Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Last night’s Awkward Conversations broadcast was hilarious. I’m still recovering from it. Thanks to everyone who tuned in–not just last night, but all year. Expect more of these crazy broadcasts to continue in 2015!
Next week will be a busy one, for two big reasons:
On Tuesday, December 16th, the Geeky Writer Gang is getting together for one last broadcast to send off 2014 with a bang. There will be holiday-themed shenanigans, and in keeping with the spirit of the season, we’re going to be giving away prizes to a few lucky winners. As with previous iterations, you need to join the event on Facebook in order to participate, and only by participating (comment, asking questions, being present, etc.) will you be eligible for the drawings. The YouTube link will be posted a few minutes before we go live. We hope you’ll consider joining us!
On Wednesday, December 17th, I’ll be a phone-in guest on Whispers in the Dark, a BlogTalkRadio show hosted by Victor Aurelius and Jeff Niles. I’ll be joining Terry M. West, Stuart Keene, Christopher Alan Broadstone, Michael Thomas-Knight, Essel Pratt, Crystal Leflar, Jeff O’Brien, Robin Dover, Paul D. Marks, and Joseph Ramshaw to promote JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION. The show kicks off at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST, and I’m scheduled to go on for about ten minutes starting at 9:27 PM EST, during which I’ll talk about my contribution to the anthology. You can tune in here.
So that’s happening. Update your calendar. Set a reminder on your phone. Write it backwards on your forehead. Do whatever you need to do to remind yourself to tune in!
We’re just a few weeks away from Christmas. Everyone’s freaking out about last-minute gift ideas, and a lot of authors I know are scrambling to get just a few more sales by the end of the year. So I thought, Hey, why not help out some folks I know? And that’s how this post came into being.
Full disclosure: I haven’t had an opportunity to read every single title here, but I’m familiar enough with their authors to vouch for their books. Most of these titles are by lesser-known writers, and several of them are my friends or acquaintances. Furthermore, not all of them are horror. Please don’t let that discourage you from adding them to your shopping list. I’ve tried to include something here for everyone, no matter what your reading preferences may be (yes, I’ve even included romance).
Clicking on a book’s cover will take you to the Kindle version, but I’ve notated when there are paperback equivalents available. Some of these authors have extensive catalogs and I encourage you to check them out.
Anyway, I’ll shut up now. Take a look. See if there’s something that strikes your fancy. . . Read the rest of this entry →
Yes, things have been too quiet around here. At my editor’s suggestion, I’ve stepped back from all writing projects to clear my head and catch up on my reading. This means no blogging as well. Unfortunately this means I’m behind schedule with . . . well, everything. Monochrome and ULT, specifically. In taking on so many different projects, I inadvertently overwhelmed myself, and the result was a complete block. Stepping away from everything was a necessary evil.
The good news is that I’ve knocked out a few reads in the last few weeks, including King’s latest, REVIVAL, which you should all go read right now. Speaking of which, my goal for this coming week is to put together a massive “holiday buying guide” comprised of books you should consider buying and reading.
There’s also a big holiday broadcast coming up from The Geeky Writer gang on December 18th, during which I’ll be giving away a Christmas stocking full of goodies, so you don’t want to miss that one. I’ll post details in a separate entry.
That’s about it for now, I think. I hope my American readers had a great Thanksgiving; I hope my international friends are having a great weekend!
See you next week,
I almost forgot to mention this! This Saturday, November 8th, Pleasant Storm Entertainment is hosting a release party for Journals of Horror: Found Fiction. The event kicks off at 12 PM PST (3 PM EST) on Facebook. I’ll be dropping in to discuss my story from the anthology, “Human Resources.”
Haven’t picked up the anthology yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. It’s available now on Kindle, and will be available in paperback next month.
We hope to see you there!
Pleasant Storm Entertainment’s anthology, Journals of Horror: Found Fiction, is now on sale. It contains a ton of stories, including work by Terry M. West, Stuart Keene, Glenn Rolfe, D.S. Ullery, and many more. My flash horror piece “Human Resources” is also included. Early buzz is promising, and over the weekend it peaked at #6 on Amazon.
It’s on sale now for just $3.99. I encourage you to check it out.
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.