Antho-Palooza! The last few months have been busy.

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I got asked to contribute stories to a lot of anthologies last year.  Here are the four i chose to give something to:

VS: X  US vs. UK Extreme Horror  eBook .99   Paperback  $16.99 

SPLATTERPUNK FIGHTING BACK  eBook  .99  paperback $9.99

THE BLACK ROOM MANUSCRIPTS Volume Three  eBook (pre-order) $4.10

100 WORD HORRORS  eBook $1.49   Paperback $6.55

 

Dawn Cano has done a fantastic job raising money for animal charities with her two VS. anthologies.  I took part in both editions.  I was more than happy to write a new story for the X and I was delighted to share the roster with Jack Ketchum and Wrath James White among many others.  My contribution: “To Be Alive”

Jack Bantry and Kit Power put together a great roster with SPLATTERPUNK FIGHTING BACK, as well. The proceeds to this charity anthology are ALL going to help fight cancer. My brother passed away from his battle with this monster with no cure back in 2010. I was honored to be invited.  I also dedicated my piece to Matt Molgaard (Horror Novel Reviews). Matt was one of my earliest supporters and offered up my first review ever.  He passed away last year, leaving a major hole in the horror community.  My contribution:  “Molly”

Daniel Marc Chant  approached me for a story for this one. THE BLACK ROOM MANUSCRIPTS always delivers a star-powered cast. I didn’t hesitate in jumping aboard.  This one contains stories from Paul Tremblay, David Moody, Adam Nevill, and more. My contribution: “Orson’s Gas N’ Go”

I’ve been trying to find the time to work with Kevin Kennedy on one of his anthologies for quite a while. I’m glad we were finally able to make it happen. His horror drabbles (stories in exactly 100 words) anthology, 100 WORD HORRORS, is full of short goodies from Lisa Morton, Richard Chizmar, Gord Rollo, and many, many, many more. My contribution: “The Came for Me”

How much did I get paid for these stories? $0  Why do it?  Because I love working with this great group of editors and writers, and the ones for charities are causes I believe in and support.

Two of the covers (VS: X and 100 WORD STORIES) were created by the multi-talented Michael Bray.  Check out his website here: MichaelBray.com

My FIGHTING BACK compatriots and I were all blown away and honored to be nominated in a couple categories for the inaugural SPLATTERPUNK AWARDS taking place at this year’s KILLERCON in Texas. We’re up for Best Anthology, plus Matt Shaw, Bracken MacLeod, and myself, were each nominated in the Best Short Story category for our FIGHTING BACK contributions.

VS: X  US vs. UK EXTREME HORROR is also nominated for Best Anthology.  Congrats to Dawn and everyone else involved.

Check out the full list of categories and nominees here:  SPLATTERPUNK AWARDS NOMINATION LIST

 

You can grab all four eBooks for less than $10.  I hope you’ll consider it.

We all appreciate the support.

There is another fantastic collection I’m even more excited about on the way this June or July that we’re waiting to announce.  You guys are going to love it.

Stay tuned!

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Easter is Hell! New releases and a Horror Hound Recap!

It has been an interesting couple of weeks (or months!). We have the whole Samhain Publishing ordeal behind us (or do we? duh-duh-duh!), I attended Horror Hound  Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio, and I get to be a part of a stellar cast of rowdy writers in a rare holiday anthology that releases Sunday!

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With a title like EASTER EGGS & BUNNY BOILERS, anEaster Sunday release date, and  a complete madman (Matt Shaw) behind the wheel, what could go wrong? Shaw, a mean SOB of a horror writer if ever there was one, hand selected a number of talented writers from around the globe to take part in this unique holiday anthology. I was lucky to be asked to contribute and couldn’t say yes fast enough. Alongside writers such as Chantal Noordeloos, Graeme Reynolds, Duncan Ralston, Kit Power, Stuart Keane, Jim Goforth, Michael Bray, and so many more, I just hope my story garners a second look.

“Little Bunny” is sort of like if you took a dash of Alice in Wonderland, a pinch of Pet Semetary, and added it to a batch of Glenn Rolfe…that might give you an idea what you find. I knew these authors would bring the guts and the blood and the strange (and they do!), but I thought I might take a more subtle approach. I hope everyone enjoys it.

