The cover

Trying to decide on a cover for the soon to be released book and while the publisher is absolutley great about it all, I have no idea what it should be like. I’ve never given a cover any thought. Sent along my limited ideas, wish I could be more helpful.

Stuff

Sent out a Sci-Fi sub to Analog magazine, still awaiting word on the release date of, “The Wishstone” through Sirens Call Pub and awaiting the last two chapters of proofreading on, “Plague” before sending it out. Have the majority of next novel outlined, hope to begin to put pen to paper (I suppose fingers to keys would be more accurate) next month.

Horror World Review

Received a great review from Dave Sims of Horror World, on the recent release of Darkness Ad Infinitum. This is a beautiful book, and I’m glad I was involved in it, the publisher and staff were wonderful to work with. My short story, “Brannigans Window” appears on page 181.

(The following review is printed in its entirety with the consent of the webmaster @ Horrorworld.org)

Darkness Ad Infinitum by Edited by Shawna Bernard, Matt Edginton, Alandice A. Anderson, & Parker Michael; Villipede Publications; 2014; 312 pgs; $14.19 US

Each year, anthologies hit the shelves in greater numbers which tends to water down the quality of the stories and stretches themes into mere suggestions. Not everyone can be Ellen Datlow or Paula Guran and cull the best stories from the dark pool of horror authors from across the globe. Familiar names typical fill the pages with only a stray newcomer or two to break into the fold.
Thank God for small presses! When constructed properly, new voices can be heard. Strong voices with something special to say can fill the minds of readers with visions they had not yet experienced.
Villipede Publications has emerged from the darkness to bring its vision to the masses – and does so with strength and clarity.
The editors of Darkness Ad Infinitum have accomplished a great feat: amassing fifteen stories and four poems from non-name brand writers in a collection that is seamless in structure and strong in quality from cover to cover.
Also impressive is the artwork, from the beautifully disturbing cover by Wednesday Wolf to the other nine artists whose works introduce each story. The amount of care and imagination placed into creating this anthology is evident on every page.
But onto the stories, the real reason why readers buy anthologies. The editors have included writers from around the globe which lends itself to a bevy of flavors typically not found in the everyday horror collection. The views and images painted on the pages provide a true variety of terrors, both subtle and explicit, in a manner which celebrates viewpoints many are not familiar. Darkness Ad Infinitum opens with “Longboat” by Becky Relegado, somewhat Lovecraftian in nature yet with a cultural sensibility not found in Innsmouth or Dunwich. That unsettling tale sets the tone for the rest of the book, a fine, strong choice that lets the reader know he or she is in for a ride just a bit different than the typical fare. Kudos to each entry here but the favorites of this reviewer are “Brannigan’s Window,” “The Song That Crawled,” and “The Undertaker’s Melancholy.”
Give some of the newer presses a chance and a smart choice would be Villipede. If their other offerings are up to the standards of Darkness Ad Infinitum, they will likely be around for quite a long time.

 


Nov 24, 2014

Whispers From the Past

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Fright & Fear

Read with your eyes and listen with your mind to the Whispers from the Past. This collection of short stories includes beasts, possessions and spirits who play for keeps. These tales will certainly influence your fear and make you question what you believe. Don’t be upset if you’re left wondering who you are dealing with in reality and looking over your shoulder twice. Whispers from the Past: Fright & Fear is the first collection of fear revealing and fright inducing tales compiled by North 2 South Press. This collection is intended for the adult reader. It includes more than 20 short stories and ends with a few creepy poetic forms.

(Blurb taken in its entirety from Publishers Website)

Available September 26th

Contributors

Click above link for a list of contributing author’s

 

Whispers from the Past

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Coming September 26, 2014 from North 2 South Press:

 

~Whispers from the Past: Fright & Fear~

 

Read with your eyes and listen with your mind to the Whispers from the Past. This collection of short stories includes beasts, possessions and spirits who play for keeps. These tales will certainly influence your fear and make you question what you believe. Don’t be upset if you’re left wondering who you are dealing with in reality and looking over your shoulder twice. Whispers from the Past: Fright & Fear is the first collection of fear revealing and fright inducing tales compiled by North 2 South Press. This collection is intended for the adult reader. It includes more than 20 short stories and ends with a few creepy poetic forms.

