Mark your calendars: ULT goes up for pre-order July 2nd!

The galley proof for the ULT hardcover showed up on Friday. It’s beautiful:


But this post isn’t about photos. It’s about announcing details on how to get your hands on this beautiful edition–and what it contains. In fact, Precipice Books already announced it this morning, so I’m just going to copy & paste from there.

Each copy of ULT LE will be signed, numbered, and personalized. The book is 296 pages and contains the following:

  • A foreword written by Anthony J. Rapino, author of Reality Engineers and Welcome to Moon Hill.
  • The four original ULT stories.
  • A separate section titled “Skeletons in my Closet,” which contains an additional twelve stories from Keisling’s archives. These are stories that have been out of print, or in some cases, have never been published before, including Keisling’s award-winning novella, “Migration of the Butterfly.”
  • An entire section titled “Story Notes,” in which Keisling discusses the origins behind every story in this volume—even the old stuff.
  • “For the Fans,” a special surprise for readers of the Monochrome Trilogy. If you’re following Donovan Candle, you do not want to miss this.

Each book will come with an ULT-themed bookmark and a 4 x 6 print of an ULT Kindle cover design, signed by the author’s wife and designer, Erica Keisling.

Oh, and one more thing: In each book will be a second 4 x 6 card with instructions. What sort of instructions? We’re glad you asked . . .

Each instruction card (lavender-scented, just like Maggie Eloquence from The Harbinger) comes with a password and address to a website set up exclusively for those of you who pre-order this book. On this website you’ll find a ton of extras, including:

  • “The Harbinger” in audio book format (and free to download).
  • Scans of the editor’s notes.
  • Early and unfinished story drafts.
  • Concept & design sketches for the covers.
  • Early access to the next release in the ULT series–available to you free of charge before it hits Amazon.

We wanted to make the book special to readers, and it’s become a labor of love for everyone involved. As a result, the book will NOT be available through Amazon, B&N, or any other retailer. The only place to order this book is through our pre-order page.

Take note: The pre-orders window will not remain open forever. In fact, it will close on August 16th, and once it closes, we will not be taking any more orders. In other words, only those who order a copy will receive one! This is an exclusive, one-time deal. If only 50 people order, then only 50 copies of this book will ever exist–making the book a true collector’s item for fans of Keisling’s work.

The price for the ULT LE package will be $50 domestic / $65 international. These prices include shipping. Payments will be processed via PayPal until August 16th. After that, the window closes and no more orders will be taken. We’ll place an order with the printer, ship them to Mr. Keisling for signing & personalization, and then he will ship them out to you.

The pre-order window opens on 12:00 AM Wednesday, July 2nd. Bookmark this page and prepare yourself. Things are going to get ugly.

And there you have it. Midnight, July 2nd. We’ve worked very hard to make this book something special for the fans, and I think you won’t be disappointed. Now, I’m going to go back to my cave so I can finish editing the audio for The Harbinger audio book . . .


ULT Cover Reveal!

Yesterday I promised followers on my Facebook page that I’d reveal the cover spread for the ULT limited edition hardcover if I reached 600 likes before Friday. Well, we hit that number, so I’m owning up to my part of the bargain. I’m not quite ready to announce details (I’m waiting for a proof copy to arrive first), but for the time being, here’s what the ULT hardcover will look like:

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Stay tuned.


Robbed of Sleep: Volume One is available now!

Robbed of Sleep

Troy Blackford’s new anthology, ROBBED OF SLEEP: STORIES TO STAY UP FOR, is now available on Amazon Kindle for just $3.49. The table of contents includes works by Anthony J. Rapino, Mercedes M. Yardley, Troy Blackford, Dave Eccles, M.C. O’Neill, Tom Bordonaro, John Boden, Val Tenterhosen, and Yours Truly. Here’s the anthology synopsis:

If you’re the type of person who takes the phone off the hook when sanity calls, then you simply can’t do without these eighteen short stories from some of the strangest dark fiction authors out there. From the deepest jungle to an endless loop, from a cracked boss to a dying man, the places and people you will meet between these pages strain credulity, inflame the imagination, and stealthily swipe those precious moments that make up your nightly rest.

Take a dip into the furthest reaches of reason with some of today’s best authors with these strange and unruly STORIES TO STAY UP FOR, and we’ll make sure you’re ROBBED OF SLEEP

Check it out on Kindle right now! I’ve also been told that a paperback edition is coming soon. I’ll update this post once it’s available. Go check it out!


