Nightscript 2 Real-Time Review by Des Lewis

Any observer of Weird/Horror Fiction over the past several years has probably see the Real-Time Reviews of Des Lewis, in which Des posts commentary along the way while reading a book. His insights are always interesting, and worth a look.

(image by Des Lewis)

Des has just begun his real-time review of Nightscript II, starting off with the lead story, my own “The Carnival Arrives in Darkness.” The page for the Nightscript II review is HERE. You’ll need to scroll down to see what Des thinks of each story in the comments below.

I plan to check back, day by day, and see what he thinks of the rest of the book! For now, I thank Des for his remarks on my contribution.

Guest Slot on Langan Episode of The Outer Dark

Scott Nicolay’s The Outer Dark podcast (now hosted by This Is Horror) has recently returned after a hiatus due to Scott moving and changing careers. The latest episode is one part archival interview with John Langan (from 2015, before the release of The Fisherman), one part new interview with Langan, and the usual News From the Weird feature.


In the latter, I step in for usual NFtW co-host Justin Steele, and Scott starts us off with a few questions about my own recent and future publishing activities. From there, we discuss new and upcoming books in the field, culminating with my own review/discussion of The Fisherman.

The Outer Dark is a true must-listen podcast for those interested in Weird and Horror Fiction. Check out the latest sort-of-archival presentation HERE

TOD A04 John Langan: Aspiring to Restlessness and The Times They Are a-Fishin’

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!

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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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:


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.

Sam Cowan of Dim Shores on Lovecraft eZine Chat

The latest Lovecraft eZine chat is another good one. The usual crew (Mike Davis, S.P. Miskowski, Rick Lai, Peter Rawlik, Matthew Carpenter and Kelly Young) interview Sam Cowan of Dim Shores.


After you watch or listen, you’ll probably want to head over to DIMSHORES.COM to check out some books or the Dim Shores ONLINE STORE to buy ’em. Because the books are all limited editions, most are sold out, but the next one, Grass by Anya Martin, is up for pre-order. Check out this cover art by Jeanne D’Angelo.

Also, these three earlier releases are still available:

Stag in Flight by S.P. Miskowski (only a few left)
The Knife Dance by Michael Cisco (trade paperback only, hardcover sold out)
The Free School by Cody Goodfellow (only a few left)

I love everything Dim Shores puts out, and I’m very pleased and excited that my own novella An Ideal Retreat will be coming from Dim Shores later this year, with art by Mikio Murakami. I’ll share news on that as soon as I know more.

Words In: The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud

Nathan Ballingrud’s novella The Visible Filth was published as a standalone novella by This is Horror, and was a finalist for the 2015 Shirley Jackson Award. It tells of Will, a likable but somewhat burned-out bartender who, in the aftermath of a brawl in the bar where he works nights, finds a cell phone. The calls he receives on that phone change him, at once repelling him and drawing him in. Frightening, disturbing, and always confidently written, The Visible Filth exerts a visceral, almost physical impact upon the reader. This is one of the best things I’ve read in years! Memorable, and strongly recommended.


The Visible Filth on Goodreads:

The Visible Filth on Amazon:

Words In: Altar by Philip Fracassi

Altar is a novella by Philip Fracassi, published by Dunhams Manor Press earlier this year. It’s an engaging, pleasingly straightforward horror story of childhood summer vacation and the attractive and repulsive force of the neighborhood swimming pool.

Summer vacation has some nicer aspects, such as leisure, freedom from the classroom (or as we age, from work) and recreation in warm weather. But it also has a less savory side, as parents try to deal with kids running loose all over the neighborhood. Young kids are preyed upon, bullied or bothered by older youths, and our impulses toward recklessness and daring are inflamed by too much time and not enough supervision.

This snapshot is brief, but feels familiar, recognizable in aspects both pleasant and nasty, as if representing elements of a universal childhood summer. Altar is a story I recommend, and one that makes me want to read more of Fracassi’s work. The good news here is that Fracassi recently announced the planned release of another novella as well as his debut short fiction collection with Journalstone, so we’ll have lot of material coming from him in the next year.


Altar on Goodreads:

Altar on Ammazon: