Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Bell Witch: Now Just 99 Cents!

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My inestimable publisher, Books of the Dead Press, has just put my novel The Bell Witch on sale for just 99  cents for the Kindle edition.

The book has been garnering great reviews, so it’s gotta be worth a buck for you to give it a try.  I don’t know how long it’ll be on sale, so you’d better head on over to Amazon now!

 


And Now for Something Completely Different: Support a Horror Film Kickstarter Project!

So, this is unusual, but was contacted a few days ago to help a horror film Kickstarter project.  Diamando Proimos co-wrote and is producing a horror film titled, Tears of God. Tears of God is described as “an atmospheric feature-length fable about possession, death, and mourning in a rural community.” It’s the first feature film by writer/director Robert Hillyer Barnett and Dia. Their first work together was a short film titled Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, Have Mercy Upon Us. The film was released on Kentucker Audley’s indie curated site, No Budge, where it won best editing in the No Budge awards.

They’ve got a Kickstarter campaign going…at least I think it’s still going.  I’m a little late to the table here, having been sick for about a week.  But the project can be accessed here.

Tears of God is set to be filmed in Asheville, North Carolina. Dia says they want to tell a story about people who exist in a world barely understood, and the throes of drama, control, and cathartic belief within. Shot in the vein of 80s European horror films, like Argento and Zulawski, the film will meander through the various lives of the village in horrific vignettes with restrained then chaotic performances between floating, meditative long takes.  Here’s the trailer:


Involved with the film are:  Kate Lyn Sheil (“HOUSE OF CARDS”, SUN DON’T SHINE, VHS, YOU’RE NEXT), Barlow Jacobs (ALEXANDER THE LAST, THE OREGONIAN, ST. NICK, SHOTGUN STORIES), Frank Mosley (UPSTREAM COLOR, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, WUSS, THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE), Amara Gyulai (YOU ARE YOUR BODY/YOU ARE NOT YOUR BODY), Kira Pearson (THE MUD, THE GREGGS), Michael Crabtree (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE, TENDER MERCIES, TEMPLE GRANDIN), Audrey Speicher (TO.GET.HER, HOLY GOD HOLY MIGHTY), and Samuel Herring (lead singer of the Future Islands, in his debut film role).

You know, I’m a believer in supporting the indie cause, whether it’s books, movies, music, whatever.  So take a look at the trailer, visit the site and support ’em!


A Little Promo for Me…and Maybe Some Free Books for You!

BC Brown has been kind enough to devote some space on her blog to me.  Just a little promo for my work…and a Rafflecopter contest for three (3!) copies of each of my works:  Little Deaths, The Bell Witch and Kill/Off.

Check BC’s blog out here.

BC is an author in her own right, with some books that you can check out here.  Buy a few and try out a new author, why dontchya?

 


Two Anthos I’m in Made it to the Stoker Preliminary Ballot!

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I am somewhat ill at the moment, having contracted some alien superflu that made me feel as if I was going to puke my eyeballs out.  The last few days have been unfun, except for the pugs, who seem delighted to sleep the days away with daddy.

But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention two bits of at least peripheral good news.  Two of the anthologies I was featured in made it to the preliminary ballot for the 2013 Stoker Award for best anthology.  They are pictured above.  The first is Horror Library 5, by R.J. Cavender and Boyd Harris.  My story in this volume was “The Immolation Scene.”  And those fine, fine folks at Grey Matter Press scored with their very first antho out the door, Dark Visions Vol. 1, by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.  My story in this collection was “Show Me,” and it was one of two stories contained therein (the other was “Mr. Pockets” by the inestimable Jonathan Maberry) that made it to the pre-ballot Stoker Reading List.

Now, neither of these anthos is, as of yet, a Stoker Nominee.  They have to make it to the final ballot for that tag to come into play, but I have to say that both of these anthologies are more than deserving of the award.  Each is filled with great authors and great stories, and I’m proud to be associated with both of them.

If you haven’t picked up copies, this would be a great time to do so.

Horror Library 5

Dark Visions Vol. 1

Congrats to each!


