The 5 Most Useful Books I Read In 2016

January 4, 2017

Surrealist artist Salvador Dali was almost as quotable as Oscar Wilde. I’ve always liked this nugget in particular: “At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven, I wanted to be Napoleon. My ambition has been growing steadily ever since.” Which is about what you’d expect from a guy with a […]

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“Mommy’s Little Man” Rises Again

December 23, 2016

Just slipping this in as filler in a pre-holiday week when nobody is, or should be, paying attention… Editor Paula Guran has tossed “Mommy’s Little Man” — last month’s heartwarming family comedy — into the mix for the 2017 edition of The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror. Which makes me happy, but what I […]

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Tales of the Lost Citadel: “The Sport of Crows”

December 13, 2016

If you were one of the Kickstarter backers of this shared world anthology — think the Walking Dead invades an alternate Middle Earth — then Yule is coming early for you. Squalling, newborn copies are making their way into the world at this very moment. Thanks for putting up in advance to help make this […]

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“Mommy’s Little Man” — Now Exclusively at DarkFuse Magazine

December 1, 2016

I think it took less time for me to say yes to the invitation, write this brand new story, then see it fast-tracked to publication, than it has for me to post about it here. Ulp. If you’re a DarkFuse subscriber, this new foray into x-treme family dysfunction is ready and waiting for you there. […]

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Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror: “Our Turn Too Will One Day Come”

November 3, 2016

Landmark new anthology alert, hot off the presses this week. Like editor Ellen Datlow’s 2010 antho Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror before it, Nightmares is a kind of state-of-the-art roundup, gathering 24 works from the years 2005 – 2015. Me, I’m just happy to be tagging along for the ride, taking one more lap with […]

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Mummy: Dawn of Heresies: A Sneak Peak at the Upcoming New Novel

October 24, 2016

Back in February and March, I wrote a novel in seven weeks. That’s an unprecedented speed for me — not one I could sustain forever, but for seven weeks I managed. Lived it, breathed it, ate it, slept it, and occasionally farted it. Because it had to be done in seven weeks, or not at […]

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Children of Lovecraft: “On These Blackened Shores of Time”

September 27, 2016

Freshly spawned from the depths of the ocean and outer space, here we have editor Ellen Datlow’s latest assemblage of cosmic horror. Which I get to divvy up with the heavyweight likes of Caitlín R. Kiernan, Laird Barron, John Langan, Livia Llewellyn, and more. And now I’ll just let this excerpt from the review at […]

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A New Interview … And, Oh Right, A Warning

August 24, 2016

Really? Two-plus months have gone by? The summer days get away from you when you’re convalescing. In that late spring-early summer span, I had a stupid accident and didn’t merely rupture my left leg’s patellar tendon … I shredded it. It’s not even a good story. It’s a good punchline. After years of Krav Maga, sparring, […]

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The Weight of the Dead — Now live at

June 6, 2016

Each new month means new long fiction published at This June means a novelette of mine is published at For now, you can read The Weight of the Dead in its 15,000-word entirety right there online. If you think it’s going to be a keeper, or just hate reading via browsers, Tor has […]

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The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu: “It’s All the Same Road in the End”

May 24, 2016

There have been so many dozens of Mammoth Book of [insert theme here] books that I have no unearthly idea how Cthulhu got away unscathed all these years. No longer. Cosmic justice is served. Today’s the day this whopper comes out in the States, while you lucky sods in the U.K. have had a month with it […]

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“Are You Not Entertained!” or, How Far Can Too Far Go?

May 6, 2016

Civilization fell again this week, in case you missed the memo. Sorry. Oh, and it has nothing to do with presidential primaries. If you caught this week’s episode of Game of Thrones — season six, episode two, for anyone coming to this late — then you know what I’m referring to when I say “that […]

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2113 – Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush: “The Burning Times v2.0”

April 26, 2016

The bands and musicians I love are legion, but Rush is the one band that has inspired me nonstop throughout practically my entire life, somehow remaining constant while always evolving. Always meeting me wherever I’ve been at the time. Every book and project I get to be part of is a privilege, but this one […]

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A Tale of Two Novels — One Old, One New

April 7, 2016

Yeah, am I glad that’s over. The other day, I came to the end of a stretch in which I had seven weeks to write an entire novel. More on this to come, but in a nutshell, I was invited to play in someone else’s yard — often a valuable experience, I think — and […]

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3 New(ish) Interviews

February 26, 2016

Further carryover from late 2015: Cat, of the Cat After Dark book blog, manages to come up with author interview questions I’ll bet most writers have never been asked before. She put me through the paces, too. And if you poke around, you might find a sweet capsule review of the novella “In the Negative […]

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2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush: The first taste is (almost) free

February 18, 2016

Here’s a bit of sweetness for whole big overlapping bunches of you: Rush fans, sf/fantasy fans, fans of any and all of the 18 of us whose work makes up the forthcoming book 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush. First, the publisher has issued a limited edition sampler containing co-editor John McFetridge’s story “Random […]

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