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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Same Story, Different Accolades

February 11, 2016

So this is the other news about “This Stagnant Breath of Change” that I’ve had to sit on while awaiting the green light for all to be revealed. In addition to its making the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2015, editor Ellen Datlow has tossed it into the pot of savory stew that is The […]

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Once Again, Recommended By 1 Out Of 1 Professional Journals

February 4, 2016

Last year it was one slot, this year it’s two. I’m really really happy to have made the cut twice over in Locus magazine’s Recommended Reading List for 2015. Under the Short Stories category, there’s “This Stagnant Breath of Change,” from Shadows Over Main Street. And under Novelettes, landed “One Possible Shape of Things to Come,” […]

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Lies & Ugliness now an E-book: Yeah, that did take a long time, huh?

January 25, 2016

Sometimes things fall through the cracks of time and take waaaay longer than they should to get where they’re going. And so it was with Lies & Ugliness, my third collection, which has at last been released in e-book formats by Crossroad Press. It’s available there and the other usual outlets: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, […]

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The Monstrous: “Our Turn Too Will One Day Come”

January 12, 2016

Happiest of new years to you, and as we play catch-up on recent business, this has been out for a bit — Ellen Datlow’s latest lovely excursion into all things monstrous. My corner of it is “Our Turn Too Will One Day Come,” another float in my endless parade of really messed up families, originally […]

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Writers On Writing, Volume 2: Just like having an established author come over and eat all your food and tell you what you need to hear

November 15, 2015

August saw the release of Writers On Writing, Volume 1, the first in Crystal Lake Publishing’s new series of punchy little collections of essays from those of us in the trenches. Volume 1 implies a Volume 2, does it not? And lo, it has arrived. My share of it is Part 2 of “The Infrastructure […]

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Win Yourself a Free Procrastinator’s-Special Copy of Dark City: A Novella Collection!

October 21, 2015

So you haven’t yet nabbed your very own copy of Dark City, the novella collection that Gerard Houarner and I pitched in on? Then aren’t you the lucky one. Potentially. Over at Goodreads, the book’s publisher, Necro Publications, has just launched one of those ever popular Goodreads giveaways, putting 15 copies up for grabs. It opened […]

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This Sunday: Live Lovecraft eZine Chat, Tentacles Optional

August 27, 2015

This Sunday, August 30th, I’ll be making my second appearance as the sacrificial guest on the Lovecraft eZine’s weekly talk show. Because punctuality matters, that’s at 6:00pm Eastern / 3:00pm Pacific, and if you don’t know how the time zones break down from there, you probably shouldn’t be near a computer anyway. Place? Show up […]

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Writers On Writing, Volume 1 and New Interview

August 14, 2015

It’s two-for-one day here in the update mines. First up: I’ve somehow landed in the Author Spotlight at the Secondly: If you have any of the sort of writerly inclinations that keep a butt welded to a chair for long periods of time, Crystal Lake Publishing’s new Writers On Writing series should be of […]

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