Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

John Milton at AndyErupts Chooses Little Deaths as One of the 5 Best Books of the Year!

Little Deaths Cover

So, more end-of-the-year accolades continue to come in.  My horror collection, Little Deaths, has made John Milton’s list of the 5 best books he’s read this year.  John is one of the book reviewers over at AndyErupts, a fantastic UK horror site.  If you’ve not bookmarked it, you should.

Anyway, here’s what John says about Little Deaths:

“Before 2012, I’d never heard of American author John F.D.Taff until I read his short story Cold Calls in Best New Vampire Tales Vol I. After that, I had no hesitation in picking up Taff’s collection of his own short stories,Little Deaths. The tales contained therein, much like the author himself, are quite unique and don’t rely on horror archetypes in the traditional sense, no mean feat in and of itself. Taff’s range of storytelling is ably demonstrated in Little Deaths with some of the highlights for me being: Here, a touching story, despite being a horror yarn; The Mellified Man, a modern day fairytale with more than a hint of The Twilight Zone about it; and Box of Rocks, a short sharp shock of a read that had tremendous impact on me.”

John also goes on to note a few other worthy books of the year, two of which (Horror for Good and Best New Werewolf Tales, Vol. 1) I also have stories in.  Go here to read all of John’s review…also a few of the worst books of the year.  I agree with his assessment of The Passage…just couldn’t get into it…and that was more than halfway through it!

Might be a good time to get these books whilst you have some Christmas cash still left!

“The Depravity of Inanimate Things” Makes it to the Stoker Reading List!


My short story in Horror for Good, “The Depravity of Inanimate Things,” has made it to the Horror Writers Association’s 2012 Stoker Recommended Reading List!  Very excited about that!  It joins my short story collection, Little Deaths, also on the Stoker Reading List.

Very proud of both of these works, and hope that they go further in the Stoker process!

I Made Erik T. Johnson’s List of the 31 Great Books He Read in 2012!

Little Deaths Cover

Erik T. Johnson, author, raconteur, mohair collector (OK, I made that last one up), and one of my best writer friends, put up his list of 31 great books he read this year.  And my Little Deaths kicked off the list!

Here’s what he had to say:

Little Deaths, by John F.D. Taff

Such an enjoyable collection. Taff here presents a multitude of stories in different styles (1st person, 3rd person, epistolary format, surreal, urban, terrifying, humorous, psychologically astute, mythic, monstrous, smooth and scrofulous, &c.), but each one is unmistakably branded with Taff’s voice, which is poetic and surgically precise by turns. 

This collection shows the work of a great writer who could do any genre or non-genre justice– but thankfully for those who like their stories dark, no sugar please– he’s done enough horror stories to put out a literate blast of a book like Little Deaths.

That is literally enough to make me blush. Go here to read all of Erik’s list of books.  I am in some great, heady company.  And pick up some of the books Erik’s had stories in.  You’ve read here before what I think of Erik’s writing…awesome.

And if you want Little Deaths, it’s still on holiday sale for just 99 cents!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Won’t be posting possibly until after the New Year, so please accept my wishes for a fantastic holiday and a terrific New Year.  From all of us at (me), be careful!

Happy Birthday to Me!

49 years ago, at about 10:30 on Saturday, Dec. 21st, 1963, I sprang, more or less fully formed, from the womb of my mother, like Athena springing forth from Zeus.  Except for the fact that the sexes were reversed, neither my mother nor I were Greek gods and there probably wasn’t a lot of springing going on.

With JFK’s assassination still fresh in the minds of my young, impressionable Catholic parents, I was stuck with the sobriquet John Fitzgerald.   Oh well, it could have been worse.  Luckily neither Richard Milhouse Nixon or Lyndon Baines Johnson were assassinated.

Year later, I added my Catholic Confirmation Saint’s name…Damian (imagine how thrilled my parents were), and thus was born John F.D. Taff.

So, if the world hasn’t ended yet, I will have a great birthday.  And if the world has ended, I will have an even greater birthday.

Free Story Up Today at Deadly Ever After. Merry Christmas!

Kristen & Julie, the fine ladies who run Deadly Ever After, have posted a series of free stories from a variety of authors, as sort of a Christmas present to readers.  My entry, “Their Hands,” is up today to read for free.  It’s a short one, but it has a nice, Christmasy ending.*  Enjoy!  And take some time to scroll through the other stories here.  You will be rewarded!

*No, no it doesn’t.  I was deliberately lying to you.

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