So, this just happened on Twitter. Writer Jeff Kinney, the author of the wildly popular Wimpy Kid books, tweeted that he was in New York, drawing pictures for people that passed him by. I'm out here at the intersection of 34th and 5th in NY drawing pictures for whoever comes by! pic.twitter.com/uyAllNqjP1— Jeff Kinney (@wimpykid) … Continue reading Just One of the Reasons I Love Twitter – Generous Writers
There's a deal going on now on an addiction-themed horror anthology called Garden of Fiends. It has novellas by Jack Ketchum, Kealan Patrick Burke, Jessica McHugh John FD Taff, Max Booth III, Glen Krisch and Mark Matthews. (Yes, it also has a story by me, but it's short and you can just skip it). Seriously though, … Continue reading Garden of Fiends – eBook offer something
Scott Hawkins, the author of the excellent The Library at Mount Char answered a question over at Goodreads about his writing schedule. Since I've been spending my weekdays getting up at 5:00 to write recently (thanks, #5amWritersclub!) I found this very interesting and motivating. It reflects well my own thoughts about writing a book as a … Continue reading Scott Hawkins’ Unbelievable Writing Schedule for The Library at Mount Char
I was scrolling trough my Kindle Highlights (you know you can see all your highlighted passages from Kindle books online, right?) when I came across the following highlights from The Exorcist. I don't remember highlighting anything from it but I read it at the beginning of the year so maybe that's normal. Horror has a … Continue reading Adventures in Unexpected Great Prose – The Exorcist
Today is release day for GARDEN OF FIENDS! Take a look at these early reviews: For those who don't know, Garden of Fiends is an anthology of addiction-themed horror, and it contains a tiny story by me along with longer pieces by some great writers. "There's something here to scare anyone and everyone. Garden of Fiends … Continue reading The Reviews are In!
This is a guest post by Mark Matthews, editor and publisher of Garden of Fiends, a collection of addiction-themed horror stories. The intoxication from a pint of vodka, the electric buzz from snorting cocaine, the warm embrace from shooting heroin—drinking and drugging provide the height of human experience. It’s the promise of heaven on earth, … Continue reading Truth is Darker than Fiction: An Introduction to GARDEN OF FIENDS
Here's Max Booth III's Isaac, the main character in the book The Nightly Disease, to tell us. "This is my take on it. Hotels are the kind of places you don’t mind bringing your family to—you can expect good service, a nice breakfast. Motels, on the other hand, are where people take cheap dates for … Continue reading What’s The Difference Between a Hotel and a Motel?
Eileen is a well-written and strange little book, that is hard to recommend. But stay with me. It's slow. Fully three fourths of the book are just a few days in the life of Eileen, a rather odd young woman with no ambition and a social recluse by choice. She just goes to work at … Continue reading Eileen – Book Review
Check. This. Out. Garden of Fiends is an anthology of addiction-themed horror stories from some of the genre's best and most promising writers (only slightly marred by including a story of mine). It's out in ten days but there's a discount offer available for pre-orders (or so the publisher tells me). Authors in the anthology … Continue reading Coming in Eight Days…
Laird Barron recommends books. And when Laird recs books, you best listen.
Here are a few books published by small and independent presses that deserve the time and attention of weird fiction/horror fans.
A Collapse of Horses Brian Evenson (great American horror surrealist)
Furnace Livia Llewellyn (sex, lies, and body horror)
At Fear’s Altar Richard Gavin (master occultist)
Ghost Summer Tananarive Due (unsung master fabulist)
Skein and Bone V.H. Leslie (successor of Shirley Jackson and Angela Carter)
Knock, Knock S.P. Miskowski (contemporary gothic storyteller)
Behold the Void Philip Fracassi (from the lineage of McCammon and Matheson)
The Lure of Devouring Light Michael Griffin (ice cold and cerebral horrorist)
Jagannath Karin Tidbeck (weird fiction done with elegance)
Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? Nate Southard (blue collar, hard bitten)
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