Great New Review for The End in All Beginnings!


My upcoming collection of five novellas, The End in All Beginnings, has scored another great review over at Horror News Network.

Here’s a snippet:  “Taff’s deceptively simplistic prose offers deep emotional and dramatic insights into how human beings live with the tremendous burdens of the past and the inevitability of death.  John F.D. Taff’s The End in All Beginnings offers the more adventurous genre readers much to appreciate.”

Go there to read the entire review.

The End in All Beginnings comes out in general release in about a month.


Cheap Ebooks? Gotchya Covered.

One of my publishers, Books of the Dead up in Toronto, has started a new business that should help independent authors move more books.  If you’ve heard of Bookbub, then you kinda know what I’m talking about.

James Roy Daley, the publisher of Books of the Dead, has started Book-ie, an e-mail-based service that connects bargain-seeking readers with authors/publishers who want their books bought & read.

Go here to read more about Book-ie.

Go here to sign up.  It takes just a few minutes, so why not?

Friends for 35 Years…and Going…


Chris on the left, JD in the middle, me on the right.  We don’t get together often, because Chris lives on the right and Doug lives on the left and I live in the middle.  Get it?  But once in a blue moon, the heavens align, and it’s like we’re 17 least for a while. Great time today with two of my best.  And look at what JD’s holding…hmmm….

Little Deaths: No. 1 Bestseller…Again.

Little Deaths Cover

Little Deaths, my 2012 collection of 19 short stories, is proving to be the BOOK THAT WON’T DIE!

My publisher, Books of the Dead, got the book onto BookBub, where it was one of today’s special featured books, on sale now at the usual places, for just 99 cents.  I gotta tell ya, honestly, I am not a fan of these 99 cent sales.  I think they undermine the value of the book and train readers to wait for these kind of ridiculous pricing to purchase.  And I make like, I dunno, four cents a book or something atrocious.

But, wow, it’s hard to deny a certain smug feeling when the book–a book that’s been out for two years now!–shoots to the top of the Amazon charts.  I gotta tell ya, seeing that little orange banner that says “#1 Bestseller” on Amazon really does me good.

So, if you don’t have it, now’d be a good time to get it.  I think this sale is only for a week, but it would be seriously nice to see Little Deaths crack the Amazon Top 100 Paid Kindle…again.


500 Posts! Yippeee!

BTW, that previous post was my 500th on this little blog.

500 posts, nearly 22,0o0 hits and nearly 14,000 followers in 3 1/2 years.

Must be doing something write…I mean right.

Unfortunate Grammatical Errors? Moi?

Ewww, this pisses me off, and I have nowhere else to rant except here.

My novel, The Bell Witch, currently has 142 reviews.  They’re heavily (and I mean heavily) weighted toward 4- and 5-star reviews.  But, of course, I am a thin-skinned writer full of doubts, so anything below a 4-star automatically earns my derision and ire.  Imagine the loathing I reserve for the one-star reviews.  Grrr….

Anyway, I pop into Amazon today to see my 142nd review.  It’s a four-star review, so great, right?

Go there and take a look.


Excellent story, beautiful writing – unfortunate grammatical errors,” says the review’s title…and four stars.  It doesn’t start well, either:

“I have not yet finished reading this book yet I felt compelled to write a review. The story is enthralling and the writing is beautiful, however I cannot help but be bothered by the numerous grammatical errors. I only wish that the book had been better proofread, as I personally find these errors to be quite distracting as well as indicative of a lesser caliber writing than I believe this author is truly capable. Overall though, an excellent book thus far – I can only anticipate that the remainder shall continue to be as interesting and vivid.”

I’m going to let the whole “I’m not finished with the book yet I felt compelled to write a review” thing go, lest my head explodes.

But “numerous grammatical errors?” That makes my skin crawl, my blood boil and, well, there went my head…it exploded anyway.  Grammatical errors?

OK, I admit that I am no one’s choice for grammar teacher.  But I do take pains, and I mean PAINS, to ensure my writing is correct.  And I can assure you that each of my books is professionally edited.  That said, I might take some stylistic approaches sometimes that aren’t textbook grammatical, but grammatical errors? Numerous? Wow, that pisses me the fuck off.

The Bell Witch is also set nearly 200 years ago, when people spoke differently.  Maybe that’s it.  Or there might be a typo or two, I’m not above making a mistake as an author.  But, wow, to call me out for “numerous grammatical errors” and base your unfinished review on this really, really strains credulity.

Wow, tell me you don’t like the book (after you actually read it, please).  Tell me that you don’t like my style or my subject matter.

Just don’t tell me I’m doing it wrong.

 Blood.  Boiling.
(I guess those two previous words are incomplete sentences…whatever.)

Oh, BTW, Little Deaths is On Sale for Just 99 Cents!

Little Deaths Cover

Little Deaths, my critically acclaimed collection of 19 short, dark stories, is on sale over at Amazon for just 99 cents.  That’s like 5 cents a story, man!

This book features some previously published work and some new work; stories that some readers have really, really loved, including “Bolts,” “But For a Moment…Motionless,”  “Darkness Upon the Void,” “The Tontine,” “The Mellified Man,” “Child of Dirt,” “Box of Rocks” and “Here.”

Get it now.  I don’t know how long it will be up for sale.  I am not privy to such things.


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