Dark and Dangerous Things Are Coming

I've been dying to talk about this, and now I finally think I can! For the past two months, I've been working on several short stories, each destined for different anthologies: "Melt," "Xinsheng," and "At the Intersection of Blake and Irving." "Melt" went on to be published in Now Playing in Theater B in mid-February. And now "Xinsheng" and "At the Intersection of Blake and Irving" will appear in the newest anthology by Purple Ink Writers called Dark and Dangerous Things III.

My short stories will appear beside those of a small group of very talented writers, so I'm very excited about this anthology. I'll make sure to post when Dark and Dangerous Things III is available for purchase. Final edits are being completed as I'm writing this, so I expect the anthology will be out this March.

Now that the shorts are done and gone, I'm continuing work on Mister Kiefer, a novel about a fictional and controversial author from Laneehackee, Oklahoma, being interviewed by a young journalist. Hijinks ensue. It's so far been a great deal of fun to write. I'm also beginning work on a serial that has resparked my interest: Stormborn. I started it as a novel for NaNoWriMo, but the story didn't appear to work well in novel format. An episodic format, I found, will work better. Stormborn will be a serial based around the character of Theo Tamsin, a young musician who is caught up in a prophecy that predicts that he will stop the end of the world.

If it sounds cliché, that's because I'm not very good at one-sentence synopses. It's a flaw that I think is funny in my circle of friends.

Stormborn: Unnamed Episode I should be available this year, assuming I accomplish all my stated goals. So far, I'm being consistent in my one-chapter-a-week plan. I hope I have extra time to post some stuff here—to whet appetites, as it were—but I can't promise that. 

As one final note, I made a lot of changes to the Publications page on this site, so check that out to see the books my work is featured in, including the anthology for which I served as editor, Broken Worlds.

Now Playing in Theater B

It's here! My short story "Melt" is officially out on paperback and Kindle. It's the first story in the new anthology by A Murder of Storytellers entitled Now Playing in Theater B.

You can find more information about it on my Publications page. This is the blurb, which I'm also proud of having written:

Evil Dead. Grindhouse. Brain Damage. Motel Hell. Night of the Comet. There are no conventions that the vanguard writers of these films wouldn't eschew. There are no rules that they wouldn't break. These maestros of the macabre took everything we know about horror and set it on its head, all for fancy's thrill. For them, there is no caprice too bizarre to indulge. No limits. No precautions. Just you, a story, and the wind rushing past you with the ground fast approaching. Oh, and your bungie cord isn't attached to your harness. Your evil hand must have loosened it.

Maybe the voice living in the zit on the left side of your nose can help. Why don't you ask her? Oh, yes—your zit is a chick. The incarnate ghost of your dead great-aunt.

Theater B is a collection of short stories written in the same vein as the classic B movies that we fell in love with for their utter lack of shame. They are orgasms of creativity, sluicing imagination from every orifice. They are monuments to the raw idea, bereft of filter, spawned to electrify, to terrify, and to nauseate.
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Two new short stories I wrote will be released in Dark and Dangerous Things III, which is slated to come out some time soon. I'll pass on the information as I have it.

When you read "Melt" and all the other short stories in Now Playing in Theater B, I hope you'll leave a review. Those things are amazing not only for drawing in new readers, but for letting authors know how to improve. Five stars are welcome only when they are deserved.

In other news, now that I'm done with short-story-writing for a bit, I'm ready to take on a slightly bigger project. I've been working on political satire modernizing the well-known classic Don Quixote. It's a bit experimental for me, but I'm finding it a lot of fun. As I get closer to actually completing it, I might sneak some peeks out at you.

Updates on a Broken World

This is the latest update on the Broken Worlds anthology.

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As you can see to the right, I printed out the whole thing. It's about 270 pages of great stories. All that's left is to dots the I's and cross the T's.

The Kindle version will be ready on July 31st, but unfortunately the paperback won't be ready until about a week after that. This is because we have to order a copy ourselves to make sure the proof is a quality product. This anthology has been  our biggest project yet, and we want to know it's perfect before it goes out.

Thank you to all our authors for their support, and to my boss for her help with all the nitty gritty essentials.

We Have Our Broken World

As I begin writing this post, it is July 10th at 11:59pm. And we are done making all decisions regarding Broken Worlds. As of right now, you should've received either an email from us regarding whether or not your story will be published within the pages of Broken Worlds on July 31st. If you haven't received an email from us, please let us know through Facebook, Twitter, or my contact page

Thank you to everyone who submitted. At the end of the day, we had so many great pieces that declining some was utterly painful. Unfortunately, we had to draw the line at how many pieces we could accept. (Actually, I skirted a little over that line. Which might've been bad.)

Future updates on the Broken Worlds anthology will be published through this website, the A Murder of Storytellers website, and all of our respective social media platforms. So make sure you're following A Murder of Storytellers on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and all those other places. And while you're at it, follow metoo. I always have important stuff to say.

Okay, that's not wholly true. Every once in a while I have important stuff to say. But you don't wanna miss those times!

Worlds Break in July

As the month of June comes to a close, so does our initial selection process for the short stories that will be in our newest anthology Broken Worlds. We were very excited to see the stream of submissions and thoroughly enjoyed reading this cornucopia of creative works. If we had the room to publish Broken Worlds in three or four volumes, I'm sure we'd try.

At this point, I should say that I'm not using the Royal "We," so much as I'm referring to myself and to the rest of the Murder of Storytellers team.

We want to thank everyone who submitted pieces to Broken Worlds. By now, all of you should have received an email from us. If you haven't, please comment below this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter to let us know because something must have gone wrong somewhere. What follows is the schedule for Broken Worlds for the month of July, leading all the way up to publication.

If you made it onto our second read list, then you'll be receiving accept or decline emails over the first week and a half of July. We expect all of our final selections to have been made by July 10th, so—again—if you haven't received an email by then please let me know through the Murder sitemy contact pageFacebook, or Twitter.

We expect Broken Worlds to officially publish—at least in e-book format—on July 31st.

So that's where we are. Thank you again for your stories, your creativity, and your support. We'll all be in touch again soon.