In the days prior to the release of my new novella with Sinister Grin Press, CHASING GHOSTS, I put out a set of alien short stories called, OUT OF RANGE. Since most of the press and guest posts I’ll be doing on my promotional tours will be centered around CHASING GHOSTS, I figured I’d share some info on OUT OF RANGE here on my site.
When I heard from Max Booth III that Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing was doing an anthology called, LOST SIGNALS, I knew I had to write something for it. The very first thing that came to mind was the title, “Out of Range”. I stole the title from an Ani DiFranco song. I wrote this story and absolutely loved it. I sent it in to Max and he messaged me this: “That was a hard one to let go, definitely. People will love it once you release it…” I mentioned to him that it would go into my next collection. I was going to put that collection together this summer, but with two releases set for August and September, I decided to try something different. I had this one story that I loved, but I also had two other alien horror stories sitting around that I thought were awesome, as well. So, at the end of the day, I decided to put the threesome together and release them for 99 cents.
Here’s a quick bit on each of the stories contained in OUT OF RANGE.
“Not of this World”
First, it’s a Danzig song, second, it was going to be the title of the next short story collection. When I decided to write a story to match that title, this is what came out. What I ended up with is the story of a pregnant couple that turns upside down in a horrible way. It is my ode to John Carpenter’s The Thing. I thought, “What if that creature or something like it, landed in a suburban neighborhood instead of the icy Antarctica?” I love how it turned out.
This one is a step above a Flash Fiction piece. It is very short, but I think equally potent in its delivery. The aliens (the Astronauts) have come and taken over. The cluster of humans that are left are huddled together in little pockets and living in squalor. The aliens keeping track of their every move and every secret. I can’t tell you more without giving it away, so you’ll have to check it out. This story originally appeared for a week last year on Rich Duncan’s blog, The Horror Bookshelf. Rich is a supporter of my work and I thought it’d be cool to give him something special. Thanks again, Rich!
“Out of Range”
In this story, the aliens send a signal that they are coming….and it’s not exactly friendly. The story has more heart than the previous ones. I imagined what it would be like if single Glenn lived in this world and had to help take care of his niece and nephew. It was pretty easy to create the relationship between the main character and his niece, because I just imagined myself and my teenage niece, Jillian, in this setting. I believe this one to be the most well-rounded of the batch. The first is viscous, the second is thought-provoking, but “Out of Range” has a bit of it all. Funny story, a reviewer who had just finished LOST SIGNALS read OUT OF RANGE a couple weeks later and mentioned in his review that it would have fit perfectly in the anthology.
The set is available now in eBook exclusively through Amazon. If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can nab a copy to read there, too.Reviews are welcome! Good or bad, honesty works best.
You can grab a copy of OUT OF RANGE HERE
CHASING GHOSTS is also available in eBook and Print. Purchase a copy HERE
And here is the over , cover art, cover copy, and Amazon link for the LOST SIGNALS Anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing:
What’s that sound? Do you feel it?
The signals are already inside you. You never even had a chance.
A tome of horror fiction featuring radio waves, numbers stations, rogue transmissions, and other unimaginable sounds you only wish were fiction. Forget about what’s hiding in the shadows, and start worrying about what’s hiding in the dead air.
With stories by Matthew M. Bartlett, T.E. Grau, Joseph Bouthiette Jr., Josh Malerman, David James Keaton, Tony Burgess, Michael Paul Gonzalez, George Cotronis, Betty Rocksteady, Christopher Slatsky, Amanda Hard, Gabino Iglesias, Dyer Wilk, Ashlee Scheuerman, Matt Andrew, H.F. Arnold, John C. Foster, Vince Darcangelo, Regina Solomond, Joshua Chaplinsky, Damien Angelica Walters, Paul Michael Anderson, and James Newman. Also includes an introduction from World Fantasy-award-winning author, Scott Nicolay.
Purchase the eBook or Print edition of LOST SIGNALS HERE