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Release Day for Nightscript III is fast approaching. In the lead-up to October 1st, I have established a Goodreads page as well as a preorder option for Kindle on Amazon. Those wishing to preorder the paperback edition (or the three-volume bundle) direct from the publisher (which is the preferred and most appreciated method) should visit the Nightscript page on this site. Cheers!
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.”
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
“A Place With Trees” — Rowley Amato
“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
“Downward” — Amar Benchikha
“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.