Some Stuff and Then Some More Stuff.

So a few things to update my blog with.

As you know, I’ve had a few things out this year, namely my short story “Apt Pupae” in Not Your Average Monster, Vol. II, my story “Cards for His Spokes, Coins for His Fare” in Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, my short “The Bitches of Madison County” in The Beauty of Death, my novella The Desolated Orchard, and my five-author novella collection I Can Taste the Blood.

Oh, there’s a lot more brewing for next year, I can tell you that.  I’m chipping away at a submission for Shadows Over Main Street 2 and for Mark Matthew’s upcoming Garden of Fiends antho, both for next year.  I’ve also got some secret stuff happening in various venues, which I’ll share as they firm up.  A few pretty interesting hush-hush projects.

And I’ve been selling stories, too, for next year.  I sold “The Bunny Suit” to Let Us In Vol. 1, which should be out in Jan. 2017.  I sold reprint rights to my short “The Scent,” from my collection Little Deaths, to Eric Guignard for his The Five Senses of Horror, to be published late in 2017.  And I just today sold a story, “What Returns, What Remains,” to Unnerving Magazine.  That takes my current treasury of stories down to just three.  In other words, I gotta write some short stories.

Things are pretty spiffy in other areas, too.  Crested the halfway point in my novel-in-progress, The Fearing.  Had an effin’ awesome idea for the framework of my follow-up novella collection to The End in All Beginnings, and put the finishing touches on the invitations and invitee list for a top secret project I’ll announce soon.

Hope things are awesome in your neck of the world.


Oh, BTW, saw The Magnificent Seven the other night.  Meh.  Long, drawn out, with characterless characters and practically no motivation for anyone to do anything.  Wastes Denzell Washington and Chris Pratt.  Boring.

I Can Taste Another Podcast & A Great Review!


So, I Can Taste the Blood is generating some good press and some great reviews.

The five of us authors–Josh Malerman, Erik T. Johnson, J. Daniel Stone, Joe Schwartz and me–all got together for horror author Armand Rosamilia’s Armcast podcast.  We had a terrific time, and I think you can get that sense from listening to this roughly hour-long podcast.

Go here to hear.

We also had a great review posted just today over at Rich Duncan’s The Horror Bookshelf.  He seemed to like the book…especially my story.  Awww, shucks…

Go hear to read.

And finally, go here to buy I Can Taste the Blood.


How About Some Advice on Writing?

So, This is Horror invited 20 writers to share some of the best advice they’ve ever been given on the act of writing.  And what a group it was–including Paul Tremblay, Josh Malerman, Stephen Graham Jones, Mercedes M. Yardley, John Foster and me, John F.D. Taff.  It’s pretty cool to hear what everyone has to say, and especially to hear it spoken in their own voices, from Josh’s scattershot patter to Foster’s cool-cat lingo, it’s some great–and useful!– stuff.

Take a listen here!


You, Too, Can Taste the Blood!



So, it’s been out for one week, and it’s doing pretty good indeed.  Some review are coming in, a great podcast already with the guys from Booked.  And much, much more to come…

Get your copy of I Can Taste the Blood today!

More announcements coming soon!

Win a Free Copy of I Can Taste the Blood!

I’m running an Amazon giveaway to award 2 free Kindle copies of I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD.  Ten days to enter, no purchase, as they say, is necessary.

Enter Here!


Reviewers are loving I Can Taste the Blood!


So, it has begun…

Five authors.  Nearly three years.  Two editors. One Publisher.

I Can Taste the Blood is finally here.

And it’s off to a great start.  Reviews have already begun for this five-novella collection, and they’re…well…incredible.

Here’s some places you can go to learn more about this fantastic book.

This is Horror:  Reviewer Shane D. Keene interviewed me for this site, and the interview was so sprawling it was split into two parts.  You can read it here and here.

Shane also reviewed I Can Taste the Blood and called it, among other wonderful things, “a tour de force for Grey Matter Press and for the five outstanding dark fiction authors gathered here.”

Read his review here.

Then, Adrian Shotbolt interviewed me.  You can read his interview here.  And he reviewed the book for the Ginger Nuts of Horror (Yes, it’s a major player in horror reviews. Yes, that’s its actual name.  Yes, there’s a story about the name).  He said “This collection of five novellas from five different writers sees a smorgasbord of speculative fiction on offer to readers that appreciate the darker things in life”

Read his entire review here.

Finally, four of the five of us–J. Daniel Stone, Erik T. Johnson, Joe Schartz and I–participated in a hugely epic, sprawling podcast with Robb and Livius over at Booked.Podcast.  We had an effin’ great time, even though we missed our co-author Josh Malerman, off on a family golf outing.  But we managed to cover for him, and the podcast is great fun, introduces you to some fantastic writers and really gives some background into how I Can Taste the Blood came together and where the stories originated.  Robb and Livius also really loved the book, and gave it a glowing review at the end of the 90 minutes of manic author madness.

Go here to listen to this epic podcast.

That’s it for now.  More stuff planned as we roll this book out.  Hope you’ll give it a look-see.  I think you’ll like it.

I Can Taste the Blood is up for sale right now, in digital and paperback formats.  Go here to get it:


Barnes & Noble

Other places, too, I’m sure.

Update: Now with 100% Less Dairy, Too!

So, the results of the blood test are back…and yes, the rabbit died.

Anyway, for the six of you who actually read this, I got a blood test to determine whether I actually have the alpha-gal mammalian meat allergy, or if I were simply making this shit up to elicit a bit of sympathy.

Well, lucky for you, I DO have the dreaded allergy and–and of course, this is a bonus!–in a big, big, no-mess-around-with-it way!  Yay me!

So, in addition to all of the tastiest meat groups–beef, pork, veal, venison, buffalo, goat–I now, too, also need to peel off dairy products to see if they might be contributing to the low-level allergies I have on a day-to-day basis.  Ya know, stuff like milk, cream, half and half, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter.  So, a couple weeks without these things, to see if the symptoms recede 100%.

I have to say, on a positive note, that it’s been a week with no meat, and I already feel tons better–probably 90% back to normal, which I haven’t been even in the far suburbs of for more than two years.  I hate to type this, but if eliminating dairy gets me the rest of the way, bye-bye!

I’m going tomorrow to pick up a container of almond milk and a container of coconut milk to see which I like better.  Maybe a pint or two of sorbet to drown my sorrows in.  Also some Smart Balance spread, which I’ve had before and can live with, to replace butter.

And if the universe decides it’s going to come for my motherfucking bread next, there will be war.  I can promise that.

The one positive in all this is that my lovely wife, Deb, is going to go off all of this stuff, too.  Not at quite the same level as me, but I think it’s sweet that she’s willing to do this.  Not necessary, but very sweet.

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