I’m Interviewed in the August RUE MORGUE

Rue Morgue August 2016

The new (August) issue of Rue Morgue includes an interview I did about Mr. Suicide. (It’s in Monica S. Kuebler’s “Library of the Damned” column, on page 51.)

This issue has already been seen in the wild (at a Barnes and Noble in New Jersey). I suspect it’ll be showing up worldwide over the next week or so. They sell digital copies, too. So if you don’t want to wait, maybe buy one of those and download it instantly. To check out the full table of contents (or to order a copy of this issue–in either the print or digital format), click on this link.




THE SADIST’S BIBLE Makes Peter Tennant’s List of Top Reads


Critic Peter Tennant has assembled a list of his top reads of 2016 (so far). I’m stoked to see The Sadist’s Bible made the cut!

Wanna find out more about the book?

Visit Goodreads,


or the folks who released it, 01Publishing.



Hardcover CHILDREN OF NO ONE Available

children_of_no_oneWell, here’s something you don’t see everyday…

Someone is selling one of the signed limited hardcovers of my novella Children of No One. This novella is available as an ebook, but only one hundred signed hardcovers were printed by DarkFuse. They don’t come up for sale all that often.

Here’s a link for those interested in checking this out.

UPDATE: Wow…that was quick. Looks like the book sold. I try to keep an eye on these sorts of things. So if you’re interested in getting one of my rare editions keep checking this website, EBay, AbeBooks, Amazon, etc.




Sadists_Cover_digitalDJ over at the book blog MYLIFEMYBOOKSMYESCAPE is giving away one free ebook of my latest release, The Sadist’s Bible. She also interviewed me about that book, the Stoker awards, and Mr. Suicide.

Click the link for more info!

ISIS Is in the Hate Crime Business


In solidarity with the LGBT community. Remember Orlando.

I rarely wade into discussing politics for a couple of reasons. First of all, Internet discussions of this sort tend to inevitably derail into rage-fests. Secondly, I’m connected to readers and editors of many political stripes and don’t want to incur their rage, if possible.

However, in extreme circumstances I find it necessary to offer an opinion or two in the hope that it may provide potentially useful food for thought. So please accept this blog in that spirit.  For the benefit of folks who just dig my fiction and don’t want to know more about my politics, I’ve hidden the political content below the “Read More” tag.

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25% Off Signed Copies of THE MIRRORS

No matter where you are in the world, you can now order a signed copy of my Stoker-nominated story collection The Mirrors from Louisville’s indie bookstore, Carmichael’s. (Yes, they will take your order and ship the book to you!)

Carmichael’s is selling The Mirrors for $15 (five bucks less than the price you’ll find at Amazon). Yes, this is a case where the indie store is cheaper than Amazon. Pretty sweet, ain’t it? And these books are signed. They only have four three copies available. Get ’em while you can.

How to order:

My hunch is that the easiest way to order is by phone. Call the Carmichael’s Bardstown Road location at 502-456-6950 and they’ll get you all set up.

UPDATE: I’ve received clarification that Carmichael’s can do international orders.

Praise for  The Mirrors

“…a strong collection of stories, one that celebrates and showcases a new voice in speculative fiction.”  — Peter Tennant, Black Static                                                                                      

“What an excellent collection!…Wildly imaginative and creative, I’m stunned by the quality of this volume.” — Horror After Dark                                                                                                

 “…a fascinating and astounding range of style and content. Strange, bizarre and disturbing…” Creature Feature: The Weekly Web Program








On Craft, Characters, and Likeability…

Sadist's Bible PMRC

Kevin Pinkerton’s Fun, Post-Controversy Tweak of the Cover

I’ve had the pleasure of participating in two recent interviews that asked great questions about craft, violence, characterization and likeability. Both of these interviews were completed before the recent controversy about The Sadist’s Bible, but I can’t think of a better time for them to be posted!

Critic Karl Wolff’s interview with me was just posted today over at his blog. This is the interview where I talk the most about the likeability question. (We also get into a related discussion of Poe’s concept of “the imp of the perverse”.)

Last week, Jackie Chin and I did a video interview on her weekly You Tube show, Zombiepalooza Radio Live. My interview starts at the two hour mark and lasts roughly until the three hour mark of the video, but there are plenty of other interesting guests before and after me, too.

StokerCon 2016 Wrap-Up

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I had a blast at StokerCon 2016. Obviously, the awards ceremony was a highlight of the con for me. But I also taught a workshop, had two positive pitch sessions, and connected with friends I hadn’t seen in a long time.

Here are pics from the event. (Most, but not all, taken by Hubbie Cushing. The pic of me holding the Stoker award in the ballroom was taken by my friend Rhonda Rettig, and the official Stoker winners photo was taken by S. Scranton Photography.)




Disclaimer: Actual TANGENT ONLINE reviewer not  pictured.


For the first time in my career a reviewer has seen fit to slap a trigger warning on my work. And what a trigger warning it is: “Trigger warning: extreme lesbian sexual imagery, torture, blasphemy.”

Hell…that’s not a trigger warning. That’s a tagline!

Here’s a link to the entire review. You should check it out. It’s a fun read.

By the way, the ebook costs $1.99. So if you want to go ahead and skip the review and see what all the pearl clutching is about, you can buy it from Amazon or directly from the fine folks at 01 Publishing.


Thank You

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Photo by Rhonda Rettig

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has congratulated me for winning the Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. I’ve always been proud to be the author of Mr. Suicide, but now I’m even prouder. Kudos to all the other winners and nominees!

I look forward to going home, getting some rest, then focusing on my new projects. But I’ll always treasure the memories I’ve made here in Vegas.


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