Thrilled to get another STARRED review of SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION, this time over at Library Journal. Totally made my day. Very exciting.
Burnt Tongues is going to be re-released with Turner Publishing, on August 25th. Very excited to share the new cover with you. Always a pleasure working with Chuck Palahniuk and Dennis Widmyer. This is an edgy, transgressive anthology that came out of The Cult workshops back in the day. (It was nominated for the Bram […]
Love the cover art, and this TOC is so amazing. Honored to have my story “Playing With Fire” in here. It’s got more wolves, fireflies, a hut on a hill, a man alone trying to fix his broken heart, and a giant tree branch that may be his undoing. Looks like Michael Bailey and Written […]
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: April 6, 2022 Nightmare “The H Word: Pacing in Horror” (non-fiction) WEIRD HORROR STORIES “From Within” (Flame Tree Press) SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION (Turner Publishing / Keylight Books) THE HIDEOUS BOOK […]
I’ve been working with a number of authors for the past couple of years now. If you need help with a short story or novel, everything from big picture edits (what’s working and what isn’t, why doesn’t this have the impact I want, conflict, plot, setting, etc.) to up close edits (typos, grammar, tense, dialogue, […]
My review of Battleborn (Riverhead Hardcover), a collection of Western gothic stories by Claire Vaye Watkins is up at The Nervous Breakdown. Out in the desert there is so much to lose, so much to gain—salvation, for instance. A collection that is sure to be on a lot of MUST READ lists in 2012. It’s […]
My latest Storyville column is all about writing dynamic settings. I’m a big believer in grounding your work in reality, whether you write literary stories that focus on an internal monologue, or fantastic stories set in distant galaxies. I hate stories with floating heads that don’t tell me where I am. So, here are some […]
My eighth Storyville column has been up for a little bit now. It’s all about how to write a horror story, all of the elements that go into creating tension, scaring your audience, and caring about characters in distress. Enjoy!
And, now my fifth column is live up at Lit Reactor. It’s all about how to get ideas when you’re blocked, and where I’ve gotten some of my ideas in the past. Really it comes down to your process and what interests you. If you like to plot, then it may be a much more […]