Announcing: A Silent Dystopia: Stories from A Quiet Apocalypse

Here it is, my big editing project of 2020-2021 … A Silent Dystopia. A collection of ten stories set in the world of Dave Jeffery’s A Quiet Apocalypse featuring horror writers from across Europe and North America.

This project has been my passion since its inception about a year ago and has kept me quite busy through the latter half of our real-life pandemic. Working with Dean Drinkel at Demain Publishing, creator Dave Jefferey, and all of the talented writers and artists listed below has been a wonderful experience. One I hope to repeat in the not too distant future.

I give huge thanks to my wife Melissa who has endured my countless hours of reading, editing, and corresponding with authors across multiple time zones to bring this project to life. I couldn’t have done this without her loving support.

A Silent Dystopia: Stories from A Quiet Apocalypse edited by D.T. Griffith

HEaR TODaY …

The disease known as MNG-U has staked its claim on humanity and ended the world. Most of those who survive have been robbed of their hearing, deafened in this quiet apocalypse. Around the globe, people do what they can to exist in the terrifying silence, even what was once considered unthinkable. Whether in isolation or in new communities, they must persevere amidst a changed and brutal landscape disguised as a world they once knew.

Coming soon from the world of Dave Jeffery’s A QUIET APOCALYPSE come ten stories with one, ultimate vision … A Silent Dystopia.

With original fiction from:

· Raven Dane – The Invisible Girl 

· Stephanie Ellis – Babel Hour

· Kev Harrison – The Courier

· Tom Jeffery & Dave Jeffery – The First Samaritan

· A.S. MacKenzie – Shut Up, Donny

· John Palisano – The Platform

· Steve Stred – Do You Remember?

· J.A. Sullivan – Wolf Pit

· Morgan K Tanner – In the Midst of Monsters

· David Youngquist – I Live to Serve

Edited by: David T. Griffith

Foreword by: Gavin Kendall

Afterword by: Chris Kelso

Design by: Adrian Baldwin

Artwork by: Roberto Segate

Published by: DEMAIN PUBLISHING

It’s been a long time, but I’m still here

It’s been two years since I posted about my book Plain being published. It’s received some wonderful reviews and you should check it out.

This was an unusually long hiatus from this blog site. I remember spending a lot of time in its early days creating what I hoped was useful content for some readers out there. But life happened and this site was pushed into the background. It’s time to change that so I thought I should check in and let the world know I’m very much alive and still living some version of the writer’s life. I’ve had a few recent writing developments I’d like to share….

The tail-end of 2020 saw my latest pub, a short story, with Demain Publishing entitled Darkness Calls. It was well received, but it could always use some more love.

Darkness Calls by David T Griffith.

I’ve helped launch a fledging local chapter of the Horror Writers Association representing the state of Connecticut of which I’m a co-chair – HWA CT. We’re open to new membership.

I’m heavily involved in a new project from Demain Publishing that will be announced soon. I can’t say anything more, but there is this graphic below that drops a hint.

Until next time, which hopefully won’t be too long from now, happy reading!

My latest story, Plain

I am excited to announce the publication of my latest book, Plain, from Demain Publishing as #20 in the Short Sharp Shocks! series. It’s available in Kindle format now with a print version on the way.

Check out my interview with Dean Drinkel, editor of the SSS! series and founder of Demain here.

About the story:

Essy is released from a psychiatric hospital after orchestrating her mother’s death a few years earlier. She moves to the neighboring town, where she can continue therapy with her psychiatrist. In pursuit of an idealistic happiness and normalcy, she finds herself both haunted and driven by those she hurt.

It’s part ghost story and part psychological horror … with a violent streak.

 

Also available on Amazon UK.

eComEngine Blog: Get to Know the Amazon Vine Program

amazonvine-featured-640x350There’s a good chance you have heard about the Amazon Vine program and seen a reviewer with the Vine Voice badge. I wrote about Vine in a previous blog covering the Amazon.com, Inc. (“Amazon”) policy change for incentivized reviews. This time, I’m sharing the basics of Vine from a vendor’s point of view.

What Is Vine?

At its core, Vine is a marketing opportunity for vendors to request potential reviews and ratings from Amazon’s certified reviewers. I say potential because Vine reviewers are not required to write a review in exchange for receiving free products. Instead, they opt to receive free products vendors have made available to the program and write honest and helpful product reviews at their own discretion….

[Read the full blog on eComEngine.com]

Time to End the Slump

The writing slump is ending.

Too many medical fears – my wife’s recent close call after contracting a dangerous infection on top of everything else – and financial woes threw my motivation to write fiction into a tar pit.

The fear that comes with uncertainty and morbidity takes a toll on anyone’s psyche and I was just another one of its recipients. Creative energy was quietly replaced by dark observations and the subsequent frustrations of the world’s current political state. Mindless entertainment and mobile device games passed the time between work and family obligations. Sleep became more and more desirable to pass the days when it was an option. A few too many sips of bourbon helped ensure that.

Looking back, I can point out a plethora of reasons I ended up here, but what’s the point? All I can do is recognize where I am and set a new direction. Wallowing in self-pity and introspective pondering won’t accomplish anything, except, perhaps, provide a character trait in an new story.

Today I found this incredible discomfort ripping at my heart. I loathe the idea of complacency and living the mundane, and yet, I found myself there. An overwhelming urge to write something – anything – is pushing me to write this self-reflective piece now. So I’m going with it. When it’s complete, a new world begins.