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FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Bards and Sages’ 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards

Voting is now open for Bards and Sages' 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. My story, "The Zombie Who Had a Name," was in the October issue. You don't have to vote for me, of course. There are a bunch of great stories in the October issue as well as the … [Read More]

SF Signal Welcomes Me Into Their Loving Arms

SF Signal: Hugo Award Winner - Fanzine 2012

I've been made an official member of the SF Signal team -- the two-time Hugo-winning fanzine SF Signal, I should add. I'll be doing a monthly column called The Craft, wherein I talk to writers about writing. The first one features Adam-Troy … [Read More]

“The Zombie Who Had a Name” in Bards and Sages Quarterly

Bards and Sages Quarterly (October 2013)

Bards and Sages Quarterly (October 2013) -- which includes my story "The Zombie Who Had a Name" -- is out. You can pick up the issue at these fine retailers: Amazon Kindle Amazon Paperback Smashwords (EPUB, PDF, MOBI, LRF, PDB) … [Read More]

THE BURNING QUESTION #1

Did you fucking hear something?

Why is it that whenever someone hears a scary sound in a horror movie or novel, that person always rattles off a laundry list of possible, and always innocuous, explanations for it -- when we all know it's a monster? "Oh, it must be that damn cat … [Read More]

Basil Rathbone or Peter Cushing?

rathbone and cushing

Quick -- which is Basil Rathbone? Answer: It's a trick question. No one can tell Basil Rathbone and Peter Cushing apart. … [Read More]

“The Baseball Gods” Is Live on Every Day Fiction

My dark fantasy story "The Baseball Gods" is up at Every Day Fiction. Don't forget to rate it! … [Read More]

Attack of the Bug-Eyed People

Faces-of-the-Future

My, what big eyes we're going to have. If sci-fi movies have taught us anything, it's that in the future we're going to be wearing the same colored jumpsuits, probably be bald (but probably ridiculously buff), and of course have giant heads and … [Read More]

SHORT STORY SALE: “The Baseball Gods” to Every Day Fiction

As a kid I had two loves: fantasy and baseball. (Not to be confused with fantasy baseball.) These days I'm probably more into the world of magic and mystery than balls and strikes, but I did manage to wed the two -- and you can read it at Every Day … [Read More]

The Big Post of Writing Advice

Write, pray, love...among other things. Sage advice from Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman, Elmore Leonard, Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, and Pixar. Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way … [Read More]

SHORT STORY SALE: “The Zombie Who Had a Name” to Bards & Sages Quarterly

What's with me and zombies? It probably began when I was four or five, scared out of my mind, hiding under the dining room table as "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" played on the TV in the next room. (It was most likely playing on WPIX's … [Read More]