Debut Novel Coming from Journalstone

Contracts have been signed, so I can now announce that my debut novel Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone will be coming from Journalstone in February, 2017. More specifically, it will be the first book released on a new Journalstone imprint, about which details should become available soon.


Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone is the story of Guy, a suddenly divorced man who ends up renting a room in the houseboat of his much younger co-worker. Guy tries to emulate Karl’s straightforward, confident mode of existence, but feels awkward going out to bars, trying to meet single women, after being married most of his life. Only when Karl takes him out fishing on an isolated stretch of the Salmon River does Guy catch a glimpse of something inexplicable and captivating enough to seize his full attention and distract him from the ruin of his own life.

I’m very pleased to join the same publisher as Laird Barron, Gary Braunbeck, Philip Fracassi, Jonathan Maberry, Christopher Golden, Douglas Wynne and many others.

Though the contract only covers one book, our understanding is that we would like to work together on several books. I’ve been especially impressed with what Journalstone has done with Laird Barron’s recent novellas, X’s for Eyes and Man With No Name, not to mention his latest collection. Because I love the novella form so much, I’d love to find a way to do two or three linked novellas. We’ll see!

Of course I’ll share more specifics, including cover art, when it’s available. For now I’d like to thank Publisher Christopher Payne, and the Imprint Editor whose name must remain secret until Journalstone makes that announcement!

An Ideal Retreat Preorder from Dim Shores

AN IDEAL RETREAT is now up for advance preorder (available only to people who ordered the last Dim Shores release, Daniel Braum’s YETI. TIGER. DRAGON.) until November 2 when preorder opens for everybody.


AN IDEAL RETREAT is a novella of about 28,000 words, so I’m guessing the book will be 100-125 pages. The expected publication date is late November.

Dim Shores describes the story as follows:

Noone goes to check on an old rundown cabin belonging to her husband’s family and finds instead a beautiful vacation home filled with elegant furniture and a fully stocked gourmet kitchen. Seeing a respite from her troubled marriage, Noone decides to stay for a little while despite some unease. Are strange things really happening in the impossible house or is it just all the wine and pills?

The line I used to pitch the story to Dim Shores in the first place:

“The glamorous and perfected material idealism of Architectural Digest and Dwell magazines, seen in the distorting mirror of a marriage poisoned by infidelity, neglect, alcoholism and prescription drug abuse.”

Mikio Murakami has done a fantastic job with the cover art and three internal illustrations, and as always with Dim Shores books, Sam Cowan can be counted upon to create a beautiful, well-made publication. Visit the Dim Shores store HERE.

BizarroCon 2016 Schedule

The schedule of programming for BizarroCon 2016 has been released. See HERE.

I’ll be at the con Thursday and Friday evenings, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Lena and I are even staying one night at the Edgefield Hotel, even though we live a short distance away, because it’s such a cool, fun place.

My involvement will be as follows:

Saturday 12:30-1:15pm: VARIETIES OF THE WEIRD
(Mod—G. Arthur Brown, Rios de la Luz, Jason Rizos, Kirsten Alene, Garrett Cook, Michael Griffin) writers and editors examine and discuss different styles of weird writing including magic realism, absurdism, gonzo, exploitation, mythology and folk tales. (Location: The Barley Room)

Saturday 2:30-4:00pm: THE WORD HORDE READING BLOCK
Ross E. Lockhart, Michael Griffin, Alan M. Clark, Rios de la Luz.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

“The Extremities of Godfrey Aquinas” Coming in Transmissions from Punktown

I can finally announce that my story “The Extremities of Godfrey Aquinas” will appear in TRANSMISSIONS FROM PUNKTOWN, a tribute to Jeffrey Thomas’s Punktown (obvs) edited by Brian M. Sammons and to be published by Dark Regions Press. Lots of great names in this Table of Contents!

