Looming Low, Volume II

I’m very excited to have recently learned that my story “We Spend Weekends With Dad” will be included in Looming Low, Volume II, a forthcoming anthology from Dim Shores Press edited by Justin Steele and Sam Cowan.

From the recent announcement by Dim Shores, here’s a list of stories that will be included, in alphabetical order by author last name:

Matthew M. Bartlett – “The Cryptic Jape”
Nadia Bulkin – “Your Heart is a House on Fire”
Brian Evenson – “Vigil in the Inner Room”
Kurt Fawver – “Radius Unknown”
Gemma Files – “Bb Minor”
Richard Gavin – “The Intercessor”
Craig Laurance Gidney – “Impz”
Cody Goodfellow – “Serve & Protect”
Michael Griffin – “We Spend Weekends With Dad”
Michael Kelly – “Dead but Dreaming Still”
Gwendolyn Kiste – “To the Progeny Forsaken”
Anya Martin – “The Other Cat”
S.P. Miskowski – “Across the Darkness”
David Peak – “Zones without Names”
Erica Ruppert – “Ex Astris”
Clint Smith – “Lovenest”
Simon Strantzas – “Still Packed”
Jeffrey Thomas – “Strangler Fig”
Brooke Warra – “We Don’t Live Here Anymore”
Kaaron Warren – “Songs We Sing at Sea”
A.C. Wise – “Into the Green”
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro – “Undo”

The book is expected to be released in August of 2022 at NecronomiCon in Providence, RI. I’m sure before then we’ll get a look at the cover, and when that’s available I’ll share it here. My thanks to Justin and Sam for including me among this most impressive group of writers!

Lovecraft eZine Tribute to Joe Pulver

Today I’ll be participating in a group tribute to my friend, the late writer and editor Joe Pulver, on the Lovecraft eZine chat. You can find the chat’s livestream HERE at 3PM Pacific, 6PM Eastern time. That’s about an hour from now, as I post this.

It’s been a year since we lost Joe, and I miss him just as much today as I did a year ago. I suppose the shock of his passing has faded a little, but not the sense of having lost a great friend. Several of us who knew him will be discussing our friend Joe, known more widely as the writer and editor Joseph S. Pulver Sr.

Jason’s Weird Reads – Top 2020 Books Read

Jason White reviewed Armageddon House on his Jason’s Weird Reads channel on YouTube back in June. You can jump to that review here:


This week, Jason did a year-end summary in which he listed his 10 favorite books of 2020 — which includes not only books published this year, but earlier books he just got around to reading.

It’s wonderful to see Jason listed Armageddon House among his favorites. It’s a ranked list, so you’ll have to watch to see where he placed my book in his top 10 of the year. There are also 5 honorable mentions, so there are really 15 books listed.


I really appreciate Jason’s kind words about my book, and aside from this year-end summary, I suggest people check out the other programming on his YouTube channel.

Late 2020 Update

Mostly I use this blog to share information with other people who may be interested, but another use of something like this is as a sort of diary, so I can look back later and see what I did and when.

Last night I hit a milestone, finishing the first draft of a novel that I first started writing about two years ago. That reminded me it might be a good time to summarize where everything stands with regard to my writing and publishing.

Obviously 2020 has been an absolutely crazy year. It’s been hard to feel like this is what life is supposed to be like, but then we simply have to deal with the circumstances in which we find ourselves, right? The COVID pandemic and the unusually loony and contentious political scene have at times made it difficult to do the things I would normally do. I know I’m not the only writer who has wondered how one could possibly concentrate on telling stories at a time like this. Others have had trouble reading for enjoyment.

While for part of the year, I’ve felt detached from my usual enjoyment of both reading and writing, at other times I’ve been more engaged than ever. There finally exists some hope that the most difficult aspects of 2020 will soon be alleviated.

First, as for publishing, my main published work of this year was Armageddon House, the novella published by Undertow Publications in May. There was a beautiful limited hardcover edition, which quickly sold out, and a trade paperback and ebook which remain available.

Also, a Polish translation appeared recently from Wydawnictwo IX, the first time my work has been published in translation anywhere.

To see more about Armageddon House, you can find all posts on this blog with the Armageddon House tag here:


The only other work that I believe will appear in 2020 is my story “I Wake Up and Remember Myself” which will appear in Vastarien, volume 3, issue 2, a great, big double issue of what is always a reliably interesting periodical, and which this time contains work from many great writers. That issue of Vastarien can be preordered here:


As for writing, in September, I finished a long novelette that is out on submission. I’ll say a lot more about it once it has found a publisher. This was the only project I both started and finished in 2020, taking much of the summer.

