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!

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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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