Preliminary Stoker Nomination News and More

The preliminary ballot for this years Bram Stoker nominees came out this week and I was happy to find out that two books that I’m included in have made that list. This doesn’t mean either will make it through to the final ballot, but it is still pretty cool.

In the non-fiction catagory:  Horror 101: The Way Forward  (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2014) 

This one features a TON of authors and editors, etc.  The eBook edition contained the interview I conducted with Leisure Books/Samhain Horror maestro, Don D’Auria.


Horror 101: The Way Forward – a comprehensive overview of the Horror fiction genre and career opportunities available to established and aspiring authors.

Have you ever wanted to be a horror writer? Perhaps you have already realized that dream and you’re looking to expand your repertoire. Writing comic books sounds nice, right? Or how about screenplays?
That’s what Horror 101: The Way Forward is all about. It’s not your average On Writing guide that covers active vs. passive and other writing tips, Horror 101 focuses on the career of a horror writer. It covers not only insights into the horror genre, but the people who successfully make a living from it.

Covering aspects such as movies, comics, short stories, ghost-writing, audiobooks, editing, publishing, self-publishing, blogging, writer’s block, YA horror, reviewing, dark poetry, networking, collaborations, eBooks, podcasts, conventions, series, formatting, web serials, artwork, social media, agents, and career advice from seasoned professionals and up-and-coming talents, Horror 101 is just what you need to kick your career into high gear.

Horror 101: The Way Forward is not your average On Writing guide, as it is more focused on the career options available to authors. But don’t fret, this book is loaded with career tips and behind-the-scene stories on how your favourite authors broke into their respective fields.

Horror 101: The Way Forward is perfect for people who:
• are suffering from writer’s block
• are starting their writing careers
• are looking to expand their writing repertoire
• are planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing
• are looking to pay more bills with their art
• are trying to further their careers
• are trying to establish a name brand
• are looking to get published
• are planning on self-publishing
• want to learn more about the pros in the horror genre
• are looking for motivation and/or inspiration
• love the horror genre
• are not sure where to take their writing careers

Includes articles by Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Edward Lee, Lucy A. Snyder, Emma Audsley, RJ Cavender, Scott Nicholson, Weston Ochse, Taylor Grant, Paul Kane, Lisa Morton, Shane McKenzie, Dean M. Drinkel, Simon Marshall-Jones, Robert W. Walker, Don D’Auria and Glenn Rolfe, Harry Shannon, Chet Williamson, Lawrence Santoro, Thomas Smith, Blaze McRob, Rocky Wood, Ellen Datlow, Iain Rob Wright, Kenneth W. Cain, Daniel I. Russell, Michael McCarty, Richard Thomas, Joan De La Haye, Michael Wilson, Francois Bloemhof, C.E.L. Welsh, Jasper Bark, Niall Parkinson, Armand Rosamilia, Tonia Brown, Ramsey Campbell, Tim Waggoner, Gary McMahon, V.H. Leslie, Eric S Brown, William Meikle, John Kenny, Gary Fry, Diane Parkin, Jim Mcleod, Siobhan McKinney, Rick Carufel, Ben Eads, Theresa Derwin, Rena Mason, Steve Rasnic Tem, Michael A. Arnzen, Joe Mynhardt, John Palisano, Mark West, Steven Savile, and a writer so famous he’s required to stay anonymous.

The second book that made the prelim ballot is in the Anthology category: Journals of Horror: Found Fiction (Pleasant Storm Entertainment, INC, 2014)

This one is edited by Terry M. West and features a ton of great writers and one of my freakier pieces, “Killing Jessica”.


It would be cool to make the final ballot, but this is still rad, too.

On the downside, my debut novel, The Haunted Halls (James Ward Kirk Publishing, 2014) was ineligible, because I had self-published pieces of it in 2013.  😦   Oh well, you live and learn.

HH Promo

Another thing that surprised me was the lack of consideration for any of the stellar Samhain Horror titles from 2014. The company (yes, they happen to be my publisher)  released a ton of terrific novels and novellas that I believe should have appeared….somewhere on the Stoker lists.

Releases from Adam Cesare, Jonathan Janz, Hunter Shea, Tim Waggoner, JG Faherty, Catherine Cavendish, John Everson, David Bernstein, Eric Red, Matt Manochio, and many, many others all went unsung. That’s some sort of shame.

I proclaim 2015 the year of the SAMHAIN ARMY!   We will make our presence known!

Let’s get the word out starting NOW. Click the logo and grab some great horror.


What I read in 2014 –I Aimed for 45 books, but ended up reading 82!


A few years ago, just as I started writing, I saw Brian Keene blog a list of what he read that year. There were 100 titles. My jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe that that was possible. I always hoped to read between 12 and and 24….

