Sorry for the lack of a Monday update.Â I was working on finishing up the first draft of a new novella called Mr. Gray.Â Finally typed “The End” at around nine o’clock last night, so now I’m ready to do my little jibber-jabber thing.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good short story collection.Â Ever since cracking the spine on my mother’s copy of Night Shift back in the eighties, I’ve been hooked on short stories, andÂ I have a special kind of love for horror short stories.Â I always tell people (or I would, if anybody ever asked), that I became a horror writer because I read “Graveyard Shift,” not because I read The Stand.
Anyway, a few writers I know have some incredible collections coming out in the near (or far, depending on scheduling and your patience) future.Â I wanted to take a look at them and offer up my recommendations.Â
First up is Norm Partridge with his collection Lesser Demons.Â Norm Partridge writes pulp the way it should be written.Â His prose crackles and is chock full of style, grit, punch, steel, and everything else you can ask for.Â He marries the horror of adulthood with the wonder of childhood and creates something new and amazing.Â He story “Black Leather Kites” made me want to go fight vampires with nunchuku.Â That, my friends, is awesome.Â I’ll be buying Norm’s books as long as he writes them.Â Lesser Demons is scheduled for an April release.
Second on our list is Laird Barron’s second collection, Occultation.Â Laird writes stories of the weird, fantastic, and horrific.Â His often-dense prose is some of the best I’ve ever read, and his previous collection, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, was one of two books I’ve read in recent years that completely changed my approach to prose.Â Laird is one of the best writers to come down the pike in a long while, and you’d do well to pick up everything he has available.Â Look for this one in May.
There’s a third story collection coming later this year that I’m very excited about.Â Details remain scare, however, so I won’t mention it just yet.Â
I remain hopeful to have some good news for you later this week, but we’ll have to wait and see.