I’m not a huge fan of talking about myself on social media. Writer friends have advised me to intensify my Facebook hustle, but there’s something so inherently uninteresting about that platform. First, even the most innocuous posts can be boiled down to an agenda (usually “muh brand”) and second, to quote George Costanza, worlds are colliding. All the time colliding.
Now here’s something I’m incredibly stoked to be talking about! I read a lot of J.F. Gonzalez in college. His work was among the most formative in the years leading up to the moment where I decided to take a stab at this whole writing thing. For that alone, my inclusion in this upcoming collection will forever be a career highlight.
In honor of my latest release, FERAL, which has been resurrected through Black T-Shirt Books in a gorgeous paperback edition as well as Kindle, I’m doing a giveaway where everyone who enters wins.
My debut novel Feral returns in a gorgeous new paperback edition courtesy of Black T-Shirt Books. For all you ereaders out there, there’s a revised version on Kindle as well. Now that we’re into October, what better time of year to dive into this bloody, unsettling tale of werewolves in a western Massachusetts town?
One strategy I don’t share in this business is the need to pump out books like clockwork. If you can do it well, then good on you! I both admire and envy you. But I can’t. Sometimes a book just falls out of me, but more often than not it’s a struggle. Books can be like a stubborn child at bedtime: anything but cooperative. And in those instances, it’s real hard to commit to a schedule.
It’s that time of the year again! Scares that Care is my favorite convention in the game, and not just because it’s an author-friendly show that books incredible literary talent. Most importantly, it’s well run by people who give a damn and the whole thing supports a great cause, meaning its proceeds help families in need.
For many years, most of them pre-Internet, I lived inside my own bubble where everybody liked Ghostbusters II. I assume that’s because I grew up in a small-ish town where the majority of my friends were equally large Ghostbusters fans of around the same age. I was too young to be aware of the film’s tepid critical reception, and it wasn’t until I joined Twitter that I learned how divisive it is.
Some people say you should believe in signs. That Serendipity is a thing. When I was writing Island Red, my music selections were so eclectic that I thought it might be fun to include a little “this book was written to the sounds of…” section at the back. As I neared the manuscript’s completion, I got my hands on one of Brian Keene’s recent books, The Complex, and saw he had done that very thing. And while I intended to include my own compilation of track lists at the end of Island Red, I never got around to it, which makes it the perfect topic for today’s blog post.
Some of you may remember a little project I did with Adam Cesare in 2013 called All-Night Terror. It’s a collection of six stories (three each) and a wraparound bringing them all together. We published it ourselves, and while we were proud of the project, it never really got in front of as many eyes as we wanted. That’s about to change thanks to Sinister Grin Press. Because of them, it’s coming back in a big way.
My fourth book, Island Red, is available now, and if you’ve somehow missed my most recent round of aggressive social media marketing, then allow me to tell you about it. It’s a bloody piece of nautical horror crossed with roman noir, and a few other surprises mixed in along the way. It’s my most experimental novel to date in a lot of ways, and I’m glad that it’s finally been released into the wild.