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Available on Amazon for Kindle and Print, my True Crime-inspired Young Adult novella UGLYVILLE documents the life of an eccentric teenaged girl who falls in love-at-first-sight with the neighborhood garbageman, only to learn he’s already taken. But that won’t stop her from stealing his heart for herself, by any means necessary.

And don’t forget my acclaimed Dark Comedy novel DEAD SIZE. Reviewers call it "a fantastic blend of detective story, dark comedy, and waking daydream” and “sick, twisted, and hilarious."

Also available, Dark Park Publishing’s “amazing” Sci-Fi Horror anthology WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?, edited by yours truly. And coming soon, my expanded short story collection of Dark Fiction, featuring several works that have never been published or were only put out in limited release.

I hope you will give my books a try. There’s something for everyone... who isn’t like everyone else.

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A Hole Away from Home

Posted By on August 22, 2014

In recognition of me starting my Masters program in Writing Studies…

Recently, while sifting through some ancient papers of mine, I found this curious paragraph written, by hand, when I was in middle school. It’s probably the oldest piece of my writing I still possess (excluding a rather tepid poem called “Arizona Highway”). I have no idea why I had written it — it’s not even a complete story — but here it is presented for cyber-posterity:

“Jimi loomed through the splintered door of his shed in the backyard. It was a cramped wooden shack with no windows, whose unshingled roof leaked terribly when it rained. All the furnishings, two rickety chairs and a table with one leg too short, often had damp surfaces that stained Jimi’s clothes whenever he’d touch them. There were still clumps of sawdust strewn about the dirt floor which he’d not bothered to sweep up long after he had completed building the simple table. The plywood walls were bare except for some moss growth at the bottom, severely warping the boards so the slightest draft easily invaded the dwelling. There was a ceiling lamp with an aluminum shade, swaying from the rafter, whose bulb often burned out because of the moisture. In such an event, Jimi had set a dozen candles on the tabletop, using cracks in the two-by-fours as holders. Lighting all the wicks at a time, his shed glowed with the flickering flames, always in danger of being blown out by the intruding wind, but by some miracle never did. Streams of melted wax would slowly drip onto the table and solidify into one colorful pool. Jimi would watch this pool for hours on end, observing its silent creep across the tabletop. He liked the peacefulness of this small, dim place. He especially liked to listen to the rain pelting its roof during a storm. It soothed him and made him forget about his parents harassing him whenever he was inside ‘their house.’ His shed was his hole away from home.”

WHAT HAS TWO HEADS Anthology Authors Part 4

Posted By on May 22, 2014

In anticipation of the release of Mega Thump Publishing’s Science Fiction Horror anthology WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?, I proudly present the last of the authors featured in the book:

EVAN PURCELL (author of “Microwave Technology”) is an American working and living in rural China, a land of ancient traditions, friendly people, and absolutely no cheese within a hundred mile radius. Except for that last part, he loves living there. By day, he teaches high school English and volunteers in the surrounding villages. By night, he sings bad karaoke. He also writes a lot of stories—a slightly nobler pastime than singing “Sweet Caroline” with a bunch of inebriated Chinese people—which have appeared in Cracked.com, Niteblade Magazine, and Prizm Books. Despite all that, he’s a normal guy, not nearly as weird as his short stories would imply. In fact, if you see him walking down the street, feel free to stop and say hello. And if you offer him some nice American cheese, he will be forever in your debt.

LIZZ-AYN SHAARAWI (author of “An Amuse Bouche”) is a Texan lost in the Oregon wilderness. She’s a horror screenwriter and author whose short stories have been featured in numerous anthologies, including In the Bloodstream, Ain’t No Sanity Claus, and Fortunes: Lost and Found. Her screenplays have been recognized by The Austin Film Festival, The Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, and The Page Awards. She enjoys cheap thrills, expensive shoes, and things that go bump in the night.

PAUL STARKEY (author of “The Silence of Hestia”) lives in Nottingham, England, but would like to make it clear that he has no information pertaining to the whereabouts of Robin Hood, and is assuredly NOT a Merry Man. He has been writing for many years and has been published on both sides of the Atlantic, most notably by the British Fantasy Society. He’s written four novels, the first of which, City of Caves, he self-published, and is currently at work on his fifth. He’s also published an ebook of short stories, The Devils of Amber Street. He regularly blogs about writing and reviews films. His preferred genres are science fiction, horror, fantasy, and crime, and he especially likes to mix genres. Occasionally some romance may sneak into his work, but he’s yet to write anything where something odd didn’t happen or someone wasn’t horribly killed.

WHAT HAS TWO HEADS Anthology Authors Part 3

Posted By on May 21, 2014

In anticipation of the release of Mega Thump Publishing’s Science Fiction Horror anthology WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?, I proudly present more of the authors featured in the book:

VINCE LIBERATO (author of “Green”) is an enthusiast of Bikram yoga, member of an iron-willed yet loving family, property of his girlfriend Micole, and owner of a dog named Pony. He has been featured twice in anthologies published by Third Flatiron Press (Intelligence and Redshifted: Martian Stories), every volume of the Demonic Visions series, as well as Almond Press’s After the Fall, Tales of the Apocalypse and Horrified Press’s Tales of the Undead: Undead in Pictures. He lives in Texas.

