Some Updates!

Lots of new stuff going on, which is pretty cool.

First, The End in All Beginnings is doing phenomenal.  Reviews are blush-worthy, so things are moving along on that front.  Oh yeah, and it made the Horror Writer’s Association’s 2014 Bram Stoker Award Recommended Reading List, which is cool, too.

My #Horrorstar contest is still active, and we’re looking for 50 entries by the end of this month…10 days.  Should I be concerned? I dunno.  We’ve only got 11 so far, but I know a lot of people have told me they’re leaving reviews. So, hopefully this will all come through.  I mean, don’t you want to be a character in my upcoming novel The Fearing?  Of course you do!  So enter already!

Second, sometime soon, Books of the Dead will release Infestation, a kinda new novel.  It’s a mostly rewritten version of an older novel, previously titled The Rat Catcher’s King.  Brand new version, new cover, new title, new publisher.  Should be cool.  It’s a horrorized, modern-day retelling of the Pied Piper legend.  More on it when I have a clear picture when it’s coming out.

A sort of follow-up to this novel (with one reappearing character), The Orpheus Box will also be released sometime…well, sometime.  This vagueness is primarily my fault, since this, too, is an older novel that has to be gone through thoroughly, edited, revised, streamlined, to bring it in line with my newer works.  It probably will be out early next year.  It’s about two modern-day occult organizations vying for a device created by Thomas Edison to communicate with the dead, which is at least partially true.

OK, so moving on to C). I Can Taste the Blood.  This one is a quartet of novellas being developed by myself, the gritty Joe Schwartz, the poetic J. Daniel Stone, and the eldritch Erik T. Johnson.  We’re all using the same title and developing novellas based on our unique viewpoints.  Should be effin’ great.  We just all need to finish them.  Joe, bless his black heart, already has, but the other three of us are limping along.  I’ve already had some interest from publishers for this, so count on this coming out sometime later next year.

The Fearing, my work in progress, my horror doctorate, my epic tour de force, is coming along and should be done by the end of the year.  Publishing? Who knows?  Gotta finish it first, of course.

In terms of shorts, I’ve got a few irons in the fire:

“Some Other Day,” a very King of Pain-ish story featured in Grey Matter’s upcoming antho Death’s Realm…I think out sometime in November.

“That Song You Can’t Get Out of Your Head” is a short that’s made it to Round 2 of the selection process for Grey Matter’s Savage Beasts. Can’t say it will get it in, but it’s out there.

One of my recently published shorts will also be part of something cool Farolight Publishing (the new owners of the Horror Library series) is doing next year.  It’s a pretty big deal, as Ron Burgundy would say, and I’ll let you know exactly what it is soon enough.  Don’t want to steal their thunder!

Finally, I was invited to participate in a pretty cool dual anthology project Robert Wilson is working on.  Can’t divulge the details yet, that’s Bob’s job.  But it’s a pretty interesting one, and I was happy to be asked to participate.  More information yadda-yadda.

That’s all I can think of right now.  Later!


About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

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