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“The Show Must Go On” to appear in The Healing Monsters anthology

Psyched that my short story “The Show Must Go On” will be in the forthcoming anthology THE HEALING MONSTERS. It takes place at an Iron Maiden/Judas Priest concert in the 80s. And there’s lots of zombie mayhem involved.

Fangoria has done a write up:

From the press:

We’ve been busy-busy putting The Healing Monsters together, and by “monster,” I really mean monster. We’re looking at thirty-one authors, and over thirty-one stories and poems–as it stands, we’re looking at at least 450 pages. Should it have been this huge? Probably not. But here’s a fact: too many people wanted to be part of this in order to help out Dustin and Katherine. And when something like that happens, you just don’t cut stuff out for the sake of brevity. Screw that. So, when this puppy goes up sale, and you drop your hard-earned cash for it, you’ll be doing two things: 1) You’ll be contributing to helping out Dustin LaValley with his healthcare costs and Katherine Ludwig’s family in support of her son, Max, and 2) You will definitely be getting your money’s worth. You’ll be getting righteous stories by the horror authors you know, discover some you don’t, and you’ll get a literary taste of some of your favorite metal folks’ writerly pursuits. Let’s just take a look back on that Table of Contents:

Dustin LaValley (Human Wreckage,  Despumation 1)

Katherine Ludwig (Metal Maniacs)

Mike IX Williams (Corrections HouseEYEHATEGOD)

Adam Cesare (The First One You Expect)

Sean Frasier (Hipster MassacreDecibel)

Brian Serven (Backstabbers Inc)

Mathias Jansson (Despumation 1 & 2)

Jesse Bullington (Brothers Grossbart, Despumation 1)

Dean Swinford (The Inverted KatabasisDespumation 1)

JR Hayes (Pig Destroyer)

James Newman (Ugly As Sin)

Shawn Macomber (FangoriaDecibel, etc.)

Stephanie M. Wytovich (HYSTERIAMourning Jewelry)

Tim Deal (Shroud Publishing)

Shane Mehling (Decibel)

Marc Ciccarone (Blood Bound Books)

Ryan McKenney (Trap Them)

Matthew Widener (Cretin)

Kriscinda Lee Everitt (Despumation Press)

John Boden (DominoesShock Totem)

John Edward Lawson (Tempting DisasterRaw Dog Screaming Press)

Andrew Bonazelli (Decibel)

Jeremy Wagner (The Armageddon ChordBroken Hope)

Karyn Crisis (Gospel of the Witches)

Dutch Pearce (Decibel)

Billups Allen (Razorcake)

K. Allen Wood (Shock Totem)

John Palisano (Nerves)

Jessica Pimentel (Alekhine’s GunOrange is the New Black)

Lewis Dimmick (This Music)

Larissa Glasser (Hekseri)

“Splinterette” Nominated from Bram Stoker Award® in Short Fiction

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has made it to the Final Ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards® in Short Fiction. I’m very surprised, and I’ve got some amazing company, which is great, because now I’ll be able to enjoy to Stoker Awards without being afraid I’ll have to go up to the podium and say words like, “Honored,” and “Humbled”, and I can just do that here.

I share the category with Hal Bodner, Sydney Leigh, Usman T. Malik, whose “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” is also up for a Nebula (WOW!), Rena Mason, and Damien Angelica Walters. They’ve all produced stellar work.

“Splinterette” is about a man who is lost in a whiteout only a short distance from his home, and is seemingly rescued by a creature made of branch and sharpened bark. To me, it’s very Lovecraftian. Your mileage may vary on that one. Others have mentioned it may be metaphoric about my last few years. The jokers!

The story will be available to read here for voting members until the ballots close in a few weeks. Thanks a mill for this, everyone. It means so much to be acknowledged by my peers in horror fiction in this way.

Also, “Splinterette” appeared in the WIDOWMAKERS anthology, benefitting James Newman, who was severely injured by an immense falling branch. All proceeds help James and his family during his recovery.

Splinterette PDF download

FEAR CLINIC: Shocked Treatment article in FANGORIA #339

Fangoria #339 coverI’ve penned a feature article for Fangoria about Director Rob Hall’s feature film version of FEAR CLINIC. It’s in this month’s issue. It was wonderful speaking with cast and crew, like Robert Englund, Robert Hall, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Ted Dekker, and many more. What a great time was had, and here’s hoping for many more articles in the future!

