New published work coming in 2014

It has been quite a while since I wrote a blog entry. Life has been extremely busy with finishing my graduate degree in May, the ongoing needs my daughter’s medical, and a series of changes (all good) occurring at my job since returning from my medical hiatus about four months ago.

Many topics have circulated in my brain to write about for blogs, essays, and short stories, but I decided to spend my down time this month losing myself in the game Grand Theft Auto V for a few weeks, something I haven’t done in several years. That badly needed mental vacation of exaggerated cartoon violence and dark comedy helped me break out of the grad student mentality and refocus on my writing priorities for this summer. I did take obsessive notes on all of those ideas, though, so nothing was lost.

I am excited to share news on a few new publications I’m involved in, coming out during the latter half of 2014.

Don't Look Back coverI wrote the story “The Elusive Pettibone” for the anthology Don’t Look Back, edited by David Lingbloom. The story is my take on the origin of the White Lady of Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut. It was fun to write, exploring the historical aspects and reported ghost stories of a locality near home.

I found myself deeply invested in the protagonist I created for the story, Angela Pettibone, an emotional development that I have not experienced with other stories or characters I’ve created. The legends of the White Lady’s wanderings along the roads of Easton between two cemeteries were a shared interest with my late younger brother. Looking back, this is a story I know he would have loved. Therefore, I have dedicate the story in his memory.

Don’t Look Back is due out this fall from Dark Moon Press. I will share purchasing details once available.

Phobophobias cover 01Next up is the much anticipated anthology Phobophobias from Dark Continents Publishing, edited by Dean Drinkel, which contains another story set in Connecticut, “U is for Ufophobia: Streaks of Green.” The current-day story follows a young woman refusing to hide from an otherworldly occurrence that has the state on lockdown. Inspired by an unapologetic mid-20th century noir story, it tackles the issue of living life in spite of the constant state of terror and confusion created by the unknown. Phobophobias is expected to arrive in August.

Lastly, I am editing my first episodic novel, a collection of linked stories following the disturbing and eventful life of a young woman named Lanie, The Dystopian American. The author line up includes a strong mix of emerging talents and accomplished dark fiction writers from the indie scene. Reading through the first drafts of material I feel confident that we have a strong book in the making. It’s a little early to share details now, I will post more about it when appropriate.

More to come as I have details to share.

Meanwhile, at the abandoned asylum….

And here’s a copy of The Bestiarum Vocabulum for you, and another for you….

Credit: Tim Dry

More info on Western Legends Publishing.

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Featuring my story “I Is For Imp: Ma’s Good Boys”

My latest story unleashed: Ma’s Good Boys

The Bestiarum Vocabulum edited by Dean M. Drinkel

The Bestiarum Vocabulum edited by Dean M. Drinkel, cover illustration by James Powell

So I thought I would write a proper post abut this new published story, “Ma’s Good Boys.” It falls under the header “I Is For Imp” in the new anthology The Bestiarum Vocabulum, edited by Dean M. Drinkel, published by Western Legends.

“Ma’s Good Boys” follows a day in the life of one tragic George D. Giovanni, not just a good son, but a great son to his late mother, bless her soul. A series of jolting revelations are suddenly sprung on him as a little imp appears in the house he inherited from Ma and causes all sorts of mischief.

This story was a lot of fun to write, mixing elements of horror, humor, and absurdist scenarios. I hope readers will enjoy it as much as I did creating it.

Check out this list of authors, including some Hellraiser and Star Wars alumni, among new and established masters of horror:

Emile-Louis Tomas Jouvet, Jan Edwards, Martin Roberts, Lisa Jenkins, Peter Mark May, Raven Dane, Joe Mynhardt, Rakie Keig, D.T. Griffith, Mark West, John Palisano, Amelia Mangan, Robert Walker, Christine Dougherty, Tim Dry, Nerine Dorman, Dean M. Drinkel, Christine Morgan, Tej Turner, D.M. Youngquist, Jason D. Brawn, Lily Childs, Andy Taylor, Sandra Norval, Adrian Chamberlin, and Barbie Wilde.

You can find it for sale on Amazon at the following links:

Amazon US: Paperback | Kindle  •  Amazon UK: Paperback | Kindle

More info on the book can be found here on Western Legends Publishing.

Announcing the release of The Bestiarum Vocabulum

Excited about my latest story publication, “I Is For Imp: Ma’s Good Boys,” appearing in the new anthology The Bestiarum Vocabulum, edited by Dean M. Drinkel. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this story, mixing humor and dark situations. Can’t forget the horror elements!

Western Legends Publishing

The Bestiarum Vocabulum - cover spread

Western Legends is proud to announce the second publication in the Tres Librorum Prohibitum series, The Bestiarum Vocabulum. A collection of 26 horror and dark fiction stories about 26 different beasts of various legends and folklore.

Authors:

Emile-Louis Tomas Jouvet, Jan Edwards, Martin Roberts, Lisa Jenkins, Peter Mark May, Raven Dane, Joe Mynhardt, Rakie Keig, D.T. Griffith, Mark West, John Palisano, Amelia Mangan, Robert Walker, Christine Dougherty, Tim Dry, Nerine Dorman, Dean M. Drinkel, Christine Morgan, Tej Turner, D.M. Youngquist, Jason D. Brawn, Lily Childs, Andy Taylor, Sandra Norval, Adrian Chamberlin, and Barbie Wilde.

Cover illustration by James Powell

Edited by Dean M. Drinkel

Now available on Amazon.

Amazon US

» Paperback
» Kindle eBook

Amazon UK

» Paperback
» Kindle eBook

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