You can read an early, piece-by-piece review HERE

EASTER EGGS & BUNNY BOILERS is an eBook only anthology and is available for pre-orders now, or you can purchase it Easter Sunday (March 27th).

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Moving right along…

This year’s Horror Hound Weekend in Cincinnati was supposed to be a gathering of friends in the Samhain Publishing world…well, with the company shutting down, they of course, pulled out of the event.  It really sucked. I had worked last summer with editor, Don D’Auria, to have my novella collection together and released just in time for the annual convention. WHERE NIGHTMARES BEGIN was put together and ready to go!  And a month before release– BAM!  Damn.

My in-laws live  45 minutes from Cincinnati, so we made the hike anyway! I bought a pass for Horror Hound Weekend and carted my books around in my Samhain backpack. I had no table, but thanks to the many connections made last year and the months that followed, I was able to sell a decent amount of copies by setting up face-to-face meetings with a number of Samhain fans. So a HUGE thank you to everyone that met up with me and conducted sketchy business in the halls of the convention center!

Here are some pics from my 2 days:

It was great to see some familiar faces and make some new friends!

Lastly,

We’re all waiting to see what comes out of these behind closed door meetings from our Samhain boss. She’s trying to find a  way to keep us going or our books available. We’ll see. I’ve been approached by a couple of other publishers about future works, so we won’t be waiting long to land elsewhere. Sinister Grin Press is certainly going to be there for all of you Samhain fans. They’ve been publishing Kristopher Rufty, David Bernstein, Adam Cesare, and most recently, Jonathan Janz. I’ll have a novella with them in January and possibly more… we’ll see, but good things are on the horizon for the company and I’m happy to be a part of the SGP future.

I’ll also be publishing my next collection of short fiction sometime later this year along with attending Scares That Care this July in Virginia.

Be sure to check out my interviews and the latest  reviews for THINGS WE FEAR and WHERE NIGHTMARES BEGIN

I have interviews coming up on the blog with reviewer, Duane Mincel, authors David Bernstein and Lucas Mangum, and I’ll be posting reviews for books from David Mitchell, Brian Keene, Tim Waggoner, and many more.

Oh, and the Guns N’ Roses reunion gigs are just around the corner! PUMPED!

Happy spring!

 

 

 

My Top Ten of 2015! From The Nightmare Girl to Darkness Rising…

Okay. I managed to squeeze in that last book.

Altogether, I read 63 books this year, 30-something of which were released in 2015. Many of those were Samhain Publishing titles, many were not.

*My Top Ten list only features releases from 2015.

Let’s get right to it!

10. (Tie) THE NIGHTMARE GIRL by Jonathan Janz and THE VAMPIRE of PLAINFIELD by Kristopher Rufty

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9. (Tie) GOD BOMB! by Kit Power and DREAMWALKER by Russell James

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8. CONSUMPTION by Heather Herrman

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7. WE ARE MONSTERS by Brian Kirk

6. GOBLINS by David Bernstein

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5. LITTLE GIRLS by Ronald Malfi

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4.ISLAND of the FORBIDDEN by Hunter Shea

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3. HE WHO WALKS in SHADOW by Brett J. Talley

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2. A HEAD FULL of GHOSTS by Paul Tremblay

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  1. DARKNESS RISING by Brian Moreland

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I cheated a little…two ties, but hey, I really loved all of these pieces more than the rest. They all brought me a tremendous amount of reading joy this year, and were definitely head and shoulders above the rest.

Regarding my choices…

Janz’s Wolf Land garnered him the most attention this year, but I found his first title of 2015, The Nightmare Girl,  to be more potent. Rufty’s Vampire of Plainfield was a brave attempt to re-write history with Ed Gein and ended up being great fun. Kit Power’s debut, God Bomb!, surprised me in how well it worked. A nice debut! Two other debuts made my list: We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk and Consumption by Heather Herrman. Kirk offers us a look at man’s motivations and dares us to look within, while Herrman’s novel was complete macabre storytelling in the vein of Bentley Little. I loved them both. Russell James also released two fun novels in 2015, I went with Dreamwalker. The story of a boy who could walk in two worlds in a battle of good and evil. Oh, and there’s a nice little love story in there, too. Great stuff by James.  Goblins by David Bernstein was another dark ride that surprised me with how good it was. His best that I’ve read yet! Ronald Malfi’s Little Girls delivered my needed fix of his creepy and beautiful storytelling. while Hunter Shea set me back in the saddle with two of my favorite characters of the last few years (Jessica and Eddie) in Island of the Forbidden.

