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.