Well, 2017 has been…a year. Not a good one, to be honest, on pretty much any level. That’s all the intro I think I can muster. Here’s some things about some things. Writing
All that said, I did manage to do a few things, and I’m grateful to have been able to work on them and have access to outlets that are interested. Here’s a round-up of interviews and articles I worked on at weirdfictionreview.com.
Gateways to the Weird: An Interview with Matthew Bart
I’ve been slow in updating due to life stuff, but here’s what’s new since the last one.
NecronomiCon 2017: I’ll be volunteering at the convention and I’m also honored to have been included as a panelist on a discussion called “THE DREADED SURREAL: Landscapes in Weird Fiction”. I’ll be joining Craig Gidney, Mike Griffin, Eric Schaller, Farah R. Smith, Jeffrey Thomas for this panel. More info on this and the convention’s core programming can be found here.
It seems the thing to do around now is a summation of reading and writing matters. This is all the introduction I’m going to do, so let’s begin:
My story, “The Drognar”, which was my first actual horror short story submission and subsequent rejection, has found a home this year in The Yellow Booke, Vol. 3
I placed an essay exploring the use of “supernatural” video as a plot device in horror fiction with the mighty fine Thinking Horror, Vol. 2,
To start, I’m pleased as punch to announce that I have an essay that will be appearing in the next volume of Thinking Horror, a journal of horror and philosophy with criticism and interviews in the field. I was a fan of the first volume and am honored to be in the ToC among many writers whom I admire. The essay explores the use of “haunted” video and their consumption in a number of recent works of horror fiction that I’ve enjoyed. Estimated release of October 2016
On the nonfiction front, I’ve recently wrapped a review for WFR of a soon-to-be-released collection by an author with whom I was not very familiar at the time. Will include here when it goes live.
Events-wise, I’m looking forward to attending ReaderCon on the Saturday and Sunday of the convention, particularly the Shirley Jackson Awards. At the last convention I went to (NecronomiCon), I met lots of fantastic people whose names I’d only seen and respected through their wor
Here’s a consolidated thingie of recent writey related matters of note that have happened in my section of the planet.
I’ve got a survey of some favorite works put out by one of my favorite publishers, NYRB Classics, over at Weird Fiction Review: Bees of Glass and Future Memories: Looking for the Weird at New York Review Books | A brief comment: I’ve noticed in a couple of places that folks are pointing to other works from NYRB that might well have been appropriate to
Today I submitted a story called “The Drognar”, vaguely inspired by Kelly Link’s “The Specialist’s Hat”, to a venue that I shall keep hidden unless it is accepted. I wrote it a couple of years ago and after an initial rejection I shelved and forgot about it, but an opportunity came up for an outlet at which it might be better suited. I need to get better about the businessy end of these things.
Progress continues on another piece, working title “Hope Lake.” It was fi
2015 Was a Year.
That much we can probably all agree on. It seemed like it took forever for this brainless rock to make it back to the approximate position it occupied in orbit around the sun on this day last year. I suppose it’s important to remember that it never comes back to the exact same spot. It was a mixed bag of extremes for me and mine, and I’m more than happy to put it into the past where all things eventually go.
This year (as I’ve
Looking for some good gifts for the book lover in your family? I’ve recently contributed a few of my favorites from this year to the Weird Fiction Review End-of-Year Book List, alongside picks from the likes of Lincoln Michel, Sofia Samatar, Usman T. Malik, Helen Marshall, and more.
There are also some great book gift ideas over on Reddit’s WeirdLit community
I figured I would collect here the first few reviews from outside of Goodreads/Amazon that have appeared for Nightscript. They’ve all been favorable so far and hopefully the trend continues. Several of them were kind enough to mention my piece by name, so if you’re reading this, it’s much appreciated! All are full-length reviews, but I’ve included a quick summation of the review as well. Michael Kellermeyer at OldStyle Tales Press – TL;DR: “A purchase of this anthology is highly recommend