It’s Release Day for DISINTEGRATION!

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I can’t even believe Disintegration is finally here, six years in the making. I started this in my MFA program back in 2009, writing the first half with my professor Lynn Pruett, who knew nothing about neo-noir. After I gave her copies of work by Will Christopher Baer and Craig Clevenger, she got what I was going for, and was extremely supportive. When I got to Dale Ray Phillips, who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he said it might not be thesis material, which means—not good enough. I put it aside to work on literary short stories with him, and it was worth the wait. A year and a half later, I had a week between gigs and wrote the second half, 40,000-words in five days, my fingers bruised, my arms aching, practically in tears when I stopped, feeling like I might throw up. That began the year search for a small press, where it was rejected 20, 30, 40 times. Running out of options, I decided to try and get an agent, and over 100 rejections later, Paula Munier at Talctott Notch called me, only 100 pages in, to say she loved it and wanted to sign me. I said finish the book, it’s kind of dark. She did, and she signed me, and we went after the big six and their imprints. So many close calls, coming down to board votes in some cases, and then we got the offer from Random House Alibi. I knew we were taking a chance on this eBook only imprint, but it has been a fantastic experience, my editor there, Dana Isaacson, so supportive, helping to make this book so much better. A team of three copy editors, and four marketing/PR associates, gave me more support than I’ve ever gotten. Now, the day is here.

I hope you enjoy the book, this neo-noir, transgressive thriller that is the first book in the Windy City Dark Mystery Series. It’s kind of Dexter meets Falling Down. The second book, The Breaker, is also set in Chicago, with a different protagonist (out in late 2015, or early 2016). It’s more like what Stephen King did with small town Maine novels than the F. Paul Wilson series, and his Repairman Jack.

ENJOY!

Here are some early reviews:

THIS IS HORROR

THE HORROR BOOKSHELF 5/5

ENTROPY MAGAZINE

CRIME FICTION LOVER 4/5

MATT PUCCI BLOG

SPLATTERHOUSE FIVE 5/5

QUIET FURY BOOKS BLOG 5/5

SJ2B HOUSE OF BOOKS 5/5

PAUL READ OR DEAD

PANTHEON MAGAZINE

HELLNOTES

Here are some excerpts:

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PUNCHNEL’S

ENTROPY

Complete List of Stories in Print

Books

Here is a complete list of all of my stories that are in print, or digital only format.
It’s in reverse chronological order. Enjoy!

UPDATED: December 15, 2018

It’s Alive: Bringing Your Nightmares to Life
“The Many Faces of Horror: Craft Techniques” (non-fiction)
(Crystal Lake Publications)

Chiral Mad 4: An Anthology of Collaborations – “Golden Sun” novelette
with Damien Angelica Walters, Michael Wehunt, and Kristi DeMeester
(Written Backwards)

Mythos Magazine – “White Picket Fences”

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Gorgon: Stories of Emergence – “Undone” (Pantheon)

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Lost Highways: Dark Fictions from the Road – “Requital” (Crystal Lake Publishing)

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Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre
“Storytelling Techniques” (non-fiction)
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

Deciduous Tales (Debut Issue) – “Nodus Tollens”

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Behold: Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders – “Hiraeth”
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

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The Soul Standard – Golden Geese (novella) (Dzanc Books)

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Blue Monday Review, Vol. 3, No. 2 – “How Not to Come Undone”

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Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories – “Repent” (Crystal Lake Publishing)

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Tribulations (Crystal Lake Publishing / Cemetery Dance)

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Chiral Mad 3 – “The Offering on the Hill” (Written Backwards)

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Blue Monday Review, Vol. 2, No. 3 – “Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave”

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Gaia: Shadow & Breath Vol. 2 – “Asking for Forgiveness” (Pantheon Magazine)

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Slave Stories – “From Within” (Omnium Gatherum)

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Cemetery Dance #72 – “Chasing Ghosts”

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XIII: Stories of Transformation – “Chrysalis” (Resurrection House)

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Truth or Dare? – “Shackled to the Shadows” (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)

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22 More Quick Shivers – “Homecoming” (Daily Nightmare)

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Dead Harvest – “Bringing in the Sheaves” (Scarlett Galleon Publications)

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Qualia Nous – “The Jenny Store” (Written Backwards)

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Pantheon Magazine (Ares Issue) – “The God of War”

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Penumbra Magazine (Pain Issue) – “Balance Sheet”

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Horror 101: This Way Forward – essay,
“The Journey of ‘Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears” (non-fiction)
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

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Shadows Over Main Street – “White Picket Fences”
(Hazardous Press / Cutting Block Books)

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Gaia: Shadow and Breath – “Flowers for Jessica” (Pantheon Magazine)

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Vignettes from the End of the World  – “This is How It Ends, My Love.”

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Pantheon Magazine (Aphrodite Issue) – “Rapture”

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Trouble in the Heartland – “Because the Night” (Gutter Books)

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Pantheon Magazine (Dionysus Issue) – “Head Like a Hole”

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Chiral Mad 2 – “Playing With Fire” (Written Backwards)

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Fear the Reaper – “The Culling” (Crystal Lake Publishing)

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Best of the Horror Society 2013 – “Victimized”

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Reloaded: Both Barrels, Volume 2 – “Trinity” (One Eye Press)

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Bleed – “Death Knell” (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)

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Cipher Sisters – “Dance, Darling” (Thunderdome Press)

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Booked Anthology – “Surrender” (Booked Podcast)

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Staring into the Abyss (Kraken Press)


Daddy Cool – “Bloodline” (Artistically Declined Press)

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Best of Surreal Grotesque – “Vision Quest”

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Midwestern Gothic – “Garage Sales”

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Arcadia Magazine – “Chrysalis”

“Transmogrify”

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Sanitarium Magazine – “Bringing in the Sheaves”

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Weird Fiction Review – “Flowers for Jessica”

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Into the Darkness – “The Wastelands” (Necro Publications)

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Nova Parade – “On a Bent Nail Head” (Solarcide)

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Terror Scribes – “Transmogrify” (Dog Horn Publishing)

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One Buck Horror – “Wicker Park Pause”

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Gargoyle Magazine – “Tinkering With the Moon”

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Curbside Splendor – “Divining”

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Slices of Flesh – “Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears” (Dark Moon Books)

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In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1,000 Words – “The Jenny Store” (Thunderdome Press)

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Dark Moon Digest Presents: Vampires! – “Transmogrify” (Dark Moon Books)

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Warmed and Bound – “Say Yes to Pleasure” (Velvet Press)

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Speedloader – “Herniated Roots” (Snubnose Press)

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“Victimized”

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Shivers VI – “Stillness” (Cemetery Dance)

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