FYI: 13 Days To Go.

August 3, 2014 in Blog

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Heads up, folks. There are only 13 days left to pre-order UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE. If you’ve been holding off, now would be a good time to decide. And in case you’re still on the fence, maybe this audio sample of THE HARBINGER will persuade you:

Get those pre-orders in by August 16th!

TK

Addressing Misconceptions + Announcements

July 15, 2014 in Blog

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Hey folks. I received some messages from folks recently on my FB author page, asking questions about what’s in the ULT hardcover package. Considering this information is already available elsewhere, I’m just going to copy & paste it for you here:

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.

Remember, the deadline for preorders is August 16th, which leaves you just a little over a month to place your order. This edition is NOT going to be available anywhere else, so if you don’t preorder, you will not be able to get a copy later on. It’s an exclusive one-time thing.

In other news . . .

I had two stories accepted for publication last Friday. Yeah, two in one day. Insane.

The second ULT story, WHEN KAREN MET HER MOUNTAIN, will appear in WIDOWMAKERS, an anthology being put together to help out author James Newman who suffered severe injuries earlier this year when a tree branch fell on him. All proceeds will go to helping cover his medical bills. Other authors in this anthology include Brian Keene, Paul Anderson, Tim Marquitz, Mercedes M. Yardley, and many more. Here’s the full TOC.

My new story HOUSE OF NETTLE & THORN (yeah, the one that gave me so much trouble last year) will appear in DEAD HARVEST, a new anthology by Scarlet Galleon Publications. I don’t have a full TOC for that one yet. I know Mark over at Scarlet Galleon is still sorting out everything since the anthology will be released in two volumes. I’ll post more info on that when I have it.

Geeky Writers

The Geeky Writer gang is getting together again next Monday, July 21st @ 9 PM EST. I’ll post details for that in a separate entry, but you can get a head start by joining the FB event.

Work slowly stumbles forward with NONENTITY. ULT is taking up most of my time right now, but I’m chipping away at the book when I can. I hit a road block yesterday, and I may have to jump to a different place in the storyline for a while so I can overcome it. Which is fine, I guess, considering I’ve never written these novels chronologically anyway. Not really.

That’s all I’ve got for now. More soon.

TK

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

June 30, 2014 in Blog

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 . . .

TK

ULT Cover Reveal!

June 24, 2014 in Blog

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.

TK

So this showed up yesterday . . .

June 20, 2014 in Blog

My paperback copy of Robbed of Sleep arrived! Check it out:

 

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Also, I apologize for the radio silence these last few weeks. I’ve been working in Erica to finalize the ULT hardcover. The interior is done, and she’s working on the cover spread now. I’ve also got some other goodies planned, but those are a surprise for now. I do think you’ll be pleased, though!

Stay tuned,

TK

 

This post is full of spiders (among other things).

May 8, 2014 in Blog

AUTHOR OF NIGHTMARES

 

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.

TK

2013 Recap: A Year of Very Ugly Little Things.

December 31, 2013 in Blog

I originally wanted to record a video blog for today, but between the holidays and gearing up for the ULT release on Friday, I’m afraid time slipped through my fingers.

No worries. I’ll just post here instead. Here’s a recap of 2013, in which I did the following:

  • Experienced the joys of the following health-related issues: hiatal hernia, appendicitis, sleep apnea, depression, and oral surgery.
  • Turned 30.
  • Gained about 15 lbs.
  • Wrapped up the TLM promotional blitz with a two week-long blog tour.
  • Wrote approximately 60k words of new fiction.
  • Had two stories published in separate anthologies.
  • Pissed off a bunch of people who really, really love The Shining.
  • Started planning, then scrapped, then resumed planning of the final Monochrome book.
  • Obtained permission from Henry Rollins to reprint lyrics of one of his songs in the first ULT volume.
  • Realized that “free” isn’t the best business model.
  • Had a slight breakdown.
  • Delayed the release of ULT & changed course for the collection.
  • Learned the basics of Adobe InDesign.
  • Learned how to make a Kindle book.
  • Grew a beard.
  • Realized that dieting is bullshit and sucks and I hate it.
  • Made some new friends.

I think that covers 2013. It was a year of pain and frustration, and I am not sad to see it go. I need 2014 to be better, and dammit, I’m going to make it better.

So join me, friends, in raising a glass and collectively telling 2013 to fuck right off. Let’s make 2014 better.

Have a happy New Year, folks. Be safe and enjoy!

TK

P.S. One more thing: Be sure and tune in to the Twilight Zone Marathon!

UGLY LITTLE THINGS: A Primer.

