I know I’ve been lax with updates these last few weeks. Like always, I’ve been busy with things both writing- and life-related. I’m generally more active on social media these days, although I’ve tried to limit my time there as well. I’ll get to why in a few paragraphs.
First, some news:
The Geeky Writer Gang is having a rare mid-week broadcast tomorrow night at 8 PM EST (October 21st). This will happen just like previous broadcasts, so if you want to participate, join the Facebook event page here. Some of us will probably be in costume of some variety.
My stories & novels are slowly being rolled out to the NOOK platform, as well as Kobo and Scribd. ALT and ULT #1 & #2 are now on sale; ULT #3 follows on this Friday, 10/24; TLM follows on 10/30; and ULT #4 follows on 10/31. Prices will be the same as they are on the Kindle platform.
A new anthology curated by Terry West, titled “Journals of Horror: Found Fiction,” also goes on sale on 10/31, and is currently available for pre-order. It contains my flash fiction story, HUMAN RESOURCES, as
well as the work of Glenn Rolfe, D.S. Ullery, Stuart Keene, and more.
I’m working on a novel. Yes, you read that correctly. A story I started writing a couple of weeks ago surprised me by revealing many links to something I started—and abandoned—years ago. The working title for now is DEVIL’S CREEK, and it centers around a local legend from my hometown of Corbin, Kentucky. Yes, this means NONENTITY is on hold for now. No, I’m not abandoning it—Mr. Candle’s story is very much alive and well. I’m just not ready to write it yet. When I’m ready, I’ll let you know.
Going back to something I mentioned above, if you follow me on social media and I seem distant, I assure you it’s nothing personal. Truth is, I’ve been dealing with some drama behind the scenes related to an upcoming anthology which contains my work. I’m hesitant to say anything else, but I will say this: I will not be promoting it. If you want to read the story that’s in said anthology, I recommend you wait until next year when the exclusivity term has lapsed. The story in question will be released as an ULT once rights revert.
Naturally, all of the bullshit going on behind the scenes has sapped most of my motivation, and for the last several nights I’ve busied myself with catching up on my reading (currently Stephen King’s IT) and playing The Evil Within (which is pretty awesome, by the way). I’ve also been doing a little research into ritual magic, burial practices, and probate law for the aforementioned novel-in-progress. But that’s a conversation for another time.
So yeah, that’s what I’m up to right now.
Author Stuart Keene took a gander at ULT#4: THE HARBINGER and had some very nice things to say:
The Harbinger is an excellent horror story, one that needs to be read by any true horror fan. Doing for dolls and children what Christine did for Plymouth Fury’s, you’ll never look at either in the same way again. Tense, thrilling and terrifying, Todd Keisling has produced a piece of work that will stick in the memory for some time.
The Geek Writer Gang™ is getting together once again to celebrate the most wonderful day of the year: HALLOWEEN!
Join us on October 21st at 8 PM as we go live on YouTube and talk about our favorite horror stories and movies (including JUG FACE, JUG FACE, and JUG FACE), our latest works-in-progress, upcoming releases, and any other inappropriate topics that come up during the conversation. If you’re new to these things, that last bit means it’s going to get awkward at some point.
Oh, did I mention we’ll be in costume? Well, some manner of costume. This may mean one or two of us won’t be wearing pants. I can’t confirm. You’ll just have to tune in and find out.
As with past iterations, we’re going to broadcast live via Google Hangouts and stream to YouTube. Links will be posted here on the Facebook event page a few minutes before we go live. You can tune into YouTube to catch our antics, and ask any questions you might have right on the event page. We’ll do our best to respond to them. Yes, audience participation is encouraged!
We hope you’ll consider joining us!
I just got back from mailing the last two copies of ULT. One was erroneously flagged “return to sender;” the other I held because its recipient was in the process of moving. Now that the final two copies are out of my hands again, I thought it best to jot down a few words here.
Normally, I write a long post in which I reflect on the journey to releasing a book, but this time I don’t think I’m going to. ULT was a reflective journey from start to finish, and to be perfectly honest, I’d rather look forward right now.
If you follow me on social media (and I don’t see why you wouldn’t), you’ve probably seen me mention different works in progress once or twice. The truth is, I have six different WIPs at the moment–not including the final Monochrome book.
We’re also working on launching my back catalog on other platforms now that the exclusivity arrangement with Amazon has lapsed. To that point, A LIFE TRANSPARENT goes on sale on the NOOK platform on September 29th. It’ll also be available on Kobo, Scribd, etc. Probably not iTunes, though, because Apple has an issue with me linking to the print versions on B&N, and because “Apple can go fuck itself.” (He said with a grin while checking email from his iPhone.)
