A look back, and a look forward

2010…

While, on a personal level, it was easily one of the worst years of my existence, I can’t deny that 2010 was my best year to date, professionally. I had seven short stories published within the year, almost double the four that were published in 2009 (I’m not counting those that were published as part of Broken Skin).

When it comes to longer pieces, Bloodletting Press released He Stepped Through in May.  Reviews were positive, and sales were solid.  Very gratifying for something I consider my best work to date.

While they were not released until just after the new year, I had two novels go up for pre-order this year.  Red Sky sold out its print run prior to release, while there are still a few copies of Bad Magick left.  I also sold a third novel, which I’m not quite allowed to discuss yet.

Other than that, 2010 was largely full of World Horror Convention planning.  I guess that brings us to…

2011…

Of course, 2011 begins with the release of Red Sky and Bad Magick.  Both books have been a blast from beginning to end, and it’s great to see both wind up in the hands of readers.

Also hitting stands at the beginning of the year is Shivers 6.  Five years back, I made it a goal of mine to land in a Shivers anthology, and this year I achieved it with my story “I Found a Little Hole.”  There’s an extra thrill with this one, as its my first anthology appearance alongside Stephen King and Peter Straub.  Those two names on the Table of Contents means a fair amount of exposure, so I’m pretty damn excited about the whole thing.

Another short coming in the first half of the year is “The Blisters on My Heart,” a wicked blend of horror and crime that will be appearing in Ellen Datlow’s Supernatural Noir anthology.  Dark Horse Comics is releasing this one, which I believe is due out in June.

Sometime in 2011, Burning Effigy Press will release my novella This Little Light of Mine.  This one’s a nasty little monster story.  I don’t want to say too much about it, but I think it’s a roller coaster of a story.

When April/May rolls around, I have to big releases lined up, both scheduled during the World Horror Convention.  The first is Focus, a novella I wrote with Lee Thomas, that will be released by Thunderstorm Books.

The other major release is a new novel.  I can’t tell you much else about it, so I’ll just say it’s a huge thrill.  I think you’ll dig it.

So that’s that, a look at both 2010 and 2011.  I hope you guys stick around for it.  Wouldn’t be a party without you there!