Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Satyrs Are Finally Piping

Songs of the SatyrsA quick note to announce that the long-awaited anthology Songs of the Satyrs is finally available. (My story was accepted in October 2011.) Satyrs are goat-like creatures from Greek and Roman mythology known for their love of wine, women, and nymphs. Satyrs can't help but be lusty. As the cover implies, this collection abounds with adult themes. You've been warned. Inside, you'll find twenty stories from various writers, including David Farland (a.k.a. David Wolverton) as well as my story “Blood & Beauty.” Combining elements from “Beauty and the Beast” and classical mythology, “Blood & Beauty” tells a sad tale of a love affair between a half satyr, half lion and a dryad.

Some advance praise for the collection:
“If there has been a previous fiction anthology devoted to satyrs I'm certainly not aware of it—in fact the existence of such an anthology seems as unlikely as these half humans, half goats themselves. But Songs of the Satyrs revels in such unlikeliness, its authors taking this mythical creature as a challenge to their imaginations to produce a variety of fantasy, horror, and science fantasy tales exploring sex, madness, appetite, and ecstasy.”
—Steve Rasnic Tem, author of Deadfall Hotel

Monday, April 14, 2014

Coming Up For Air and the FFW

The Schoolmaster (1662), Adriaen van Ostade.
That work project that has been sucking the life out of me for the past few weeks is finally winding down. WooHoo!!! No more nightly overtime. More time to write and sleep and I really need more sleep. Well, that is until the next project from hell comes along. By force of will I managed to finish a novella rewrite and send it back to the publisher. Hope they like it. I also took a couple days off to attend the Festival of Faith and Writing, an enriching experience.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Post #1

I joined the Insecure Writer’s Support Group today. Group members post the first Wednesday of every month. In the words of the group's leader and founder Alex J. Cavanaugh: "Time to release our fears to the world—or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic." Are there any writers who are not insecure and neurotic?

Monday, March 31, 2014

There Goes the Neighborhood

Neighborhood WatchLooking for a short, creepy novel with more plot twists and surprises than the crooked branches of an old oak tree? Stuart R. West's Neighborhood Watch is the book for you and here to talk about it today is Mr. West himself.

Why set Neighborhood Watch in Kansas of all places?

I'm sorry, sorry, sorry. I live in God-forsaken Kansas. It sucks. The good thing is the state is ripe with creepiness, which makes good fodder for tales of the abnormal. "Write what you know."

Friday, March 21, 2014

Last Request: A Victorian Gothic

Last Request: A Victorian GothicMy story Last Request is finally seeing the light of day as a self-published novelette. This piece has taken a long road to publication and doubled in size from a 6K short story to a 12K novelette along the way. I wrote the bulk of original story while vacationing on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Why I would write this particular story while watching the sun rise over the boundless Atlantic is hard to believe. If you read the story, you'll understand just how odd that is.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

M. R. James and Cthulhu

A sketch of Cthulhu made by
H. P. Lovecraft in May 1934.
When horror aficionados think of horror and tentacles, the first words that come to mind are H. P. Lovecraft and his creation Cthulhu. A malevolent monster combining elements of a human, octopus, and dragon, Cthulhu first appeared in Lovecraft's short story “The Call of Cthulhu,” published in Weird Tales in February 1928. Here's a passage from the story describing a statue of Cthulhu.
It represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind. This thing, which seemed instinct with a fearsome and unnatural malignancy, was of a somewhat bloated corpulence, and squatted evilly on a rectangular block or pedestal covered with undecipherable characters.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop

My good friend Stuart R. West ( of Neighborhood Watch and Tex, The Witch Boy fame tagged me for the My Writing Process blog hop. You can see what Stuart had to say about his writing process here.

What am I working on?

I'm working on a rewrite of a thriller novella as requested by a publisher. I'm also working on the first draft of a frontier story featuring zombies and a novella that I seem to have been working on for years based on "The Fall of the House of Usher." When I'm not working on the stories above, I'm writing chapters for a novel with Lyn Perry about werewolves among the Pilgrims.