[LIVE EVENT] Awkward Conversations with Geeky Writers: COSTUME PARTY EDITION.


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!


Irons in the fire.

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.


Pre-order Mercedes Yardley’s latest novel, PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS!

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?


#ULT in the wild!

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!


WIDOWMAKERS is now available for pre-order!


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.


An update concerning ULT: Volume One.

I just sent this out to folks who pre-ordered UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE, but if you’re one of those people and the email didn’t go through, you’ll want to read this:

Good afternoon, folks.

I’m writing to give you a short update concerning the status of UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE.

An order was placed with the printer on Tuesday, 8/19, following the close of the pre-order window. Yesterday, 8/27, the books were delivered.

Unfortunately, there was a manufacturing problem with this batch of books. As you will see in the attached photos, the jackets were not folded properly, resulting in some severe misalignment. I want these books to be perfect for you, and in their current state, I can’t justify mailing them to you at this point in time.

I’ve contacted the printer and submitted a claim for the issue, and I expect to hear from my sales rep shortly. The books themselves appear to be fine, so I suspect they will be sending me new jackets to fold myself.

This means there will be a slight delay in the mailing of your books. I’d hoped to have them ready to mail by next weekend, on schedule for the mid-September estimate, but with this setback, there’s simply no way I can meet that.

I’m so sorry for this delay. I know many of you are excited to receive this book, and I feel horrible having to do this. I hope you all understand.

I will update you once I’ve received word from the sales rep on how they intend to rectify this error.

Kind regards,




I wanted to post this earlier in the week but time got away from me as usual. Last weekend was the pre-order deadline for UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE, and to say that my expectations were exceeded is an understatement. I didn’t want to talk numbers during the pre-order period because, frankly, I wasn’t sure how it was going to pan out. I was pretty nervous about the whole thing until just a couple of weeks ago

I mean, I had every reason to be. Up until this edition, everything that Precipice has put out has been for fair market value. This was our first “premium” item, and I wasn’t sure how well it would go over with readers. Did the first four ULT stories carry enough momentum to propel this print edition to a successful number?

Yes, they did.

My goal for pre-orders was 25; my dream was 50. We hit 25 about a week before the deadline, and by the deadline, we reached 45—which is closer to 50 than I ever expected to get.

Technically there will be 46 copies if you count the galley proof, but I’m not numbering that one. The rest will be signed, numbered, and personalized as advertised. An order was placed with the printer earlier this week, and I expect to have books in hand within another week or two. “The Harbinger” audio book is complete, as is the special website we set up for those who pre-ordered.

As with every project, I’m at that point where I look back to see the road traveled. Just a year ago, I was in a pretty dark place—the ULT stories are a reflection of that—and I was contemplating whether or not I wanted to keep writing. Releasing a short story collection in print seemed like a costly pipe dream. Hitting the bottom of my issues last year put a lot in perspective and forced me to change the way I look at things. The decision to release the ULT stories digitally as separate entries was born from that change, enabling the eventual production of the hardcover which will be in your hands around the middle of next month. And now here we are.

So where to from here?

Two future ULT releases are already in the can, and you’ve possibly already read one of them as it appeared in Robbed of Sleep. Another ULT story will appear in Dead Harvest later this year. I’m also working on a project that I’m calling THE FINAL RECONCILIATION about a prog rock band called The Yellow Kings. I’m not sure what that one wants to be, but it certainly has my attention for now. It may become an ULT entry; it may become something else altogether. I won’t know until it’s finished.

Of course, there’s also the final Monochrome novel. I’m still plotting, still sorting everything out. You know I don’t want to rush this one. I want to do it right, and it will be done when it’s done.

I’ll post an update here once I receive the ULT copies. In the meantime, I hope you all have a great weekend.


P.S. I almost forgot: My back catalog, including the individual ULT stories, are slowly being prepped for launch in other formats, the largest being the Nook. I’ll post here once we get closer to launching those. No time frame as of yet.

“Journals of Horror: Found Fiction” is open for pre-orders!


My short story “Human Resources” appears in this anthology curated and edited by Terry M. West, author of the upcoming critically-acclaimed novella, HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW (I love that title). Joining me are fellow authors P.D. Cacek, Glenn Rolfe, Robin Dover, DS Ullery, Essel Pratt, Michael Thomas-Knight, John Ledger, Paul D. Mark, Sonja Thomas, Paula Cappa, Stuart Keane, Darryl Dawson, Crystal Leflar, Lori R. Lopez, Michael Seese, Jeff O’Brien, Matt Hayward, Joseph Ramshaw, Michael McGlade, DJ Tyrer, Wesley Thomas, Regina West, Evan Purcell, Robert McGough, Erik Gustafson, Christopher Alan Broadstone and Robert Holt. 

You can pre-order the Kindle book now for just $3.99. Check it out!