My top 3…

Brett J. Talley’s He Who Walks in Shadow was a great supernatural adventure that was part Robert Langdon, part Indiana Jones, and all awesome! Not so much a horror story, but a lot of fun!

Paul Tremblay’s 2015 hit, A Head Full of Ghosts scared the bejesus out of me and had me reading at top speed! So good. There were a couple of short spots that I thought were unnecessary, but the good stuff was so good that it blew me away. Great book!

Darkness Rising by Brian Moreland just completely knocked me outta my socks! My favorite read of the year by far. So good that I am re-posting my review right here:

“…a wise man once told her, Poetry has an invisible power that transcends the soul.”

Far and away the best new piece of fiction I’ve read this year. With Darkness Rising, Brian Moreland reminded me why he’s one of my two favorite (not King, Laymon, Ketchum…etc.) authors out there (the other being Ronald Malfi). I’m a huge fan of his novel, Shadows in the Mist, but I think this novella rivals it.

Darkness Rising goes so many places, it’s hard to get across just how awesome this novella is. It is dark and gritty in places and beautiful and poetic in others. It is completely vicious in spots, but counters that with moments of uplifting magic.

I connected instantly with the main character, Marty Weaver, the same way I did with Laymon’s Ed Logan in Night in the Lonesome October (my favorite Richard Laymon book). That alone speaks volumes for me. And much like that Laymon novel, Moreland’s ability to balance the light and dark sides in a romantic waltz over a floor made from dead flesh and macabre visions is nothing short of inspiring.

Add in a soundtrack featuring the Stones, The Doors, and possibly some Alice Cooper…and you’ve got me hook, line, and sinker.
Darkness Rising is a perfect example of how amazingly good novellas can be. This is a Moreland masterpiece.

5 stars. Easy.

 

There were a great number of novels I didn’t hear about or have time to get to that came out this year, as well. My biggest regret was that I didn’t have time to start Kevin Lucia’s THROUGH A MIRROR, DARKLY. I will get to it soon.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

WHITE KNUCKLE by Eric Red

SEEING EVIL by Jason Parent

ORPHANS of WONDERLAND by Greg Gifune

WHERE SPIDERS FEAR TO SPIN by Peter N. Dudar

THE BEAR WHO WOULDN’T LEAVE by J.H. Moncrieff

There were so many other great novels and novellas that I enjoyed.

Here’s the link to what I finished in 2015. GOODREADS CHALLENGE

 

NEW RELEASE ALERT: GOD BOMB! Get the Brand Spankin’ New Release from Kit Power.

So, this is the land of “virtual” friends…

I met author Kit Power sometime last year or earlier this year (I forget which) via some back and forth commenting on a mutual friends Facebook post. If I recall, we were aggressively discussing the merits of…oh, hell…probably self-publishing or something. Regardless, after some back and forth verbal nonsense, we settled down and found a common ground: music!

Since then, we’ve talked Oasis (and how brilliant their b-sides are) and partaken in the 2015 Author Lip-Sync Battle (you can witness Kit’s fantastic tribute to the mighty Skid Row HERE).

Anyways, Kit and I also have new releases coming out within a week of one another. Me, with Blood and Rain, and Kit, with God Bomb!

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Somebody wants answers.

North Devon, England. 1995. A born-again revival meeting in a public building. The usual mix of the faithful, the curious, and the desperate. And one other – an atheist suicide bomber. He’s angry. He wants answers. And if God doesn’t come and talk to him personally, he’s going to kill everyone in the building…

Kit is a super rad dude.  I bought God Bomb! at Midnight and have it locked and  loaded on my Kindle right now. I implore you to do the same.

For more fun and info on the author and the book (which is also available in Print), check out this link:

Kit Power: The Deep End (Crystal Lake Publishing Guest Post)

 

And Grab a copy of the book by clicking the amazing cover above or going to AMAZON

Good luck, KIT!