Announcement: This Little Light of Mine

It’s my birthday today, and not only do I have the pleasure of possible snowfall in Austin, but I also have the pleasure of announcing a new novella!

Found out just yesterday that Burning Effigy Press will be publishing my novella This Little Light of Mine in either Spring of Fall of this year.  Burning Effigy releases some of the best chapbooks going, and it’s a huge honor to be a part of their line.

As for what This Little Light of Mine is about… well, let me give you a few hints:


Parking Garage

More details coming!

Announcement: Dead Set!

My latest zombie story (not Rundberg related, but still with the rotting), “In the Middle of Poplar Street,” is set for an April release in the zombie antho Dead Set, published by 23 House.

Book trailer and details can be found here: DEAD SET

Release: April 2010

Preorders get a 10% discount and free shipping.

It’s always nice to share a table of contents with good friends, better still when they’re good writers.


“Resurgam” by Lisa Mannetti
“Jailbreak” by Steven W. Booth and Harry Shannon
“Recess” by Rob Fox… See More
“Biting the Hand that Feeds You” by Calie Voorhis
“Judgment” by Stephanie Kincaid
“Hatfield the Usurper” by Matt Louis
“Ruminations from Tri-Omega House” by David Dunwoody
“Zombies on a Plane” by Bev Vincent
“Category Five” by Richard Jeter
“Survivors” by Joe McKinney
“Pierre and Remy Hatch a Plan” by Michelle McCrary
“Recovery” by Boyd Harris
“In the Middle of Poplar Street” by Nate Southard
“Seminar Z” by J.L. Comeau
“Only Nibble” by Bob Nailor
“Inside Where It’s Warm” by Lee Thomas
“Survivor Talk” by Mitchel Whitington
“The Zombie Whisperer” by Steven Wedel
“Good Neighbor Sam” by Mark Onspaugh
“That Which Survives” by Morgan Ashe


Well, this is something new…

If there’s anything positive about being a new, not so in demand writer, it’s the time.  See, deadlines aren’t really a problem for me, because I don’t have any.  I decide what I want to work on, and then I generally work on that project until it’s done.  Shorts, novellas, novels: all of ’em are usually seen through from beginning to end in short order.

And yet, that appears to be ending.

Trust me, that’s a good thing.  If there’s anything I want to be, it’s in demand.  And no, “In demand” still ain’t how I’d describe myself, but there’s enough interest recently that I’ve been forced to juggle projects a bit.

Late last month, I started working on a new novel.  I figured it was a good time, as I didn’t have anything scheduled for release until Autumn.  But about a week into work, I got pulled aside to go over final edits for an upcoming novella I wrote with Lee Thomas.  No problem.  Lee and I knocked them out in a few hours, and I went back to work.

Then about two weeks ago, an editor asked me to submit a short story.  Reprints were the thing (a best of antho), but I had to go through the stories I have that fit the theme before sending something in.  A few days later, an editor I’ve long admired asked me to submit a short to another antho.  Great.  I dropped everything and got to work.  The next day, I got another request, this time for a 20,000 word novella.  Awesome!  What was that novel about again?  Don’t matter.  Daddy has requested materials to write!  Hee hee!
So here I am, juggling projects for the first time and having a ball.  Who could ask for anything more?

World Horror 2011 Short Story Contest!

In conjunction with Black Static Magazine, we are proud to announce the World Horror Convention 2011 Short Story Contest. Writers from around the world will be able to submit their most engaging and terrifying short fiction to our judging panel for the chance to have their story published.

And we do mean published! The winning entry will appear in the collectible WHC 2011 Souvenir Book, alongside work by Sarah Langan, Joe Hill, Steve Niles, Peter Crowther, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Keene and other top genre names. In addition to appearing in the Souvenir Book, the winning entry will be republished in Black Static Magazine and will be paid industry professional standard of .05 per word.


1. Must have a WHC 2011 full membership or supporting membership at time of story submission to participate. No exceptions.

2. WHC 2011 committee, contest judges, and their families are ineligible.

3. We are seeking stories 500 – 4,000 words. Though this contest is open to international authors, all submissions must be submitted in English.

4. Traditional manuscript format: Double-spaced; 1-inch margins; paragraphs indicated by indent not extra line space; 12-point type presented in a clear, readable font (Times, Times New Roman).

5. On the first page of the story, please include Story Title, Author Name and Contact Information, and Word Count. A cover letter is not necessary and will not be forwarded to the judges.

6. This will be a blind submission, meaning author names and identifiers will be stripped from the document before being presented to judges. Page number and story title should appear in the Header.

7. Open submission dates – August 31st-Oct. 31st, 2010 (Midnight, Central Standard Time). Any submissions that arrive before or after the submission period will be deleted, unread.

8. No reprints. No simultaneous submissions. No multiple submissions.

a. If a story is found to be in violation of any of the above, it will be disqualified from the contest.

9. Authors will receive confirmation that their stories have been received. Due to the nature of the contest, we will not be sending out rejection notices. We understand this is an inconvenience to authors and apologize (The committee is comprised of authors and empathize, but due to the nature of the contest, it just isn’t possible). Please consider your story under consideration until the winner is named. The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 27, 2011.

10. Electronic submissions only! An email address for submissions will be announced the week before the open reading period begins.

11. Confirmed judges – who will pick the 3 finalists from the story submissions:

Nicholas Kaufmann – author of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated General Slocum’s Gold, as well as Chasing the Dragon, Walk In Shadows, and (as Gabriel Hunt) Hunt at World’s End.

Weston Ochse – has won the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel, and has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in Long Fiction, as well as the Pushcart Prize for short fiction. His most recent novel is Empire of Salt.

Mary SanGiovanni – author of the Bram Stoker-nominated The Hollower and its sequel, Found You. She has a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives in NJ with her son.

Wrath James White – is the acclaimed author of Succulent Prey, The Resurrectionist, The Book of a Thousand Sins, His Pain, and Population Zero.

12. The winning title will be chosen from the 3 finalists by one of WHC 2011’s Guests of Honor.

13. We ask that you not contact the judges in regard to the contest. They might get grumpy. Please direct all questions to Lee Thomas at info [at] (And no, that’s not the submission address. )

We will be launching a dedicated page at the World Horror Convention 2011 site, which will include these guidelines: Spread the word!

A Good Weekend

So Saturday I attended Aggiecon with Lee Thomas.  Neither of us had heard of the event until a few weeks ago, but it was a nice surprise.  The con was relatively small, but well-attended, and I got to watch a lightsaber battle.  All good things.

While there, I got to meet the wonderful anthologist Ellen Datlow (we both agreed we’d met somewhere before, but we couldn’t remember where) and comics legend Marv Wolfman.  It was great to be able to hang out with both and shoot the breeze.  I think of the years I went to Comic-Con, and I never could have pulled off that kind of face time, not without being in a packed-to-the-rafters bar.  Smaller is truly the way to go.

So yeah, a good weekend.  A great weekend.  And I deserved it!