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It's a Long Ways Until Christmas, But...SALE!!!

Just heard back from Shawn M. Garrett over at Pseudopod and am delighted to say that my festive horror story "Saint Nicholas's Helper" will be playing there Christmas 2011. It's kind of a long ways off, but really - it's definitely one for the holidays!

Pseudopod published my very first story "Last Respects" several years ago, and I'm really thrilled to place another story there. It is no easy task.

Thanks to everyone who beta-read this one for me - avocadovpx, bogwitch64, voidmonster, prusik, and Anna Schwind.

Anyway, we've just finished the holidays, but it looks like I'm going to be the annoying guy humming Christmas Carols in February and March.

Saint Darwin

The Escape Pod Has Been Soundproofed! And I'm Aboard!

Escape Pod has gone pro!!! They're doing a trial run of paying authors 5 cents per word, posting reviews and other content on their blog, and also, ePublishing! And "Saint Darwin's Spirituals" is in the premiere ePub, along with matthewsrotundo's story "Fuel" (which I had the pleasure of narrating for EP). There's also a couple of spiffy reviews included, and a special message from the Mighty, Mighty Mur Lafferty. So from now on, if you hear a story at Escape Pod but can't get your friends to listen to the podcast, you can send them the ePub with the story. All for free.

That said, this is a trial run and will only continue if people support it; so if you dig what's happening at Escape Pod and want to keep it going, please donate a few bucks. Be Mighty!
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SALE!!! The Gearaffe Who Didn't Tick

This makes me so happy - I just found out from Samuel Montgomery-Blinn that my short story "The Gearaffe Who Didn't Tick" will be coming to you all sometime in the future from the mighty Bull Spec! (I've read the email like five times to make sure I'm not misreading it. I'm reasonably sure I'm not.)

So for those of you who have been disconcerted by my R-rated ghostgasms at Escape Pod or gore-thirsty androids at the Drabblecast, never fear! There's some family friendly gear-fable fun coming your way soon from me.
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The Headless Horseman Gets a New Kind of Edge!!!

Just a quick note to say that Part 2 of "Horror World 2025", my collaboration with Kevin "No J" Anderson, is now live at Drabblecast! I think it went live on Saturday - just in time for Halloween.

So if you like the Headless Horseman, zombies, aliens, vampires (not those kind of vampires), the Wolfman, and most importantly Westworld - check it out!
Saint Darwin

Saint Darwin's Manning the Escape Pod!!!

Neil Gaiman's been talking about giving a scary book to someone you love this Halloween. An idea I think is fantastic, and completely support. In addition, I'm giving a few things free to all of you - Escape Pod bought my story "Saint Darwin's Spirituals" and just published it in time for Halloween! Spiritualized steampunk with golems and ghostgasms for your holiday. Huzzah!

Norm Sherman introduced it and Mur Lafferty gives it a great reading and I just couldn't be happier about the whole thing. (You can also read the story instead, if that's your thing - a new feature EP is doing.) So give it a listen or read, and then pop by the forums and tell them what you think. (Please, please pop by the forums! I've already committed authorcide both at EP and DC and stopped into say things. Okay, I'm kidding about the authorcide. I think.)

Also, "Horror World 2025," Part 1 is out at the Drabblecast, and Part 2 is coming soon. And I just shot out the final batch of Tricks or Treats stories, with my own hidden somewhere in there. (I'm in good company with Rachel Swirsky and Erin Cashier - so, you know, even if mine is not your thing, their stories are bound to be!

For some light-hearted Halloween fun, check out Vylar Kaftan's "Something Wicked This Way Plumbs" at PodCastle. I had a blast reading Vylar's story earlier this year, and we thought it'd be an excellent way to start to bring Halloween month to a close at PodCastle. (Did I say start? Why, yes, yes I did!)

So what are you listening to this Halloween?
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What Happens in Horror World...Doesn't Always Stay in Horror World

So...my sekrit project is out of the bag and alive...ALIVE, I scream, at the Drabblecast. It's part 1 of a collaboration with my pal Kevin "No J" Anderson called "Horror World 2025" (possibly NSFW).  It's a mash-up of Westworld, Night of the Living Dead, Aliens, and Jurassic Park (except there's no dinosaurs. We'll have to do dinosaurs for the sequel). If you like horror movies, this one's for you.

Essentially, this is a story written by two people who loved the movie Westworld probably more than anyone should, but it was a blast to write. Kevin called me up at the end of the summer and pitched me the idea of the first Act. I dug it and told him what I wanted to see happen in the second act, and then he invited me to come along and mess it all up. Which I might have done.

Anyway, I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. I'm also really, really grateful to Kevin for inviting me to come along and play in his sandbox. I've enjoyed his other Halloween stories at the Drabblecast, and got to beta-read his hilarious Night of the Living Trekkies, so - this was a really fun experience for me. Hope it is for some of you, too!

Part 2 should be going live later this week, along with more kick ass news!

Hrm...really should mail back Kevin's Westworld DVD to Netflix now...Sorry, Kevin!!!
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My Late Night Moment of Zen - Publisher's Weekly!!!

via marlowe1 

Click the PW link, scroll down a little bit
, and you'll see that the anthology She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Horror earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly! And among several of the other stories mentioned in the review, "Last Respects" gets a shout-out. Halle-freaking-lujah!