The announcement from Brian Sammons:
Jeffrey Thomas is one of the best, most original, amazing authors working today. One of his weirdest and wildest creations is his world/setting of Punktown. Thousands of readers love Thomas’ Punktown tales, as do many other writers. So coming from Dark Regions Press in the near future is TRANSMISSIONS FROM PUNKTOWN, a shared-world of anthology, edited by me, and with all these amazing authors having a blast playing in Mr. Thomas’ Punktown sandbox.

The Table of Contents:
The Cyclops: Part One – by Jeffrey Thomas
The Dilky Never Landed – By Paul Tremblay
Growth Spurt – By Richard Lee Byers
Novah On The Run (Her Blue Monday) – By Glynn Owen Barrass
The Over and Under – By D.A. Madigan
Ritual of Adoration – By W. H. Pugmyr
Riding the Rainbow – By Don Webb
Lacunae and Nocturnes – By William Meikle
Not for Human Consumption – By Peter Rawlik
Sunup over Misery Street – By Konstantine Paradias
Payment for a Scar – By Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
Bedbug Radio – by Ian Rogers
Blueshift Drive – by Edward M. Erdelac
The Extremities of Godfrey Aquinas – by Michael Griffin
Less, then Zero – by Jeff C. Carter
Aftermath of an Industrial Accident – by Mike Allen
Baphomet Descendent – by Scott R Jones
Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring – by Nick Mamatas
Crow-picked – by Christine Morgan
The Monochromatic Betrayal of Frank Xerox – by Neil Baker
Ksenija’s Pirate Prince – by Lee Clark Zumpe
The Cherry – by Tom Lynch
The Cyclops: Part Two – by Jeffrey Thomas

It’s wonderful that this project is happening, and I’m especially pleased to have a place in the book! I’ll share cover art, publication date and pre-order info when I can.

6 Bites of Weird Horror in the Wall Street Journal

Check out Michael Calia’s list of 6 horror collections/anthologies for the Halloween season in the Wall Street Journal.


Not only do I love these selections, but it’s great to see small/indie presses represented in the WSJ! I have stories in two of these books (“The Human Alchemy” in Eternal Frankenstein and “The Insomniac Who Slept Forever” in The Madness of Dr. Caligari), and plan to read the rest.

Nightscript II is Here

My Nightscript II contributor copy arrived, and it’s beautiful! Not just the cover, but the interior layout as well. Great job by Editor/Publisher CM Muller.


It leads off with my story “The Carnival Arrives in Darkness,” and continues with a great assortment of many of today’s greatest weird/horror writers.

Order Nightscript II:
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Wordnik is my favorite online dictionary, thesaurus and general reference site for words. They offer a cool way of allowing users to help support Wordnik — you can “adopt” a word of your own, a form of sponsorship.

You might adopt your favorite word, or a word that’s important to you for some reason, or any word you care about or want to remember; perhaps a word you want to save from obsolescence.


When you sponsor a word, they send you lots of cool stickers and buttons and stuff, including reminders not to forget the semicolon.


Eternal Frankenstein Reviewed in Rue Morgue

The latest issue of Rue Morgue magazine includes Dejan Ognjanovic’s review of ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN, the Ross E. Lockhart edited anthology in tribute to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.


I can’t quote the review here, so you’ll have to seek out Rue Morgue for yourself, but I’m pleased to see that Dejan referred used the phrase “The best of the bunch” to refer to my novelette, “The Human Alchemy.”

So far, reaction to ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN has been very positive, and I look forward to additional feedback as more readers get their hands on a copy. We sold and signed quite a few copies at HPLFF on Saturday!

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An Ideal Retreat Coming from Dim Shores

I’ll have much more to say about this before it’s released, but for now, the order page for An Ideal Retreat is up on the Dim Shores storefront.

Preorders aren’t up yet (will be before end of October), but you can check this out and get a preview of the great cover.


I’m very excited to work with artist Mikio Murakami, and with Sam Cowan who has done such a great job with Dim Shores!