Saturday, February 06, 2016

Skillute Cycle paperbacks are on SALE

For a limited time publisher Omnium Gatherum is offering the paperback edition of my series the Skillute Cycle at a reduced rate. Follow the link to the OG page where you'll find a description of each book and a link for purchase.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Hyde Hotel anthology

This month Black Shuck Books releases The Hyde Hotel, an anthology edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth. All of the stories have some connection to a certain peculiar hotel. In what way is it peculiar? You'll get a slightly different answer in each of these tales. I hope you'll join us.

"The Hyde Hotel Welcomes You…

The Hyde Hotel looks almost exactly as you’d expect it to: a faceless, budget hotel in a grey city you are just passing through. A hotel aimed at people travelling alone, a hotel where you know so little about your fellow guests that they could be anyone… and where, perhaps, so could you. But sometimes things are hiding in plain sight, and not everyone who stays at The Hyde gets a good night’s sleep… Enjoy your stay."

Table of Contents

CHECKING IN  by James Everington
THE VIEW FROM THE BASEMENT  by Alison Littlewood
NIGHT PORTERS  by Iain Rowan
TICK BOX  by Dan Howarth
THE EDIFICE OF DUST  by Amelia Mangan
LOST AND FOUND  by S P Miskowski
WRATH OF THE DEEP  by Simon Bestwick
THE BLUE ROOM  by V H Leslie
CHECKING OUT  by James Everington

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Autumn Cthulhu

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you know Mike Davis, editor of the upcoming anthology AUTUMN CTHULHU is in the last five days of a stupendous Kickstarter campaign. I'm honored and delighted to have a story accepted in the anthology as the first stretch goal. The second big stretch goal is $16,000 at which the editor will add a story by acclaimed speculative fiction writer Robert Levy.

YOU can help add a story to the anthology. Contribute to the campaign and receive terrific rewards! Spread the word on social media!

Paying authors a professional rate for their work is a noble and attainable goal. Cheers to Mike Davis for all of his hard work. Here's what he has to say:

"The AUTUMN CTHULHU Kickstarter has only 5 days left:

Please like and share so we can add two more stories to the book! We reached our first stretch goal -- adding a story by S.P. Miskowski-- and the next one will allow me to add a story by Robert Levy. There's another secret stretch goal after that which I'll announce if/when we reach Robert's.

Thanks to all of you who have spread the word and supported the Kickstarter. It has been a success because of you.

AUTUMN CTHULHU will feature stories by Laird Barron, Scott Thomas, Nadia Bulkin, Ann K. Schwader, Jeffrey Thomas, Mike Griffin, Peter Rawlik, Wendy Wagner, Richard Gavin, Gemma Files, Joe Pulver, Damien Angelica Walters, John Langan, Daniel Mills, Evan Dicken, Trent Kollodge, S.P. Miskowski, and hopefully Robert Levy."

Friday, December 04, 2015

Daughters of the Yellow Sign

CASSILDA'S SONG: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers' King in Yellow Mythos is now available in an ebook edition. Edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., this gorgeous anthology includes my story, "Strange is the Night." I'm happy to be in such good company.

"Cassilda’s Song is a collection of weird fiction and horror stories based on the King in Yellow Mythos created by Robert W. Chambers—entirely authored by women. There are no pretenders here. The Daughters of the Yellow Sign, each a titan of unmasked fire in their own right, have parted the curtains. From Hali’s deeps and Carcosa’s gloomy balconies and Styx-black towers, come their lamentations and rage and the consequences of intrigues and follies born in Oblivion. Run into their embrace. Their carriages wait to take you from shadowed rooms and cobble¬stones to The Place Where the Black Stars Hang. 

The 1895 release of Chambers’ best-remembered work of weird fiction was salted with nihilism and ennui, and ripe with derangement, haunting beauty, and eerie torments. Poe’s influence was present in the core tales and one could easily argue Chambers may have been influenced by the French Decadents and the disquieting transfigura¬tions of the Symbolists. All this and more can be said of the works collected in this anthology. Carcosa, accursed and ancient, and cloud-misted Lake of Hali are here. The Hyades sing and the cloud waves break in these tales. The authority of Bierce’s cosmic horror is here. The talismantic Yellow Sign, and the titular ‘hidden’ King, and The Imperial Dynasty of America, will influence and alter you, as they have the accounts by these writers. Cassilda and other unreliable narrators, government-sponsored Lethal Chambers, and the many mysteries of the mythical Play, are boldly represented in these tributes to Chambers. 