So mostly, I started and ended the year writing the first draft of the novel I mentioned earlier. When I hit a point when I didn’t feel like writing new words, I went back to the beginning of the novel and started re-writing from the beginning through about the 1/3 mark, which means that even though I just hit the end of the first draft, much of the novel has been polished a bit, and the rewrite process won’t be quite as long as if I needed to start from the beginning.

In other projects, though it’s not exactly what most people think of as “writing,” I did take brief time-outs during the year to plot and outline a couple of other novels, and I’ve arrived at which one of these I’ll begin writing next year when I get to a good place with the current edits.

That’s all I have to report for now. I’ve been reading a lot, and have encountered some really great books in the past few months, so maybe I’ll write something about those soon.

“I Wake Up and Remember Myself” in Vastarien

I’m very pleased to announce that my story “I Wake Up and Remember Myself” will be appearing in the next issue of Vastarien: A Literary Journal, volume 3, issue 2. This should be available in November, so anywhere between 1 and 30 days from now.

I haven’t yet seen the full table of contents, but in the announcement from Grimscribe Press (publisher of Vastarien), they say:

Happy Halloween!Our first double issue! Original cover art and 13 original, full color illustrations by living legend Harry 0. Morris. 25 works of fiction by Michael Griffin, Cody Goodfellow, Leia Von Hessen, Sarah L. Johnson, John Claude Smith, Casilda Ferrante, Lora Gray, Matthew M. Bartlett, and others! 5 Nonfiction articles by Shawn Chang, Denis Moreau, E. F. Schrader, Alex Skopic, and John Palisano. 9 poems by Sonya Taaffe, Rae White, Dimitry Blizniukm and others. All new recurring column by a special guest! Coming November, 2020! Preorder now!

Here’s the link to the issue listing where you can preorder print or electronic versions:


Polish Edition of Armageddon House

The Polish edition of my novella Armageddon House is being released by publisher Wydawnictwo IX, and is now up for order.

Michael Griffin “Armageddon House” (PRZEDSPRZEDAŻ)

I don’t read Polish, and I’m sure most of the people reading this blog don’t either, but nonetheless I’m very excited to have my work translated for the first time. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to reach many new readers. My thanks to Wydawnictwo IX and translator Tomasz Chyrzyński.

The Last Bookstore

I’m told that Armageddon House was part of a large batch of Undertow Publication books recently made available at The Last Bookstore, “Los Angeles’s largest (and funkiest) indie bookstore.”

If you’re like me, you enjoy supporting independent booksellers, so if you’re in the L.A. area, consider checking out what must be a pretty cool horror section!

You can find out more about The Last Bookstore here:

Armageddon House Reviewed At Volume 1 Brooklyn

Volume 1 Brooklyn just posted a very nice review by Tobias Carroll of Armageddon House. Another other things, he says:

Armageddon House may not be the book you’re expecting, but it never stops being gripping — or suggesting greater mysteries around the next corner.”

The link to the review is here:

My sincere thanks to Tobias Carroll and Volume 1 Brooklyn for the review!

The Horror Bundle from Word Horde

I’m excited to be part of a really cool e-book bundle through StoryBundle, which features a bunch of e-books from Word Horde.

It’s a bundle of 5 books that can be purchased for whatever the buyer thinks it’s worth, and if the payment is $15 or greater, you get 10 bonus books, including my story collection The Human Alchemy. You can optionally donate 10% of your purchase price to Planned Parenthood at the time of purchase — not paying 10% extra, but just saying “yes, please give 10% of what I paid to charity.”

Aside from the fact that I’ve had two books published by Word Horde, I really believe every book they’ve done has been worth owning — in fact, I’ve already purchased them all! If you own some of these already, it’s still a great way to pick up a lot of what Word Horde has released for a great price, and put some money in the pockets of some great authors, an amazing press, and if you’re so inclined, a worthy institution in Planned Parenthood.

Even if you already own every one of these books, as I do, you can purchase the bundle as a gift for another reader you suspect might enjoy them.

There’s a lot more information about the bundle and all the individual books and authors here: https://storybundle.com/horror

My sincere thanks to Molly Tanzer for curating the bundle (Molly’s super-enjoyable novel Vermilion is part of the 15 book package as well), and to Word Horde for putting out so many great books.