M. Night Shyamalan’s THE VISIT (and other disappointments)

Disappointment #1:  M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit.

While many people are looking at this as a Shyamalan comeback, I found it to be a messy, stinky turd of a film. I recently elaborated on this with David Templeton of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Pacific Sun.

Disappointment #2:  The 2015 Cincinnati Reds

With a record of 64-98, my beloved Cincinnati Reds ended the season in the cellar of Major League Baseball’s National League Central Division. (Sheesh, with a record like that I think “cellar” may be generous. The Reds might more accurately be said to dwell in an antediluvian grotto beneath the NL Central–like the subhuman blasphemies in “The Rats in the Walls”.)

It should be pointed out that two of their players, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, performed quite well throughout the year. Votto, in particular, shined.

But so many of the rest of them appeared to be going through the motions. I’m particularly annoyed by Jay Bruce (a pretty boy right fielder and past All Star who was only able to muster a .226 batting average this year). Appallingly, this is actually a slight improvement over last year.

But wait…it gets even worse. His batting average when it really counts (with runners in scoring position) was a miserable .180. This year, he’ll make twelve million dollars. His contract dictates that he’ll earn even more next year.

Whenever I pointed out Bruce’s shortcomings last year, his defenders were quick to point out that he was injured for part of the season and may have returned prematurely. I wonder what their excuse will be this year.

Disappointment #3:  September Postcards

On Saturday (October 3rd) I sent out the belated September mailing for members of the Nicole Cushing Postcard Club. I don’t think too many postcard club members will take me to task for this. They all seem to be easygoing folks. But I always prefer to do things when I say I’m going to do them. Mea culpa!

New Interview Over at Wordhorde.Com

Over at wordhorde.com, I answered some questions about my take on transgressive fiction, the origins of my novel Mr. Suicide, and more.

Take a look?

Blurbs from the Dead (Or, Using Necromancy to Promote Books)

Welcome to my new weekly video series, Blurbs from the Dead (in which I use my amazing powers of necromancy to obtain laudatory quotes from famous writers who have shuffled off their mortal coil). First up: Edgar Allan Poe!

Thank You, ScareFest 8!

Things are super-busy (again!), but I just wanted to pop onto the blog for a second and extend my thanks to Patti Starr and all the other folks behind the scenes at ScareFest 8 for putting together one of the best cons I attended all year. (It’s running neck-and-neck with this year’s World Horror Con in Atlanta as my favorite.)

For the second year in a row, I coordinated the Horror Writers Assocation‘s presence at the event. We held a brief presentation about HWA and conducted a panel for aspiring writers. We sold and signed books. We were even interviewed by a Youtube horror news show. (More on that when the interview goes online.)

All in all, it was a fun event for everyone involved. I want to thank all the HWA members who volunteered at the table:  L. Andrew Cooper, Geoffrey Girard, and Kenneth Whitfield.

Here are some pics from the event:

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My photo op with George Romero.

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Geoffrey Girard being interviewed.

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L. Andrew Cooper being interviewed.


Kenneth Whitfield being interviewed.

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Cemetery Dance Online on MR. SUICIDE: “One of the best I’ve read this year.”

Cemetery Dance Online reviewer Frank Michaels Errington just made my day by heaping a significant amount of praise on my debut novel, Mr. Suicide. But don’t take my word for it. Check out the review yourself.

This Weekend at ScareFest (Lexington, Kentucky)

So, this weekend I’ll be coordinating the Horror Writers Association booth at ScareFest (a horror con in Lexington, Kentucky). HWA members L. Andrew Cooper, Geoffrey Girard, Eugene Johnson, and Kenneth Whitfield will also be at the table at various times during the event.

I’ll be selling copies of my novel Mr. Suicide, with 20% of the funds collected going to the HWA hardship fund.