Have you seen the Yellow Sign?" 

The contents of this anthology include: 

• Black Stars on Canvas, a Reproduction in Acrylic by Damien Angelica Walters 
• She Will Be Raised a Queen by E. Catherine Tobler 
• Yella by Nicole Cushing 
• Yellow Bird by Lynda E. Rucker 
• Exposure by Helen Marshall 
• Just Beyond Her Dreaming by Mercedes M. Yardley 
• In the Quad of Project 327 by Chesya Burke 
• Stones, Maybe by Ursula Pflug 
• Les Fleurs Du Mal by Allyson Bird 
• While The Black Stars Burn by Lucy A. Snyder 
• Old Tsah-Hov by Anya Martin 
• The Neurastheniac by Selena Chambers 
• Dancing The Mask by Ann K. Schwader 
• Family by Maura McHugh 
• Pro Patria! by Nadia Bulkin 
• Her Beginning is Her End is Her Beginning by E. Catherine Tobler & Damien Angelica Walters 
• Grave-Worms by Molly Tanzer 
• Strange is the Night by S.P. Miskowski

The magnificent cover art is by Steve G. Santiago.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Russell Dickerson's Cover Art for the Skillute Cycle

At his Web site, artist Russell Dickerson writes about our 3-year, 4-book collaboration on the Skillute Cycle. Before a reader buys a book, before she considers the synopsis or reviews, something has to catch her eye. That something is the cover art and design, created by Russ Dickerson to convey the world and characters of Skillute.

Many thanks, Russ.

Friday, August 08, 2014

October Dreams II

Great news! My story, "Death and Disbursement" will appear in October Dreams II edited by Richard Chizmar and Robert Morrish, published by Cemetery Dance Publications. This Halloween-themed anthology, a follow-up to the popular and acclaimed October Dreams from the same editors, will feature the following authors.

"Mr. Dark’s Carnival" by Glen Hirshberg
"Universal Horrors" by Stephen Graham Jones
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "Perspective" by Michael McBride
"The Scariest Thing I Know" by Dean Koontz
"Guising" by Gemma Files
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "Gort Klaatu Barada Trick or Treat" by Nancy Holder
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "Under the Autumn Stars" by Tim Waggoner
"Monsters" by Stewart O’Nan
"Death and Disbursement" by S.P. Miskowski
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "All the News" by Karen Heuler
"Dear Dead Jenny" by Ian McDowell
"What Blooms in Shadow Withers in Light" by Richard Gavin
My Favorite Halloween Memory by M. Rickert
"The ’Corn Factory" by Benjamin Kane Ethridge
"In a Dark October" by Joe R. Lansdale
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "The Real Darkborn" by Matthew Costello
"The October Game" by Ray Bradbury
"Fear of Fallen Leaves" by James Newman
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "Costume" by Melanie Tem
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "Dancing With Mr. Death" by Kealan Patrick Burke
"Scarecrow" by Roberta Lannes
"Strange Candy" by Robert McCammon
My Favorite Halloween Memory by Harry Shannon
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "That Which Doesn’t Kill You Earns You Candy" by Nate Southard
"The Pumpkin" by Robert Bloch
"Mr. and Mrs. Werewolf " by Whitley Strieber
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "Rescuer?" by Nicole Cushing
My Favorite Halloween Memory by Ray Garton
"Great Pumpkins and Ghost Hunters: Halloween on TV" by Lisa Morton
"The Pumpkin Smasher" by Al Sarrantonio
"The House on Cottage Lane" by Ronald Malfi
My Favorite Halloween Memory by Tim Curran
"The Dry Season" by James A. Moore
"The Spirit of Things" by John Skipp
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "Haunting Season" by Orrin Grey
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "The Witch of Walnut" by Elizabeth Massie
"The Little Werewolf Who Cried" by Al Magliochetti
"The Boy in the White Sheet" by Bev Vincent
My Favorite Halloween Memory by Richard Gavin
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "The Last Halloween" by Ronald Kelly
"Sexy Pirate Girl" by Lisa Morton
"Monster Night" by Brian James Freeman
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "Screams in the Asylum" by James Newman
"Underfolk" by Tina Callaghan
My Favorite Halloween Memory: "Pumpkin Parade" by Sephera Giron
"October Dreams" by Michael Kelly