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So, I’m the New Programming Chair for the HWA’s StokerCon 2016.

Well, after a few years of complaining about the programming at the World Horror Con, I’ve been asked to put my money where my open, flapping mouth is.

The Horror Writers Association, of which I am a proud member, decided this year to strike out on its own with a new event called StokerCon.  This premier horror event will take place in Las Vegas next year…and I’ve been announced as the programming chair–workshops, presentations, panels, etc.  Yikes!

What have I done?  Or, more importantly, what have they done?

Anyway, it’s already shaping up to be an uber-cool event.  Follow the StokerCon FB page here.

See you in Vegas next year!


Cover Reveal: My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart

John F.D. Taff:

New book from a great guy and fellow Grey Matter Press author. Be sure to take a look!

Originally posted on Martin Rose:

Here it is, folks — the cover for My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart. Covers bring that magical element to the process as it becomes apparent that yes, this is indeed really happening. I’m pleased with the result, especially considering the subject matter of the story itself. My wonderful editor and the folks at Talos are looking at  November release this year for this one. Brace yourselves — promotions are coming!
myloadedgunHere’s the summary from the Amazon page:

“If you don’t know by now, we don’t deal in happy endings here . . .”

Vitus Adamson has a second chance at life now that he’s no longer a zombie, but after killing his brother Jamie, Vitus lands in prison on murder charges. Jamie’s death exposes secret government projects so deep in the black they cannot be seen—without Vitus, that is.

Sprung from jail, the government hires Vitus to clean up…

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Got Accepted into a Pretty Prestigious Writer’s Workshop with Peter Straub as an Instructor.

I’ve been considering attending a writer’s workshop for quite a while, as a way to get out of hermitage, out of my own head and hone some of my skills.  Looked at a lot of them, and couldn’t make it work–dates, length of time, cost, etc.  Then a couple of weeks ago I saw something for the Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp.

Now, if you don’t know Borderlands Press, it’s run by the fantastic author Thomas F. Monteleone, writer of many books and author of the great M.A.F.I.A. column in Cemetery Dance.  Anyway, Monteleone’s been around the block a time or two and has a reputation as a discerning editor as well.

So, this looked pretty interesting.  3 days.  OK, I could do that.  January.  Sounds doable. Cost sounds…

HOLY SHIT!

The guest instructor is who?

Peter Fucking Straub!

OK, calm…calm…must….remain…calm.  Discuss with Deb, make sure this is doable…YES!

Thanks, Mrs. Taff.

Now, assemble my entry.  Yeah, you can’t just pay and get it in.  You’ve got to submit a 30-page sample and be accepted.

Waiting…waiting….waiting…

Success!  I heard from Tom yesterday accepting me into the Boot Camp.

I will finally meet Peter Straub in person.

Oh, yeah, and hone my writing skills, yadda-yadda-yadda.


The Sunken Cathedral Will Rise Aug. 4!

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My latest, The Sunken Cathedral–a standalone novella previewed at the recent World Horror Con in May–will be officially published Aug 4, 2015 by Grey Matter Press.  I am super-stoked about this.  Bird Box Author Josh Malerman wrote a terrific introduction for it that I’d love to share with you now…but I can’t.  You’ll have to wait to August 4th!

Go here to read the announcement by Grey Matter!


Wanna Read a FREE Story of Mine? Visit The Horror Zine!

The Horror Zine, edited by the lovely and vivacious Jeani Rector, celebrates its 6th birthday in July with an interview with the redoubtable Joe McKinney and…John F.D. Taff as the Special Guest Writer!  My story, “Last Call,” appears there for you to read for FREE.  Seriously, if you’re not reading The Horror Zine you’re missing out on a great horror fiction resource.

But, ahem, back to me… “Last Call” is a dark little tale about having problems and taking short cuts to solve them.  Is that ever a good idea?  It isn’t, I can assure you, in this story.

So go here and take a look at everything Jeani’s got for you in this issue of The Horror Zine!


YOU Can Vote for The Best of Grey Matter Press Vol. 1

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So, the little press that could, Grey Matter, is putting together a Best of anthology featuring the best stories it’s published so far, from books like Dark Visions Vol. 1, Dark Visions Vol. 2, Splatterlands, Ominous Realities and Equilibrium Overturned.  That’s 70 stories in all…and some damn good ones.

Among those damn good ones (I hope), are two stories by me:  “Show Me” in Dark Visions Vol. 1, and “Angie” in Ominous Realities

Now, here’s the thing.  Grey Matter is letting YOU, YES YOU vote for the stories that make it into this volume.  Here’s the link to get to Grey Matter’s page explaining all of this and how you vote.  Pretty cool.

And, needless to say, it’d be great if you voted for my stories!

As they say in Chicago, vote early, vote often!


As Always, A Few Years Behind, But We Generally, Eventually Get it Right

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.”

These words, some day, will be looked at as profound as the Emancipation Proclamation, The Bill of Rights and other documents affirming freedom and equality for all. And their detractors, like Scalia, Thomas, et al.,  will seem as antiquated and base as Chief Justice Roger Taney so long ago…


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