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Appearing at STAPLE!

Ahoy, mates!  Or some other weird greeting.  I dunno.  I’m awkward.

Okay, then….

So, I’ll be appearing at STAPLE! The Independence Media Expo on September 9th and 10th in Austin, Texas.  STAPLE! is it little comic con that could, and I’m thrilled to once again be a part of it.  Sunday the 10th, at 2:30, I’ll be on a panel with Lee Thomas, Gabino Iglesias, Wrath James White, and Nicky Drayden discussing genre writing.  Come check us out and say hi, and then come see us in the dealers’ room!

What’s New?

It’s been a long time.  Sorry about that.  As you may have noticed, the website’s been having some issue. It appears we’re now back up and running, so I figured I should update everybody on life and stuff.

First off, I have a new short story collection available. Selected Stories, published by Independent Legions, is now available in both paperback and ebook.  It’s a pretty comprehensive collection.  Any short of mine you want to read is probably in there.

Also, I’m dipping my toes into that Patreon stuff all the kids are raving about.  The Barnyard Series will be a quartet or serialized strange crime and horror novellas.  Just one dollar gets you access.  You can also sign up for additional material, like bonus essays, never before seen stories, recipes, or to become a character in the series!  Check it out….

Finally, Sinister Grin Press has released several of my previous books.  If you’re looking for Red Sky, Lights Out, or Just Like Hell, you can grab ’em below:

Red Sky

Lights Out

Just Like Hell

It’s good to be back, friends.  More soon….

RED SKY available now!

Howdy do, folks?!  It’s with great pleasure that I can announce Red Sky is once again available in paperback and ebook.  Thanks so much to Sinister Grin press for releasing the new edition.  In the coming year, they’ll also be re-releasing Lights Out and Just Like Hell (with a little added surprise), so stay tuned for that.

Slab City T-Shirts!

Heya, everyone!  If you’re fans of my over the top zombie/hot rod novel The Slab City Event, then I have some excellent news for you!  The fine folks at Sinister Grin Press were kind enough to create as serious of Slab City Event T-Shirts.  You can pick the color, and there are plenty of options. Go grab one, wear it with pride, and I will give you an awkward-yet-heartfelt thumbs up if I ever see you wearing one. Have a good one, people!

Armadillocon Schedule

This coming weekend, I’ll be appearing at Armadillocon in Austin, TX.  It looks like this will be my only convention appearance this year (yay, hometown convention!), so you might want to come out.  or not.  I’m not the boss of you.

Anyway, here’s my schedule….

SATURDAY

Career Adjustments for the Writer
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Ballroom E
Liu, Maresca, Southard, Swendson, Weisman, Wells*,
Knowing when it’s time to switch agent, publisher, genre, or even (last resort) your name.

Southern Gothic Fiction
Sat 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Ballroom D
Lansdale*, Richerson, Southard, Spencer, Wade, Wood
What is the intersection of Southern Gothic and SF/F? Do the themes being explored today differ from Southern Gothic of the past? Why does the South seem to have a monopoly on deeply flawed, eccentric, morally ambivalent characters?

Reading
Sat 8:30 PM-9:00 PM Conference Center

Ghost Stories
Sat 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Southpark A
Finn, Osborne, Rountree*, Sanger, Southard
Are they considered horror or dark fantasy, and are they even viable in today’s literature?

Short Fiction You Shold Have Read Last Year
Sun 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Southpark A
Fischer, Rylander, Sisson*, Southard, Schwarz
Our panelists discuss short fiction from the last year that you need to know about.

Autographing
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Dealers’ Room
Rose, Oliver, Southard, Swendson, Yoachim

The Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? Release Contest!

In a few days, my new collection Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? will be available. This one’s a big deal for me. Firstly, because it’s a collection of four novellas, which is something I’ve wanted ever since seeing the cover of Stephen King’s Different Seasons back in the 80’s. Secondly, it features an introduction by Laird Barron, which still just barely makes sense to me.  Laird’s a damn hero of mine, and it’s an amazing honor to have him write an intro for this collection.  Finally, this is the first time I’ve worked with J. David Osborne and Broken River Books, something I’m hoping to do again sooner rather than later.

Because of all of this, I’ve decided to celebrate the release of Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? with a contest.  So listen up.  Hopefully, you’ll think this is as cool an idea as I do….

THE WILL THE SUN EVER COME OUT AGAIN? RELEASE AND REVIEW CONTEST

WHAT IS IT?

