Rituals, Nightcrawlers, and Dead Gargoyles

To the three people who stumble across this blog, greetings! It’s been a while since my last update, and things definitely happened this winter. The Spring Equinox brings a new season of challenges and celebrations, so let’s get to it: The Black Cloak My short story, “The Black Cloak” appears in Quill & Crow Publishing’sContinue reading “Rituals, Nightcrawlers, and Dead Gargoyles”

Accursed Son Prequel Novel Announced

Back in September 2022 (it seems so distant now) I signed a contract with Shadow Spark Publishing for a new novel, Midnight At Bat Hollow, a prequel of sorts to Accursed Son. I submitted the first draft in December and the manuscript is currently with an editor. There will be other drafts, opportunities for wordsContinue reading “Accursed Son Prequel Novel Announced”

My Whirlwind Writing Year

I first made a serious attempt at fiction in 2014 with a short story called Gargoyles & Absinthe. A steampunk adventure that married magic and steam tech with alternate history, G&A was a mess. After receiving multiple rejections, one editor wrote that the story seemed like the first chapter of a longer work. I revised it, workshopped it,Continue reading “My Whirlwind Writing Year”

Accursed Son is Out!

Good news, everyone! My debut novel Accursed Son is unleashed upon the world. Publication day makes me nervous. I spent years writing, researching, and editing about 70 drafts, worked with numerous editors, and led unsuspecting beta readers on a journey. What started out as a grad school project evolved into a published novel. The manuscriptContinue reading “Accursed Son is Out!”

I Won NaNoWriMo And All I Got Was A Sense of Smug Satisfaction

Not gonna lie. I like National Novel Writing Month. I can almost see the thousands of eyes rolling in unison. Hear me out. National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo to al the cool kids) takes place every November. Writers sign up and update their progress online as they (drumroll, please) write a novel for 30Continue reading “I Won NaNoWriMo And All I Got Was A Sense of Smug Satisfaction”

Philcon Round-Up

I attended Philcon, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society’s annual convention last weekend. It’s a small and intimate convention, one for science fiction and fantasy fans, a mostly literary shindig, although panels on movies, pop culture, and science are thrown into the mix. This is my 15th Philcon. When I first attended, I was a participant,Continue reading “Philcon Round-Up”

Accursed Son ARCs Are Here

That’s right, folks! The Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) of Accursed Son are ready and for any reviewer or book blogger who wants a little urban fantasy or horror! They’re available in three formats: epub, mobi, and pdf. The stellar formatting makes the overall book gorgeous. Big tip o’ the hat to Jessica Moon and ChadContinue reading “Accursed Son ARCs Are Here”

That’s a Wrap!

After five months of intense back-and-forth editing between me and the publisher, I sent the final draft of Accursed Son to Shadow Spark Publishing on Thursday. What a long, strange trip it’s been. Accursed Son‘s ugly birth came in 2018 during a graduate class called “Writing the Novel.” We each had to plot and writeContinue reading “That’s a Wrap!”

Accursed Son Cover Reveal

Behold! I present the cover for my debut novel ACCURSED SON, which will be released Dec. 12 from Shadow Spark Publishing! Preorders go live Nov. 12. Ain’t she a beaut? Cover by Fran├žois Vaillancourt. Here’s a little teaser to whet your appetites: Armand Tarkanian is trapped in the ultimate dead-end job: embalming decedents under hisContinue reading “Accursed Son Cover Reveal”

See me! Hear me!

Lost Boys Press held their release party for Great Wars, an anthology containing my short horror story “Make Lovecraft, Not War” tonight. Contributing authors discussed their stories live on the Interwebs, and hosts Daniel and Dina of the Don’t Make It Weird Podcast were hilarious and made me feel right at home. Frayed nerves aside,Continue reading “See me! Hear me!”