So these days I work pretty exclusively with two publishers–Books of the Dead Press, out of Toronto, and Grey Matter Press, out of Chicago. Both of them bring different things to the table, and I am happy to be working with them both.
Grey Matter Press is relatively new to the publishing table, having come on the scene in late 2012 and producing four pretty top-notch anthologies in 2013–Dark Visions Vol. 1, Dark Visions Vol. 2, Splatterlands and Ominous Realities. Now, I was lucky enough to sell them stories for two of these–“Show Me” in Dark Visions Vol. 1, and “Angie” in Ominous Realities. On the strength of those two experiences, I thought of Grey Matter when I was working with R.J. Cavender on The End in All Beginnings. They loved it, and took it pretty quickly…even before the thing was truly finished.
So, I was set to meet Anthony Rivera (Tony), at the recent debacle that was the World Horror Convention in Portland recently. But Tony got sick and wasn’t able to attend at the last minute. We had a good run at previewing The End in All Beginnings at the con, but Tony wanted to meet me in person. So, on Wednesday, he hopped in his car and drove down to St. Louis, just to meet me. To say that I was flattered is an understatement. How many publishers travel 4 or 5 hours by car just to meet one of their authors?
Well, it was great. Tony is a great guy, focused on what Grey Matter is doing and definitely responsible for all of the things that impress me about his publishing company. The attention to detail. The genuine respect he has for his authors. The communication and promotion and marketing that go into all of the books. The great eye for stories and talent. The fantastic editing. Spectacular graphic design and layout. Promotion…the list goes on and on. Grey Matter, as far as I’m concerned, is doing everything right. Need further proof than just my opinion? This new company made it to the final Stoker ballot for Dark Visions Vol. 1 (which contained a story by me!)…the first book it ever published. Now, it didn’t win, but holy shit, it made the final ballot right out of the gate!
Over dinner, and then drinks with the beautiful Deb, we talked about a lot of stuff. We got to know each other. I got a glimpse of the passion that drives Tony, that drives Grey Matter. I got a hint at future plans. Sorry, not my stuff to share with you just yet, but believe me, they’ve got some exciting stuff coming down the line, and that’s after the already announced Equilibrium Overturned, Death’s Realm and my own The End in All Beginnings.
And perhaps, just perhaps, we might have talked about my projects and how Grey Matter might fit them in. Oh, perhaps a novel or two. A collection of short stories a little further down the road. You know, stuff. Secret stuff for right now, but I believe that my relationship with the fine folks at Grey Matter is going to be a long-term one. And after meeting Tony, I am more than just fine with that. I am actually excited about my work in a way that I haven’t been in a long while. You know what happens when a writer is excited, right?
Yep, he writes more. Which, I guess if you like my work, is a good thing. So keep your eyes and ears peeled. I think there might be some good news here over the next several months.