It’s been a long time coming, but I will finally be releasing my first collection of stories this year. Hidden Folk will contain fourteen previously published tales, as well as two new ones written specifically for this volume. Preorders will start on October 1st, with a planned publication date of December.
“The writing here is so assured it’s hard to believe it’s a debut.”
—David Longhorn, editor of Supernatural Tales, on “Vrangr”
“An author of strange fiction to keep a close eye on.”
—Simon Strantzas, author of Everything is Nothing
Today I am thrilled to reveal the contents of volume four of Nightscript. As with previous years, the quality of submissions was outstanding, making it particularly difficult to narrow down the final ToC. I would like to extend a big note of thanks to everyone who submitted tales for consideration. As ever, it was a privilege to read your work.
Here, then, are the “nightscripters” of 2018:
“Sugar Baby” — V.H. Leslie
“There Has Never Been Anyone Here” — J.T. Glover
“The Thing in the Trees” — Joanna Parypinski
“By the Sea” — Steve Rasnic Tem
“A Harvest Fit for Monsters” — L.S. Johnson
“The Monkey Coat” — Daniel Braum
“Seams” — M. Lopes da Silva
“A Gut Full of Coal” — Mathew Allan Garcia
“Crow Woman” — April Steenburgh
“The Dandelion Disorder” — Charles Wilkinson
“Of Marble and Mud” — Farah Rose Smith
“All is There Already, Just Not Seen Yet” — Armel Dagorn
“Half-Girls” — Cate Gardner
“A Different Sunlight” — Jackson Kuhl
“Cinnamon to Taste” — Christi Nogle
“The Strigoaica” — Ross Smeltzer
“Swim Failure” — Jennifer Loring
“Visions From the Autumn Country” — Tim Jeffreys
“Stella Maris” — Elana Gomel
“Rainheads” — Mike Weitz
“My House is Out Where the Lights End” — Kirsty Logan
Volume IV will be released on October 1st. Until then, I hope you’ll check out the previous editions of Nightscript, available in either print or e-edition.
Thank you for your patronage and support!
For the third year in a row, Nightscript has been featured on The Outer Dark, an award-winning podcast hosted by the inimitable Scott Nicolay. This time around the focus is on a special Night Time Logic event which took place in November of last year. It features a panel discussion and readings by four Volume III contributors: Daniel Braum, Inna Effress, David Surface and Julia Rust. There is also a short interview with yours truly as well as the organizer of the event, the above-mentioned Mr. Braum. Fans of Nightscript are sure to enjoy this unique presentation.
The Outer Dark, Episode 27: “A Strange & Darksome Night”
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.
Weirdbook #36 is now available, and I am honored to say that it includes a tale by yours truly. The origins of “Omzetten” date to a brief but surreal train excursion a group of friends and I took (during a brief layover) from the airport to the city center of Amsterdam. We arrived in the very early morning, giving us the impression of being the sole survivors in an historic, abandoned town. We wandered through the narrow, cobbled streets, across public squares, along placid canals, surprised by the sleepy nature of the place. Needless to say, the experience proved too extraordinary not to write about, though of course I supplied an entirely different cast of characters and a far more chilling denouement.
The anthology can be found at Amazon. I hope you’ll check it out!
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.