Specters in Coal Dust now available!

Specters in Coal Dust, the anthology that contains my new story “A Sprinkling of Ashes,” is now available from Woodland Press.  There’s some absolutely amazing talent involved, and you should grab a copy while you can.

Stories and Contributors:

In the Valley of Love and Delight, Gary A. Braunbeck
Breathe My Name, Christopher Golden
Holding the Line, Tom Piccirilli
Old Men on Porches, Steve Rasnic Tem
Something You Need to Know, Elizabeth Massie
The Fall of the Mountain King, Lee Thomas
Anniversary, Ronald Kelly
Centralia Is Still Burning, Bev Vincent
The Shoogling Jenny, William Meikle
A Sprinkling of Ashes, Nate Southard
Riding the Bull Moose Special, Joshua Reynolds
A Hymn for Celia, Barbara Jo Fleming
Pushing Coal, Michael Bracken
The Hungry Earth, Brian J. Hatcher

The Leatherface Tour, Part One

Last week, I was nosing around online and found directions to a few of the locations used in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, namely the Leatherface house, the slaughterhouse, and the old mill used in the movie. 

Now, the original Chainsaw Massacre is an important part of Austin’s history, and I was always happy that they chose to film the remake here.  It almost makes up for the fact that the remake wasn’t that great a flick.

Anyway, with The Late Late Show back in my garage and an itch to get out and ride, I took off last Saturday with a couple of google maps and spent a few hours cruising the areas north and east of Austin until I had some pictures of some of the locations.  The trip cost me about five bucks in gas, a far cry from the $299 a website I found will charge for a similar tour.

Later this summer, I’ll try to get out and snap some pictures of the original Chainsaw Massacre locations.  In the meantime, here are some of the pictures I took. 

Editor Guests of Honor Announced for WHC 2011!

For immediate Release                                   



Independent Canadian Press Honored in Austin, Texas.

Austin, TX – January 26: The World Horror Convention 2011 is proud to announce the addition of Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi of ChiZine Publications, as Editor Guests of Honor. The international conference of horror’s premier talents and their fans will take place in Austin, Texas from April 28th through May 1st, 2011.

“In a very short time, ChiZine Publications has emerged as a leader in the dark fiction small press,” said convention co-chair Lee Thomas.  “Besides producing high-quality books, Brett and Sandra share a remarkable vision. The stories they publish are outside the norm for both major New York publishers and the more established horror small presses. They have carved their niche, publishing extraordinary tales of the bizarre, and not only have they managed to survive in this fickle marketplace; they’ve thrived and grown. We can’t wait for them to share their expertise with our membership.”

ChiZine Publications is an independent publisher of weird, surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction handpicked by Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi, Bram Stoker Award-winning editors of ChiZine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words. They have published the work of such esteemed authors as Tim Lebbon, Tony Burgess, Philip Nutman, Claude Lalumière, and Gemma Files among others.

Both Savory and Kasturi are authors themselves, so they have spent years in the trenches observing the evolution of dark fiction, both as a literary genre and as a business. Savory has had nearly 50 short stories published, and has written two novels. In 2006, Necro Publications released his horror-comedy novel, The Distance Travelled. September 2007 saw the release of his critically acclaimed, dark literary novel, In and Down, through Brindle & Glass. His first short story collection, No Further Messages, was released in November 2007 through Delirium Books.

Kasturi has written three poetry chapbooks and has edited the poetry anthology, The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night. Sandra is a founding member of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop and sporadically runs her other imprint, Kelp Queen Press. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Animal Bridegroom (Tightrope Books), features an introduction by Neil Gaiman.

Savory and Kasturi join award-winning authors Steve Niles, Joe Hill, Sarah Langan, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Keene and guests Vincent Chong and Del Howison on the WHC 2011 guest list. In addition to participating in general programming the editors will be conducting a workshop on publishing for convention guests. A website featuring convention and hotel information, registration, and more is live at www.whc2011.org.

The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry: publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.

Visit our guests at:

Steve Niles: www.steveniles.com

Joe Hill: www.joehillfiction.com

Sarah Langan:  www.sarahlangan.com

Joe R. Lansdale: www.joerlansdale.com

Brett Savory: http://chizine.com/chizinepub

Sandra Kasturi: http://chizine.com/chizinepub

Vincent Chong: http://www.vincentchong-art.co.uk/

Brian Keene: www.briankeene.com

Del Howison: http://www.darkdel.com/


It is with great pleasure that I announce my next book, He Stepped Through.


One gray morning, the words appear everywhere: on the lips of the men shooting up an inner city burger joint, scrawled across a bloody crime scene, and written on the wall of the only occupied apartment in a downtown slum. In the space of a single day, they infect Los Angeles.

Crooked detective Walker wants to know what the words mean. Officer Megan Ricks can’t get the words out of her head. Gangbanger 2Bit wants to get as far away from the words as possible.

But the words can’t be escaped. They’re written in violence, and they promise terror. When their meaning becomes clear, no one will be safe.

This little powerhouse of a book is number 3 in Bloodletting Press’ Novelette Series and features a cover by Zach McCain.  It’s also one of the best things I’ve written.  Due out in February 2010, you can order it as one of 250 signed and numbered paperbacks or as one of 52 cloth bound and slipcased hardbacks.