So, I’ve Got These Older Works and I Have a Sort of Idea…

Like most writers, I have written a lot of shit.  I mean that both figuratively and also quite literally.  I have written, at last count, more than 100 short stories and 7 novels.  Of these, there is a fair proportion that is actual shit.  Probably at least 20 short stories and at least 3 of the novels.

So, what does one do with the shit pile that’s left behind?  The stuff that hasn’t been published and the stuff that should never be published?  I think it’s a valid questions for an author, any author.  I’ve been doing this writing thing now, man and boy, for about 25 years.  I’ve had some limited success that seems, finally, as if might be growing into middling success.  And I have this pile of previously written stuff to deal with.

Do I close the drawer on it and hope that it won’t see the light of day until someone has to compile my vast literary estate following my demise?  Or do I mine it for things that might be useful?

Indeed, I have done the latter, from stealing lines or chunks from some of them to add to what turned out to be better short stories or novels.  I’ve taken some of my older shorts and completely rewritten then, with successful results (see “Show Me” in Dark Visions Vol. 1, for example).  I’ve also completely rewritten two of my earlier novels and turned them into what I believe are pretty damn good books…namely The Bell Witch (previously titled, ugh, Her Unremembering Way, and Kill/Off, (previously titled, ugh, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice).

The reason for this right now is that I’ve got two novels that I’m quite proud of that never went anywhere, for whatever reason.  I’ve secured the rights to these two books, and I’d like to do something with them.  They’re fantasy books, a created-world series cast in a sort of Arabic setting.  Their titles are The Cloud Gatherer and Heir to the Sand.

They’re about 20 years old, and I rewrote them about four years ago on a lark.  And they’ve sat ever since.  A good internet friend of mine by the name of Lenny (follow him on Twitter at @mindcryme) recently found these two books online at Amazon, read them and loved them.  And it got me thinking of something that I’d been toying with for a while.

Publishing is changing, my friends, whether we like it or not.  Self publishing and small presses have taken much of the lead from traditional publishers in bringing new stuff to the market.  Now, some of it…OK a lot of it…is dreck.  But some of it is fresh and new and appealing and wouldn’t have ever been seen under the old publishing model.  And we’re beginning to witness authors take the reins of their own work and bring it to market themselves, sometimes with astounding success. Think Hugh Howey.

I’ve been thinking of dipping my toes into the self publishing market as an experiment.  I’m still unsure, but doing some kind of Kickstarter or Indiegogo project might make sense for me, with some of my work.  I’m thinking that these two books might be an interesting experiment to play with.

A Kickstarter/Indiegogo project to bring these two books to market would involve raising enough money to hire an editor, secure covers, get a designer to layout the books, secure ISBN numbers and then have some money leftover to market them.  Since they’re outright fantasy, I don’t know how much crossover there’d be with my horror audience, so marketing would be important.

I love these two books, and people seem to love them, too.  I have ideas for at least two more in the series, and would be interested in writing them if there’s an audience.

Anyone want to chime in on this idea?  Whaddaya think?  Is it worth a little exploration?  Anyone have any experience with these types of projects?


Another 5-Star Review for Little Deaths. Still 99 Cents!

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Yes, another 5-star review for my short story collection, Little Deaths, at Amazon.  Here it is:

“I’ve not read such engrossing horror in years. Taff’s short stories are nuggets of fear, pain, and obsession. These tales are not predictable.”

Thanks to…ummm…Malys Aforethought…umm…yeah.

Anyway, Little Deaths has a slew of 5-star ratings, contains 19 stories and is still only 99 cents.  For how long I don’t know.  So, get it now.

 


Great New 5-Star Review for Little Deaths…On Sale for Just 99 Cents!

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Little Deaths is on sale right now for 99 cents.  Don’t know for how much longer, so if’n you don’t have it and if’n you’d like 19 weird horror stories to carry you through the cold, snowy days of January, you might want to get it now.

Just got a new 5-star review from Tom in Florida “This book had me up all night. I could not put it down. One creeped out story to the next. Oh, and leave the lights ON. Great scary read.”

Thanks, Tom.  So go get Little Deaths, enjoy it, and don’t forget to post a review!


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