It is with great delight today that I reveal the contents of Nightscript Volume II. This year I have chosen to include twenty-one tales, a number that might very well have been tripled due to the high quality of stories received and reluctantly turned away. I would like to extend a big note of thanks to everyone who submitted their work. It made for quite the exhilarating reading period.
Here, then, are the “nightscripters” of 2016:
“The Carnival Arrives in Darkness” — Michael Griffin
“In the Dark, Quiet Places” — Kristi DeMeester
“Phantom Airfields” — Christopher Slatsky
“En Plein Air” — J.T. Glover
“The Inveterate Establishment of Daddano & Co.” — Eric J. Guignard
“White Elephants” — Malcolm Devlin
“Reasons I Hate My Big Sister” — Gwendolyn Kiste
“Nearness” — Ralph Robert Moore
“This Lonely Hecatomb” — Christopher Ropes
“Apartment B” — Steve Rasnic Tem
“Understairs” — Jason A. Wyckoff
“As Summer’s Mask Slips” — Gordon White
“And Elm Do Hate” — Nina Shepardson
“A Silence of Starlings” — Kurt Fawver
“Aycayia” — Rowley Amato
“The White Kisses” — Charles Wilkinson
“Down by the River” — H.V. Chao
“Arena” — Daniel Mills
“From the Fertile Dark” — Rebecca J. Allred
“No Abiding Place on Earth” — Matthew M. Bartlett
“Pause for Laughter” — José Cruz
As you can well imagine, I am more than a little eager to get this volume into your hands come grand October. Until then, I hope you’ll check out the inaugural edition of Nightscript.
Thank you for your patronage and support!
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.
This week, I had the distinct pleasure of appearing on The Outer Dark podcast in order to discuss my annual dark fiction anthology, Nightscript, as well as talk a bit about my own writing. The show’s creator and host, Scott Nicolay (whose debut collection, Ana Kai Tangata, comes highly recommended), goes above and beyond the call of duty each and every week, profiling writers, editors, publishers, artists, and promotors of weird fiction.
Episode 17 | CM Muller: A Lineage of Shadows in the Nightscript
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.
Today marks the official release-date of Nightscript, and I must say that I am overjoyed (and a bit relieved) to finally be able to craft this entry. When I originally announced, back in January, that I was planning to publish an anthology devoted to “strange stories,” I was amazed by the positive response. I can only hope that now, ten months later, this interest still holds. Now that the journal has become a reality, it’s hard to imagine that I nearly shelved the idea, thinking the project would take away from my own writing and (even more importantly) family life. But the exact opposite occurred. During the stages of fashioning the anthology, I found myself in the midst of various (and most welcome) surges of creativity, and my kids were delighted to see how a book comes together. I can only hope that I have created an exciting new venue which will thrive (in the form of numerous subsequent volumes) for many years to come. And now, good reader, it’s time to take the plunge. The nøkk awaits…
Nightscript can be purchased from Amazon.
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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.