Pre-order the hardback

Pre-order the paperback

Lack of sleep and The Curse of the Spiral

So, I’ve decided to try a new writing schedule.  I’ve been having problems leaving work at work, and that makes it really tough to get into a writing frame of mind.  I was still getting my writing done, but some days it was a real struggle.

That’s why today I woke up at 4:45AM.  I got an hour’s worth of writing done before work, and it felt great.  The words just crackled out of my head.  I think this schedule might be here to stay.

I watched Uzumaki this weekend.  This movie is based on my favorite manga.  The three-book series is one of the creepiest things I’ve ever read.  The movie, on the other hand, is played mostly for comedy.  Not to mention that it only covers part of the first book and maybe a dash of the second.

Uzumaki is really a great idea.  A small town in Japan is haunted by… spirals.  It’s an idea that doesn’t sound like it should work, but it does.  A lot of the stuff I’ve been writing in the past few years, as I’ve tried to get a little weirder, has been influenced by Uzumaki.

You should check it out.  Go grab the first book.  I promise you’ll snatch up the other two as soon as possible.

Your open door to the weekend

A strange round of sleep last night.  When I wasn’t dreaming about finding the world’s smallest strip club (ever received a lap dance in a closet?), I dreamed about my girlfriend having sex with Green Day.  Please don’t send me interpretations of these dreams.  I know I like strippers and that Green Day is trying to go to town on my girlfriend.

Yes, that last bit was a joke.

We have another Personal Injury winner.  Mark Beauchamp gets to be Mr. Blue.  I’m working on his story now, and I hope to have it finished this weekend.  The final Personal Injury winner will be drawn on May 2nd, one day after pre-orders for Broken Skin are closed.

In other news, the week has been spent looking at proposals from hotels.  The World Horror work is getting fun.  Hopefully, it’ll all turn into a great convention.

Have a good weekend, folks.  I’ll be busy getting an oil change and trying to win a Harley at Central Texas Harley’s customer appreciation night.  Wish me luck!

The Shirley Jackson Awards

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: JoAnn F. Cox
Awards Administrator

Nominees Announced for The 2008 Shirley Jackson Awards; Ceremony scheduled for July 12 at Readercon (http://www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/sja_2008_ballot.php)

Boston, MA (April 2009) — In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. The awards will be given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

The nominees for the 2008 Shirley Jackson Awards are:

Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst (Riverhead Hardcover)
The Man on the Ceiling, Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem (Wizards of the Coast Discoveries)
Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
The Resurrectionist, Jack O’Connell (Algonquin Books)
The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (William Morrow)
Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Disquiet, Julia Leigh, (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton)
“Dormitory,” Yoko Ogawa (The Diving Pool, Picador)
Living With the Dead, Darrell Schweitzer (PS Publishing)
The Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti, Stephen Graham Jones (Chiasmus Press)
“N,” Stephen King, (Just After Sunset, Scribner)

“Hunger Moon,” Deborah Noyes (The Ghosts of Kerfol, Candlewick Press)
“The Lagerstatte,” Laird Barron (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ballantine Books/Del Rey)
“Penguins of the Apocalypse,” William Browning Spencer (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy, Subterranean Press)
“Pride and Prometheus,” John Kessel (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 2008)
The Situation, Jeff Vandermeer (PS Publishing)

“68° 07′ 15″N, 31° 36′ 44″W,” Conrad Williams (Fast Ships, Black Sails, Night Shade Books)
“The Dinner Party,” Joshua Ferris (The New Yorker, August 11, 2008)
“Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment: One Daughter’s Personal Account,” M. Rickert (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2008)
“The Inner City,” Karen Heuler (Cemetery Dance #58, 2008)
“Intertropical Convergence Zone,” Nadia Bulkin (ChiZine, Issue 37, 2008)
“The Pile,” Michael Bishop (Subterranean Online, Winter 2008)

A Better Angel, Chris Adrian (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
Dangerous Laughter, Steven Millhauser (Knopf)
The Diving Pool, Yoko Ogawa (Picador)
The Girl on the Fridge, Etgar Keret (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
Just After Sunset, Stephen King (Scribner)
Wild Nights!, Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)

Bound for Evil, edited by Tom English (Dead Letter Press)
Exotic Gothic 2: New Tales of Taboo, edited by Danel Olson (Ash-Tree Press)
Fast Ships, Black Sails, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer (Night Shade Books)
The New Uncanny, edited by Sarah Eyre and Ra Page (Comma Press)
Shades of Darkness, edited by Barbara and Christopher Roden (Ash-Tree Press)

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work. National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem has called Jackson “one of this century’s most luminous and strange American writers,” and multiple generations of authors would agree.

The Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 12th 2009, at Readercon 20, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts. Elizabeth Hand, Readercon Guest of Honor, and author of Generation Loss, which won the 2007 Shirley Jackson Award for “Best Novel”, will act as host.

Websites: ShirleyJacksonAwards.org

Contact notes… AND MORE!

I realize now that the facebook link doesn’t really lead anywhere.  That is because facebook is retarded.  I may delete my profile over there, because so far I haven’t found a single use for the damn thing.

In other news, there will be a big announcement right here on July 31st.  Keep your eyes peeled, or I will thumb them right out of your skull.