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!
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 am extremely excited to report that my short tale, “Resurfacing,” has been published in the latest edition of Strange Aeons magazine, sharing space with two of my favorite writers, Kristi DeMeester and Michael Wehunt. This particular issue (#19) marks the magazine’s sixth year in existence as well as the debut of its new fiction editor Justin Steele.
Copies of Strange Aeons are available to order through the magazine’s website, where you can also peruse samplings of both recent and past editions.
Supernatural Tales #31 is hot off the paranormal press today and features my tale of inheritance, book hoarding, and ghosts: “Krogh’s Remains.” This marks my second appearance in David Longhorn’s esteemed and long-running publication. Quite an honor to have carved out a bit of space within such spectral pages as these. This volume is currently available at Amazon or direct from the publisher.
The Yellow Booke makes its second annual autumnal appearance today, featuring tales by a host of strange scriveners, including yours truly. My entry, “The Dust Child,” is a very personal piece told from the point-of-view of a young boy coming to terms with his mother’s illness. This particular volume also contains numerous chiaroscuro illustrations by Michael Kellermeyer (the talented wizard behind the curtain of Oldstyle Tales), and is currently available on Amazon or for free at the publisher’s website.
My story “Absconsa Laterna” appears online today at Visiak’s Mirror. It’s a brief tale (1,200 words), so you won’t burn your eyes out too bad if you decide to give it a read. Thanks to Jordan Krall (and his ever-inspiring Dunhams Manor Press) for providing yet another exciting outlet for weird scriveners to share their work. Be sure to check out the numerous other short pieces collected on DMP’s website.