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Do Not Read on a Full Stomach.

The literary maniacs over at Ghost Parachute have given me another opportunity to creep you out.

If you have a minute, check out my latest flash fiction. It’s a little something for the foodies.

Just a little bite.






A Recent Live Reading

If you have enjoyed any of my previous live readings, a recent video has popped up on YouTube.

The first true Bizarro fiction reading in Orlando, I was excited to read at ‘Lil Indies. I chose to read my contribution to Potter’s Field 5. It’s kind of a “Tales From the Crypt” kinda thing.

If you enjoy the piece, you can pick up either the Print or Kindle version by clicking on the book cover on the left-hand side of my website.

I hope you enjoy!


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,

Look Ma! I’m Writing Horror Stories Now!

Hey Blog-o-versians,

I’m stoked to be able to share my latest victory in publishing with you. At the beginning of the summer, I was contacted by an editor and asked to submit a story to a horror anthology. I’ve always enjoyed horror and I’ve written a scary story or two, but I haven’t been actively pursing horror writing.

But I think I might. Not only was my submission accepted, I landed the first story in the collection. So what’s the story? All I can tell you is that it’s a creepy, Tales From the Crypt kind of thing. Darkly humorous at times with a gut-punch of an ending.

Interested? You can order direct from the publisher. I’ve got the link down at the bottom.

Check it out:

Potter’s Field #5

Alban Lake Publishing


From the Back Cover:

Strangers and paupers, the homeless and derelict, murder victims and victims of wrecks and crashes in seas and trackless wilderness, soldiers and plague victims heaped in mass graves. All have tales untold. Their families and friends, their classmates and neighbors think of them from time to time, sometimes wondering if they are alive or dead. Their fates are guessed, surmised, possibly correctly.
Resign yourself to the same fate as all others, take comfort in commiserating while you can, and hope for that blessed more beyond. Welcome to the Potter’s Field.

Get your copy today: http://store.albanlake.com/product/potters-field-5/

Or grab the Kindle version: http://amzn.com/B0156SG8U6

Book Review: The ADHD Vampire

The ADHD Vampire by Matthew Vaughn


From the back cover:

A cruise ship for retired sex addicts, The U.S.S. Exciter, is the site of a party a lot of people on board will never forget (but some of them will, anyway). Lurking in the cargo hold is Horace Dracul, half-brother of the legendary Dracula, and he dreams of reaching the shores of a country where the blood flows like wine, and bright, shiny lights are seemingly infinite. However, another member of the Exciter’s well-aged population has some secrets of her own: Martha—retired cyborg and ex-spy.

In the grand tradition of slasher-horror literature in which a lot of people are murdered in gruesome ways, The U.S.S. Exciter will host an orgy of violence and sex toys, and an easily-distracted vampire named Horace might have himself a bloody-good time.

Now then:

If you are a bit tired of the typical vampire fare – sexy vamps, teenage angst vamps, zombie vamps, Will Smith, etc. – but love the genre, I humbly present this quick and funny read from Matthew Vaughn.

Although filled with the ludicrous story elements that make a bizarro book great: things like geriatric swingers, cyborg grannies, and the books’ titular monster (a vampire with honest-to-goodness ADHD), what impressed me the most about the book was that it was clear that the author had done his research.

If you know your Dracula, if you have read the source material that is so often ignored by those who pen blood-sucker stories, you will be most pleased by the fact that although the book is a lightning fast kill-fest where you meet a character just in time to watch them become lunch, it honors the core material and mythology. I found this to be a pleasant surprise. I wish more authors would take the time to go to the origins of a genre before spitting out some inbred trope nightmare.

As mentioned above, it’s a fast read. Vaughn doesn’t dwell in any scene for long, but for a story such as this, it’s obviously appropriate (yes, that’s an ADHD joke). The narrative moves and never takes a breath. Jokes come in and you’re barely done laughing until the next one hits you. There’s plenty of blood and gore and sexy as you buzzsaw through the story.

I had a great time with this book and I look forward to seeing what Mr. Vaughn does next.

Cooking for Cthulhu


I’m just over 30k into the manuscript for my next book. If you had to stick it on a shelf, it’s essentially horror. Although I’ve enjoyed the genre since childhood, I haven’t written much that I’d consider horror, as filling out tax forms doesn’t count as creative writing.

In the latter part of last year, I whipped up three short stories, a werewolf tale set in Detroit (“Missing”), a Key West/Robert the Doll freak out (“Live Big”), and a mondo-bizzarro Cthulhu tale (“The Pie Man”). My intention was to practice writing horror as well as First Person POV, two critical aspects of my second novel and both things that I haven’t had much experience with.

I have yet to find a home for my werewolf story, but “Live Big” will be published in Southern Haunts III in 2015, and “The Pie Man” debuted online last Sunday.

I find more enjoyment from writing after I have written something, as opposed to when I am busy bleeding onto my keyboard, but “The Pie Man” was an exception. I enjoyed every minute of planning and writing the piece. If you have the time (it’s roughly 3k words), I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think.

You can find “The Pie Man” over at Dark Fire Fiction (great people, BTW). Click here to be creeped out.

Photo Credit: SalaBoli via Compfight cc

Goodreads Review: Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let the Right One InLet the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Last night a friend of mine lamented that children don’t seem as motivated to get out and play as they once did. He provided the usual examples to illustrate his concerns – the Internet, social media, World of Warcraft. Are the children of today simply glued to their screens, texting in broken English, clicking “like” on anything that remotely fires a thought across their brain? Are they becoming fat blobs of stupidity as they cram value menu crap food down their gullets while they download music off of offshore pirate websites?

I don’t know if it’s quite that bad, but I really hate the whole sagging pants thing. I am more than happy to turn into a cranky old man whenever I see some teenage boy’s underwear a full 5 inches over their waistline. Makes me wish I had a pet Tiger I could send after them, just to watch them attempt to run and trip over their stupid Ed Hardy jeans. How many views would a video of that get on YouTube?

Growing up in the 70s, my friends and I liked to make Super 8 monster movies with makeup kits we bought from the back page ads found in comic books. Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman – the classic Universal monsters, fascinated us. Meanwhile, in the movie world, a different kind of monster was becoming popular – the human monster – thanks to movies like Halloween, The Last House on the Left, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and so on. The 80s would bring Freddy, Jason would be fully entrenched, and the psycho slasher would be the foundation of popular horror.

Everything cycles, and we are all now firmly back into a vampire/werewolf culture (zombies too). I blame Twilight mostly, but there are many other guilty parties. Vampires have certain qualities that will always find an audience, there’s no doubt about it.

Personally, I am a bit tired of vampires, although I must admit that True Blood is a guilty pleasure. That aside, unless something is truly unique – possessing some kind of original twist – I will give it a pass.

That’s what makes Let the Right One In so refreshing. It’s not a typical vampire tale. Without spoiling much, it’s about an emotionally damaged boy who befriends a vampire (stuck in a child’s body) who eventually learns there is much to learn about his new friend.

I found the book to have much more in common with classic vampire tales than any of the paranormal romance material that’s out there. No dig on those that like these books, or the authors who write them. I just prefer my vampires without sprinkles. If you feel the same way, you’ll dig it.
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