I’ll also be spreading the word about the organization. We’ll have plenty of brochures on hand, as well as flyers about next year’s StokerCon in Las Vegas. Friday night at 7:15 I’ll be providing a presentation called “What the Horror Writers Association Can Do for You.” On Sunday at 2:00 p.m., I’ll be joined by other HWA members on a panel to discuss tips for aspiring writers.

This looks to be a fun event. Romero, Coscarelli, and several members of the Phantasm cast will be in attendance. I’m sure I’ll only see them in passing, but it should still be a blast.

If you’re at the event please drop by the Horror Writers Association’s booth and say hello. I’d love to meet you, and I’ll be happy to sign books for you.

Announcement: New Novella for Dark Regions Press I AM THE ABYSS Anthology

I’m very proud to announce that I’ve signed a contract with Dark Regions Press to write a new novella for their forthcoming anthology I Am the Abyss.

Here are some details about the book, courtesy of the I Am the Abyss Kickstarter site:

I AM THE ABYSS is a new fiction anthology of horror and dark fantasy containing ten unique visions of the underworld by ten of the most talented and critically-acclaimed authors in horror, dark fantasy and weird fiction. Edited by Chris Morey (Black Labyrinth imprint), the book will be published by award-winning specialty publisher Dark Regions Press.

Based on the concept that after we die our consciousness inverts into our own realms of subconscious thought, I AM THE ABYSS contains ten human minds whose journeys in the Birth World have come to an end. Each individual was a dark mind or tortured soul, each story a perilous yet enlightening adventure through a personal afterlife.

The book will contain ten original and newly written novellas of horror and dark fantasy from authors Laird Barron, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Steve Rasnic Tem, Michael Marshall Smith, Kealan Patrick Burke, Reggie Oliver, Jeffrey Thomas and three more (revealed during this campaign).

(So, yes, I’m one of the three.)

While this Kickstarter is already completely funded, it looks like you still have a couple of weeks to get in on some of the goodies. Wanna take a look at what’s available? (Estimated delivery: November 2016.)

Again, I’m very pleased to be a part of this. I think readers are gonna be in for a treat.

A Shitload of (Brief) Updates…

IMG_8506 - Edited_picmonkeyedIt’s been a little over three weeks since I’ve posted here. A lot has been going on. I’m going to try my best to keep this brief, though, by making each update relatively concise.

That sound acceptable?

Good, let’s begin.

Thank You, Carmichael’s Bookstore

Last Thursday, Louisville’s Carmichael’s Bookstore hosted me for a reading and signing event to celebrate the recent release of my novel Mr. Suicide (and my forthcoming short story collection, The Mirrors). Carmichael’s was a Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year in 2009 and it’s the epicenter of Louisville’s literary scene, so I was really pleased to appear there.  Here are a few pics of the event I’d like to share with you.

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And, hell, while I’m at it, I’ll also share a video of the event. Here I am reading the first chapter of Mr. Suicide.

By the way, Carmichael’s still has a handful of signed copies available for sale (at both the Frankfort Avenue and Bardstown Road locations).  If you’re in the area, that’s the easiest way to get a signed book.  (If you’re not in the area, I’d suggest you order the Mr. Suicide Bundle directly from my publisher, Word Horde.  That’s another way to get a signed book, at no extra cost.)

Anyway, thanks again to Carmichael’s for being such a hospitable host. Independent bookstores are an important part of the publishing ecosystem and I hope you’ll join me in supporting them. Thanks, also, to all the folks who came out to the event and made it a really special evening for me.

July Postcards Mailed

I’m a bit later with this than usual, but I just completed the July mailing to members of the Nicole Cushing Postcard Club. Technically, I’m getting in just under the wire for this one (as I’m mailing them in July). But, yeah, most of you will be receiving these in early August.  It’s been such a hectic month.  Apologies for being a bit late.

As with every month, I feature an obscure, dead writer on the postcard.  This month’s author in the Obscurity Showcase was a friend of Henry Miller (but is nowhere near as famous).  Who is he?  Check your mailbox to find out!

More later.  I gotta run.


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