Monday, April 25, 2011

New short story published

Earlier this month saw the release of Leather, Denim & Silver: Legends of the Monster Hunter from Pill Hill Press, and I'm excited and proud to say that my short story "Two-For-One Chinese Special" appears in this excellent collection of monster-hunter short stories!

From the listing:
A twig snaps in the mist behind you, and you turn to see lantern eyes hanging over slavering jaws . . . Most would panic, run, and within moments, die. But not the Monster Hunter. Reflexes like coiled springs unleash with fury into the beast, and the never-ending struggle between hunter and nightmare begins with blood . . . Behold Leather, Denim & Silver, a collection of monster hunting tales ranging from the frozen halls of a Russian orphanage to the steamy jungles of the Congo. Hunt the foggy streets of London, moonlit New Orleans, and prowl the Old West as hunters square off against bloodthirsty werewolves, vampires, demonic spirits, and devils escaped from legend. Creatures will die. Hunters will die. But no one will go without a fight . . .

I had a lot of fun writing "Two-For-One Chinese Special." I had an opportunity to revisit Marc Temple, a character who appeared in my story "The Law," which was published in last year's Dark: A Horror Anthology; I also had a chance to get away from zombies for a handful of words. (Not that there's anything wrong with zombies! Another story I sold earlier this year features them front-and-center!)

Leather, Denim & Silver: Legends of the Monster Hunter is available (probably by special order) through your local bookstore, or you can order the book from It's also available for the Kindle and as a NOOKbook. The anthology is also available directly from the publisher. You can take a look at the book's Table of Contents here and here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New short story coming soon!

Last weekend, I finished reviewing the proof of a short story recently accepted into an upcoming anthology. I just received notification that the anthology has been sent to the printer today, so here soon, you'll be able to find my short story "Two-For-One Chinese Special" in an anthology hitting a bookstore/online retailer near you!

Monday, April 11, 2011

My Cinematic Alphabet

Last week, my friend Emily posted her Cinematic Alphabet at her blog The Deadly Doll's House of Horror Nonsense. She was inspired to do so by a few other blogs, and, in turn, she inspired me to create my own.

I commented on her Alphabet, and she commented back that she thought I could do one of these using nothing but zombie movies . . . and she's probably right. However, I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could do this without falling back on the bread-and-butter of my podcast. (And, no, I don't consider my 'P' movie a zombie flick even though it turns up in a lot of zombie movie reference books . . . and now that I think about it, so does my 'N' movie even though that one's also decidedly non-zombie. Hell, even my 'I' movie and 'S' movie could kinda-sorta have zombie elements if you look at the mind control elements a particular way, but I'm not wanting to open that can of undead right now.)

The approach I took is that I wanted to list movies that I can watch over and over again, movies I love, movies that if I found flipping through channels I'd stop and watch even if there were only a few minutes left until the end credits start to play. I missed a lot of my favorites because so many of them all start with the same letter. There are no Hammer films on my list, and classic Universal is barely represented. I was surprised to find a Raimi flick in the mix as I feel like he stopped making movies for me years ago and have kind of moved on, and I struggled so much with one of the letters that I kind of cheated a bit. (Although 'X' was incredibly easy for me for some reason!) Onto the alphabet!

A is for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

B is for Back to the Future.

C is for Creature from the Black Lagoon.

D is for Darby O'Gill and the Little People.

E is for Ed Wood.

F is for F/X.

G is for The Goonies.

H is for Hellraiser.

I is for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

J is for Jaws.

K is for Knightriders.

L is for Lord of Illusions.

M is for The Monster Squad.

N is for Neon Maniacs.

O is for The Old Dark House (1932).

P is for Prince of Darkness

Q is for The Quick and the Dead (1995).

R is for Raiders of the Lost Ark.

S is for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

T is for Teenage Frankenstein.

U is for The Uncanny (1977).

V is for Vampires.

W is for The Whole Wide World.

X is for X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes.

Y is for The Yellow Sign.

Z is for . . . um . . . anythat that starts with the word Zombie... I tried. I REALLY tried to find a movie that fits the stop-everything-and-watch-the-movie criteria, but I really couldn't come up with anything!