December 1, 2013 in Blog

So, we’re a month away from a new year, and I’ve spent this weekend thinking about how 2013 has been rather rough for me. I’m usually not one for resolutions, but after the shitty year I’ve had, I think I’m allowed to make one resolution a month early. My resolution is to make 2014 a better year than 2013 in all ways: physically, mentally, emotionally, philosophically, and (hopefully) monetarily. So I’m going to kick off the next year with a new fiction series which, until October, was just going to be a collection of short stories.

Allow me to introduce my ugly little things . . .

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To make this straightforward, here’s an FAQ I put together just for you.

What is the UGLY LITTLE THINGS series?

UGLY LITTLE THINGS (or ULT for simplicity) is a collective name for my short stories, intended to fill the gaps between my novels (which, as you know, tend to take a while). These stories are not what you’re used to seeing from me. They are more visceral, raw, experimental, and personal. In other words, they’re ugly.

In which genre can these stories be classified?

Speculative fiction. Horror. Suspense. In one specific case, a story is pseudo-memoir, or what the more civilized literary elite would call a roman à clef. If you read anything by Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, or Neil Gaiman, you’ll probably like these stories.

How are these stories being released?

These stories will be released digitally on the Amazon Kindle platform to start. Nook releases are not out of the question.

Cool. How much?

We’re pricing these based on story length. Prices will range between 99 cents to $2.99 USD.

What is the release schedule? 

Right now we’re aiming at the third of every month, starting in January. Here’s the full schedule:

RADIO FREE NOWHERE – 1/3/14

WHEN KAREN MET HER MOUNTAIN – 2/3/14

SAVING GRANNY FROM THE DEVIL – 3/3/14

UGLY LITTLE THINGS* – 4/3/14

*Title subject to change.

What happened to the limited hardcover edition you were planning to release next spring? 

That’s still happening, but the release has been pushed back due to this new approach with the individual stories. Look for details in May 2014. And no, it won’t just be a compilation of the stories mentioned above. I’ve got something special in store for you. Just wait and see.

So . . . what happened to the last Monochrome novel?

Ask me again in a year.

I think that’s about it for now. If there’s a question you have that isn’t covered here, hit me up in the comments.

Until then,

TK

Miseria’s Chorale

November 5, 2013 in Blog

A while back I mentioned one of the stories from the ULT collection, WHEN KAREN MET HER MOUNTAIN, had been accepted for publication in a new horror anthology published by Forgotten Tomb Press.

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Miseria’s Chorale: Volume One

Well, I have some news: the anthology is currently in its editing phase and is due out later this month. It will be available digitally and in print (at a whopping 609 pages). I will post price points and links once the anthology is live. For now, here is the full roster:

Finalised Table of Contents:

In Green Remembered by Christopher Nadeau
Worm Garden by Patrick Lacey
Becoming The Beast by Christian A. Larsen
Sowing The Seeds by Bear Weiter
Hiding by Pete Aldin
Happy Thoughts by Nick Kimbro
When Karen Met Her Mountain by Todd Keisling
One by Cameron Suey
Asrai by Carmen Tudor
Ripped From Heaven by Patrick Tumblety
The Eye That Ate The Sky by Alexandre Mandarino
The Catacomb Enigma by Jon Michael Kelley
From Suicide Station by Adam Millard
The Cherry Tree by James S. Dorr
Because The Night Is Dark And Full Of Monsters by Sergio Palumbo
The Story by Aurelio Rico Lopez III
Choosing My Confession by Meghan Arcuri
Visit by Richard Godwin
Bedfordshire by Peter Crowther
The Face Of Death by Paul Kane
The Wind by Ryan Neil Falcone
Tomb Of The Initiate by Aaron J. French
Thrall by Richard Farren Barber
Evacuation by Jay Wilburn
The Gatehouse by Anna Taborska
Exit To Dove’s Tail by Ken Goldman
Motel Impression by Michael Thomas-Knight
Kicks by Carl Barker
Cracks by Jon Ingold
Give Me Convenience by Shaun Meeks
Red Harvest by K. Trap Jones
King Of A Distant Star by Tim Jeffreys
Trauma Children by Lucy Taylor
Cicada by Caren Gussoff
A Feeble Gleam Of Stars by R.W.W. Greene
Letters by Christina Murphy
The Watching Room by Glen Damien Campbell
Destruction: A Plague Story by Bruce Memblatt
What Lurks Below by Peter Baltensperger
The Shadow On The Hill by Peter Mark May
That Sinking Feeling by Lance Manion
Tug by Douglas J. Ogurek
The Banquet by Fred Skolnik
Formaldehyde Fairies by Alana I. Capria
Lily In The Ether by Christopher Hivner
The Girl Beneath by Dy Loveday
Extremity by B.T. Joy
Instantaneous by Christopher David Rosales

Stay tuned,

TK

[VIDEO] Methods of Escape

November 2, 2013 in Video Blogs