Author Archives: John F.D. Taff
If you’re not reading Bracken’s work, you need to be reading Bracken’s work. Really.
One year at my favorite writers’ conference, NECON, I was standing in the hotel lobby, staring at the flyers beside the check in desk, trying to find a menu for a local pizza place, when I ran across a card that showed a wet, red foot. Intrigued, I pulled the card and saw it was advertising a local winery. Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows I love wine. More than any beer or other spirit (yes, more than whisk(e)y), I love dry, tannic, earthy reds—pinot noir especially, but also barbera, and tempranillo wines. None of these varietals grow well in New England, but I was still intrigued by the image of a glistening red, nude woman’s foot.
This wasn’t the picture, but you get the idea.
The picture was sensual, but it also more than hinted at gore with the red juice and dark grape skins sticking to the…
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A great essay by a fantastic writer!
Whenever I hear the name “Karen Runge” or see it mentioned in a post on social media, I immediately perk up. I imagine my eyes glossing over with sheer adoration. And I don’t mean that in a lascivious fashion. Not at all. What I’m saying is that when it comes to author crushes, to that oh-my-god-give-me-all-your-fucking-words sensation that happens with some of our best writers, I can’t imagine it getting much bigger than the one I have on this author’s magical words. And it turns out that she can bring the same alacrity with a pen and brilliance of thought to nonfiction work when she’s of a mind to. This article that we’re sharing with you today is a sample of that. Well-reasoned, stunningly written, and bleeding clarity and passion. I could go on about Karen and her words all day, but I won’t do that. There’s a much better…
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Today Shane and I are excited to welcome author Brian Kirk to Ink Heist. Brian reached out to us a few weeks ago to talk about his upcoming book from Flame Tree Press, Will Haunt You. Through the course of our discussion, Kirk revealed a strange event he experienced that inspired his book and we asked if we could share that story. Kirk agreed, but due to the length of the story, we are partnering with a few other horror sites to share it. I was pretty unnerved when I read it and I have a feeling you will be as well when you read it. Below we have included Kirk’s recollection of the events that inspired Will Haunt You and the screenshots he managed to grab of the incident.
The idea for my next novel Will Haunt You was inspired by a couple from my neighborhood who mysteriously disappeared…
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The end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 are bringing out reviewers’ Best of lists for the year, and luckily enough Little Black Spots and some of the individual stories within it are making plenty of these lists. I thought I’d update the six or so of you who read this.
First the venerable spec fiction site Tangent Online (which, incidentally gave Little Black Spots a very nice review) chose two of the stories for inclusion in its 2018 Recommended Reading List. The stories are “A Kiss From the Sun for Pardon” and “Gethsemane, In Rain.” Go here to see the entire list.
Next, Little Black Spots made the Best of 2018 lists from the following reviewers/review sites so far. I’ll update this as more come in.
And a few of my stories have made the Recommended Reading List for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award. (Now, this doesn’t mean they’re nominated or anything, so I don’t mean to imply that, but it is the first step in the process.) Little Black Spots has made it onto the Recommended Reading List for fiction collection. The story “Purple Soda Hand” is on the list for Long Fiction, while “The Bunny Suit” and “A Winter’s Tale” are both on the list for Short Fiction.
If you want to take a look see at what all the fuss is about, go pick up a copy here.
And don’t forget, my epic novel THE FEARING is coming in April. Some big news soon.