Hi, everybody.Â Sorry for the lack of updates.Â To say the summer has been busy and rough is a pretty big understatement.Â In truth, this summer has been awful.Â After the busy time that was World Horror, I had to jet back north for a family funeral.Â In the months that followed, enough personal stuff happened to make me want to close myself off from the world.Â I should have been keeping this place updated, but I haven’t had the will, strength, or the feeling that I had anything interesting to say.
So yeah, that’s how that went.Â Most of the summer was spent moping and trying not to go crazy.Â Lot of therapy and not a lot of writing.Â It doesn’t help that the three years leading to this summer have seen me lose both parents, learn a few particularly devestating family secrets, and generally have my life turned upside-down.Â Rough times, friends.Â Rough times.
But enough about that.Â Let’s see where things are and where they’re going.
Last month, I got to attend Killer Con and Armadillocon.Â Armadillocon was pretty tough for me, as it came right on the heels of the worst of the summer.Â I basically showed up for my assigned panels, reading, and signing and then rushed out of there, desperate to not interact with people.Â
Killer Con was better.Â Just Like Hell was officially re-released, and there was a release party for This Little Light of Mine.Â I had great conversations and fun times with John Skipp, Weston Oches, Gene O’Neill, Jonathan Maberry, Bailey Hunter, RJ Cavender, Ed Kurtz and his lovely wife Megan, Ed Lee, Rose O’Keefe, Jeff Burke, Carlton Mellick, Jack Ketchum, Rena Mason, Laura Hickman, and probably dozens of others.Â I got to enjoy a bit of Vegas, taking in dinner at Craftsteak and watching Zumanity, Cirque du Soleil’s “adult” show.Â A good time was had, as long as you ignore the early morning sight of me walking around the casino, moping and trying to pretend I was in a good mood.
November 11-13, I’ll be at the Austin Convention Center for Austin Comic Con.Â At this point, I’m not sure if I have a booth or a table, but I’m reasonably sure I’ll be spending part of the weekend trying to seduce Mercedes McNab.Â It’s good to have goals, I guess!
It was recently announced that I’ll be writing a novel for Sinister Grin Press.Â The novel, which is currently untitled and in its third draft, is one of the best things I’ve written to date.Â While a lot of writing can drift into that “This is hard work” feeling, this one’s been nothing but sick fun.Â I think you’ll dig it.
Once I’m done with that, I’m gonna get cracking on a fun zombie novella for Creeping Hemlock’s Print is Dead line.Â RJ and company did an amazing job on Scavengers, and I’m sure they’ll do just as great a job on this one, which features zombies, go-go dancers, hot rods, and a fun little story-telling device I’ve been itching to try.
Finally, my next novel, Lights Out, should see print from Thunderstorm Books early next year.Â This is another brutal one, taking place in a maximum security prison and featuring a wonderfully over the top amount of bloodshed.
So that’s about that.Â Thank you for your patience and understanding.Â I’m getting better every day, and I’m hoping the next year will be better than the last few.Â Have a good week, everybody.