(Almost!) A Weekend Update

So, I’ve been up to my eyeballs with stuff lately.  What? you might ask?  Well, I’m agonna tell you, even if you didn’t ask.

What’s been occupying a great deal of my time is program planning for the Horror Writers Association’s first StokerCon this May in Las Vegas.  I’m the programming chair for the con, and it’s been a busy, wild ride so far putting together all of the readings, panels, presentations, workshops, etc. for this event.  It’s definitely kept me hopping, but I think the end results will be great.  If you’re attending this con, look for me.  I will doubtless be the frazzled fat man rushing to and fro.

What else?  Well, next weekend I go to Baltimore to be in Tom Monteleone’s  Borderlands Press Boot Camp, along with Rena Mason and Brad Hodson and about 20 other writers, basically to have our asses handed to us on a proverbial platter.  But Peter Straub will be there, so that’s awesome.  Yes, I have a man crush on Peter Straub.

Just sold a story today, which is awesome.  “The Bitches of Madison County” is sort of my warped take on The Bridges of Madison County.  It sold to Alessandro Manzetti’s upcoming antho The Beauty of Death, coming out in the next month or so.

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, which will be out in June with my novella “Cards for His Spokes, Coins for His Fare.”  This one is shaping up to be fantastic, with stories from Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Josh Malerman, Paul Tremblay, Brian Kirk a bunch of other fantastic authors.

Farolight Publishing will bring out my novella “The Desolated Orchard” as part of its Single Slices project, sometime mid year. The novella mashes up Greek mythology and the Dustbowl into something I hope is pretty interesting.

The big project this year, though, is I Can Taste the Blood, a novella collection wherein me, Josh Malerman, Joe Schwartz, Erik T. Johnson and J. Daniel Stone all contribute novellas based on the same title…I Can Taste the Blood.  This’ll come out from Grey Matter Press in August, and a big announcement is forthcoming.  I’m really excited about this, because this is one of those kitchen table ideas that Joe Schwartz and I came up with, and it’s exciting to see it come to fruition.  And the stories…oh, the stories are awesome.  Can’t wait for this to come out.

Got a couple other irons in the fire, maybe something to say soon.  Oh, btw, the paperback for my Books of the Dead Press novel INFESTATION will be out soon.  And The Bell Witch just scored a spot on BookBub.  I’ll share the date soon.  If you don’t have a copy, might be a good time to score one.  And who knows?  The Bell Witch has sold over 12,000 copies so far.  Might 20,000 copies be in the offing?  Frakkin’ amazing.

Anyway, hope you’re all well out in the Intertubes.  Take care and be good to each other!




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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