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.
I was fortunate to participate in author Mark West’s King For A Year project – 52 reviews of Stephen King’s works throughout 2015. I revisited a favorite story of mine from King, the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.
You can read it here – King For A Year: Rita Hayworth And Shawshank Redemption, reviewed by David T Griffith.
What a great way to start off autumn. My latest story “Blood & Gingerbread” has just released as part of the anthology Masks from Black Shuck Books, an imprint of Great British Horror. It seems I am becoming a British author by proxy as this is my second in a series of at least four sequential books lined up with British presses.
This story was fun to write. Inspired by Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and real-world accounts of militant separatist compounds, “Blood & Gingerbread” is set in a secluded community where bizarre annual rituals keep death at bay. It explores the raw human need to control, holding domain over violence, nature, families, behavior, life, and death. What happens when that power is disrupted?
Check out the table of contents below featuring some of the great writers you’ll find in the independent horror field right now. Masks is edited by Dean M Drinkel and the cover art is by the late and great illustrator James Powell, may he rest in peace.
- PORCELAIN by James Everington
- BLOOD & GINGERBREAD by D T Griffith
- THE HOUSE OF A THOUSAND FACES by Chris Stokes
- VARIETY NIGHT by Russell Proctor
- AFTER THE END, THE BEGINNING by Christine Morgan and Lucas Williams
- THE MAN WHO FED THE FOXES by Phil Sloman
- MANY HAPPY RETURNS by Kyle Rader
- TRIXIE by Christopher Beck
- THE FACE COLLECTOR by Stephanie Ellis
- AN ABSENT HOST by F A Nosić
- THE SILENCING MACHINE by Clockhouse London Writers
- HIS LAST PORTRAIT by Adrian Cole
- THE JAR BY THE DOOR by Icy Sedgwick
Purchasing info and other details are available on Black Shuck Book’s site: blackshuck.greatbritishhorror.com/masks.
My new blog site HarvestingCreativity.com has launched in support of my current book project Harvesting Creativity. If you enjoy reading posts here on creativity, such as creative fear and professionalism, please check out the site and engage in discussion. Your support is always appreciated. Thanks!
I am excited to share more publishing news this month. My story “The Jasper Scarab” is featured in a new anthology from Lycopolis Press edited by Dean M. Drinkel titled And Death Shall Have No Dominion: Tales of the Titanic.
At the time I wrote this story I had been reading a collection of noir short stories by some respected authors of the genre. I began exploring noir themes as I developed “The Jasper Scarab,” moving on to a divergent path from my standard horror and dark fiction work. I couldn’t tell you with any certainty that the final story is indeed noir or something else, but the dark influence is most certainly there.
“The Jasper Scarab” tells the story of William Boyd, a lone childhood survivor of the Titanic disaster. An ancient Egyptian artifact that traversed the Atlantic with him appears to be the common thread in a series of tragic events involving loved ones, yet William cannot depart with the object despite his several attempts.
And Death Shall Have No Dominion: Tales of the Titanic is available in paperback on Amazon in the US and UK.
Amazon US: Paperback
Amazon UK: Paperback