Robbed of Sleep: Volume One

Last month I mentioned the sale of my new story THE OTHER LAND EXPRESS to an unnamed anthology being compiled by author Troy Blackford. I’m pleased to announce that anthology now has a name: ROBBED OF SLEEP: VOLUME ONE.

Robbed of Sleep

This anthology of strange fiction will be available next Tuesday, 6/10/14, and features the work of Troy Blackford, Mercedes Yardley, Anthony J. Rapino, John Boden, MC O’Neill, Val Tenterhosen, Tom Bordonaro, Dave Eccles, and Yours Truly.

Mark your calendars!


New reviews from the Mouths of Madness!


Zachary Walters from the horror podcast The Mouths of Madness posted reviews of the ULT stories on Amazon last week, but I didn’t get a chance to call them out due to other pressing matters. Today, he posted this full-fledged review of all four stories on the podcast’s Facebook page (which you should all go follow right now):

Overall Scores:
-“Radio” 4.5/5
-“Karen” 5/5
-“Granny” 5/5
-“Harbinger” 5/5


“I know a lot of names, kiddo. I speak a language of them, but right now, yours is my only tongue.”

In January 2014, Todd Keising (author of the Monochrome trilogy) dropped the first of his “Ugly Little Things.” The beginning of an ongoing series of short and unsettling stories aimed at taking you, the reader, out of your comfort zone and quite possibly tampering with your quality of sleep. There are currently four entries in the ULT lineup with promise (or is it a threat) of more on the way.

Dark, dirty, captivating and each with a varying degree of nasty, I had a great time playing with these ugly little things and had them all devoured within the course of 36 hours.

First up is “Radio Free Nowhere,” a siren’s song broadcasting though the mountains of West Virginia calling to passers through. This quick tale is a primer, getting you, acclimated for the darkness that you are about to get your self into.

Next is “When Karen Met Her Mountain,” a woman dealing with personal demons is ambushed and kidnapped along with her husband while driving home from her fathers funeral. She must choose if and how she wants to survive. This tale is nasty and viscous.

Third up is “Saving Granny from the Devil,” young and bullied Todd makes a pact with Harvey J. Winterbell for the well being of his grandmother. Emotional and heavy, this tale hit me hard on a personal level. I fell into it immediately and spent the next hour and a half, in equal parts, concerned for Todd and charmed by the smooth as a breast Harvey (the Devil).

Lastly comes “The Harbinger,” a reporter travels to a economically decaying town to interview doll maker and town savior Maggie Eloquence. Gnarly, heavy and a little sexy (wink-wink). This ditty kept me awake for a little bit, and that doesn’t happen often.

I kept the synopsis brief because really, the less you know going in the harder these tales will hit.

I haven’t yet read any (two have been published so far) of Mr. Keisling’s Monochrome books (strong emphasis on yet), so I can’t say if these tales are out of character for him or not. What I can say is that these four tales prove that he is perfectly capable of bringing the tension, pulling on your heartstrings and splattering the gore. Whatever is next for Mr. Keisling’s “Ugly Little Things,” I am fully invested and I will gladly pay with my sleep. For what better way is there to spend a few hours in the dark, more than likely with all four appendages tucked safely under a tight blanket, than with some truly enjoyable tales that are assured to linger in your skull, stain your psyche.

Favorite Story of the Collection:

Now that’s a tough call. It’s a toss up between “Saving Granny from the Devil” and “The Harbinger”.

“Granny” hit hard on a personal level. My granny, whom I was living with, had a couple of devils. I wasn’t able to save her from either. One being Parkinson’s Disease, was tough to see set in and chip away at her well being. Her second devil, a physically abusive husband, I wasn’t aware of until it was too late. Like Toddy (main character of “Granny”) I had left home, and left her with her devils. Her loss still weighs heavy.

“The Harbinger” nails one of my deepest primal fears, creepy and eerily realistic collectible dolls. And that’s all I’m going to say on that ’cause the less you know the harder this will hit. Just know that this ugly little thing is the nastiest and it will haunt your dreams.

I Would Recommend This To:
Those readers who are not interested in sleeping.

And there you have it. Be sure to check out The Mouths of Madness podcast. There are new episodes every Friday. Thanks again for the kind words, Zachary!