Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in Review!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I Got a Great Review of The End in All Beginnings for Christmas. Whaddid You Get?


I had a wunnerful Christmas.  Truly blessed.  Lots of family, friends and great news…and it’s not even over yet today.  I hope your holiday went well, too!

As a special surprise, surprised me with a Christmas Day review of The End in All Beginnings…and a spectacular review at that.

Dave Gammon, who write the review, says, “Some may argue it’s a bold undertaking to produce and publish an anthology strictly from one author. A lot is riding on that said individual to produce a lot of attention, sales and get a large audience discussing their work. It takes all of two to three paragraphs to see the confidence and faith Grey Matter Press has invested in this highly gifted and talented author, Taff.”

Read the review in its entirety here.

That was an awesome Christmas present!

Remember that The End in All Beginnings is still just $1.99 for the Kindle version.  As Jack Ketchum said of my collection “Pounce!” …don’t know how long it will remain at that price!


Little Deaths, the Little Book that Could, Still Is…Ummm…Coulding?


So, my collection of 19 horror short stories, Little Deaths, published waaaayyy back in 2012, is still going strong.  70 four- and five-star reviews and literally thousands of sales later, Little Deaths is soaring up the Amazon charts again.  Currently, it sits at #12 in Horror Short Stories, pretty good for a book that almost 3 years old.

And, you lucky devils, the Kindle version is available for the low, low holiday price of just 99 cents!  In fact, all of my Books of the Dead books–Little Deaths, The Bell Witch and Kill/Off, are available now for just 99 cents.

And, again, Grey Matter Press is also having a terrific holiday sale for the next day or two, with all of its titles marked down to just $1.99!  That includes my novella collection The End in All Beginnings.

Still plenty of time to give the gift of John F.D. Taff!

Grey Matter Press Sale: Just $1.99!


Grey Matter Press wants to turn your White Christmas into a distinctively dark Christmas.  I’m a little late to the game here (sorry, had my 51st birthday yesterday and went and got a totally unexpected 3rd pug for our pack. We named her Muriel…more on that later!)

Anyway, Grey Matter is offering all of its books for the ridiculous low price of just $1.99 for the Kindle versions.  You can also save on the paperbacks!


Anyway, sorry for shouting.  Go to here to see all 7 of Grey Matter’s exceptional books–including my own The End in All Beginnings!–and stuff your stockings full of rich, sweet darkness!

2 More Five-Star Reviews for The End in All Beginnings! That’s 20 Five-Star Reviews So Far!



The End in All Beginnings continues to generate 5-star reviews…and only five-star reviews.  I got two more in the last 24 hours, which brings the total to 20 five-star reviews so far…and I’m expecting another any day because I was given a head’s up.

Go here to read all the reviews, but here’s part of what the last two had to say:

“I have known John for many years. We used to work at the same now deceased magazine publishing company. I knew then he was a good journalist and was writing horror fiction then. I will also admit I was one who did not have a taste for horror. Out of friendship and curiosity, I read The End in All Beginnings. What it did was shock me, scare the hell out me, and let me know what a fine writer John has become. If you like horror, you’re gonna want to read this book.” Barney Davey

“If you have read John Taff before, then the quality of his writing isn’t going to come as a shock, but if you haven’t you may be in for a very pleasant surprise. Whether it’s the back and forth dialog of two young boys on a summer afternoon, or a father trying to hold back time and keep his daughter with him forever, he creates characters that are always a bit strange but quite often honorable. Just remember that while these may be love stories they definitely have a bite.” BirdieTracy.

Thanks and glad you’re all liking the stories in The End in All Beginnings!

Don’t miss The Sunken Cathedral, a standalone novella, also coming from Grey Matter Press in March.  Plus I have stories in two of their upcoming 2015 anthologies–“Some Other Day” in Death’s Realm in January and “That Song You Can’t Get Out of Your Head” in Savage Beasts in April.

And, really, in just a day or so, a BIG announcement of the novel variety including potential cover reveals, a contest and a Christmas Day release!  Check back!

