The Human Alchemy is Coming From Word Horde

My first short fiction collection The Lure of Devouring Light was released just short of two years ago by Word Horde. I still vividly recall seeing for the first time the beautiful cover art Jarek Kubicki and layout by Scott R Jones, and feel the cover is a wonderful complement to what’s inside.

The book included a very nice introduction by one of my favorite writers, John Langan, and was overall quite well received. I obtained endorsements or “blurbs” from several more of my favorite writers, including Laird Barron, S.P. Miskowski, Michael Cisco and Jeffrey Thomas. I poured a lot of myself into that book, and I still feel it’s an expression I can be proud of.

Though the news of my forthcoming second collection The Human Alchemy has emerged in hints and whispers over the past six months or so, I think I ought to make a proper announcement. I’ll have more details to share between now and the release date, and of course I’ll likely be sticking the book in everyone’s face (virtually, that is), more than they might care to see it, once released. For now, I’ll give you this.

The Human Alchemy will be released in June, 2018 by Word Horde.

Editor and Publisher Ross E. Lockhart has been a never-ending pleasure to work with, both a solid and serious professional when there’s business to be done, and great fun when it’s time for chatting about books or getting beers at a convention. I couldn’t have been happier with the whole process of putting out my first collection, and always hoped it would do well enough that Word Horde would want to do another. I will now have the honor of being the first writer to have two books on Word Horde.

I’ll soon share the table of contents, information about the stories, the introduction, the blurbs, and eventually the cover art. Like the Beach Boys said in Surfin’ USA… Can’t wait for June!


Eternal Frankenstein Paperback

An anthology that came out in 2016 and never got quite the attention that it deserved was Eternal Frankenstein, edited by Ross E. Lockhart and published by his press, Word Horde.

I think the reason it sort of flew under the radar (aside from a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly) is that it was hardcover only, and on the expensive side at $30 cover price. It’s a beautiful book, but I didn’t notice many people talking about it.

I’m pleased to see that Word Horde is releasing a trade paperback version of the book, with new cover art by Patrick Jones. It looks fantastic!

Here’s a photo of an early proof edition of the book on Ross Lockhart’s shelf.

If you passed on this book before because of the price, give it another look.

Links to buy:
Word Horde

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’

Look What Elinor Dragged In

Elinor Phantom, Editorial Assistant at Word Horde, poses with the proof copy of THE LURE OF DEVOURING LIGHT. Looks good!

Photo by Ross E. Lockhart

Should you wish to preorder the book, you have some options:

The Lure of Devouring Light direct preorder (paperback + ebook) from Word Horde

The Lure of Devouring Light from Amazon in Kindle format or trade paperback. Official release date is April 30, 2016.

The Lure of Devouring Light Having Been Announced…

Yesterday Word Horde announced the planned release of my collection The Lure of Devouring Light for this April. Yesterday it became official, and known to many.

I’ve known this was a “done deal” for quite some time, and didn’t for a moment doubt that Ross E. Lockhart would do what he said he would do… and yet, yesterday’s announcement was a relief to me, as well as a cause for excitement, for several reasons.

There was the obvious pride and pleasure of seeing the announcement met with interest and enthusiasm. Hey, people want to see my book when it comes out! Some people are even pre-ordering it without having seen the cover.

There was relief at being able to stop keeping the secret, especially from people I thought might be interested to hear it. Last October, Orrin Grey visited Portland for the occasion of his book release (Painted Monsters, which came out on Word Horde), which coincided with the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Orrin stayed the night before the HPLFF began at our house. Lena and I and Orrin had a nice time, chatting at the Edgefield about horror movies. I wanted to tell Orrin “Hey, guess what? Looks like we’re going to share a publisher,” but the deal wasn’t final yet and I didn’t want to go around talking it up prematurely.

There was the realization that now I get to share the wonderfully flattering blurbs I’ve received from four of my favorite writers. I’ll post these here soon.

There was knowing that I would be seen differently by a lot of people who hadn’t previously read my work, but might now give it a shot, whether because of the endorsement of Word Horde or the kind statements of respected writers in the blurbs I just mentioned. The point of this isn’t “I want to be perceived differently,” but that I hope my work will reach more people in the future, and I think this book will really help that happen.

Yesterday felt like a big deal. It was fun and exciting, and I have the sense the fun is just getting started.

I’ll have lots to say between the time of this announcement and the actual release of the book, so this blog space will be much more active for a while.

Word Horde to Release The Lure of Devouring Light

I will have oh-so-much more to say about this in the coming few months, but for now, I’m pleased to be able to let people know that debut collection The Lure of Devouring Light will be coming in April, 2016 from Word Horde.


I have enormous respect for Editor/Publisher Ross E. Lockhart and what he’s been able to accomplish in the relatively short time Word Horde has been in operation. There is no other publisher I would rather work with on my first book. The cover art is not yet complete, but the book is available for preorder directly from Word Horde, HERE.

Reading “Delirium Sings…” at Powell’s, Nov. 2015

I recently posted video of my reading from “Firedancing” in The Children of Old Leech at BizarroCon. Link HERE.

A few days after that reading, several Portland writers who all happened to appear in Word Horde’s anthology CTHULHU FHTAGN! had a group reading at Powell’s Books, the SE Hawthorne location.

My wife took video of my portion of the reading, in which I read the middle of my story “Delirium Sings at the Maelstrom Window.”

My thanks to Nathan Carson (who also read) for setting up the reading event, and also to Ross E. Lockhart for publishing Cthulhu Fhtagn! and selecting my story for inclusion. You can order a copy of the book at Word Horde.

Reading “Firedancing” at BizarroCon Nov. 2015

I’ve had two opportunities to read my work this month. First was the Word Horde group reading at BizarroCon. I read the middle of my story “Firedancing” from the Laird Barron tribute anthology, The Children of Old Leech published by Word Horde last year.

My wife Lena was good enough to record video of my reading.

Video also exists of the second reading at Powell’s Books in support of Cthulhu Fhtagn!, and I’ll post that soon.

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Table of Contents

Editor and Publisher Ross E. Lockhart of Word Horde has published the full Table of Contents of his upcoming anthology CTHULHU FHTAGN! Also note, the exclamation point is part of the title, not just my excitement about this book.

Word Horde post HERE.

And if you just want to see the TOC, here’s that…

Cthulhu Fhtagn!
Table of Contents

Introduction: In His House at R’lyeh… – Ross E. Lockhart
The Lightning Splitter – Walter Greatshell
Dead Canyons – Ann K. Schwader
Delirium Sings at the Maelstrom Window – Michael Griffin
Into Ye Smoke-Wreath’d World of Dream – W. H. Pugmire
The Lurker In the Shadows – Nathan Carson
The Insectivore – Orrin Grey
The Body Shop – Richard Lee Byers
On a Kansas Plain – Michael J. Martinez
The Prince of Lyghes – Anya Martin
The Curious Death of Sir Arthur Turnbridge – G. D. Falksen
Aerkheim’s Horror – Christine Morgan
Return of the Prodigy – T.E. Grau
The Curse of the Old Ones – Molly Tanzer and Jesse Bullington
Love Will Save You – Cameron Pierce
Assemblage Point – Scott R. Jones
The Return of Sarnath – Gord Sellar
The Long Dark – Wendy N. Wagner
Green Revolution – Cody Goodfellow
Don’t Make Me Assume My Ultimate Form – Laird Barron

This promises to be a great one. I’m excited to be part of another Word Horde book, and also to share a Table of Contents with so many great writers — some for the first time, others for the second or third time.