JAMES AUSTIN McCORMICK (author of “Homecoming”) is a college lecturer from England who enjoys all types of speculative fiction—science fiction, horror, and fantasy especially—and often tries to blend these elements together in his own writing. He is also a particular fan of classic Gothic and Victorian horror tales. James has had many works published professionally, most recently two science fiction novels, Dragon and Sunfall, both published by Class Act Books. In addition, he has also had several novellas and short stories published in various publications. These include a vampire western “Sundown” in the horror anthology Deathgrip, a fantasy comedy “Tommy and the Trolls” in the anthology Strangely Funny, and dozens of shorts in such magazines as Jupiter SF, Tales of the Talisman, and Thirteen Stories. Continuum SF also published a series of his science fiction tales from 2004 until 2006. James has two more novels out in the next year: Balec, a supernatural horror, and The Last Synn, a sword and sorcery fantasy inspired by his two writing heroes H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard.

BEN PIENAAR (author of “Halo”) presently clings to dear life in Melbourne, Australia. To support his debilitating coffee and writing habits he works two jobs, one teaching children English and another selling alcohol to the masses. He has three to five vivid nightmares per week, often using these as inspiration for his stories. He has recently attained a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University but still refuses to get a real job, preferring instead to hide in his dark, rat-ridden house and read copious books. He has had eleven short stories published to date in various magazines and anthologies, and is currently working on a novel about a mythological beast no one seems to have heard of.

WHAT HAS TWO HEADS Anthology Authors Part 2

Posted By on May 20, 2014

In anticipation of the release of Mega Thump Publishing’s Science Fiction Horror anthology WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?, I proudly present the authors featured in the book, continued:

KC GRIFANT (author of “Out to Pasture”) is an award-winning science writer specializing in technology, biology, and astronomy. She has written cover features for national publications on prototype robots that walk, talk and learn; wearable electronics; sunspot cycles; and metabolic “switches” for cancer. She has met several living writing inspirations: Margaret Atwood, Joe Haldeman, R.L. Stine, and William Gibson. Her creative endeavors are fueled by Taco Tuesdays, indie comics, and 100% Kona coffee.

DANIEL HALE (author of “Beauty Is Skin”) is an up-and-coming storyteller living in Ohio, USA. He has been published in Revolt Daily, the All Hallow’s Evil anthology of Mystery and Horror, LLC, and The Last Diner anthology of Knightwatch Press. When not writing he spends his days buying books faster than he can read them and worshiping all things British.

ASHLEY NORRIS HURD (author of “Black”) is currently querying her debut novel, a young adult fantasy entitled Gemin. She is co-organizer of the Central PA Writers Workshop, an amazing group of encouraging and supportive writers. When she’s not writing, she’s usually teaching her crazy, fun alternative education students or taking road trips with her wonderful husband, Chuck, to see family, friends, or NASCAR races.

THOMAS KLEATON (author of “Mesozoic Appetite”) is a freelance horror writer. He has had stories published online in SNM Horror Magazine and on the Hellnotes and Necon eBooks websites. His stories have appeared in the horror anthologies Cellar Door: Words of Beauty, Tales of Terror, Serial Killers Tres Trias, and Bones.

LISAMARIE LAMB (author of “Nighty Night”) started writing in her late teens, but it was only with the birth of her daughter that she decided to write more seriously, with the aim of publication. Since that decision in 2010, she has had over 30 short stories published in anthologies and magazines. In November 2012, Dark Hall Press published a collection of her short stories with a twist, entitled Over The Bridge. In November 2013, J. Ellington Ashton Press released a second short story collection entitled Fairy Lights. She has also collaborated on a project entitled A Roof Over Their Heads, written by six authors from the Isle of Sheppey, about the island where she lives with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

WHAT HAS TWO HEADS Anthology Authors Part 1

Posted By on May 17, 2014

In anticipation of the release of Mega Thump Publishing’s Science Fiction Horror anthology WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?, over the next few posts I proudly present the authors featured in the book:

STEVE BILLINGS (author of “Crooked Head”) lives and works on the edge of The Cotswolds, near the city of Bath in the United Kingdom. Despite a life-long addiction to bleak music and dark literature, he lives a chaotic but happy life with his wife, two children, and two deranged cats. His first ever short story finished runner-up in the 2012 Aeon Award competition and was published in Albedo One magazine. He has huge respect for independent publishers and is delighted to be part of this anthology.

FRANK COLLIA (author of “China Doll”) hails from Parts Unknown (well, the greater PU metroplex) and now lives in Tampa, Florida where he writes author bios in the third person and stays mostly inside during the summer. His short fiction has been featured in Dead Worlds 4, Bigfoot Terror Tales Vol. 1, and Boroughs of the Dead 2.

CATHERINE EDMUNDS (author of “Time to Find Charley”) began her professional life as a musician, having trained at Dartington College of Arts and the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, Goldsmith’s College, London. Two decades later, she changed direction and reinvented herself as a writer and artist. She still teaches music from her home in North East England, but spends more time as an author and illustrator. Works for Circaidy Gregory Press include her poetry collection wormwood, earth and honey; the magical realism novel Small Poisons—a contemporary tale for Midsummer Night’s dreamers; and Serpentine, exploring what happens when art doesn’t only reflect life but is life itself. Her latest novel is Bacchus Wynd, an intense tale of personal re-invention. Competition successes for poetry include two shortlistings for the Bridport Prize and a Pushcart Prize nomination; and for fiction, runner-up in the Roy Wood Memorial competition, placed in the Sid Chaplin competition, several shortlistings in Flash 500, and many others. Catherine has regularly exhibited paintings in County Durham, and in 2013 appeared on television in the Glasgow heats of Sky Portrait Artist of the Year. She is currently working on a biography of her Holocaust-survivor mother.