Merry (Insert Your Holiday Here)!

I wanted to take some time (actually procrastinating from finishing a new piece) before it gets all crazy up in here, to wish each and every one of the six or so of you who actually read this blog or follow my career at all a happy whatever-is-appropriate religious/secular holiday and an awesome New Year!

It’s been a effin’ great 2014.  My writing career has achieved traction, I got married, and generally had a pretty wonderful year.  And you know what?  2015 looks to be even better…I know, it’s kinda great.  No, actually, it’s really great!

So, without anymore frippery, here’s my list of people I especially want to call out, thank and wish well!

My family & Friends–My spectacular parents, my great new in-laws, my brother, brothers-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, my nieces & nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, all of ’em.  And especially my kids–Ben, Sam & Molly.  And to my friends Chris, JD, Randy, Larry & Tom, and Matt, Laura, Chris & Dan!

My writerly friends–Bear with me and please forgive if my old brain omits someone…Joe Schwartz (my man!), Erik T. Johnson (my weird brother from another weird mother), J. Daniel Stone (my much younger dark poet twin at heart!), Josh Malerman (we’re now presidents of each other’s fan clubs), Latashia Figueroa, Brian Kirk, Brian Taylor, Craig McGray, J. Travis Grundon, BC Brown, Anthony Crowley, Joe Pinto, Joe Hart, Erik Hofstatter, Nina D’Arcangela, T.S. Woolard, Dona Fox, Marcus D. Raven,

My writerly mentors–the everlovin’ Peter Straub, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Jonathan Maberry, Joe McKinney, Ray Garton, Kealan Patrick Burke and Jack Fucking Ketchum.  Also how’s about RJ Cavender, Ellen Datlow, Laird Barron, John Langan, Trent Zelazny, Nate Ballingrud and Paula Guran.

My Grey Matter Press family–the inestimable Tony Rivera, the fantastic Sharon Lawson, fellow authors Jane Brooks, Charles Muir, Brian Fatah Steele, Paul Michael Anderson, Gregory Norris,

My Books of the Dead Press family–the amazeballs James Roy Daley, Julie Hutchings, Justin Robinson, Bracken MacLeod, Mark Matthews, Weston Kincade, TS Alan, JC Michaels, Simon Dewar and Tonia Brown.

Readers and fans–Lenny & Lori Lake, Kreepy Kim Sofia, Georganna Hancock, David Spell, Shane Keene, Dale Elster, Gabino Iglesias, Rhiannon Irons, Ann Hale, Rachel and David McDonald, Rob Errera, Rich Duncan, Jamie aka LadyWargo (sorry, darlin!  I don’t know your last name!), Elizabeth Wixley/Tarian, Fatima Rosales Naya,

I’ve left commas dangling after some, because I know I’ve left someone out and will have to go back and make amends!

Finally, to the love of my life and my newly christened wife, Deb.  Thanks and thanks and thanks and I love you!

Anyway, best wishes to everyone.  I hope your holidays and New Year are just swell.  I know mine will be–already are–and I’ll be sharing details as they become available.  Wedding pictures, soon, too!  I promise.

And a special Christmas contest for a special Christmas release that I should be able to announce any day now!  Stay tuned.

Thanks for supporting and enjoying my work.  I can’t tell you how deeply, deeply touching your support is to me!

Books of the Dead Celebrates 100,000 in Sales. All My Stuff on Sale for 99 Cents!

One of the great publishers I work with, Books of the Dead, has just celebrated its fifth anniversary and over 100,000 in book sales!  To mark the occasion, some of its books are free and some are just 99 cents! All of my books with the company–Little Deaths, The Bell Witch and Kill/Off, are just 99 cents for who knows how long.  Might want to jump on this while it lasts.

And no, I still have no idea where Infestation is!

Here are the links to my books at Amazon. Click on the cover images to be whisked away to purchase the book:










The Bell Witch small (small)









Little Deaths Cover

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