Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

New DIS Episode!

Episode 32 of The Dark InSpectre is now online, in which our hero exchanges sweet nothings with a certain lady he’s had his eye on.

Here’s an excerpt:
She looked at me and for a second she seemed so brittle the slightest word would shatter her, then the familiar, sardonic look came into her eyes. “Aren’t you supposed to stay out of normals’ heads, Jack? Do I need to report you or something?”

I smiled but didn’t remove my hand. “Maybe if you stopped shouting, I’d be able to block you out a little.”

She made a pouting face and swatted me on the arm. “Is that what you want, to block me out?”

I looked at her and it was like we were the only two people in the park, our whole world contracted to the foot of space between us. “No, Mare, I don’t want that.”

Enjoy: http://darkinspec.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 17, 2011

New Story Out!

The new Static Movement anthology, Best Left Buried, with a short story by yours truly, hit Amazon.com today.

The anthology is all about curses. No, not the things you scream at sporting events or in traffic, but cursed objects and things like that. My story is called The Emerald Heart. I'm psyched to see it in print. It's a story I put on the shelf like seven or eight years ago and frankly forgot about. But when I saw the call for submissions for this anthology, I was like, hey, I actually have something. So I dusted it off, chopped about 3,500 words out of it, and sent it in. And voila!

Here's an excerpt:

The older woman lay on the floor while the little girl – she looked like she was around five – lay in the bed. Both had been butchered, the woman had her throat torn out and her nightgown rent to shreds, revealing several horrific tears in her body. The girl, meanwhile, had one of her arms severed and half her face ripped off. They both lay in pools of blood. Reeja bent over, putting his hand against his mouth, fighting the urge to wretch at seeing such carnage up close. It looked like some beast had gotten loose in the mansion, Reeja thought, trying to find some explanation for the savagery.

All reason, however, quickly fled when the dead woman moved. Reeja felt prickling dread steal up his spine as she slowly sat upright, raising her torso in a completely unnatural movement. The girl, too, began to stir, lifting herself up on her one arm, looking at Reeja with one eye half in its socket.

“The heart,” the girl whispered in a rasp of what had once been her voice.

“Seek the heart,” the woman echoed, the movement of her vocal chords sickeningly evident in what remained of her throat.

Reeja stood there, his feet rooted to the floor as growing terror transfixed his body, rendering him motionless.

That's right, folks, this story's chock full of zombie goodness!

Check the cover and buy yo'self a copy:

Time Jumping Snails and Zombie Jocks

I'm doing my usual thang over at Abandoned Towers Magazine, bloggin' bout writing n'stuff. Check it out: http://abandonedtowers.com/weblog/time-jumping-snails-and-zombie-jocks/

Monday, June 6, 2011

Episode 31!

Episode 31 of The Dark InSpectre is now online, in which our hero finds a day at the park is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Here’s an excerpt:
It was amazing how much little boys ate. Occasionally I got interrupted by one of them when they had to go to the bathroom. Yeah, I got that duty, too. Mary tried to hide her mirth every time I set off holding Ian’s or Collin’s hand on the way to the public toilets.

I appreciated Mary’s plan, keeping me busy with a steady stream of annoying tasks so I wouldn’t go off and do something stupid. But it did give me time to think, and my brain inevitably replayed my little pow-wow with Jimmy in the wine cellar.

Enjoy: http://darkinspec.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 3, 2011

Best Left Buried, TOC

This is the the TOC for the Best Left Buried anthology, which should be coming out in a couple of weeks. Hint: mine is number 3!

Introduction by Gregory Miller
Finder Kept by Brandon Rucker
Stay With Me by Dorothy Davies
The Emerald Heart by Jason Kahn
The Collection by Darren Gallagher
Hokey Pokey by Ken Goldman
Dig Your Own Grave by Doug MacKenzie
Mrs. Yeknom by Bruce Harris
The Gift by Bruce Memblatt
Irrecoverable by Paul Edwards
Just One of Those Days by Rick McQuiston
Accelleratii Revengulus by Paul DeCirce
Suffering for Her Art by Darren W. Pearce and Neal Levin
Mother Misery by Dorothy Davies
American Idol by Jamie Schmidt
Shoes by A. J. French
The House Within by K. R. Hager
Street View by Aoife MacCormac
The Longest Stay by Andy Echevarria
Dust and Bones by Emma Ennis
The Pleasing of the Ring by J. Douglas Stephenson
The House on the Hill by Thomas M. Malafarina
Soaked to the Bone, Chilled to the Soul by Suzanne Robb
Lillian Sweeney’s Music by Gregory Miller
Be Careful What You Wish For by Herika R. Raymer