Check it out here, if you’re so inclined.


DUST OF THE DEAD now available for Pre-Order!

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The day has come! I’m thrilled to announce that DUST OF THE DEAD is now available for Pre-order. I sure hope folks find the book and enjoy reading it. Here’s a little bit about it.

Reboot the apocalypse!

For a while, it looked like the living had won. The war against the walking dead lasted almost a decade, but it’s mostly over. There are only a few straggling zombies left to take care of. Los Angeles has returned to its lattes and long commutes. It’s up to a small Reclamation Crew to clean up the Zoms left behind. But when the undead dry up, their skin turns to dust. Now the hot Santa Ana winds deliver a new threat…because the Zoms were only the beginning of something far worse.

“John Palisano crashes the zombie apocalypse genre into dystopian fiction at high speeds. Clever, brutal and highly entertaining.”

—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Fall of Night

Dust of the Dead is a pressure cooker of a thriller, a masterwork of world building, and a genuinely and refreshingly unique spin on the zombie genre, but above all, it is a beautiful dance on the line between life and death.”

—Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dead City

“There’s never been a zombie book like Dust of the Dead. It’s horrifying, blackly funny, rich in pathos, and thoroughly original, and it’s also one of the best L.A.-based horror novels ever written.”

            —Lisa Morton, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Zombie Apocalypse: Washington Deceased

Pre-Order DUST OF THE DEAD here! 

“Splinterette” makes the Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

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“Splinterette” was selected for the Preliminary Ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards this year. I’m thrilled. There are so many wonderful works on the ballot this year. The field of horror literature is filled with so many fantastic stories. I love it, and am honored to be among those stories chosen. “Splinterette” originally appeared in the charity anthology WIDOWMAKERS, benefitting author James Newman, and edited by Peter Kahle. Please consider purchasing a copy to help out James and his family. Oddly, “Splinterette” is a story about a rather ominous tree creature, and James had an unfortunate encounter with a massive falling branch that hospitalized him. The story was written in Cupertino, California, during a rare cold spell. I don’t wish to speak too much more about it, and would rather it unfold before you, just like Splinterette’s branches…

You can read it here by clicking the SPLINTERETTE PDF link! Thank you!



Originally posted on WRITTEN BACKWARDS:

The Horror Writers Association recently announced the Preliminary Ballot for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards®, and I am proud to announce I have a few things that made the list this year. My story  “Fireman / Primal Tongue” made the final ballot last year for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, so I’m hoping this year to have all three of my works published last year make the final cut in their respective categories. If you are a voting member of the Horror Writers Association, you can email to request either a digital copy or a trade paperback of the following:

1. Qualia Nous – Superior Achievement in an Anthology.

Along with the latest Written Backwards release making the ballot this year, two stories from the anthology are on the list for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, including “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” by Usman T. Malik (which is making some noise in…

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How to set up a manuscript using the new Microsoft Word Mobile app – review

How to set up a writing project in the new Microsoft Word mobile

This week, Microsoft announced they were allowing users to download new versions of their esteemed Office workhorses that would allow editing and creation without paying a subscription. Previously, these features would cost at least $6.99 a month with an Office365 subscription. Of course, me being the gadget fiend that I am, I jumped on this. My primary focus was, naturally, could I use this for writing projects? For the past few months, my workhorse has actually been Google Docs. I love how the writing projects scale nicely to my computer, iPhone, or iPad, without any fuss. I also love how the syncing and backing up is automatic and pretty much instant. I can work in front of the computer, jump on the iPad, bring it somewhere else, and it’s all there. Pages is supposed to do the same thing, but the damn program takes so long to load, hasn’t been syncing seamlessly, and is practically unusable on the iPhone. I hate to say that, being a big Apple fan, but with limited time, the last thing I want to do is to mess around with software and lose a minute or two waiting for something to load.

So? How is Word now that it is mobile? Can it work? Will it be a viable and realistic alternative to Pages, Google Docs, or any other writing program? Yes. In many ways.

First of all, Microsoft syncs with OneDrive, their cloud service, so your work is safe, and automatically backed up. Second? There are plenty of tools you can use to set up your document for a great writing session. The biggest benefit is that you can be sure that when you send off your manuscript, it’s an honest to goodness doc file that will be compatible. I once sent off a submission I’d converted through Pages, and somehow, all of the track changes edits were put back in the document. It was a huge mess. So this alleviates those fears.

