Published! A Candle in the Dark and other tales

It took a little longer than I had planned for, but this collection is worth the wait! Pick up copy and enjoy! 11 stories that explore the nature of relationships through the lens of spectacular fiction. A family of magic users faces their past. A witch tries to understand her...

Finding the Perfect Spot

Hemingway wrote a story called “A Clean Well-Lighted Place.” In it, he contrasts light and darkness. Darkness symbolizes loneliness, despair, death and the nothingness of man. The light of the clean, well-lighted cafe in which the story takes place suggests comfort, peace, pleasantness and the company of others. It’s a great...

A Candle in the Dark Update

The long awaited new collection is finished. We’re in the middle stages of editing/proofing and I intend to have A Candle in the Dark and other tales available for purchase in early August. Please don’t hold me to that. But it should be soon. This was a fun collection to...

Review–The King in Yellow

Can art, or writing, or a stage play drive a person insane? It would seem so, for if one were to stumble upon this play known as “The King in Yellow,” that one would forever be changed. Maddened. When I was about sixteen, I started playing the Call of Cthulhu...

Ready Player Two Review

I really enjoyed this book, but to be honest that is in a big part thanks to listening to Wil Wheaton read it to me. I mean, seriously, he is the best choice for a narrator for these books. With that said, I did not love it. Not five stars...

That Hideous Strength Review

With themes including morality, marriage, Christianity, faith, love, and obedience, That Hideous Strength is a good, deep read as a stand-alone book, and a worthy conclusion to Lewis’s Space Trilogy. The themes follow closely those of the first two books and the fantastical element remain, though is this volume they...

The Outsider Review

  11-year-old Frankie Peterson is found brutally murdered and all the evidence points to Little League coach Terry Maitland. Detective Ralph Anderson is particularly outraged and makes the fateful decision to arrest Terry in public, creating a media sensation in the process. But, as the investigation begins to unfold, doubts...

The Dark Eidolon: A short review

“Bow down: I am the emperor of dreams; I crown me with the million-colored sun Of secret worlds incredible, and take Their trailing skies for vestment when I soar, Throned on the mounting zenith, and illume The spaceward-flown horizons infinite.” – Clark Ashton Smith, The Hashish Eater; or the Apocalypse...

Review–Perelandra

Perelandra, the second book in C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, is a retelling of the Adam and Eve tale. Think Paradise Lost without the loss. The tale is of another world in which sin has not yet taken hold. Our hero, Dr. Ransom, is sent to Perelandra to meet the inhabitants...

Review–Out of the Silent Planet

I’ve been meaning to read this for years. Not sure why it took me so long to get to it. Out of the Silent Planet is the first of C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy and I intend to get to the second one soon. C.S. Lewis wrote many works of fiction,...

Review–Blue Moon (Anita Blake #8)

Okay. Let’s do this. In terms of character building, I really like all the characters in the Anita Blake books, except the title character and her lycanthrope lover. So let’s take a minute and talk about the minor characters. Recurring characters who show up in this book include Jason, Zane,...

Anansi Boys Review

“It begins, as most things begin, with a song.” –Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys   A while back I got an idea for a selection of stories surrounding the theme of song. But song, in itself, is not theme enough. Each story needs possess its own themes, even if themes overlap....

You’ll figure it out. You always do.

This past couple of weeks, I’ve been working through the rough draft of a short story. I have the basic outline in my mind. I know what’s happening, for the most part. And I know some of the middle. Going in, there was so much I did not know about...

Review–Don’t Scream 2: 30 More Tales to Terrify

I liked most of the stories in this collections, and I really like this writer’s style. Most of the tales are very short, quick reads that dive into a situation and rush through to a conclusion. The conclusions themselves leave something to be desired. In many cases–most cases–the tales end...

Reach for the Sky Update/Review

  About a year ago I found this listing on Duotrope (awesome site for writer’s. $50/year subscription. Check it out) for an anthology called Reach for the Sky. It was call for weird western stories from Rogue Blades Entertainment. They were calling for a few stories in a different genres...

The Non-Pretentious Writer / The Writing Life

Trigger Warning: this thing meanders a bit. Follow me, the trail is not straight, but we’ll get there. This is the first blog entry for this new site. And I thought it best to start things off with a word on the writing life. Or, at least, what my life...

Publishing Update

It’s been awhile since my last post. Life has been busy. New job, new hours, and new books! After a long wait and much work, I’m happy to announce the release of Figures in the Forest and other tales, a collection of nine stories that think you guys will enjoy....

Meeting Josh Malerman at Comic Con

I got to meet a few celebrities, including Tony Todd of Candy Man fame and Patrick Warburton. Got a copy of Thrawn signed by Timothy Zahn. There was a number of writers, both local and national, who had great advice and were incredibly engaging.

Figures in the Forest Update

This weekend I signed the contract with Casia Schreyer of Schreyer Ink. My collection, Figures in the Forest, is on its way with a scheduled publication date of March 15 (yup, the Ides of March). I’m excited about this collection and hope all the readers enjoy it. More updates to...

Anthology Release Update

This is the front cover of Rejected, a new anthology from Erin Crocker. Rejected is a fundraising anthology and all proceeds  from online sales go to support the Spay/Neuter coalition in Georgia. My story, “Flower for Phoebe” is included. The preorder for the ebook is live on Amazon, with the...

Rejection, Acceptance, and Perseverance

Rejection is hard to deal with. I’ve found it especially difficult to receive rejections for stories I write with specific markets in mind. I take time to tailor a tale to the specifics I think an open call is asking for, then get met with “this isn’t a good fit.”...

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel: A Review

I read the first book in this series (The Themis Files), Sleeping Giants, a while back and liked it a bunch. This second book knocked up the action a notch and made me really fall for some of the characters. We jump right into the action about ten years after...