THE LIMINAL MAN will probably follow at the end of October, on the two-year anniversary of its initial release. The back catalog of ULT stories will also follow in October as well.
Now, back to those irons in the fire. I’ve got a tentative list of stories that will make up the next round of ULT releases. Only two of them are done, and have been published–or are being published–this year, so I can’t lead with them.
Here’s the list:
- HOUSE OF NETTLE AND THORN – This was originally going to be ULT #5, but I set it aside because I needed to rework it. I eventually did, but not until earlier this summer, and its since been purchased for publication in the forthcoming DEAD HARVEST anthology (release date pending). The contract stipulates a six-month rights term from the date of publication, so once that’s cleared, this one will be prepped for an ULT release.
- THE OTHER LAND EXPRESS – This was published in ROBBED OF SLEEP: VOLUME ONE earlier this year. Rights are wide open, but I want to lead the second round with something entirely new.
- THE DARKNESS BETWEEN DEAD STARS – My current WIP and one I’m determined to finish within the next couple of weeks. It’s about a civilian who volunteers for a one-way mission to Mars–and when he’s about 50 million km away from Earth, someone/something knocks on the door. Obviously there’s a lot more to it than that . . .
- MR. McOGGLE’S GUMDROP PANDEMONIUM – This one is my ode to H.F. Arnold’s The Night Wire. It’s written in a similar style, from the perspective of a night security guard who’s hired to keep an eye on Moon Hill, PA’s only toy store. Yes, it takes place in Anthony J. Rapino’s fictional town of Moon Hill (with his permission, of course).
- WE WHO WHISPER YOUR DREAMS – This is another leftover from the original ULT sessions last year. I didn’t get very far, but I’m hoping to bring this one to completion in the next couple of months. Tentatively, it’s about lucid dreaming, “Old Hag” syndrome, and sleep apnea; it’s also based on a weird dream I had in which I hard a voice speaking to me from inside my mattress.
- WHEN THE DEAD RUN – One more leftover from last year that never went beyond the early stages of conception. The premise is simple: a recently-divorced middle-aged guy is trying to get back into shape by going for nightly jogs. One night while he’s out for his job, he glimpses a beautiful woman who is also out for a fun–except she’s glowing, and there’s a cluster of shadows chasing her. Hilarity ensues.
- THE FINAL RECONCILIATION – This one may or may not end up being an ULT story when it’s finished. I haven’t decided yet. It’s shaping up to be a slow burn and may become a full-fledged novella. Anyway, it’s about an aging rock star recounting his progressive metal band’s rise to stardom–and the last show that effectively ended their careers. They’re the Yellow Kings, and their album, “The Final Reconciliation” is driving their fans mad . . .
- THIS WON’T END WELL – An idea I had as recently as yesterday that won’t release its grip from my imagination. This one’s about two warring neighbors whose unhappiness with one another reaches hilariously violent, depraved, supernatural heights.
Like I said above, these are tentative. Anything could change between now and . . . whenever these are published. This is what I’ll be working on for the next few months.
And no, before you ask, I haven’t forgotten about the last Monochrome novel. I have lots of notes and a dry-erase board next to my desk filled with all sorts of things to remind me that I have an obligation to keep. And because I’m sadistic, here’s a teaser: “The Ungod is the absence of creativity and ambition.”
Have a good weekend, everyone.
My dear friend Mercedes Yardley’s latest novel, PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS, is due out at the end of this month. It will be available digitally and in paperback, but for a limited time, you’ll be able to snag a signed hardcover edition!
There’s one catch, though: they’re limited to 100 copies. So if you want one, you need to act FAST, as I’m sure this edition will sell out. I mean, come on, folks. Look at that gorgeous cover. How could you NOT want this in hardcover?
Copies of ULT went out in Saturday’s mail, and somehow, beyond all logic and reason and physics, the USPS managed to deliver them on the West Coast. Yes, that’s right–copies of ULT are now in the wild and being delivered to mail boxes.
Here’s a photo from Zach Walters (aka Z-Dubbz) over at The Mouths of Madness podcast that he posted on Twitter just a while ago:
So if you ordered a copy of ULT: Volume One, go check your mailbox! Post your ugly little photos and use the #ULT hashtag! SHOW ME THE UGLY!
A while back I mentioned that ULT #2 (When Karen Met Her Mountain) was accepted as a reprint. This is the anthology in which it will appear. WIDOWMAKERS is a benefit anthology that was curated to help out James Newman, who was in a freak accident earlier this year when a tree branch fell on him (hence the darkly humorous title). All proceeds from this massive anthology (which is also coming in paperback) will go toward his medical expenses. If you’re looking for something new to read, I urge you to check out this huge collection. I’m honored to be included in this one, and I hope it helps make a dent in James’ medical bills.