At its most basic, the contest is a chance for you to win free shit by doing nothing more than offering an honest review of my new book, Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again?

WAIT…HOW?

Okay, check this out.  Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? will be available this week.  Once it’s available, pick up a copy and give it a read.  Leave an honest review (seriously, just be honest…I’m not fishing for five stars, here) at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads, and then mail a link to said review to willthesuncontest@gmail.com. Your review enters you in the contest.  On June 1st, I’ll draw three winners from the entries via super awesome, name-from-a-hat technology.

Prior to this, I will need to buy a hat.

DO I GET ONE ENTRY FOR EACH SITE?

Sure, why not?  If you review on each site, you get an entry for each site.  No cutting and pasting, though!

CAN I WIN MORE THAN ONCE?

No.  Don’t be greedy.

WHAT IF I REVIEW BOOKS PROFESSIONALLY?

Then I thank you for your service. But I’m afraid I’m only counting reviews from the three sites mentioned above.

WHAT IF MY REVIEW IS JUST A LINK TO MY BLOG OR WEBSITE, WHERE I’VE REVIEWED THE BOOK?

Get out of my spotlight. I mean, thanks for reviewing the book, but we’re trying to promote me, here, not you.

OKAY, FINE. SO, WHAT CAN I WIN?

Ah! Now, we’re talking (also, I realize this is just me typing and that we’re not really talking). As I said above, there will be three random winners.  Those winners will, well, win…

FIRST PRIZE

Book package containing the limited, hardcover edition of my novel Pale Horses, signed and personalized; a copy limited, hardcover anthology Is There a Demon In You?, featuring novels by myself, Brian Keene, Wrath James White, and Mary SanGiovanni; and a personalized paperback of my novel Down.

SECOND PRIZE

Book package containing a signed, personalized limited hardcover of my novel Lights Out and a signed, personalized paperback of my novel The Slab City Event.

THIRD PRIZE

Book Package containing a signed, personalized limited hardcover of my novella Like Thunder and a signed, personalized paperback of Pale Horses.

ANY SPECIAL ADDENDUMS?

Star ratings without reviews don’t count. Reviews that make it shockingly obvious you haven’t read the book don’t count.

All right. You have until June 1st.  Go!

So, there you have it.

Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again?

In March, the super awesome Broken River Books will release my next collection. Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? collects four novellas into one dark, weird, potentially heartbreaking package.  Among those novellas you’ll see redneck magician Charlie Crawford (in anticipation of his first novel, which is completed) and ancient evil The Darkness Below (from Down).  It also collects my long out of print novella He Stepped Through, which has been rewritten a tad.

But wait…there’s more.

I’m both thrilled and honored to tell you Laird Barron wrote an amazing introduction for this.  Laird’s a freakin’ hero of mine, so this is absolutely jaw-dropping for me.

So stay tuned in March.  Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? Dig it, baby.

SLAB CITY paperback, ebook, and giveaway

Hi, everybody.  It’s been a while.  That’s my fault.  I do most of my yapping over on facebook, these days.  I’ll try to bring it back over here, so we’ll see how that goes.

So what’s new?  Well, my zombies featuring hot rods, go-go dancers, paranoid militants, bikers, retirees, and an old man with a giant pistol and a lot of drugs novel THE SLAB CITY EVENT is about to graduate from limited edition to paperback and ebook. The folks at Sinister Grin Press tell me both edition should be available within the next few weeks.

To help celebrate this good news, Sinister Grin is also hosting a book giveaway over at Goodreads. Head on over, sign up, and maybe you can win some free books!

See all of you soon!

Oklahoma Appearance, Pale Horses Hardback, more….

First up, on April 11th I’ll be reading and signing in Norman, Oklahoma for another round of Noir at the Bar.  This time, I’ll be appearing with fellow Austin authors Shane McKenzie, Ed Kurtz, and Gabino Iglesias, as well as Paul J. Garth, Troy James Weaver, Robert Spencer, and J. David Osborne.  Place is The Blue Bonnet at 321 E Main St, and the time is 8PM.  Be there!

Also, Pale Horses is now available in a limited edition collector’s hardcover from Thunderstorm Books.  The print run is limited to 66 copies, all of which are signed. Daniele Serra provided the amazing new cover.

Finally, my brother Mark’s postumously released novel One Summer is now available for purchase through Barnes and Noble.  Feel free to check it out.  I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I’ve been reading Mark’s writing since before I picked up a pen.  Guy’s good.