Hey, everyone! Just a reminder that I’ll be at this year’s Pop!Con in Evansville, IN signing and selling books this Friday (4-8 pm) and Saturday (10am-6pm; 9:30am for those who have VIP tickets) at the National Guard Armory. I’ll have plenty of copies of The Betrayed and Unfit For Burial: Four Short Stories, as well as the few copies of my chapbook Arrearages (less than 10 left), and a few copies of the more recent anthologies I have short fiction in like Dark Bits, Eulogies II: Tales from the Cellar and The Book of Blasphemous Words. If you already have any of these books you’re more than welcome to bring them to get signed. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, please come down and check it out. Whether you’re a reader, into cosplay or gaming, or just looking for something unique to buy, come and check it out. Hope to see you there!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m proud to announce my debut novel “The Betrayed” is officially on sale in trade paperback on Amazon! If you know me personally you know I’ve been working on this novel on and off for nearly a decade (I promise the next one won’t take that long to write ). I’m really proud of the outcome and I’m excited to unleash onto the world. I hope you decide to give a try, and whether you like it or not, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Kindle edition will be available soon.
Back cover description:
How well do you know the people around you?
Your neighbors? Your coworkers?
Sidney Jameson, a young single father just trying to make ends meet, is being followed. They keep to the shadows, quiet and cloaked in dirty brown robes…and they’re getting closer. And what they have to tell Sidney is something terrible. Something he never knew about his past. Something he didn’t want to know about his future.
The war between Heaven and Hell is the world’s oldest story. Lucifer turned his back on Heaven, and God eternally cast him and his faithful to the fiery depths of Hell. Everyone knows the take…or do we? There’s only a few hours left before his twenty-fifth birthday, and with the aide of The Dark One Himself, Sidney will discover his place in the battle for humanity, and how only he can stop it once and for all.
There’s only one problem. The rest of the world is trying to stop him.
The Book of Blasphemous Words, which features my flash story “Bust To Dust”, can be purchased here.
Helloooooooooooo! Yes, it’s been a while. Far too long since the last time I posted anything on this site. But I promise that will change here very shortly. I have a very special announcement planned for next month–something nearly ten years in the making–but for now I have a new story available for purchase. The Book of Blasphemous Words is now out in trade paperback and Kindle from A Murder of Storytellers Publications. My flash story “Bust To Dust” is featured among twenty-eight other tales about the dark side of faith. Admittedly, this story was not originally written for this anthology. I wrote this over a year ago for a webzine asking for the most outrageous flash story you could write. I enjoy writing flash and attempted to write something completely over-the-top in five hundred words or less. I believe I succeeded. I never did hear back from that site, but I’m very happy it was selected to be a part of this project. I hope you check it out.
Not so long ago, human beings were cursed with fear. They clamored for hope in a world of boundless suffering and death. They called out to the heavens and summoned gods. They crafted religions that would serve as a candle against the howling night.
That which alights must also burn.
A zealot spits venomous words from his pulpit, his congregation listening and nodding, their disgust with their neighbors boiling into a riotous rage. A girl returns from Bible Camp nine-months pregnant with God’s child–images of a golden flame pressing on her chest, paralyzing her, flood her nightmares. Heaven replaces its angels with automata, dispensing salvation and damnation with callous efficiency.
Book of Blasphemous Words is a weird fiction, horror, and speculative fiction anthology about humanity’s relationship with its gods. When we answer the call for salvation from the bondage of the material–when we believe in gods–we reach a hand into the unknown and risk losing it to something peckish. When we forget the power of the hearth, we risk a conflagration that can return civilization to the dirt whence it has come.
Operation Ice Bat is now officially out of print (can you call something that was only in eBook out of print?). A big thank you to everyone who downloaded a copy to help support a friend in need.
I’ll admit I’m a little sad that “Arrearages” is no longer available to read, especially since it was being positively pointed out in many of the reviews. It was nice to have a little recognition for a change.
I’m excited to announce the arrival of my first chapbook, UNFIT FOR BURIAL: FOUR SHORT STORIES. It compiles my now out of print stories ‘With Many Thanks to Newark’, ‘God Bless You’, ‘A Promise Not Kept’, and ‘Between Those Walls’. This chapbook is the result of a lot of hard work from a few talented people who I consider my close friends. A massive thank you to Jacob Haddon for putting this chapbook together for me, to Bob Ford for the cover design, and Susan Scofield for allowing me use her photograph for the cover. You three are the best. I owe you all big time.
Although the paperback will still be a week or so away (I’m waiting to approve the proof copy that’s being shipped to me as I type this), the chapbook is currently available in eBook form for Kindle and at Smashwords, both for only $2.99 a piece.
I hope you’ll decide to check it out. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Unfit For Burial: Four Short Stories
With his father dying in a hospital bed several states away, Tesh Hagman boards a plane of nightmares where not everyone is quite what they seem. “Why the hell is everyone smiling?”
A woman. A killer. A stairwell.
Ted is just trying to lose his virginity to Keira, the girlfriend of his dreams, but how is his eagerness viewed from beyond the grave?
His wife is dying, and Doug Brett is determined to break from prison to see her one last time…even if something unseen is keeping him there. What exactly is Warden Dempson keeping between those walls?
Four short stories of horror and suspense from up and coming author Wesley Southard.