Four New Stories (Shadows Over Main Street, Tales From the Lake, Unnerving Magazine, Crime Syndicate)

This month has been hectic as hell. I’ve been reading submissions for my new anthology, Lost Films, putting the finishing touches on upcoming PMMP titles, and working on my next novel. The novel, currently titled Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them, just hit the 50k mark, which I think will end up being the halfway point for this particular book. It’s hard to tell when you don’t outline. I’m also shopping around my latest finished novel, Carnivorous Lunar Activities.

But also, I’ve had four new short stories published this month, and I’ve neglected to do my part promoting them. So I thought I’d make a quick blog post here and tell you a little about them.

First up, we have…

“Disintegration is Quite Painless” published in Shadows Over Main Street Vol. 2


Featuring stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Gary A. Braunbeck, John F.D. Taff, Lucy A. Snyder, Joe R. Lansdale, Max Booth III, Jay Wilburn, Suzanne Madron, C.W. LaSart, Ronald Malfi, Eden Royce, Damien Angelica Walters, Douglas Wynne, Michael Wehunt, Erinn Kemper, James Chambers, and William Meikle. With a foreword by Laird Barron and stunning illustrations by Luke Spooner.

Check out Spooner’s kickass interior illustration for my story:



“Whenever You Exhale, I Inhale” published in Tales From the Lake Vol. 4


Featuring stories by: Jennifer Loring, Joe R. Lansdale, Kealan Patrick Burke, T. E. Grau, Damien Angelica Walters, Sheldon Higdon, Max Booth III, Bruce Golden, JG Faherty, Hunter Liguore, David Dunwoody, Timothy G. Arsenault, Maria Alexander, Timothy Johnson, Michael Bailey, E.E. King, Darren Speegle, Cynthia Ward, Michael Haynes, Leigh M. Lane, Mark Cassell, Del Howison, Gene O’ Neill, and Jeff Cercone.


“Boy Takes After His Mother” published in Unnerving Magazine Issue #4


Issue #4 of Unnerving Magazine is the biggest yet, loaded with monsters, devils, ghosts, the undead, rotten sons ‘o… and so much more. Gwendolyn Kiste offers up literary Halloween costume ideas while Stephen Graham Jones and Mark Allan Gunnells chat life’s most important holiday.


“Below the Angels” published in Crime Syndicate Issue #3

Issue Three Cover FINAL

Crime Syndicate Magazine is back with ten fantastic crime fiction short stories from some of the top crime writers on the market today. Guest-edited by Eryk Pruitt, this issue has a little something for everyone: Work out your drugged-out marital problems and feed your family from the East Texas countryside in Eryk Pruitt’s “The Deplorables. Find out if you’re being detained, and what depraved results the answer might hold in Kevin Z. Garvey’s “Good Cop Bad Cop.” Reach for the sky and fall through the floor in Max Booth III’s “Below the Angels.” Can you escape a schmuck’s fate in Dennis Day’s throwback historical noir story “Schmuck?” Help your new college bestie murder a New Orleans local “god” in Nina Mansfield’s “Gods and Virgins in the Big Easy.” Think twice before you front on an old schooler in S.A. Cosby’s “Slit the Belly.” Take in the beard cream smell while you take down some skinny jeans in Travis Richardson’s “Hipster Pantsin’.” Show off your new racist jail tat while you dredge up demons from the past in Paul Heatley’s “The Whitest Boy on the Block.” Get your trap music murder on in Allen Griffin’s “Dirty South of Heaven.” “Take down career criminals and the ghosts from your past in David A. Anthony’s “The Contractors.”


Horror Western Novella, BLACK, Featured on GREAT JONES STREET

Eryk Pruitt has taken over Great Jones Street this week and he’s chosen my horror western novella, BLACK, as the story-of-the-day. You can read it in full HERE. Also, look at this artwork. Oh my god.


Someone sold Charlie Lansdale’s soul to the devil. Now he lives a life of crime and tragedy he’ll never escape, much like the jail cell of the small Texas town in which he sits when Hell comes to collect. Outside is a chaotic horror show, and there’s nothing Charlie nor Marshal Ray Bennett can do about it.

