I’m Falling Through Fall.


I’ve gone from my UN-summer of surgery to FALL-ing forward through to the end of the year. Since the end of September, I have been keeping rather busy. It’s a good kind of busy, sure, but between you and me – I had to live October one single day at a time because my workload was pushing all of my tolerances.

I did what I could to keep the blog up, but I have let a number of cool occurrences pile up, so here’s a capsule post to get us all up to speed.

The Conventions:
My convention season has been short (again, back surgery) but productive. I kicked if off locally at the Speculative Fiction: Southeast 2015 conference. This was the first year for the event, but it ran silky smooth and I had a great time sitting on panels, making new friends, and selling books. I am not sure exactly how it happened, but I did end up sitting on a panel with Orson Scott Card. He was a little cranky but generally well disposed. You hear about this guy’s politics and you figure he’s going to be a big ball of hate but he manages to keep most of it inside.

Two weeks later I was off to Necronomicon 2015. This con leans more to gaming and science fiction/fantasy in general. I enjoyed sitting on a number of panels but I didn’t really sell that many books. Now, you all know that sales are not what drive me as a writer, but still it’s satisfying to know that you have potential new readers. So, it was a nice weekend in Tampa but I am not sure if I would go back as it wasn’t the cheapest con in the world.

As I write this, I am two days away from BizarroCon. This is the one I have been waiting for. My year as an NBAS author has come to a close. I am, for the most part, pleased with the experience. It brings me great satisfaction to have Pax Titanus out in the world, but now it’s time to move on to the next big thing. What will that be? Hopefully I will find my answer in Portland!

New Releases
I’ve managed to land stories in two recently released anthologies and the Orlando Weekly – all horror, no less.

Check out my “Tales From the Crypt” style yarn in Potter’s Field 5. This was a story I have been trying to tell for some time. I’ve grateful to the folks over at Alban Lake Publishing for giving it a home.

Robert the Doll (just Google him) is a famously haunted doll from Key West. Since first learning his story, I have been decidedly freaked out. I’ve needed to work it out of my system for some time. Thankfully, I’ve found my outlet in Southern Haunts: Magick Beneath the Moonlight. Here I worked my fears into a Twilight Zone-ish tale of the classic dilemma of wrong place, wrong time equals AHHHHH!

The Orlando Weekly recently ran one of my new Flash Fiction pieces. Click here to learn the fate of one ill-prepared necromancer.

Press and Media
All I did was stand in one spot for long enough and a media tour sprung up under my feet. I’ve done a good chuck of press lately. Plenty here to check out if you are so inclined.

I was interviewed for the YouTube series, Hangin’ With the Authors.

My NBAS brother, Scott Cole, chatted with me for a bit on his blog, 13 Visions.

Incoming NBAS author, Anthony Trevino, interviewed me as he kicked my ass out the door.

Orlando Literary king, uhhh, John King, had me as a guest on his well-travelled podcast, The Drunken Odyssey.

I returned for a special Halloween reading. And then I did another (that you can listen to here)!

Mr. King pulled me off the couch and dragged me down the street, reading all the way. No longer can I linger in the shadows of the House of Mouse.

The Podcast
Matt de Simone and I continue to pollute the airways. Our Podcast continues to churn forward. This is pure fun for me. Give it a listen, there’s a show and a topic for everyone.
Looking at this post, I now understand why I’ve been so tired lately. It’s a good tired, though. The kind of tired that comes from honest hard work. Thank you for giving me a reason for doing all of this.

I’m not sure what 2016 will bring, but it’s hard not to feel like I’m on the verge of a breakthrough of some kind. It’s your support that’s making it happen. As always, I appreciate you. Thank you for taking the time to read my work, to buy my work, to suggest it to a friend.

Until next time,

MattyLovesPodcast EPISODE SIXTEEN: “The Carpenters”

Tom Lucas:

How much do you love Halloween???? We love it bunches!

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Episode SIXTEEN continues the HALLOWEEN PRIMER.

MattyLovesPodcast treks along its whirlwind romp through October as host Matt de Simone and his pal, ““Dr. Tom Lucas–The Street Shaman of Geekdom–welcome Super-special Guest, friend, and filmmaker, Mike Ferraro.

While many of MLP’s episodes are usually broken up into segments, this episode serves as an alternative to usual format.

The focus: John Carpenter.

The Halloween legacy, Assault on Precinct 13, The Thing, Escape From New York and L.A.,Prince of Darkness, They Live, In The Mouth of Madness, Village of the Damned, and Ghosts of Marsall discussed.

Mike mentions how he interviewed actor Danielle Harris at SCREAMFEST in 2007. Here’s said interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KinA7KT_1IQ

This episode serves as PART ONE of TWO of the fellas’ conversation.


