Monthly Archives: January 2012

New Free Story on Amazon Beginning Monday, Jan. 30!


My next story on Amazon for FREE is “Orifice,” a story that originally appeared in Hot Blood: Fear the Fever, back in 1996.  It also was awarded an Honorable Mention by Datlow & Windling in their Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror.

It’s mildly sexually explicit, so adults only, please.  But, as I say to people, it’s a love story.  A twisted love story, to be sure, but a love story nonetheless.

It’s FREE at Amazon this week.  Go here to get it:

I’ve made another fantastic sale of a short story that I can’t discuss just yet, but, again, it’s a big one.  Not quite as big as the other big news that I still can’t announce, but pretty big.

2012 is shaping up to be a very, very good year for me so far!

Great News…and Fantastic News!

OK, the great news first.  My story, “Dust at the Center of All Things,” was accepted by Evil Jester Press for its Evil Jester Digest Vol. 1.  It was one of 10 stories that were accepted out of 200 submissions, so I’m pretty stoked about it.  It should be available in March, and I’ll have more information about where/how to get it as time approaches.

Here’s the TOC, if you want to see who else is in with me:


  • “The Girl Who Drowned” by Tracy L. Carbone
  • “Sharpe is Extraordinary” by David Dunwoody
  • “Widdershins” by Hollie Snider
  • “Dust Devil” by Gary Brandner
  • “GPS” by Rick Hautala
  • “Look Behind You” by Eric Shapiro
  • “Lone Wolf” by Gregory L. Norris
  • “A Gentleman’s Folly” by Phil Hickes
  • “Dust at the Center of All Things” by John F.D. Taff
  • “The End of Autumn” by Aric Sundquist

Some pretty cool names in there with me.  Evil Jester is also publishing Call of Lovecraft toward the summer, which includes my story “The Tentacle.”

And the fantastic news?  Well….not quite yet.  Got to wait for some contracts to come in first, but that should be soon.  But the news is pretty fantastic, I promise!

The New Free Story Is…

Yes, that’s a speculum.

This week’s FREE story on Amazon is called “Omnimpotent.”

No, that’s not a typo or misspelling in the title.  You read it right.  Think about it for a minute…

While you’re thinking, let me tell you a little about the plot.  The devil is always on the lookout for new ways to capture souls, right?  Don’t you think he’s tired of all the usual ways–money, power, beauty, sex, being a Kardashian?

What more desperate soul than a woman who can’t have a baby?

In this humorous dark fantasy story, get ready to meet the gynecologist from Hell…literally.

This story was on Fictionwise for a while, and it was by far my most popular story.  Go figure.  I think it’s kind of comical, but don’t know why it would have sold hands down about 10 times what my other pieces did.  Anyway, now on Kindle…FREE this week.  Go get it here:

It originally was published in Aberrations, Issue No. 25, 1994.

Warning: Explicit (but funny!) Sexual Content.

Working on New Stories

Just finished two stories, and am working on three more to have a total of five before plunging headlong back into my new novel.

“Bolts” is a story about the prop neck bolts from the 1931 Frankenstein and a dead girlfriend.

“Sex and the Elder Edda” is not a horror story, but I guess a kind of urban fantasy mash-up between Sex and the City and Norse Mythology.  Debbie didn’t like it, so I have to work on it some more.  It’s a total tone thing.

Next up:

“Squirm” about an ex-preacher who is filled with voices…and a lot of other nasty things that all want to get  out.

Then, I dunno.  I have an idea for a story about C-Pap machines, another about fingernail biting leading to an infestation of…well…something really nasty.  And perhaps one about vampires…but not what you’d think.

And another story of mine goes on sale fore FREE at Amazon on Monday.  This one is more humorous, and definitely adult in nature.  It’s called “Omnimpotent,” and that’s not a typo.

More on that Monday!

Also note that I’ve changed the picture to the right to a stunning portrait of yours truly.  Taken today by Deb at the Missouri Historical Museum.  Trying to go for something that looks professional and authorial without looking douchebaggy.  Well, at least too douchebaggy.

The Bark Side of the Force

Don’t quite get the Volkswagen connection…

OH, BTW, wait for the end for the Imperial Walker…

Nice, Unsolicited Review for “Lincoln & Booth,” Which is, Incidentally, Still Free at Amazon!

Long title, but the story that’s up for free at Amazon (until Friday!), just got a very nice, 5-star and wholly unsolicited review:

“History is not a genre that I normally seek out. However, this book was offered as a Kindle freebie, and the description drew me in.  I was not aware of Mr. Taff, prior to reading this book. I am now, and if this story about President Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth is representative of his writing style – which I found to be VERY smooth flowing – I will most certainly be reading other of his works.”

Thanks, WD, whomever you are!

Go here to get the story yourself:

Of course, the bonus is, for those of you who think my writing is gross, disgusting, disturbing or perverse (in that order), is that this one is NOT a horror story, but a kind of weird sci-fi alternate history.  

If You Thought Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer Rocked…

Then how about Franklin Delano Roosevelt fighting Nazi Werewolves!

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