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Sunday, October 26, 2014


Billie Sue Mosiman weaves an intricate tale of suspense in her recent novel The Grey Matter. The book is well written, combining strong plot and characterization that glue the reader to her work. A serial killer goes about his crimes undetected for years. Then he encounters a crew of young folk trying to make their way in a cabin nestled in the Alabama mountains.

Mosiman captures the people of her native state with a distinctive voice. The reader quickly gets to know Abe, Caleb, Ben and Josie. More importantly, we reader is taken inside the mind of John Grey, seeing things from his point of view. A nationwide blackout sends the nearby rural town into chaos. Josie and her friends are forced to contend with the elements of nature, a nearby serial killer, and a world in disruption. At the same time, they are pitted with internal conflicts.

Not since Jack Ketchum's novel Red have we seen such a fine development of plot, development of character, and precise writing. You can't go wrong with this book by Post Mortem Press. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this book and hope to see it recognized for the craft required to being it all together.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Haunted Traveler is Out

An awaited for anthology is now available featuring stories, poems and art. My story Desperate Welcome appears in this issue.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bones III is Out

Another great anthology by James Ward Kirk Fiction is now available. My story Mangled appears in Bones III alongside a number of excellent dark stories and poems.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

More Military Horror with SNAFU: Wolves at the Door

Cohesion Press has launched the primer anthology series for Military Horror/Science Fiction.

The first book in the series was SNAFU, An Anthology of Military Horror. The book was a major success bringing stories from the best writers in the Horror/Action Adventure realm, including Jonathan Maberry, Weston Ochse, Greig Beck, and James A. Moore, as well as emerging writers who draw the reader in and hold suspense like the big writers. At 446 pages of packed adventure, this book is well worth the purchase.

A second anthology is being release soon titled SNAFU: Heroes, Editor Geoff Brown brings back writers like Maberry, Ochse and Moore, but also adds everyone's favor big Joseph Nassise of Templar Chronicles fame. This book weaves together an impressive collection of stories and novellas, each one can be read in a single session. A good buy of 50,000 words- equal to a novel- for $2.99.

Later this year Cohesion returns with SNAFU: Wolves at the Door. this book is expected to run 80,000 words and will include a novella by James M. Moore. A collection of chilling tales bringing warriors and werewolves into conflict. Not too far down the road we will see SNAFU II: Survival of the Fittest in which more big name writers and emerging scribes will come together in what is expected to be another bestselling collection.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cover released for Escape From Venus

This is the cover to my Novelette- Escape From Venus- which will be released in October 2014 by Silver Screen Books.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Story out on Shotgun Honey

My story The Collection is now out on Shotgun Honey for FREE.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Story Acceptance

Pleased to announce that James Ward Kirk accepted my story Mangled for his anthology- Bones III.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

JWD UPDATES: Story Acceptance

Pleased to announce my story Desperate Welcome was accepted by the anthology The Haunted Traveler. Release date for this book is expected for October.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


The New Black, a neo noir anthology by Dark House Press, edited by Richard Thomas.

The New Black drew me in quickly and held my interest from cover to cover. Although I often read a few books at a time, mixing them up, I kept reaching for it. 

This is a boundary breaking anthology that hopefully gets the attention that it deserves- a book with the appeal of genre fiction, but the quality writing of literary fiction. Thomas shows us that literary writing style can compel a story along. The New Black also demonstrates some of the range possible with neo noir. The New Black reflects that genre writers can be literary and literary writers can work within a genre. Hemingway and Fitzgerald wrote to the popular culture and now are considered literary. To that end, The New Black takes us back a century and hopefully helps moves us forward in the next decade.  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shotgun Honey-- Story Acceptance.

Stoked to announce Shotgun Honey accepted my crime story- The Collection- for publication.

Friday, July 25, 2014

My story TRINKET is out in Sanitarium #23

Happy to anounce that my short story Trinket is out in Sanitarium Magazine #23. This story has a Lovecraftian inspiration and is available now in Digital and Paperback on Amazon.

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