Scorching hot action

The latest, greatest and sort-of-tied-to-a-date-est collection of new pulp adventures is here! In the proud tradition of its Christmas and Halloween Specials, PulpWork Press proudly presents the 2018 Summer Special!

Granted, summer isn’t so much a date like December 25 or October 31 as it is a season, but my story “Strike Down the Sun” is focused on the summer solstice itself, which should come as no surprise since it is yet another rip-roaring case file from druid-reared private eye Kellan Oakes.

Break out the SPF 50, grab an ice cold beverage, and enjoy! The Summer Special is available now at Amazon – and if you click over there between now and August 19, you can download the Kindle version FOR FREE!

Updated to add: The giveaway period has ended, but the collection is available for a mere $3.95 on Kindle, and if you happen to be a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, it’s still free for you!

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For those in the cheap seats

Have you been curious about checking out some of my stories to see what exactly my writing is all about? Have you been hesitant to jump in by ponying up for an entire anthology filled with stories by people you don’t know and (likely) have never heard of, plus one story by me? You, potential yet circumspect reader, are in luck today, because I am going to point you toward all of the stuff I’ve written which you can read right now, online, with absolutely no money down! I’m making it rain free stories!

Red Screamy – This link will take you directly to a domestic drama about raising a creative child, which takes a creepy turn at the end.

The Lengths That He Would Go To – This link will take you to a tale of a college love triangle and horror from the cosmic beyond.

The Dying Desert Moon – This link will take you to a pulpy adventure set in an alternate history of retrofuturistic automobiles and gas-powered weapons.

Requital – This link requires some scrolling, as it will get you the entirety of the April issue of an e-zine featuring a morbid poem by me on page 92, some scrolling required.

Preservation – This link also requires some scrolling, past the lead short story until you see the Enter the Drabble header right above my 100 words putting a twist on the start of the zombie apocalypse.

Click, read and enjoy! And watch the blog for an announcement by summer’s end about more FREE STUFF (if you have a Kindle).

Another orbit

This online enterprise in authorial self-promotion has, as of today, completed three full trips around the sun!

In all that time I’ve gotten a bit better about posting regularly, and the posts themselves have gotten longer, though whether that is a good or bad thing I leave to your judgment. I’ve also gone from having a whopping three tales in anthologies to my credit, to now boasting dozens of published stories. (Yes, plural meaning two. 24 stories. And one poem. Not bad for three years’ work.)

Thank you for visiting this corner of the interwebs, and for reading and reviewing my stories! Let’s all keep it up for years to come, shall we?

Leafing through the past

The creeping, choking vines have unfurled their black tendrils, pushing open the gates of DEATH’S GARDEN!

This anthology from LVP Publications contains both short stories and poems, including my short story “Green Growing Things” which you may remember had its genesis in an attempt to write for a specific anthology call, as I detailed in this post. I’m not sure what I can say about the tale that I didn’t divulge earlier, but just in case you’re avoiding that post for some reason, here’s the highlights: it is yet another entry in the continuing adventures of everyone’s favorite druid private eye Kellan Oakes, it was written as a pulpy horror story in which Kellan faces off against an adversary with extreme botanophobia, it sheds a little more light on Kellan’s unusual childhood, and it even delves into Kellan’s love life, such as it is. Mystery! Monsters! Romance! This one has it all!

You can pick up a copy for your library from Amazon right now. Don’t be left behind on the tour through Death’s Garden!

Branching out

If you check out my Works page you’ll see that I have added a new category: Poetry and Drabbles. This month saw my first ever poetry publication, in the Siren’s Call eZine, and my first ever drabble publication, in Trembling With Fear.

These are different literary forms for me but, for better or worse, very much in a familiar genre, namely fantastical horror. So if you tend to like the things I usually write, “Requital” and “Preservation” aren’t exactly revolutionary departures.

“Requital”, in terms of form, is a villanelle, perhaps most famously typified by “Do not go gentle into that good night”. Although, more accurately, my poem is a double villanelle, which is a variation on the form which I made up because I couldn’t fit my whole idea into nineteen lines. More power to Dylan Thomas that he could.

“Preservation” is a drabble, which is a prose piece of exactly 100 words. Clearly this is the shortest thing I’ve had published (by an inverse order of magnitude at least), and it’s hard to imagine myself ever being able to say much of anything more concisely than that.

In any case, you can find “Requital” HERE and “Preservation” HERE. Enjoy!

Card-carrying membership

If you’ve ever perused the mini-wiki on this site devoted to Kellan Oakes, you’ve run across the name-dropping assertion that my fictional creation is part of a “proud literary tradition of occult detectives”. In theory, this could be up for debate, as matters of official taxonomy often are. But as of today, I have a splendid piece of evidence supporting my side of the argument, to wit that a Kellan Oakes story has appeared between the covers of OCCULT DETECTIVE QUARTERLY. Behold my bona fides:

“One of the most important new fantasy magazines of the decade.” – Black Gate Online

The fourth issue of ODQ is now available and contains, among other tales, “Abduction in Ash” written by yours truly and starring Kellan Oakes, who takes on a missing person case and finds himself once again at the wrong end of some nasty, gnarly forest folk. To pull back the curtain a bit, this is a story I wrote quite some time ago, when the Kellan Oakes series started taking on a life of its own and I was doing research into creatures of legend to find likely pegs I might hang stories on. I wound up digging into some fairly obscure corners, and I can only hope that I ended up doing justice to the original lore.

Feel free to judge for yourself – you can obtain your own copy of Occult Detective Quarterly #4 right here!

Convergent visions

I’m at the point where it’s still extremely gratifying and exciting to see a publisher go to the trouble of obtaining the services of an artist to illustrate one of my stories, particularly when said illustration turns out to be GORGEOUS:

This artwork is the handiwork of Russell Smeaton, who pretty much rules. It is intended to accompany my forthcoming Kellan Oakes tale, “Abduction in Ash”, appearing in the fourth issue of Occult Detective Quarterly any day now! The interiors of ODQ are black and white, so this will become a grey-toned rendering in the magazine, but I’m delighted to present it in glorious technicolor here.

Considering that Russell and I had never met before, and he had only the text of the story itself to work with, I think the manner in which he was able to capture something frighteningly close to my own mental constructs is phenomenal. I hope the story itself will live up to what’s promised here – watch this space for an update on the release soon!