It’s kind of an older story, so it’s a bit rough, but I still think it’s pretty good. I’ve been toying with the idea of rewriting it into a full-length novel, actually, so this comes at a nice time. BLACK was originally published in an anthology called WELCOME TO HELL then was later reissued as a standalone through Hazardous Press (which has, of course, gone under). What do you think? Interested in reading a novel version of this story? Let me know!

Also, if you haven’t already ordered Eryk Pruit’s new novel, what are you waiting for?



There are few sites I check multiple times a day for new content. BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH. happens to be one that I do frequent. It’s a hilarious and entertaining space full of great reviews and editorial pieces. Seriously, if you’ve never visited it, please do. Explore the archives. The writing roster is unfuckingtouchable.

So imagine how excited I am to reveal that yesterday BMD interviewed me. Check it out when you get a chance. I think it turned out pretty okay.


Update on THE NIGHTLY DISEASE (Spoiler Alert: It’s Fucking Back)

Many of you undoubtedly witnessed the shitstorm from DarkFuse over the last couple months. If not, I recommend you listen to this episode of The Horror Show with Brian Keene for full details (starts around the 55 minute mark), but here’s what’s important: DarkFuse, publisher of my novel The Nightly Disease, filed for bankruptcy and closed shop. They did this, of course, without paying me a single dime of royalties for 2017 (the book was released in the final weeks of December 2016), which leaves me pretty much screwed.

So, with the rights back for the novel, I’ve decided to release it through my own small press, Perpetual Motion Machine.

Need refreshed about what the hell The Nightly Disease even is? Here:

Isaac, a night auditor of a hotel somewhere in the surreal void of Texas, is sick and tired of his guests. When he clocks in at night, he’s hoping for a nice, quiet eight hours of Netflix-bingeing and occasional masturbation. What he doesn’t want to do is fetch anybody extra towels or dive face-first into somebody’s clogged toilet. And he sure as hell doesn’t want to get involved in some trippy owl conspiracy or dispose of any dead bodies. But hey…that’s life in the hotel business.

Inspired by my now six years working the night shift at a hotel, it recycles the strangest encounters I’ve had with guests into something even David Lynch would scratch his head at. I’ve also added ten thousand words of bonus content, including a brand new introduction and bonus chapters and fake hotel reviews. I’m particularly proud of the introduction, which is rather long but I feel it accurately describes my surreal history with hotels.

Oh, yeah, check out the new front cover, courtesy of the immensely talented Matthew Revert:


Holy shit, right? Holy shit. This is the cover The Nightly Disease always deserved. I liked the DarkFuse cover, sure, but it’s garbage compared to Revert’s version.

Here is how you can buy the novel:

Right now, the book’s Amazon page is sitting at 42 reviews. Once I hit 100, I plan on celebrating by conducting an eight-hour livestream during the night shift at my hotel, which would consist of live readings, Q&As, me falling asleep at the front desk, you name it. If you want that to happen, then please buy it, read it, and leave a review.

At least this time we know I’ll actually fucking get paid for the sales.

Johnny Cash Roundtable

I talked briefly about Johnny Cash over on S.W. Lauden’s blog to help promote Joe Clifford’s new anthology, Just to Watch Them Die, which includes my new short story “Understand Your Man.”

Clifford, Jen Conley, Danny Gardner, Lynne Barrett, Angel Colon, and Terri Lynn Coop also join in on the roundtable discussion.

You can check out the conversation here and purchase Just to Watch Them Die here.

Richard Bachman

RichardBachmanOver on LitReactor I wrote up a pretty detailed essay about Stephen King’s pseudonymous history. I think it turned out really well. I cover every book he released under Bachman’s name and even speculate over a possible future work, something he mentioned back in Dance Macabre about the Patty Hearst kidnapping. Check it out.

Also, a few months back Lori and I did an episode about Bachman for Castle Rock Radio. You can listen to that here.

Also I really want to get a new dog and name him Bachman.

