Monthly Archives: February 2017

Oh…and 2 More Notes…

First, a WIP update.

The Fearing has crested 500 pages and 127,000 words.  Closing in on the closing in…


My good friend and ace weirdo Erik T. Johnson (The “T” is for “The”) has his first collection of stories, Yes Trespassing, coming out at the upcoming StokerCon in Long Beach in April. The book is edited by Michael Bailey and released under his Written Backwards imprint of Dark .  It features a slew of short stories and one novella…and an intro by me, Al Franken.  NO!  I mean, me, John F.D. Taff, who was incredibly honored to be allowed to write the intro for this book.  Been a fan of Erik’s since I first got to know him more than a decade ago, so I’ve been waiting for this book for a long, long time.  More news as I get it, but be on the lookout for this one.

Garden of Fiends Up for Pre-Sale!


Mark Matthews, author and editor of the forthcoming anthology Garden of Fiends, has begun the pre-sale of this volume.  And he’s got a cool little promo running right now to entice you.

If you order now, not only do you get your copy at a discount but…

The first 25 readers who send a receipt confirming a pre-sale purchase of Garden of Fiends to will win the kindle book of their choosing written by any author on the Garden of Fiends table of contents. Yep, don’t wait for April, read from the table of contents TODAY.

Lemme break this down:

1. Purchase Garden of Fiends on Amazon presale (currently at a discounted price.)

2. Choose from one the books listed below written by authors appearing on the table of contents

3. Email your Garden of Fiends’ purchase receipt along with your choice of one of the books below to and…

Bamn! If you’re one of the first 25 you’ll receive an amazon voucher right back for a free kindle download of your chosen book.

(And, pssst… if you’re not one of the first 25 who email, I can still promise something extra.)

Here are your choices:

Jack Ketchum
The Girl Next Door
Off Season
Peaceable Kingdom
The Woman

Kealan Patrick Burke
Sour Candy
Secret Faces
The Turtle Boy

Jessica McHugh
The Train Derails in Boston
The Green Kangaroos
Rabbits in the Garden

John FD Taff
The Desolated Orchard
I Can Taste the Blood
The End in All Beginnings

Max Booth III
How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers
Lost Signals
American Nightmare

Johann Thorrsson
Not Your Average Monster: Volume 2

Glen Krisch
Where Darkness Dwells
The Hollowed Land
The Nightmare Within

Mark Matthews
All Smoke Rises
Lilly’s Tale: The Milk-Blood Trilogy
On the Lips of Children
(Don’t see a book by one of these authors on the list? please inquire within)

Isn’t this great?  BUY THIS BOOK!


Okay, as the world continues to smolder, I have some major announcements to make regarding my work.  (Sorry, world.  YAY ME!)

First, my WIP novel, The Fearing, is nearing completion.  It currently stands at about 481 pages, about 121k words, 35 chapters.  Working on a doozy of a chapter today, should cross over 500 pages by tonight.  Only about 150ish pages to go.  Long?  Yes.  Apocalyptic?  Yes.  In a way you haven’t seen before?  YES!

Next:  I have a story appearing this spring in Mark Matthew’s anthology Garden of Fiends.  Mark is a talented guy, if you haven’t read On the Lips of Children, Milk-Blood or All Smoke Rises…make it so!


Great cover, and there I am, with Jack Ketchum and Kealan Patrick Burke.  Yowza.  My story, “Last Call,” is an almost 20-year-old one, languishing away because it couldn’t find a home.  But it seems tailor-made for this anthology.

Next up, if you haven’t heard, I have story in Doug Murano and D. Alex Ward’s Shadows Over Main Street 2, the follow up to their hit Lovecraftian book.  This one will be out later this year, and features authors like Joe Lansdale (!) and Joyce Carol Oates (!!).  My story, “Shug,” is a longer one, a quasi-novella or really long short story, set in the post-WWII American heartland.

Interesting thing about this story.  Once I finished it, I had a weird, synchronicity-type of realization.  The main character of this story, a woman named Vesta, is actually connected to the main character, Merle, in my novella that appeared in I Can Taste the Blood.  Can’t give too much away, but reading both (when they’re both out) will inform each other.

I’ve also got a reprint coming out later this year.  Stoker-Award-Winning Editor Eric Guignard is assembling an anthology called The Five Senses of Fear, which will feature stories that deal with the human senses to promote quiet/ thoughtful horror and speculative fiction.  My story, “The Scent,” which originally appeared in my first collection Little Deaths (more on that soon!), will reappear here.  It showcases how the sense of smell is so important.

I’ve got a lot more things that I just can’t talk about as yet, but rest assured, if you, like me, are a fan of John F.D. Taff, then 2017 will be a good, good year.


Thank God

Someone’s finally draining the swamp in Washington, D.C.  Huzzah!


Thank God

We’re safe from Goldman-Sachs and the near collapse of our economy that they orchestrated and profited from.



Thank God

Someone is finally addressing the out of control crime statistics in this country, what with crime being at an all-time high now.  Sheesh.



Thank God

The horrible, horrible Massacre at Bowling Green is finally getting the exposure it deserves. Huge.  Sad.  Never forget!


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