THE SMILE FACTORY now available for pre-order!

You can now pre-order signed copies of THE SMILE FACTORY chapbook right here. Remember, I’ll only be taking pre-orders for a period of two weeks, ending June 22nd.

Those of you who prefer your books in the digital domain, you can also pre-order the Kindle edition on Amazon for a mere 99 cents.

So, put on your smiler mask, hook up your tapeworm terminal, and remember the most important rule of all: Don’t talk about Marty Godot.



Pre-Order THE SMILE FACTORY on June 8th.

THE SMILE FACTORY will debut this summer at NECON, with an official “on sale” date of 7/24/18. Thing is, not everyone can make it to NECON (seriously, it’s already sold out), so I’ve decided to offer signed copies of the chapbook for sale.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The chapbook will be sold through the Precipice shop on Storenvy.
  • We’ll start taking pre-orders beginning 6/8/17 through 6/22/18.
  • The price is $6.99 + shipping/handling.
  • Orders will not ship until the official release date of 7/24/18.
  • Again: Orders will not ship until the official release date.

The pre-order window will be limited to just two weeks this time around. I expect the books will take about two weeks to be delivered, and I need to ensure I get them in time before I leave for NECON in mid-July. Any copies leftover from the conference will be made available in the shop at a later date.

I think that’s about it. Any questions, drop me a line here or ask me on social media.

More soon.


Beers & Fears 2018 – Highlights

I’m a bit busy at the moment with other projects, but I wanted to take a moment to say that I had a blast at Spring House Brewery this past Saturday. I joined fellow authors Somer Canon & her husband Jessie (who is a bad movie–inside joke), Armand Rosamilia & his wife Shelly, Chuck Buda, Tim Meyer, Frank Edler, JC Walsh and his wife Colleen, and Jay Wilburn for the kickoff of the 2018 Beers & Fears tour. We drank some beer (their Mango IPA is excellent), sold some books, and had a blast hanging out with one another. Here are some photographic highlights:

That’s about it for now. I’ll have more on-sale info for THE SMILE FACTORY sometime next week.



The Smile Factory

Well, after more than a decade, I finally wrote a story about my day job. And it’s a weird one, folks. Really weird. Probably the first story of mine that I’d actually consider 100% weird fiction, with a hint of cosmic and bizarro thrown in for good measure.

This story will be printed as a limited run chapbook and will debut at NECON 38 this July. I’ve already received questions about availability for sale online, and for now, I’m hesitant to commit to anything beyond this chapbook run. I’ll be doing this through Precipice (our first release since Rapino’s Moon Hill in 2016).

I’ve never done a formal chapbook before, but after collecting/reading the offerings of Jon Padgett, Barry Lee Desaju, Catherine Grant, Cat Scully, and Bracken MacLeod over the last several months, I’m eager to try this format.

Here’s the cover:


The story is approximately 9k words and will run about 30 pages or so. I’ll have more info as we get closer to NECON.

Stay tuned.


Beers & Fears 2018!

I’ll be at Spring House Brewing on Saturday, May 12th along with Armand Rosamilia, Somer Canon, Tim Meyer, Chuck Buda, and Frank Edler for the first stop of the Beers & Fears 2018 tour. If you’re in the Reading/Lancaster/York area, join us for beers, talk horror, and buy a book or five!

B&N Highlights!

The weekend came and went, and so did the signing event at my local B&N. I had a great time, met some great authors, and sold a lot of books. I had to replenish stock of ULT halfway through the first day, and by the end, there were only six copies left in the store. I’d call that a success. I’ve already said this on social media, but I’ll say it again here: Thanks to everyone for coming out and showing your support. It means the world to me.

Here are some photos from the event:

New essay on InkHeist

I wrote a number of articles and essays last year for the ULT promotional blitz, and only one of them didn’t find a home. It’s a brutally honest piece about my dealings with depression and relating it to my experience reading Kathe Koja’s brilliant-yet-unsettling novel THE CIPHER.

Fast forward to last week. Shane Douglas Keene (Shotgun Logic) and Rich Duncan (The Horror Bookshelf) joined forces recently to establish the new review site, InkHeist. Shane reached out and asked if I had anything to contribute, and as fate would have it, I did have something they could use…

My essay, Placing Your Hand into the Void, went live on InkHeist last Wednesday. Since then, it’s received a fair bit of attention (all of which, I’m pleased to note, has been positive). Kathe herself even read it, retweeting the article on Twitter, which pretty much made my week.

Here’s an excerpt:

Reading Koja’s book was a weird turning point for me on a personal level. I enjoyed the book, but I don’t think I can read it again. It was claustrophobic and frantic, revolving around two hopeless people who were caught in a debilitating relationship like two planets destined to collide and obliterate one another. In all honesty, I don’t think I should’ve read it while being depressed—but that’s part of the point I’m trying to get at here. I didn’t realize I was depressed until I read the book.

You can read the full article here.

Expect more news soon.


The Aurora Interview

Earlier this year, I was interviewed for the 2018 Spring edition of Aurora, Eastern Kentucky University’s literary journal. I talk a little bit about what it was like growing up in southeastern KY. Here’s a snippet:

Southeastern Kentucky isn’t known for being an intellectual mecca, so I had to find my creative outlets where I could. Comics, novels, video games, film, and drawing. Sports weren’t my thing, I wasn’t popular in school, I didn’t hang with the cool kids or wear the trendy clothes. I was a goth kid, wearing T-shirts for bands like Nine Inch Nails and Tool. I was the artsy kid, the English nerd, and in that respect, I’d say that it was also hazardous to my health.

You can read the whole thing (along with the rest of Aurora’s spring issue) right here. And please do–these kids worked hard on pulling this issue together.