If You’re Interested, Here’s an Update…

So, things have been kind of crazy as of the last, I dunno, six months or so.  Selling my wife’s house, moving into the River house (shared with my son & his dog, my three dogs, and then my wife and her cat), then buying a house, uprooting and moving to the wilds of Illinois.  So, we’ve settled in now, more or less, and the writing has been going full steam.  I’m making significant headway on my novel, The Fearing, cresting 200 pages, adding 5-10 pages a day.  At this rate, I hope to be over 400 by end of month, 600 by end of November and finished with a first draft by end of year.

It’s been while since I posted anything meaningful, so I thought, for the six of you who read this, that an actual update might be in order.  So…here we go.

Was accepted into Borderlands Press’ Writers Boot Camp, which will be in Jan.  Had to submit some writing for review, as they only accept 20 students.  And one of the instructors is Peter Straub.  Peter fucking Straub, my writing idol.  So, I had to go.  And I will, carting the finished draft of The Fearing along with me.

Also, I don’t know if you’ve seen this, I’ll be one of the Guests of Honor at the 2016 Stanley Hotel Writer’s Retreat in October next year.  Other Guests of Honor?  Lisa Morton, Rena Mason, Christopher Golden and…well, Chuck Palahniuk.  Yes, that Chuck Palahniuk.  Awesome.

Sales?  Stories coming up?  Yes, a few things.

Ummm…A couple of projects that might be in the offing with Grey Matter Press.  Yes, I Can Taste the Blood, which we’re just waiting for a couple of formalities before GMP can officially announce.  This project includes novellas from me, J. Daniel Stone, Erik T. Johnson, Joe Schwartz and Josh Malerman.  Probably mid next year.  One or two other projects with GMP, one of which has me positively giddy if we can pull it off.

A novella “Cards for His Spokes, Coins for His Fare,” in the anthology Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward, editors of Shadows Over Main Street.  Out, I think, sometime mid next year, too.

A story called “Apt Pupae” (get the pun?) in Pete Kahle’s Not Your Average Monster, Vol. 2, out in February.

Two stories, one a novella entitled “The Desolated Orchard” and one a short, “Everything Must Go,” sold to places I can’t talk about yet.  One will be out late next year, probably, and the other sometime before that.  More I cannot say. Yet.

I’m about all out of short stories, something I try very hard to avoid, but they are selling faster than I can write them.  After the novel is finished, I’ll be spending some time rebuilding my stable of shorts…and perhaps a few novellas.  I’m in the very early stages of putting together what I hope will be the follow up to The End in All Beginnings, a collection of novellas I’m calling The Things We Leave Behind.  But that’s probably at least two years down the line.

So, that’s about it.  Got some other projects that are too early to discuss, but could come together soon.  As always, more 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

7 responses to “If You’re Interested, Here’s an Update…

  • fatimasaysell

    Glad to see that everything is falling into place for you. That Writers Boot Camp sounds very interesting and I’m very pleased to know that you’ll be meeting your idol. Way to go! Best of luck with all your other projects. 🙂

  • Brian W. Taylor

    Great news, John. Have fun at the Boot Camp. As a former Airman, I hope it doesn’t involve any push-ups. Can’t wait to read some of the new stories.

  • John F.D. Taff

    First, Fatima, you are too sweet. Thanks, as always, for the encouragement and support. It’s much appreciated, my dear.

    And Brian, boot camp. Nawww. My father (ex Marine) desperately wanted me to go to the Air Force Academy when I was younger. I ‘m nearly 6’ 4″, so it was unlikely, at that time, that’d I’d be able to fly. So why bother then with the AFA? Yeah, we got so far as to go out there and view the recruiting film. That was enough for me to decide with a firm “No.” And Army or Marine boot camp? I fear I was (and still am) wayyyy to soft for that. And besides, now I’m too old and fat for it. Thanks for the encouragement, too. I think there are some things coming you’ll enjoy…at least I hope so.

  • priyasharmafiction

    Fab, fab news, Mr Taff. Have just finished reading Fight Club. Pure magic. Kiss him from me.

  • John F.D. Taff

    Thanks, Priya! Hope you’re well. Fight Club is a really great story. I don’t know if Mr. P will allow me to get close enough to kiss him! But if I do, I’ll tell him it’s from you.

  • Melen (@Mindcryme)

    It’s awesome that one of the instructors is Peter Straub. I’m a bit jealous. Looking forward to reading your new stuff and really glad to hear things are going so well!

  • John F.D. Taff

    I know, right? Straub. Jeez. That’ll be better than Christmas. Thanks, Lenny! (Can I call you that here? Hope so…Otherwise…) Hope you and the beautiful L are doing well, too. I think you’ll like the new stuff.

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