Here’s how you can format a New file for a great writing project.

  1. Launch Word on the iPad or iPhone
  2. Click on ‘New’ –– choose ‘New Blank Document’
  3. On the HOME tab, you can choose a proper, submission worthy sans serif typeface, size.
  4. Select the proper LINE SPACING size. Default for submissions is 2.0, but check the guidelines before you submit.
  5. I usually type in my name and address in the upper left hand corner first.
  6. Hit RETURN a few times. Enter your story title, and your byline underneath. The new Mobile Word has a convenient Justification right up on top, just like the desktop’s ribbon.
  7. Here’s the BIGGIE for me: you can set your FIRST LINE INDENT! Go to the fifth tab to the right on the top that read VIEW. You’ll see a small window pop down. Slide the button to turn ON the RULER. You’ll see a ruler with two tab sliders to the left. If you slide the top one (downward arrow), you can drag it to the right. This will set the first line indent for you. (I like .25”, tastes vary) This is a mainstay of the desktop, and is sorely missing in every other mobile word processor. Previously, I’ve started documents on the desktop and imported them into mobile in order for the first line indents to work. Now? I no longer have to. To top it off? This is editable throughout your document, so if you want to turn it off, you certainly can.
  8. Write!
  9. Your file saves just as it normally would, and you also now have the option to link your Dropbox account to mobile Word. In addition? You can email that file out, no problem.

Word also comes with some great built in templates if you’re doing more than writing stories or novels, so have at it.

I used this for a day of writing, my trusty Logitech bluetooth keyboard in tow. It was very similar to using a laptop running Word. Very responsive, and the interface was clean and simple, and as it should, soon made me forget it was even there, until I needed it to be.

Great job, Microsoft.

It’s available for iOS 8 and Android. Click here for more information.

PHOBOPHOBIAS is now live!

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How can someone be afraid of Halloween? After all, it’s just make believe, and naughty girl costumes these days, right? In “S is for Samhainophobia”, you can check out my twist-y take on that question, which I just read out loud at Gatsby Books in Long Beach last weekend. Cheers!

“There is nothing to fear, but fear itself….”

Twenty-six original stories by established masters of horror and talented new voices comprise this anthology of terror, mystery and suspense. Phobophobiascontinues the explorations of our darkest fears that started with the 2011 indie hit Phobophobia.

Discover tales about Achluophobia (fear of the dark), Ecophobia (fear of one’s home), Keraunophobia (fear of thunder and lightning), Ombrophobia (fear of rain), Trichinophobia (fear of poisoning), Ygrophobia (fear of water) and Zelophobia (fear of jealousy) amongst many others.

Compiled and edited by Dean M. Drinkel, the authors of Phobophobias are:

Christopher Beck, Adrian Chamberlin, Lily Childs, Mike Chinn, Raven Dane, Nerine Dorman, Christine Dougherty, Tim Dry, Jan Edwards, John Gilbert, D.T. Griffith, Lisa Jenkins, Emile-Louis Tomas Jouvet, Rakie Keig, Amelia Mangan, Peter Mark May, Christine Morgan, John Palisano, Daniel I. Russell, Phil Sloman, Sam Stone, Andrew Taylor, Mark West, Barbie Wilde & D.M. Youngquist.

Cover illustration by James Powell
Cover design by D.T. Griffith

Where to buy:

Amazon US

» Paperback
» Kindle eBook

Amazon UK

» Paperback
» Kindle eBook

CreateSpace eStore

» Paperback

NERVES sees new, expanded release through Crossroads and Bad Moon

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Psyched to announce my first true novel NERVES is now available in an expanded distribution through Crossroads Press. You can now find it pretty much anywhere in digital format. Of course, this is a great development. I’m hoping even more readers get a chance to explore that world. Once my current commitments are wrapped, I’m planning on returning to these characters in the second book in the series, which is actually a third of the way transcribed. True: it’s been relatively quiet for me on the release front this year; that’s only because there are many things imminent. Thanks, as always, for reading my posts here, and my work in general.

Here’s the direct link to Amazon’s Kindle page for NERVES. 

Horror Selfies!

Today launches the Horror Writers Association’s new site, HORROR SELFIES! And look who’s there getting into trouble!


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