Necon Bound, Wrestletown

All packed and ready to head down to Necon this afternoon. To celebrate the 'original' launch date for the WRESTLETOWN crowdfunding campaign (you know, before I threw caution to the wind and jumped in with both feet a month ago) I have a little deal for anyone who pre-orders the book at the con. So hit me up! I'll have copies of Safe Inside the Violence, What Happened Here, Burn Cards, and Charred Kraken as well. In other thrilling news - I've joined LitReactor as a contributor! In addition to the local Grubstreet, LitReactor has been a major boon to my writing over the past several years. It's a favorite of mine for columns and reviews, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to get a monthly column off and running (more on that next month.)

But until then, please check out Wrestletown, Publishing, and Doing It By Myself - my column on Inkshares, Papercuts J.P., and the decision to crowdfund my debut novel.

Thanks again for all of the support - closing in on halfway to publication at our initial goal of 250 pre-orders!

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Playing catch up

tumblr_n5jot6nivj1txnetfo1_1280 I've been caught up in a bit a of a whirlwind lately with several ongoing WIP (and a self-imposed deadline of NECON less than two weeks away!) So here is a bit of a catch all post before the nose goes back to the grindstone...

Noir at the Bar Boston was a huge success! Thanks again to everyone for coming out. You can check out Dale T. Phillip's write up and photos, HERE.

My short story, "Snapshots," is up on LitReactor as part of their crime contest with Thuglit. You can check it out HERE, vote and even leave a comment if you are feeling wild.

I've continued my weekly uploading/republishing of older short stories on Wattpad. This week's story is MOON BOOTS.

Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and I are plugging away at EXPATRIATE. Keep up with all of the weekly updates, HERE.

...and speaking of Ricardo, Bracken MacLeod and I will have a very cool limited edition print for sale at NECON. Stay tuned for more on that...or if you want to be spoiled, click HERE!

I'm dreadfully behind on my WIP blog update that I owe after being tapped by Meghan Arcuri...it's coming. Until then, take a peek at her first novel.

My great friend Errick Nunnally's debut novel, BLOOD FOR THE SUN, dropped this week. AND it was his birthday! You know what to do.

Annnnd, last but not least, today is the last day of the HUGE ChiZine sale. Catch their entire back catalog of e-books for .99/book. You know you want some John Mantooth, Paul Tremblay, Karen Heuler, Ian Rogers, Rio Youers, Christopher Golden...I could go on all day. These guys put out some of my favorite books and .99 is beyond highway robbery. Get some and tell your friends.

Until next time...

Updates, Reviews and More...

GAH! It's been two months since my last post? I admit I've sat down a few times to write and have pushed it off.  Between my first novel, a few short stories and a newborn babe, life has been crazy. In July I attended my first NECON. My friend, Bracken, pushed me to go, and I couldn't be happier that I did. The long-weekend retreat was incredibly inspiring and I met a slew of fantastic writers (and wonderful people to boot).  I cannot wait for NECON 33 next summer.

Inspired by NECON (and probably still delirious from drink and zero sleep,) I made it my goal to write 2,500 words a day until I finished my first novel, a noir set in Reno, Nevada. Setting my alarm for three in the morning became my new routine and by mid-August I finished the first draft at 40,000 words. I'm aiming for 50-60,000 for the final draft so I have QUITE a bit of editing to do when I pick it back up later this month. I still have a lot to say and I am eager to get back to editing but I want to create some space before I dive back into the mouth of the beast.

Two of my short stories were accepted for publication--one to a magazine and the other to an anthology.  I'm very excited to announce them in the next month after the details are finalized.

My flash fiction piece, Moon Boots, was published as an honorable mention in the University of Maine at Machias' The Binnacle Ninth Annual Ultra-Short Competition.

Antidote for the Commonplace, the podcast on which I co-host, is off to a great start.  We just uploaded our ninth episode and continue to pull in steady traffic.

Last, here are a few mini-reviews of my recent readings:

The Grief Frequency - Kealan Patrick Burke - Powerful short story packed with emotion. I read it while my wife was in labor...do not read this while your wife is in labor. Highly recommended.

Damnation and Dames (Anthology) - edited by Liz Grzyb - I purchased this anthology at NECON. I was very excited to read it but struggled to get through the first half of the book and have shelved it for now. Noir and horror are right up my alley but too many of the stories had similar plot elements (i.e. bombshell sashays into private investigator's office at the start of the story, key drama and PI's flaws/downfall.) I'll give it another run.

Torn - Lee Thomas - I enjoyed Lee's writing but I found the metaphor to be hamfisted. The novella aimed at comparing two 'monsters,' one a pack of werewolves and the other a small-town sheriff, a closeted gay man who is married to a woman but has been sleeping for another man for years (he thinks of himself as a monster.) It would have been very interesting to see the novella explore both as sympathetic characters, but instead the werewolves come across as uncontrollable antagonists and the sheriff as a beaten man.

What it Was - George Pelecanos - LOVE Pelecanos' writing.  It felt like I was watching an episode of The Wire.

Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled - (Anthology) - edited by David Cranmer and Scott D. Parker - Excellent collection of hardboiled fiction.  I enjoyed each story, but I think the lead story, The Tachibana Hustle by Garnett Elliott, was my favorite.

Queenpin - Megan Abbott - Where have I been and how did I miss Megan Abbott? I loved Queenpin and have placed all of her novels on my to-read list. I'm picking up her latest novel, Dare Me, ASAP. Noir FTW.

Die, You Bastard! Die! - Jan Kozlowski - In full disclosure, I had the pleasure of meeting Jan at NECON.  I bought the e-book when I got home and devoured it in an afternoon. And DAMN, it is a raw and unflinching novel. The conflict is severe and not for the faint of heart, but it is a tight revenge tale with great attention to detail.

The Lovecraft Anthology Vol. 1 (Anthology) - edited by Dan Lockwood - Solid interpretation of some of Lovecraft's classic tales.  Check out our review on Antidote for the Commonplace - Episode 006.

Currently reading - The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes and The Best American Noir of the Century