I cannot wait to get my hands on this damn book and read some of the other stories!
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Hey look! The Triangulation: End of the Rainbow anthology is out, and includes my story "Haole"! So if you've got a hankering for a vision of an island-themed post-apocalypse, this is your chance to slide on some coral knuckles, slip into your swim skin, and go out for a dip in the blood read ocean.

But check out the ToC: So many kick ass authors there: Eugie Foster, Cat Rambo, Peter S. Beagle! And MORE!

I'm thrilled and humbled to be a part of it all.

Table of Contents (via eugie):

"The Rainbow Vendor" by David Sklar
"Tourist Trap" by Mark Onspaugh
"Making Friends" by Kylie Bullivant
"A Test of Spirit" by Brenta Blevins
"David is Six" by Amanda C. Davis
"The Stickball Witch" by Peter S. Beagle
"Messiah" by M. Z. Hoosen
"The House at the End of the Rainbow" by Amy Treadwell
"A Womb of my Own" by Tinatsu Wallace
"The Meaning of Yellow" by Cate Gardner
"Talking Blues" by Matthew Johnson
"Spirit House" by Ron Sering
"A Patch of Jewels in the Sky" by Eugie Foster
"Haole" by D.K. Thompson *
"The World in Rubber, Soft and Malleable" by Aaron Polson
"Commander Perry's Mystic Wonders Show" by Jaime Lee Moyer
"The New Elementals" by Marshall Payne
"In Lixus, Close to Waking" by Erin Hoffman
"In Order to Conserve" by Cat Rambo 

There's also some killer cover art by the amazing Vincent Chong!

Triangulation: End of the Rainbow

You can pick the anthology up at Amazon now. (It should be available at other places soon - including B&N).

ETA: [info]bogwitch64 noted that it's temporarily out of stock at Amazon. But if you order the book, it will ship to you. It just might take a little bit of time.

*Holy shit I need to get my website updated.
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Haole Shit! I Sold It!!!!

How about some good news, for a change?

I sold my short story "Haole" to the Triangulation: End of the Rainbow anthology! Because my island paradise just wouldn't be complete without a little bit of post-apocalyptic flavoring, dudes. So...next time I'm in Maui, I'll have to pick up that t-shirt

Seriously, I love this story to pieces, loved going back to Maui in my imagination when I was stranded in LA, loved fashioning coral knuckles and swim skins and looking out at the blood red ocean. I'm so happy it's found a good home, and that I'll be in another Triangulation antho.

Many, many thanks to all my beta-readers for this one: avocadovpx , prusik , garunya , voidmonster , eljaydaly (formerly orogeny!), Mur Lafferty, and especially bogwitch64 , therinth , Mark Tullius, and Anna Schwind. Who read like, multiple incarnations of it. Yeah, I know that's a lot of people. I don't care - I sold the story! Thanks guys for all the feedback!
Saint Darwin

The One Where I Make Alasdair Stuart Cry Out in Agony! (Or Golem vs. Vampires!)

Look! It's my name on the cover of a magazine!!!

Or you can gaze at the amazing wraparound cover - both illustrated by the Amazing Vincent Chong! Who, incidentally, has a brand new website and blog you can all go and check out. (Cool fact - Vinny Chong uses the St. D. art on his stationary!)

Yes, I'm very excited! That's Murky Depths #11 - and it's available for order now. If you grab it, you'll find the latest story set in the "Saint Darwin's Spirituals" world. Sing the praises of Vinny's artwork here at the MD forum, if you have time. And - as some of you know already - just like last time, the awesome Variant Frequencies has put together an incredibly killer podcast, so you can hear  "Heart of Clay" for free. Now, I know I'm a little biased, but I have to say I think it sounds pretty awesome. Seriously, Rick Stringer is just a badass when it comes to podcast production. And the cast is in top form. Ali Groves and Dani Cutler reprise their parts - and then there's killer new voice work from Marck Pearlstone and the one and only Alasdair Stuart (you thought that post title was a fake-out, huh? Mwahahahaha). Honestly, I'd never heard Marck Pearlstone read before, but he's awesome in this. Personally, I wish he had a bigger role.

Like I mentioned before, this is something of a sequel to the original, slightly more sexy "Saint Darwin's Spirituals" (frex: I didn't blush while listening to this one). But when I wrote this story, I worked hard to make it accessible to anyone who hadn't read/listened to the original. So hopefully any new listeners will be a-okay!

When I set out to write a sequel - my idea was to create a story with a unique hero and a sweeter kind romance. Also, I've always wanted to see a golem fight a group of vampires, so this seemed like as good a time as any! Turns out golem vs. vampires is pretty brutal!

So thanks to everyone who helped with this one - especially my awesome betas, and also anne_stringer, Matt Wallace, Terry Martin, Rick Stringer, and the awesome voice talent. You guys all rock!

I guess that's pretty much it. Oh, one more thing: if you like the story, please please please let Rick, Anne, and Matt know. That way, hopefully, they'll be interested in running another one.