Surprise! Today you can buy my new Kindle-only novelette, “Antique Bed” for only $0.99! Tell your friends, your enemies, your pets… As kids we always used to say that the old hardware building was haunted. I don’t believe it no more—at least I don’t think so.
In desperate need of housing after her boyfriend dumps her, Sandy finds an apartment in Augustus Valley for a price she can hardly believe. There are rumors that the place is haunted, but she knows that’s all nonsense. Sure, the building is old and has its quirks—but it’s a killer deal.
“Antique Bed: A Horror Novelette” is a shorter work that should take between thirty and forty minutes to read… But this disturbing tale will stick with you long after.
PS: If you were subscribed to my newsletter, you would have heard about this early! But hey, no worries, go ahead and buy the ebook anyway. Other PS: If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read it. Amazon offers free Kindle reading apps for your computer/phone/tablet.
I don’t listen to the radio as much as I listen to podcasts, but most of my favorite podcasts are derived from public radio, so NPR is dear to me. And they are piling on some major bonus points. Having polled readers for their favorite horror novels and stories, judges who are well-known within the horror fiction community sifted through the results and whittled them down to an expertly curated list of one hundred! Find them here and figure out what you need to add to your reading list. I’m happy to say that one of the works I nominated made it to the list: “The Repairer of Reputations”, which is one of my favorite short stories and the first in Robert W. Chambers’ unforgettable classic collection, The King in Yellow.
Boy, has July snuck past on me, or what? That’s what I get for studying so hard (had to get ahead in my classwork so I could go visit family). I’m actually in college again, can you believe that?
The Lewisburg Literary Festival is coming up the first weekend of August (3-4), which is only ten days away. Continue reading →
In December we met poor Fischer, a boy with some disturbing body troubles living in Augustus Valley, WV (“Fischer’s Mouth”, Hinnom Magazine Issue 004). In April, we were sucked under the mighty Augustus River with Charlie the river guide and despaired at what he found beneath (“The Unknown Thing”, Beneath the Waves: Tales from the Deep). This summer, travel back in time to 1927, when Augustus Valley was at its height as southern West Virginia’s coal mining capital. Meet Anna Sullivan, new mother and wife of Jim Sullivan, the young new station agent at the C&O Depot. Mrs. Sullivan loves her new house provided by the C&O and is proud of her husband’s position. But as we have already learned, and as Anna discovers, sooner or later things get weird in Augustus Valley. Sure, you can try to ignore it…
Read “The Station Agent’s Wife, 1927” in Hinnom Magazine Issue 007. The Kindle version is now available on Amazon for pre-order, and the paper issue should be available soon after the Kindle version goes live. **UPDATE: as of 6-30-2018, both versions are available to purchase and read! go get it! Also, read their interview with me here!**
Hey catch me in ONE WEEK! I’m going to be a part of WVWordsmith Author Signings Week at Elkins-Randolph County Public Library. My signing is scheduled for June 20th from 5pm to 7pm. I would love to see you. Come check out Elkins’s great library!
A little life update! I’ve finally decided to take the big step and apply for a graduate program through an online school called Western Governors University. I’m hoping to start classes toward their Master of Arts in Teaching, English Education (Secondary) that leads to state licensure so that I can become a high school English teacher. Before I do that, though, I have a number of prerequisite credits I need to get, since my undergrad degree was not focused on English. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, student loans only cover the master’s, not for the prerequisite classes. Gotta pay for those out of pocket.
Finding affordable classes is so hard. But I don’t know any other way to do this so I guess even if it takes me longer than I thought, I do what I gotta do. I’m going to try to pass the CLEP exams for American Literature and English Literature, leaving me with only 3 lit credits remaining to get from somewhere. If you all know any super cheap online college literature classes, as well as Linguistics (3 credits) and Cultural Studies (3 credits), please help me out and show me where!!!
What this means for my writing: I’m still working on my Bigfoot novel, though progress may become even slower than it is now. I’m also still working toward trying to find an agent and/or publisher for Schafer. I’m also hoping to write one or two more short stories this year. But the priority is figuring out how to get these prerequisite credits and then start working toward becoming a teacher.
So feel free to send me some prayers, or good vibes if that’s your thing, advice …or money…
A tribute to found-footage style horror films like The Blair Witch Project, the story is presented as a thread of emails among filmmakers and a mysterious horror film group calling itself Pine Arch Research, which is “based—locally.” A representative of the aforementioned group emails filmmaker Aly Duarte an invitation to submit work to the Pine Arch Collection, a horror film series to be later uploaded to YouTube, “Cult status guaranteed.” Initial footage shows Aly’s house in a fog with strange black arms reaching up to her bedroom window. Aly is spooked by the invasion of privacy, but like any not-famous artist, she is flattered by the solicitation for her work. She passes the email on to her friend and colleague at Georgia State University, Bobby Power. Bobby is also wary of their tactics but is intrigued until seeing the video, which gives him an understandably dreadful feeling. Continue reading →
For any of you who are prefer your books more hefty than wimpy paperbacks, Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deepis now available in hardcover. My short story, “The Unknown Thing” appears within those musty pages alongside stories from contemporary writers as well as masters such as Lovecraft, Verne, and Wells. Click the image below to find it on Amazon: