I wasn’t sure what to use as a leading photo for this post, so here’s a photo of me when I was a kid. I guess I’ve always been trying my hand at this writing gig, huh?
Anyway, I know it’s been a while since I actually wrote a blog post that wasn’t just an event announcement or audio/video recording, but I’ve been kind of busy these last few weeks. Excuses aside, here’s a short update on what’s going on in my world:
My story, THE OTHER LAND EXPRESS, was accepted for publication in an as-yet-unnamed anthology being organized by author Troy Blackford. I don’t really have any other details besides that. The story is about a teenager on the run from his abusive father, and the kind stranger he meets one night at a bus terminal. It’s a weird story, even by my standards, and it was a difficult one for me to write. I’ll share whatever details I can when I have them.
Another story, HUMAN RESOURCES, was accepted for JOURNALS OF HORROR which is being published later this year by Pleasant Storm Entertainment and edited by Terry West, author of the acclaimed collection, WHAT PRICE GORY? They haven’t released the official table of contents yet, but I do know my pal Glenn Rolfe (who has a novella scheduled to be published by Samhain next year) was accepted as well, which is all sorts of awesome.
I also have a story in the works called HOUSE OF NETTLE AND THORN which I intend to submit to Scarlet Galleon’s inaugural anthology, DEAD HARVEST. I have a draft out to a couple of beta readers and I’ll probably be working on revisions for that one this weekend since the deadline is at the end of the month. Some of you may remember me writing about my frustrations with this story last summer when it was still titled “Girls from the Internet.” I returned to it a week ago with fresh eyes and found the issues I had with it weren’t that big of a deal. A weekend of edits solved the problem with relative ease, and now it’s mostly complete unless my betas have major changes to suggest.
Now that ULT #4 is out in the wilds, I’ve spent the last month compiling and tweaking the content for the ULT hardcover. Anthony J. Rapino wrote an amazing foreword for the collection and I can’t wait for you all to read it. The content amounts to 101k words, which is a tiny bit longer than TLM. Contained within are the four ULT stories plus eleven additional stories that have been out of print for a long time and/or never before released. Also included is a “Story Notes” section discussing the origins of all the stories in the volume, as well as a few little surprises as well.
With the interior finalized, Erica can begin work on the print layout and cover design. I hope to have photos of a physical proof copy by the middle of June—at which point Precipice Books will begin taking pre-orders for this special edition. Stay tuned on that front.
You may have also noticed new tabs at the top of the site: Fiction, Interviews, and Reviews. I’m still working on the latter two, but Fiction is available to view. It’ll be the “portal” to the individual book pages once I’ve compiled them. The other tabs will be available once I’ve put together a list of all the various interviews and reviews that have accumulated over the years.
I think that’s about it? Maybe?
Oh, right, one more thing: I received a recall notice for my car today. The reason? Spiders.
No, I’m not kidding.