Seeking Horror Stories for New Anthology I’m Editing: LOST FILMS

This has been in the works for almost a year now, but last week I finally opened my latest anthology project for public submissions. Lost Films is my follow-up to 2016’s Lost Signals. This time, instead of audio, we’re branching out into visual themes. Think Videodrome. Pay’s $0.02 per word and the deadline is this Halloween.

View the full details over on Dark Moon Digest.

I’m trying to respond to everything as fast as I can. The longer it takes to hear from me, the better you probably are as a writer. Please don’t send me any trunk stories with a video theme awkwardly forced in. I’ll be able to tell, trust me.

Good luck and I look forward to reading a bunch of groovy horror stories.


Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Fiction Inspired by Johnny Cash

New from Gutter Books, edited by the very talented Joe CliffordJust to Watch Them Die: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash.

This anthology includes my own short story “Understand Your Man” inspired by the song—you guessed it—”Understand Your Man.”

Other authors you’ll find in Just to Watch Them Die:

Rob Hart — “Like the 309”

Jen Conley — “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”

David James Keaton — “One Piece at a Time”

Lynne Barrett — “A Boy Named Zoe”

David Corbett — “Rusty Cage”

Tom Hazuka — “The Ballad of Forty Dollars”

Mike Creeden — “Sunday Morning, Coming Down”

Nik Korpon — “Rose of my Heart”

Sarah M. Chen — “Missouri Waltz”

Terrence McCauley — “Hurt”

S.W. Lauden — “25 Minutes to Go”

Gabino Iglesias — “Want to Go Home”

Danny Gardner — “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town”

James Grady — “Rings of Fire”

Renee Asher Pickup — “Thirteen”

Hector Duarte Jr. — “Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow”

Ryan Leone — “Folsom Prison Blues”

James R. Tuck — “Walk the Line”

Angel Luis Colon — “Jackson”

Jennifer Maritza McCauley — “I Don’t Know Where I’m Bound”

Steven Ostrowski — “I Still Miss Someone”

Terri Lynn Coop — “Man in Black”

Heath Lowrance — “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”

Purchase a copy here.


I need your help contributing fake reviews of a fake hotel in a fake town located in a fake book that was once real and will be real again

My hotel novel, The Nightly Disease, is currently out of print. Here’s an article I wrote about it for LitReactor. It sounds like I’m more sad than I actually am. I’m okay. It’s cool.

Anyway, I’m currently in the process of adding bonus content for a reissue, which will include an essay-length introduction titled “A History of Hotels,” bonus chapters, and a series of fake hotel reviews at the end of the novel. The reviews are where I need your help.

Only continue reading if you’ve already read the novel, because I am about to spoil the ending.

Here is my idea: after the book ends, I want a couple pages consisting of a series of fake reviews. The reviews will be written by guests who were staying at The Goddamn Hotel during Isaac’s last night there. So, these guests have experienced not only a fire, but owls had also invaded the building, there was a shoot-out in the lobby, little league coaches and parents partied like rockstars, and an employee turned a giant dildo into a torch. It was…an eventful night.

I would like you to write up a brief review from the POV of a guest who stayed at The Goddamn Hotel that night. Get as weird with it as you want. Nothing too long, keep them below 300 words. Feel free to use your real name for the guest or come up with something else, and don’t forget to give the star a rating (5-star system).

Send them to by August 5th. If I like what you come up with and decide to use it in the book, I’ll send you a signed copy of the new edition whenever it comes out.

Roller Canary (Hard Sentences)

hardsentencesHard Sentences, an anthology consisting of crime fiction inspired by Alcatraz, is now available from Broken River Books. Edited by David James Keaton and Joe Clifford, this anthology includes short stories by folks like Nick Mamatas, Jedidiah Ayres, Matthew McBride, Nik Korpon, Gabino Iglesias, and many others. It also includes my story “Roller Canary”, which is about the infamous Birdman of Alcatraz.

Read Keaton’s hilarious introduction to the anthology over at LitReactor, then go pick yourself up a copy on Amazon.