to develop a deep appreciation and love of all of their work. There isn’t a single one of them I haven’t read and written about over all that time, many of them on multiple occasions and I’ve never had a bad word to say about one of them. That’s because they’re all fucking great authors, immediately recognizable indie giants that most of you will have read and–I’m confident–loved. So, my familiarity with them, coupled with my adoration of their various published works, was enough to send my heart leaping over the moon when I learned of this new anthology coming May 7 from Cutting Block Books. Edited by…

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Cover Reveal for The Seven Deadliest Anthology

Here is the cover reveal for The Seven Deadliest, edited by Patrick Beltran and D. Alexander Ward, for Cutting Block Books. It features seven novelettes from an amazing group of authors—John F.D. Taff, Bracken MacLeod, Rena Mason, Brian Kirk, Kasey Lansdale, John Foster, and myself.

Yes, of course I GOT LUST! It’s titled “Ring of Fire” and was inspired by projects like Moon, Brian Evenson’s The Warren, Annihilation, and others.

It also has an amazing introduction by Mercedes Yardley, who said it is, “The most compelling exploration of [the seven deadly sins] that I’ve ever read.” And cover art by Francois Vaillancourt.

It’s out May 7th and I think this is some of my best work to date. You’re going to want to pick this up for sure.