 Authors:

 “Black Door” by Gwendolyn Kiste

 “Whispers” by Jason Downes

 “The Shadow” by J.L. Herra

 “The Watcher” by Shelly Weston

 “Echoes of a Hero” by M. Earl Smith

 “Mamaw’s Beast” by David F. Gray

  “Child Protection” by Evan Purcell

 “He Who Has Seen Cathacara” by James C. Simpson

  “Metamorphosis” by Justine Johnston Hemmestad

  “Room 1826” by Derek Muk

  “JPI” by Trevor McNeil

 “More Sad School” by John McCormack

  “The Well” by Ana Prundaru

 “Castle North” by Robin Wyatt Dunn

 “The Welcoming” by John Mc Caffrey

  “Inside Me” by Mauricio Castillo

  “The Whorehouse Ghost” by   James Park

 “The Ghost at Four Bells” by Dave Fragments

 “The Intruder: A True Encounter” by W.T. Paterson

 “Finkel’s Theory of Ghosts”  by Guy Burtenshaw

 “Keepsies”  by   Kelda Crich

 “The Attic” by  Nathan Hystad

 “The Bree”  by  DJ Tyrer

“The House On The Moor” by  DJ Tyrer

 “Privation” by Vince Darcangelo

  “House of Ned” by S.R. Generette

 “Thy Mind- Portrait of a Nightmare” by Tyra Robinson

 “Eyes to Remember…A voice That Calls” by Frank J Hopkins

 “Dance of Darkness” by Renee Rain

Headaches

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Still plugging away at the novel. It is growing to be a lot larger than I had anticipated. Wrote a few short stories during breaks and need to get those edited and re-edited, then check the current available submissions. Even managed a poem this part month. (Step aside Poe!) Not enough time in the day during the summer to devote to the keyboard.

Sanitarium #22 available now

Sanitarium_MagSanitarium issue #22 now available in print.

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Welcome to the Sanitarium Sanitarium – Bringing you the best in horror fiction, one case at a time Within Sanitarium (Horror Fiction and Dark Verse) Magazine Issue 22 you will find: • Fishing Buddies by Seth Ojala • Number 99 by Daniel J Bickley • Feast Your Eyes by Cindy Morren • the Worm our of Space by Jonathan Anderson • Hope from the Eternal Damned by Patrick Jagielski • The Unraveling of Victor C.Lewis by Max Sheridan • Justice Served by John Mc Caffrey • The Devil’s in Town by Lex Sinclair • Wendy’s Promise by S.L Dixon • A land fills Bloom by Kyle Short • The Brink by Kanishka Narayan • There Are Things… by Cecilia Dockins • See who’s riding high in the US and UK Kindle charts. • And we see “Where the Horror Happens” with Bobby Adair A little word from our readers: “One of the great things about Sanitarium Magazine is the effort they put into discovering new authors. Many horror magazines favor work of King or other “proven” authors, but by reaching out the the next generation, Sanitarium opens the door to really new ideas.” – DL SHANNON // DEVER, CO “Sanitarium is an excellent high quality horror magazine full of new, emerging writers and some old faces. All the stories are very good. However, my personal favourite by Lex Sinclair stands out as the best. It has elements of Edgar Allen Poe.” – SAM // LONDON, UK The Doctors will see you now…

(Above blurb written by Publishers of Sanitarium Magazine and reposted here in its entirety)

DAI

DarknessConsisting of fifteen stories, four poems, and a bounty of darkly evocative illustrations (full color in the eBook version), Darkness Ad Infinitum is the first horror anthology from Villipede Publications.

Founded in 2011, Villipede is a publisher for which written art and visual art have always been strongly intertwined. On a purely physical level, DAI is a pleasure to behold. With its dark and tattered aesthetic accentuated by a splash of crimson, the cover by Wednesday Wolf sets the tone. After more wonderfully grotesque artwork (most notably on the title page), the anthology begins with a brief introduction in the form of a story that explains the infinite darkness referred to in the title. Then come the stories proper, each one accompanied by an original illustration by one of ten artists. The well-suited pictures accompanying each story are impressive in their detail.

The horror between these pages is predominantly of the insidious, creeping variety, its encroachment gradual but eventually all-encompassing. As modern as it may be, it’s horror in the old-fashioned vein, perfect for reading by a crackling fire on a windswept night. Lovecraftian strains pair well with surrealistic nightmares. Madness looms, whether it be religious, familial, or chemical in nature. Places people were never meant to set foot in beckon with dark temptation.

A considerable number of stories involve weird houses or uncanny occurrences in seemingly ordinary ones. Fans of this particular trope will be duly satisfied, and there’s enough variation that it doesn’t come across as redundant. Other stories run the gamut of subjects, from deadly subterranean creatures to a modern take on Pinocchio, to ruthless skinwalkers and cannibals hiding in plain sight.

The poems interspersed between the longer pieces are best absorbed with logic set aside. Their imagery and word choice serve to unsettle, and they’re a welcome addition to (though certainly not a break from) the dread to be found in the stories.

It’s obvious just picking the book up and flipping through its pages that a lot of time, energy and care went into it. From the typesetting to the illustrations to the stories themselves, and even the author bios, Darkness Ad Infinitum is a true work of art. As far as anthologies go, it’s a fair bet that most horror fans will be pleased with this one. Recommended.

 

Review from Josh Black @ http://hellnotes.com/

as it appears on Amazon