novelette

“When I Catch You” in Hideous Horrors; “A Soliloquy of Tongues” for Shakespeare Unleashed

Late into June, I have two new stories out!

The first is a new novelette, “When I Catch You,” about a woman being followed, the ghost of an ex-lover, and the mystery of eyes in the dark. You can find it alongside stories by over a dozen incredible authors in The Hideous Book of Hidden Horrors, the first publication of Bad Hand Books. Check it out at Barnes & Noble.

I’m also appearing in the new Crystal Lake Publishing anthology Shakespeare Unleashed. The book itself won’t be out until 2023, but my Hamlet-inspired short story has been put up online for free as a teaser.  Check out “A Soliloquy of Tongues” here.

April News

A little bit of news! A few days ago I appeared at AuthorCon, a new branch of Scares That Care, where I had the fortune of being a guest of honor alongside authors like Mary SanGiovanni, S.A. Cosby, Wrath James White, Josh Malerman, Grady Hendrix, C.V. Hunt, and more! It was my first public signing, first in-person reading, first in-personal, and it was all wonderful! Everyone was kind and patient, and it was just a lovely time all around. I  also had a very cool sign designed by Cassie of Let’s Get Galactic:

In sadder news, due to production circumstances, “Unkindly Girls” will no longer be adapted as part of the film version of Worst Laid Plans. I wish everyone working on the movie the best. Film rights have been returned to me, so maybe “Unkindly Girls” will see the screen someday down a different avenue.

Lastly, I’ve signed with Death’s Head Press to publish three upcoming chapbooks! More details to come when available, but prepare for an ill-fated trio of queer horror and weird crime. On the Splatter Western, Death’s Head Press is all set to publish my third novel Cruel Angels Past Sundown in early 2023.

Lots of good thing to come!

“We Frolic Within the Leviathan’s Heart” in The Book of Queer Saints; “Anything to End the Loneliness” in The Wicked Library

I have two new stories out to close up March!

First up, the much-anticipated release of The Book of Queer Saints! All queer creators, all stories of queer villains. My tale “We Frolic Within the Leviathan’s Heart” opens the book with a bit of seaside horromance and monsters, followed by 12 more lush stories to sink your teeth into.

Over at The Wicked Library, I have a new novelette out in the world! “Anything to End the Loneliness” is a story of longing and isolation, plus crawling things. This is my fourth published novelette, and I’m excited to share this deep story with listeners. Check it out on The Wicked Library site or on your favorite podcast app.

That will draw Women in Horror Month 2022 to a close, but remember to read women year round! More stories to come in April.

Stoker Award nominations, “Parasites of Silver and Gold” in Cosmic Horror Monthly

I’m proud to share that my debut novel Queen of Teeth and my 2021 novelette “Recitation of the First Feeding” have each been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, in the categories First Novel and Long Fiction respectively!

Honored to appear with these incredible talents on the final ballot, and grateful to all my readers! I’m so very fortunate.

Also, there’s a new story out in the latest issue of Cosmic Horror Monthly! I’m so honored to be featured, with the stellar cover art pertaining to my post-apocalyptic cosmic horror tale, “Parasites of Silver and Gold.”

You can check it out from here!

Queen of Teeth and “Recitation of the First Feeding” make the Stoker Preliminary Ballot

I’m thrilled to share that my novel Queen of Teeth and “Recitation of the First Feeding” (from my collection Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy) have appeared on this year’s Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot! Queen of Teeth appears in the Superior Achievement in a First Novel category, while “Recitation of the First Feeding” appears as a novelette in the Superior Achievement in Long Fiction category.

They appear with a feast of talents in every category, and I’m so proud to be among them. Voting will begin shortly to see which works make the final ballot and become Stoker nominees, but there’s more work to do between now and then, and a cool announcement to come this week. Keep an eye out!

Click here to read the full preliminary ballot!

“Magic Loves the Hungry” in A Conjuring for All Seasons; Library Journal article

A new novelette emerges! Cemetery Gates Media has released A Conjuring for All Seasons, an anthology of five dark witch novelettes with an incredible table of contents. “Magic Loves the Hungry” opens the book with a story of rejection, predation, and horrors both extraordinary and very human.

I also had the honor of writing an article for Library Journal about my debut novel Queen of Teeth which released earlier this year. Hailey Piper on Combining Romance and Horror is free to read on the Library Journal website!

“Endless Parade” in Flash Fiction Online; An Invitation to Darkness in paperback

Welcome to April, our latest geological era of 2020, and I have a new story out! A flash fiction of post-apocalyptic folk horror, “Endless Parade,” is up on Flash Fiction Online.

In less new news, but still new-ish, my LGBT Gothic horror story An Invitation to Darkness, published as a standalone novelette in digital form by Demain Publishing in September 2019, is now in paperback! With the worldwide paper/publishing situation as it is, I’m not sure how availability will be, but it is there. It exists!

Paperback link

An Invitation to Darkness – standalone novelette

 

It’s release day!

Originally released as part of Serial Magazine’s Valentine’s Day issue, An Invitation to Darkness is now available as a 99c standalone ebook from Demain Publishing.

Immerse yourself in the story of Captain Jamie Thames, who in 1881 meets the love of her life, Elizabeth Leavenworth. But Elizabeth is a haunted woman, as if her home of Leavenworth Manor. It falls on Jamie’s shoulders to peel away one horrifying secret after another to keep the life and love she’s grown fond of.

A Gothic horror romance, An Invitation to Darkness is available now on Amazon.

 

Mega Mid-September Update

There’s much to address, but that’s because I’ve neglected the site over a busy week, so I have no one to blame but myself.  One thing at a time!

First, due to popular demand, my debut novella The Possession of Natalie Glasgow is now available in paperback!

Second, I did an interview over at Planet Scumm.  Dinosaurs, robots–it has it all! I’ll soon be adding a page for interviews and articles now that there are a couple of them.

Third, a recommendation. Each year, long-time horror editor Ellen Datlow releases a new entry in her Best Horror of the Year series.  Volume 11 collects her best picks of 2018, but she also has an online recommendations.  One of those stories is “The Man Upstairs,” published in Five on the Fifth back in November 2018.  So check it out; it’s recommended.

Last, Demain Publishing’s Short Sharp Shocks! series is about to get longer.  An Invitation to Darkness joins the ranks on September 27 as a standalone novelette.  It’s available for pre-order on Amazon.

 

“An Invitation to Darkness” in SERIAL Magazine

The wonderful SERIAL Magazine has released their special Valentine’s Day issue, and even in horror, there are love stories.

“An Invitation to Darkness” is a sweeping tale of a retired sea captain, the woman she loves, a manor by the sea, ghosts, graves, dark secrets, eldritch monstrosities–everything you could want on Valentine’s Day, wrapped in a classic-feeling Gothic horror for the modern day.

Also available digitally!