The newest issue of Benjamin Holesapple’s Turn to Ash is currently up for preorder, collecting thirteen dark tales and cover art by Matt Tisdale. I’m grateful (and more than a little honored) to have a story featured within. My entry, “The Church in the Field,” is loosely based on a news item that struck my fancy a number of years back about an elderly gentleman with terminal brain cancer who took it upon himself to restore a derelict church in small-town Minnesota; his condition miraculously improved upon doing so, and his ordeal ended on a largely positive note. But, as you might well imagine, my darker sensibilities took over from there and fashioned an appropriate “ghost” story out of it all.
I hope you’ll consider giving “Church” a read, as well as supporting this righteous small press endeavor by the talented Mr. Holesapple.
You can preorder a copy of Turn to Ash here.
Nightscript received a nice mention from Ellen Datlow in the ninth edition of her long-running Best Horror of the Year series. To wit: “Nightscript II: An Anthology of Strange and Darksome Tales is a nicely packaged all-original anthology of twenty-one weird tales, some of them quite dark. The strongest are by Charles Wilkinson, Gordon White, Matthew M. Bartlett, Kristi DeMeester, Malcolm Devlin, Ralph Robert Moore, Gwendolyn Kiste, and Eric Guignard.”
Best Horror is currently available on Amazon or at your local bookstore.
Today I am thrilled to reveal the contents of volume three of Nightscript. As with previous years, the quality of submissions was outstanding, making it particularly challenging to narrow down the final ToC. I would like to extend a big note of thanks to everyone who submitted tales for consideration. It was a privilege to read your work.
Here, then, are the “nightscripters” of 2017:
“The Flower Unfolds” — Simon Strantzas
“Downward” — Amar Benchikha
“What Little Boys Are Made Of” — Malcolm Devlin
“Grizzly” — M.K. Anderson
“Might Be Mordiford” — Charles Wilkinson
“Palankar” — Daniel Braum
“The Gestures Remain” — Christi Nogle
“House of Abjection” — David Peak
“The Undertow, and They That Dwell Therein” — Clint Smith
“A Place With Trees” — Rowley Amato
“The Familiar” — Cory Cone
“Liquid Air” — Inna Effress
“The Beasts Are Sleep” — Adam Golaski
“The Witch House” — Jessica Phelps
“On the Edge of Utterance” — Stephen J. Clark
“Homeward Bound Now, Paulino” — Armel Dagorn
“The Affair” — James Everington
“When Dark-Eyed Ophelia Sings” — Rebecca J. Allred
“We, the Rescued” — John Howard
“Twenty Miles and Running” — Christian Riley
“Something You Leave Behind” — David Surface
“Young Bride” — Julia Rust
“The Other Side of the Hill” — M.R. Cosby
Volume III will be released on October 1st. Until then, I hope you’ll check out the previous editions of Nightscript.
Thank you for your patronage and support!
I’m delighted to announce that my story “Lost in Arcadia” will soon appear in this lovely little gem of an anthology. In Praise of Pan is now available to pre-order, and is limited to 100 copies. Jordan Krall, the editor and publisher, has once again knocked it out of the park with his cover design.
You can purchase a copy of the anthology here.
This delightful little “weirdbird” has burst onto the scene, and just in time for Halloween. I’m extremely honored to have my story, “Diary of an Illness,” included within. This Ligotti-inspired tale deals with the effects that a certain new edifice has on a city populace, and was fashioned shortly after returning home from a brief afternoon drive through downtown St. Paul, where I was appalled to discover that a historic museum had been remodeled (as if overnight) into a certain cultish and well-known “church” that shall not be named.
Weirdbook #33 is available from Amazon.com.
I had the honor last year of appearing on The Outer Dark, a podcast hosted by World Fantasy Award-winning author Scott Nicolay. The program has since shifted platforms, appearing now on the essential web-presence This is Horror. Scott was kind enough not only to remaster the original interview, but to record a second segment wherein we discuss Nightscript Volume 2.
Give it a listen, if you’ve the time and inclination.
I had the distinct pleasure recently of being interviewed by Gwendolyn Kiste, an accomplished author of dark fiction whose work I have long admired. In the interview, I discuss my origins as a writer, some early and current influences, and of course the continuing saga that is Nightscript, my annual anthology of “strange and darksome” tales. Don’t hesitate to investigate Gwendolyn’s blog, which is an essential resource for new and established writers, featuring as it does numerous author interviews and insights into the writerly life, as well as a list of venues where you can submit your work!
Nightly Horror: An Interview with Gwendolyn Kiste