This yea, I set my goal on Goodreads for 45. A nice, high number (for me). Well, thanks in part to the explosion of novellas, I managed to read 82 books this year! Some were short, some not so short. I started and couldn’t finish 3 books that I thought were awful. They are not listed here.

Here is my “read” list for 2014. I highlighted my favorites. You can check out my reviews here: Glenn’s Reading Challenge

Black-Max Booth III

Black and Orange-Benjamin Kane Ethridge

Professional Detachment or The Eternal-T. Fox Dunham

Gripped  -Jason Donnelly

Punk Rock Dad –Jim Lindberg

Radio Free Nowhere- Todd Keisling

Namesless: The Darkness Comes- Mercedes m. Yardley

A Requiem for Dead Flies- Peter N. Dudar

Bunnicula- James Howe

When Karen Met Her Mountain- Todd Keisling

Netherworld- Lisa Morton

Dust Devils- Jonathan Janz

Galvaston-Nic Pizzolatto

Habeas Corpse- Nikki Hopeman

Saving Granny from the Devil-Todd Keisling

Dead of Winter- Brian Moreland

Piercing the Veil- Mason Bundschuh

If it Bleeds-Darryl Dawson

Federales- Christopher Irwin

The Harbinger-Todd Keisling

The Nightcrawler-Mick Ridgewell

Things Slip Through-Kevin Lucia

The Indie Journey-Scott Nicholson

Three Graves Full-Jamie Mason

The Waiting-Hunter Shea

Throttle-Stephen King and Joe Hill

NOS4A2-Joe Hill

Cradle Lake-Ronald Malfi

Pride-Chantal Noordeloos

To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee

The Stranger-Albert Camus

Dark Vengeance-Russell James

Decoration Day-Vic Kerry

Red-Jack Ketchum

Sinister Entity-Hunter Shea

The Vagrants-Brian Moreland

Hero-Wrath James White and J.F. Gonzales

Toxicity-Max Booth III

Devourer of Souls-Kevin Lucia

Relic of Death-David Bernstein

The Montauk Monster-Hunter Shea

The Sorrows-Jonathan Janz

Shooting Yourself in the Head for Fun and Profit-Lucy A. Snyder

The Dude Abides-Alex Belth

Fairy-Shane McKenzie

Deep Like the River-Tim Waggoner

Off Season-Jack Ketchum

The Beast House-Richard Laymon

Exorcist Road- Jonathan Janz

Heroin in the Now-Terry M. West

The Summer Job-Adam Cesare

A Beautiful Madness-Lee Thompson

Hot in December-Joe R. Lansdale

Crooked House-Joe McKinney

Pretty Little Dead Girls-Mercedes M. Yardley

The Plasm-William Meikle

Conduits-Jennifer Loring

The Running Man- Stephen King

Last of the Albatwitches-Brian Keene

The Halloween Tree-Ray Bradbury

The Halloween Man-Douglas Clegg

Linden Manor-Catherine Cavendish

Tribesmen-Adam Cesare

The Dark Servant-Matt Manochio

Dark Harvest-Norman Partridge

The Exiled-William Meikle

House of Skin-Jonathan Janz

The Family Tree-John Everson

Apartment 7C- David Bernstein

The Martian-Andy Weir

Exponential-Adam Cesare

Charlotte-Stuart Keane

The Last Cannibals-Jens Bjerre

A Shrill Keening-Ronald Malfi

Legacy-JG Faherty

The Dead Zone-Stephen King

The Howliday Inn-James Howe

Dreamwalker-Russell James

The Black Echo-Michael Connelly

30 Days of Night, Vol. One-Steve Niles

Blood Red Roses-Russell James

The Lost Level-Brian Keene

JONATHAN JANZ FOR 99 CENTS! Get some great horror for cheap!

Okay, it’s no secret that  I have read a bunch of books/authors from Samhain Publishing. So far, one of my favorites is without a doubt Jonathan Janz. This man has the potential to be one of the very best in the business. If you don’t believe me, you need to grab one or (I suggest) all three of his Kindle books that are on sale RIGHT NOW!

His early stuff is decent (The Sorrows, House of Skin), but his latest efforts have jumped him into a whole new level.

My personal three favorites by Janz–Savage Species, Dust Devils, Exorcist Road–are all 99 cents.

Hop on over to his Amazon page to find them HERE 

Dust Devils and Exorcist Road both appear on my TOP TEN of 2014—Check my lists out HERE




And if you fall in love with Janz’s style (harvested from a love and appreciation of Ketchum, King, and McCammon)  be sure to pre-order his next great chunk of delicious death! The Nightmare Girl–Just look at the freakin’ cover!

the-nightmare-girlNot sure how long this sale is going on, so get your asses over there and snatch ’em up while you can!

You can thank me later.