“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:
Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Nightscript-2-Michael-Griffin-ebook/dp/B01LZYG9FI
Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/Nightscript-2-C-M-Muller/dp/153747216X


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!

At Word Horde – http://wordhorde.com/product/frankenstein-bundle/
At Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Frankenstein-Autumn-Christian-ebook/dp/B01KFAZR52

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!

Overview of Recent and Coming, Oct 2016

On Facebook, John Deathginger Goodrich asked me what I had coming next, and I typed out a quick list of what’s just out and what’s coming soon… may be of use as a summary of the current state of things:

So much stuff just out, or coming soon! Eternal Frankenstein is out now (has my novelette “The Human Alchemy”), Nightscript Vol. 2 is just out (leads off with my story “The Carnival Arrives in Darkness”), new Lovecraft eZine issue includes my story “Endure Within a Dying Frame” and next month my novella An Ideal Retreat will be out from Dim Shores. Oh, and The Madness of Dr. Caligari is out this month or next, and includes my story “The Insomniac Who Slept Forever”


Eternal Frankenstein
At Word Horde – http://wordhorde.com/product/frankenstein-bundle/
At Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Frankenstein-Autumn-Christian-ebook/dp/B01KFAZR52

Nightscript 2
Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Nightscript-2-Michael-Griffin-ebook/dp/B01LZYG9FI
Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/Nightscript-2-C-M-Muller/dp/153747216X

Lovecraft eZine 38
Issue 38 – https://lovecraftzine.com/magazine/issues/2016-2/issue-38/
“Endure Within a Dying Frame” – https://lovecraftzine.com/magazine/issues/2016-2/issue-38/endure-within-a-dying-frame-by-michael-griffin/

Dim Shores (no link yet for An Ideal Retreat)
Dim Shores storefront – http://dimshores.storenvy.com

Madness of Dr. Caligari
Publisher page – https://www.fedoganandbremer.com/products/the-madness-of-dr-caligari
Amazon hardcover preorder – https://www.amazon.com/Madness-Dr-Caligari-Joseph-Pulver/dp/1878252704

Benoit Lelievre Review at Dead End Follies

It’s been quite a week for reviews of The Lure of Devouring Light. First S.T. Joshi, then John Claude Smith. This morning, Benoit Lelievre has posted a review on his blog, Dead End Follies.



Lelievre also references points brought up in previous reviews by Bob Pastorella at This Is Horror, and this week’s controversial Joshi review.

It’s always interesting to see the ways different reviewers see the same book — not just whether they like it or don’t, but which pieces they hold up as particular strengths, and what aspects they consider to be weaknesses. I believe the best way to get a sense of any given book is to read many reviews of the same work in different places, and I’m very pleased to see my book receiving such a variety of coverage. My thanks to Benoit Lelievre for this review.

Portland 2016 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival Schedule

I can hardly believe the 2016 Portland HP Lovecraft Film Fest begins this evening! Actually, regular events don’t start until tomorrow, but tonight is the VIP Party at Lan Su Chinese Garden, for Guests and people who pledged the Kickstarter at the VIP level.


Here’s the link to the schedule: http://hplfilmfestival.com/hplfilmfestival-portland-or/schedule


I’m doing the “Weird Tales: Beyond H.P. Lovecraft” panel Saturday at 10PM with Ross Lockhart (moderator),, Anya Martin, Ed Morris and Wendy Wagner. Scott Nicolay is also on the schedule but I understand he had to cancel at won’t be at HPLFF this year.


I’m also part of Reading 3: Goodfellow, Griffin, Rawlik – Sunday at 3PM

Last I heard, Peter Rawlik was going to have to miss the festival as well, because of the hurricane approaching Florida, where he lives. If so, either Cody and I will both read extra long, or we’ll see if the organizers add a new 3rd reader.


I’m also taking part in the group signing Saturday at 10AM, and will be glad to sign books. I assume Ross E. Lockhart will have copies of The Lure of Devouring Light for sale, along with Eternal Frankenstein which will make its debut at HPLFF, and the rest of the excellent Word Horde catalog.

(here’s the 2013 HPLFF installment, dinner at Columbia River Brewing)

This is always one of my favorite events of the year, another installment of the first convention I ever attended, the first convention at which I was a guest, or did an author reading. This will be a little unusual, in that Lena and I usually try to host a few con guests at our home, but because we’re putting the house up on the market, the place is empty and ready to sell, so we won’t have any of the usual weirdos traveling with us.

If you’re there, I look forward to seeing you again, or meeting you for the first time. Don’t hesitate to say hello, especially if we’re online friends but I might not recognize you in person! For those of you who won’t be in attendance, I’ll try to post lots of pictures and give updates of all the events, as much as possible.