After a long year of being In Production, CLICKERS FOREVER: A TRIBUTE TO J.F. GONZALEZ is officially up for pre-order!
I’ve always said that Brian Keene, Tim Lebbon, and J.F. Gonzalez are the reason I write, and to be a part of a tribute anthology to one of my idols is truely an honor. Everyone involved in the project–from Keene choosing and editing the stories, to the authors who poured their hearts into their fiction or essays, to the truely outstanding artwork on the cover and the book’s insides, to Paul at Thunderstorm for putting out yet another beautiful book–are extremely proud that we can honor such an influencial man. There is not a single person involved in this book that Gonzalez didn’t affect in some fashion.
I hope this book creates more fans for Gonzalez’s work. Though I’m really proud of my story “For You, Anything” (which as far as I know is the only story in the antho based in the world of the novel PRIMITIVE), it’s hard for me to promote my singular work. My hope–OUR hope as contributers–is that you come away with this with a greater appreciation for his work as whole, and if you haven’t read his work before this it makes you want to discover his incredible backlist of fiction, many of which Mr. Keene is helping his family republish as we speak. And if it makes you want to look into that particular contributer’s work, then that’s just icing on the cake.
That being said, I can’t wait to see this thing in person!
Side note: Yes, there will be a paperback and e-book from Deadite Press at some point next year, but it will not include everything in the limited hardcover.
Hey, everyone! Just wanted to let you guys know that a new paperback version of my novel THE BETRAYED will be available within the next twenty-four hours. I fixed some grammar issues that were found in the previous version. I will be working on fixing the e-book version in the next few days. As always, thanks for reading! And if you enjoyed it, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.
Meet Virginia! (Ok, that’s as far as I’ll go with Train lyrics)
Scares That Care Weekend is officially on! We’re here in Williamsburg, VA as a part of the charity weekend, and we want to meet you. Yes, you. Even if you’re a Train fan. I won’t hold it against you. You like who you like, you know? Hell, I like Boz Scaggs.
All the details are at the official website. I’ll be in the vendors room, sharing a table with authors Kelli Owen and Robert Ford, and my fiction reading is tonight (Friday) from 5:45-6:15 with author Kyle Lybeck. I’ll have plenty of copies of my novel THE BETRAYED and my small story collection UNFIT FOR BURIAL, as well as a FREE (yes FREE!) short story chapbook at the table for anyone who wants one (limited quantities available). And free bookmarks!
I hope to see you all there!
So… For the past four days I’ve been alone. My wife moved away to Pennsylvania this past Sunday, leaving me behind here in Indiana. She starts her new job Monday, and my job, other than what I do for a paycheck, is to stay behind and whip the house into selling shape. Unfortunately, being the shithead I am, I’ve neglected a lot of household duties over the last nine years of home-ownership. Nothing major, I don’t think. Just things like: “Oh, that broke? I’ll fix it eventually…” “That knob is coming off? I’ll get it tomorrow…” “There’s mold under that cabinet? Someone should get to that…” Everything’s coming back to bite me all at once.
It’s just difficult to stay motivated. Even though it’s only been four measly days, I miss my wife dearly. Miss waking up next to her and kissing her goodbye in the morning. I miss knowing she’ll be home at the same time every night. I miss arguing where to eat. I miss laughing with her, and her rolling her eyes when I go on tangents about hockey stats and “This player got traded to that city?! How crazy is that?!” Hell, I even miss our dogs she took with her in the move, leaving behind three cats that love to test my patience daily (side note: I love cats and have always been a cat person, so don’t think I mean ill will toward them). It’s hard having no idea when I’m going to see her again. She may meet me and stay the weekend at Scares That Care, but her new job may prevent her, understandably so, from coming down. I some vacation days and flyer miles which I plan on using soon, but will have to wait until I better know her work schedule. It’s just hard.
I haven’t spent any significant amount of time away from her since we’ve been together (6 years together, 3 years married) and I’m not sure how I’m going to handle it. I’m OK right now, and I’m sure I’ll be fine in the coming weeks. I going to do my damnedest to get to her quickly as possible, and start our new life together in the Northeast. It’s just going to take a little time.
Alright, back to cleaning…
The Horror Show with Brian Keene (and Dave Thomas) Episode 122, which features an interview with me that was recorded a few weeks ago, is now available for download! We discussed many things, including personal influences, my debut novel THE BETRAYED, my story entry for CLICKERS FOREVER, and my hockey obsession. Although I was nervous as hell initially, I quickly settled in and had a blast being questioned by two of my absolute favorite authors: Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni. A big thank you to all three of them for having me. I hope you enjoy!
Hey, everyone! Hope you guys/gals are doing OK out there. Just a quick update on where I’m at in my personal and writing life.
Things have been a little hectic for me over the last few months. My wife and I have decided to move from Indiana (where I’ve lived most of my life, sans the two years I attended college in Atlanta, Georgia) to Pennsylvania (where my wife is originally from, and where the two of us met). The plan is for her to leave and start her new job next month, and I’ll be staying behind to prep and sell the house. I hope the process won’t take but a few months, but you never know…
I’m nervous as hell about the move. But the writer in me is excited. I’m not blessed with the ability to sit and hang with other writers on a regular basis, to talk shop and bounce ideas off one another, and in turn I feel it hurts my writing and my drive. Writing is already a very solitary exercise, but to be nearly void of author kinship can be detrimental to your creativity. Every time I’m able to visit my writer friends in PA I get a renewed sense of inspiration and desire to create and better my work. It forces me to want to climb the hill and get to where I want to be. I know there are better things for me out East. I know now that I’ll have more opportunities to grow my readership and attend signings and conventions (since most of the writing-centric gatherings are out that way).
Where does that lead my writing at the moment? Unfortunately I haven’t been able to write much at all lately. House repairs and traveling have taken up much of my free time, and I haven’t been able to produce like I would like to. What I can tell you is that I recently had a short story accepted for the J.F. Gonzalez tribute anthology CLICKERS FOREVER. I’m really proud of it. I was nervous as hell to write in someone else’s world, especially someone as influential to my own writing as Gonzalez was. The story is titled “For You, Anything” and it’s set in the world of his 2009 novel PRIMITIVE. It’s due out from Thunderstorm Books some time later in the year.
I’m also about five thousand words into novella I’m calling ONE FOR THE ROAD. I’m really excited to get back to work on it soon, as it is a story I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time. I imagine that it will be around twenty thousand words by the end. it’s probably the closest I’ll ever come to writing in the bizarro genre.
After that? A few more short stories and then onto novel number 2 (working title: Ocean Front View).
Alright, everyone. Gotta go. Katie and I are leaving for a trip to Pennsylvania tomorrow to visit friends and family, with a quick stop in Louisville to see Dave Chappelle live (another check mark on the bucket list). Gotta recharge those creativity batteries. And I’m also recording an interview on a very well known podcast this weekend as well, which I’m incredibly excited and nervous about.
See you soon!