Monthly Archives: September 2016

Some Stuff and Then Some More Stuff.

So a few things to update my blog with.

As you know, I’ve had a few things out this year, namely my short story “Apt Pupae” in Not Your Average Monster, Vol. II, my story “Cards for His Spokes, Coins for His Fare” in Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, my short “The Bitches of Madison County” in The Beauty of Death, my novella The Desolated Orchard, and my five-author novella collection I Can Taste the Blood.

Oh, there’s a lot more brewing for next year, I can tell you that.  I’m chipping away at a submission for Shadows Over Main Street 2 and for Mark Matthew’s upcoming Garden of Fiends antho, both for next year.  I’ve also got some secret stuff happening in various venues, which I’ll share as they firm up.  A few pretty interesting hush-hush projects.

And I’ve been selling stories, too, for next year.  I sold “The Bunny Suit” to Let Us In Vol. 1, which should be out in Jan. 2017.  I sold reprint rights to my short “The Scent,” from my collection Little Deaths, to Eric Guignard for his The Five Senses of Horror, to be published late in 2017.  And I just today sold a story, “What Returns, What Remains,” to Unnerving Magazine.  That takes my current treasury of stories down to just three.  In other words, I gotta write some short stories.

Things are pretty spiffy in other areas, too.  Crested the halfway point in my novel-in-progress, The Fearing.  Had an effin’ awesome idea for the framework of my follow-up novella collection to The End in All Beginnings, and put the finishing touches on the invitations and invitee list for a top secret project I’ll announce soon.

Hope things are awesome in your neck of the world.

John

Oh, BTW, saw The Magnificent Seven the other night.  Meh.  Long, drawn out, with characterless characters and practically no motivation for anyone to do anything.  Wastes Denzell Washington and Chris Pratt.  Boring.


I Can Taste Another Podcast & A Great Review!

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So, I Can Taste the Blood is generating some good press and some great reviews.

The five of us authors–Josh Malerman, Erik T. Johnson, J. Daniel Stone, Joe Schwartz and me–all got together for horror author Armand Rosamilia’s Armcast podcast.  We had a terrific time, and I think you can get that sense from listening to this roughly hour-long podcast.

Go here to hear.

We also had a great review posted just today over at Rich Duncan’s The Horror Bookshelf.  He seemed to like the book…especially my story.  Awww, shucks…

Go hear to read.

And finally, go here to buy I Can Taste the Blood.

 


How About Some Advice on Writing?

So, This is Horror invited 20 writers to share some of the best advice they’ve ever been given on the act of writing.  And what a group it was–including Paul Tremblay, Josh Malerman, Stephen Graham Jones, Mercedes M. Yardley, John Foster and me, John F.D. Taff.  It’s pretty cool to hear what everyone has to say, and especially to hear it spoken in their own voices, from Josh’s scattershot patter to Foster’s cool-cat lingo, it’s some great–and useful!– stuff.

Take a listen here!

 


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