A Few Simple Things

Cover to Simple Things, an anthologyLots going on the past couple of weeks and plenty to catch everyone up on, but first things first. The blog. No, not forgotten, but tried doing the trendy thing and using Facebook for updates. Can’t stand Facebook, though, the Replies function sucks, so, while I’ll keep sharing stuff there, back to blogging. That blogging is now considered ‘old school’? Well, that’s tech for you, eh?

On to this week’s good news. Couple months back, got a tip on a new horror anthology that was looking for subs. The book’s premise was, ordinary, everyday, simple things that had the potential to be forces of evil. The kinds of things you’d find in a secondhand store, thrift shop, you know the type of place I’m talking about. Well, the summer’s been crazy what with some family issues, some travel (planned & unplanned), things going on here at the house and life in general. I almost bailed out on the story twice. I started a couple of times, things went haywire outside of writing, and it got real iffy for a while.

The good thing was, I had a concept I felt was solid, had a decent idea of where I wanted to go with it, and figured unless I hit the wall deadline-wise, I’d find a way to carve out the time and make it happen, especially because the guy who tipped me is a great storyteller and was going to be running the show. Lo and behold, got on a roll a few days before relatives came to town, stayed up three nights straight to finish the first draft, went three days on 8 hours sleep to get a really good final done, and, even though Pam was out of town (she always sends out my attachments because my software is so out of date), it got there.

I was sent the contract for Simple Things, by Lycan Valley Press, last Friday. Cover appears.well, somewhere in here. Damned if I know. Release date is – you guessed it – October, just in time for Halloween. I’m not gonna spoil anything, so click thru to see who I’m lucky enough to be sharing the table of contents with – it’s an impressive list of fellow sickos. Also have subs out at a couple of other new places, and will update on that as I hear those tales’ fates. In the meantime,  working on two new stories, one that’s likely to go into my next anthology because I’m not sure there’s a mag or publisher out there looking for material this unspeakable, but if any fellow scribes or avid readers are aware of an outlet looking for a story you’d describe in a word as: reprehensible, let me know. Hope all you guys out there are doing well, and enjoying the summer as much as I am.

Currently listening to: “Let the Day Begin” by The Call

Finally Settled

Leading up to New Year’s, I started narrowing down project possibilities for 2016. Eventually, it came down to whether I wanted to keep cranking out short stories and release another anthology in October with all new material, or tackle something bigger. And different. I’ve got several screenplays in the e-drawer right now, and submit when I find a worthwhile outlet to pitch. So I’m pretty satisfied there. I’d considered a comic project, but I’ve gone back and forth in comics enough for a while. And, while I wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with some locals on another indie film, that requires putting together a rather large team of extraordinarily reliable people. So, I’m not saying there won’t be any moviemaking for me in 2016, but it wasn’t where I decided to go.

Movie Script on my desk

I want to write something entirely different from anything I’ve tackled before. I mean, I’ve got tons of horror stories. A couple of fantasy stories. Some straight-up, mainstream drama tales. A couple of novellas. Even a crime novel – which I know took a lot of my fans by surprise. But another kind of novel…

So, I think that’s where I’m going. I’ve got an idea I’ve toyed with before, made notes on, but just never got around to writing. Sort of like the story that evolved into The Bunker, which then became a screenplay and my first feature film. Sometimes, things work out that way. So, not making any promises, but figured I’d let you in on what I’m focusing my attention on. Doesn’t mean if I get invited to write a story for someone’s anthology that I’d say No, since I do get asked from time to time. Or to get involved with a friend’s project, especially if it’s for charity. Nothing is off the table. But I think, just from the way I feel deep down in my bones, this is where I want to spend the lion’s share of my time in 2016. If it starts looking like it’s going somewhere, like Torn to Pieces, and I get close enough to the end to know I’m gonna finish? I’ll share some chapters for you to check out. Whatever, I plan on posting updates as progress is made. I just hope there’s enough to merit some!

Thanks for your support over the years, on my writing and other projects. Hopefully by year’s end there’ll be something else that’ll bring a faster beat to your heart. That’s the goal.

Currently listening to: “Bang Bang” by David Bowie