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Look Both Ways Before Crossing! by Tom Lucas

Tom Lucas:

Scrawl Brawl is my most favorite of writing communities.

I invite everyone to give it a shot. 100 words ain’t much and no one is going to cut you to shreds. It’s about having fun and creating highly memorable charcters.

In this month’s installment, we took on Movie Slashers.

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The Juggernaut, Armoured Truck by Mark-MrHiDE-Patten on DeviantArt.com

Comment: The Brothers Mutante only liked to do two things: murder and driving their truck. So they put their heads together, spent a month in the garage, and welded their asses off.

Result: A monster truck covered in spikes and blades and ragged hooks with a built-in wood chipper installed on the front bumper. To the sides, drainage pipes ran the length of the truck, with strategically placed holes from which the blood would flow.

What a site to behold as it plowed through pedestrians!

An endless, torrential shower of blood, guts, blood, gore, blood, brains, blood, bone, and blood!

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Episode 175: The 5th Annual Flash Fiction Spooktacular!

Tom Lucas:

Recently I had the opportunity to read live with a number of very talented folks.

Check out this Halloween-themed spooktacular show!

Originally posted on The Drunken Odyssey:

Episode 175 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

Flash Fiction Spooktacular Jesse Bradley Jesse Bradley (Photo by Patrick Greene)

In this week’s episode, I share a recording of a Halloween show in Jesse Bradley’s prose reading series, There Will Be Words, in which I was a reader.

Flash Fiction Spooktacular Banner

Besides moi, the show featured

Raymond McKee

Will Garland

Danita Berg

J. C. Sevcik

Peg Martin

Catherine Carson,

and Tom Lucas.

Flash Fiction Spooktacular JC Sevcik JC Sevcik (Photo by Patrick Greene)


Check out Michael Hearst‘s new album, Film Music and Other Scores, Vol. 1.

Film Music and Other Scores

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MattyLovesPodcast EPISODE FIFTEEN: “Night Brothers of the Night”

Tom Lucas:

The show is getting better and better. Join us every Friday this month for Halloween-themed fun and jibber jabber.

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Episode fifteen continues our Halloween Primer!

DR. J explains his dissertation, DRAGON MAGAZINE, and gaming.

SID better explains CREEPYPASTA for the listeners, the SLENDERMAN, and STEPHEN KING’S “THREE LEVELS OF HORROR.”

MATT talks briefly about MARBLE HORNETS.

The guys talk about the joy of research and horror.

“DR. TOM” talks about the game, “Call of Cthulhu.” Roll for insanity.

Star Trek VI somehow makes its way into the conversation.

MATT speaks briefly on the new comic, Tokyo Ghost in relation to Mike Judge’s Idiocracy.

What does it take to write HORROR? How do some of these guys come up with this stuff? SID explains.

The guys also give a few of their favorite HALLOWEEN films.

Enjoy one of the most enjoyable discussions yet.



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Tom Lucas Interviewed on Hangin’ With Authors

Last weekend I rocked the house at the Speculative Fiction: Southeast writing conference. Seriously.

I sold a bunch of books, sat on a world building panel with Orson Scott Card and I was interviewed on a new literary show — Hangin’ With Authors.

Oh, and I also debuted my new fez. This damn hat has changed my life permanently and for the better.

Host G.W. Pomichter struck me as an incredibly nice guy who has sincere goals for his latest YouTube enterprise. If you have some time, check it out. I had a blast doing it! If you enjoy, perhaps check out some of his other interviews.

MattyLovesPodcast EPISODE TWELVE: “The Invincible Birthday”

Tom Lucas:

Episode 12 is LIVE. We now have a full volume of shows. On to Volume 2. Coming soon to iTunes as well. Click on the original story to tune in or go to “Listen to my Podcast” on the upper left. You’ll see links to all of our shows to date. Thanks for listening!

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WELCOME TO mattyloves.com!

Hang with us while the website becomes more accessible. There’s a lot going on here.

In the meantime, check out the latest episode of MattyLovesPodcast. And if you feel froggy, ALL of the episodes are now available on the website and will soon be available on iTunes! Stay tuned!

(Is VOLUME ONE complete?)

Today is Matt’s birthday.

Matt utilized NETFLIX and watched MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE for the 3,487th time.

Tom watched THE STORY OF FILM AND ODYESSY–covering the history of film. He’s also digging JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT’S “hitRECord.”

Matt and Tom finally have the opportunity to gush over ROBERT KIRKMAN’S INVINCIBLE.

Matt has the perfect pitch for a film, then Matt and Tom becoming casting directors.



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