Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Donations

All donated funds go towards my paying for cover art, proof copies, formatting, etc. for my self-publishing projects. They help me keep working.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

STORY NOTES - Carnomancer, or The Meat Manager's Prerogative, from The Stay-Awake Men & Other Unstable Entities

In Vernon, Connecticut, in an L-shaped plaza set off a bit from a smaller L-shaped plaza (they formed a kind of a box around a Denny's where I spent a lot of time, mainly ordering the two-egg breakfast with fries, joking around with my brother and our friends, and bothering an older, put-upon waitress with the unlikely name of "Kitty"), there was a supermarket, like any other shopping plaza supermarket. At the front, on the right as one walked in, they had put up framed pictures of their department managers. The meat manager looked absolutely deranged, so much so that kids tried constantly to steal the framed picture. It was like a copy of the Satanic Bible at a Waldenbooks; I'm surprised they didn't put it behind the service desk for safekeeping. I don't know if the kids ever succeeded. I would pay good money to have that to hang up in my office.

Sadly, I have no memory of what the man looked like.

I'd wanted to write a story about a mysterious or deranged meat manager for a while. I knew only one thing: I wanted to steer clear of any hint of cannibalism. It seemed to me too trite a topic, at least for this particular story. People might expect it.

One day I was visiting my grandmother down in West Hartford, and I saw a street sign that said FOXCROFT. What a wonderful name. It stuck in my head (like a bone-in steak?). Later that day, I passed a truck that said LAFOGG on the side.

The title "Carnomancer" came to me out of the blue. So, between the supermarket portrait, the two names, and the title, I set out to write Carnomancer. My "research" consisted of scoping out the meat departments of various supermarkets (sticking my head over the wall, basically, and looking at the work areas), asking some questions of Facebook friends who'd worked at supermarkets, going to a local psychic, and scoping out a really terrible local Spirituality shop. The same shop, incidentally, had somehow mistakenly charged someone else's purchase to my credit card a few years back. I also looked at a ton of pictures of psychic's shops online. As one does. And I looked up meat terms.

I also used as a character - the dancing man LaFogg sees from his bedroom window - a local man I see from time to time, heavy-set, bearded. While I was in the middle of writing the story, I saw him dancing in the rain on a street corner. It was sort of beautiful in a raggedy way, and perfect for the story.

The sort-of-twist ending to the story was something I wrestled with. It felt too neat, too "clever." But I couldn't shake it. I ended up keeping it. For better or for worse.

The Stay-Awake Men & Other Unstable Entities is available here in a limited edition hardback with a cover by Dave Felton colored by Steve Santiago, and three interior illustrations by Felton. Fewer than 30 copies remain.

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Stay-Awake Men and Other Unstable Entities

NOW AVAILABLE in a limited edition hardcover!

Contents:
Introduction by Scott Nicolay
Carnomancer
Spettrini
Following You Home
No Abiding Place on Earth
Kuklalar
The Stay-Awake Men
The Beginning of the World

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NEW COLLECTION - Limited Edition

Check out my new collection, "Of Doomful Portent: An Advent Calendar of Grotesque Horrors." Illustrated and handmade by the extraordinarily talented Yves Tourigny. Limited edition tear-away Advent Calendar format.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

July 2017 - Update

Hello, world. Below is a list of forthcoming releases for late 2017 and early 2018. 



 
Stories
AUGUST
“Provisions for a Journey” - Phantasm/Chimera: an Anthology of Strange and Troubling Dreams (ed. Scott Dwyer)




“The Two-Wheel System” - Walk on the Weird Side (ed. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.)


“Leeds 2600” - Terror in 16 Bits (ed. Jonathan Raab)

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“Master of the House” A Breath from the Sky: Unusual Stories of Possession (ed. Scott R. Jones)

OCTOBER
“Deep Into the Skin” - Tales from a Talking Board (ed. Ross E. Lockhart)


RELEASE DATE TO BE DETERMINED
“We Pass From View” - Darker Companions: Celebrating 50 Years of Ramsey Campbell (eds. Joe Pulver and Scott David Aniolowski)
“Goat’s Rue” - Would Time But Await (ed. S.J. Bagley)
“The Long Lost Parent” (with Tom Breen) - Strange Aeons (ed. Justin Steele)
“The Rats on LePaul” - Dunhams Does Lovecraft #1 (ed. Jordan Krall)


Books (Hardcover)

     AUGUST
Gateways to Abomination, Limited Edition of 36 signed and numbered copies, Thunderstorm Books


DATE TO BE DETERMINED
The Stay-Awake Men and Other Unstable Entities, Limited Edition of 100, Dunham's Manor Press


Books (Other)
AUGUST
Of Doomful Portent: An Advent Calendar of Grotesque Horror

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Of Doomful Portent



I'm thrilled to announce the new collaboration between artist/game designer Yves Tourigny and me: "Of Doomful Portent: An Advent Calendar of Grotesque Horrors."

This fully illustrated chapbook will consist of 25 loosely connected flash tales of horror and the weird, each written by me and illustrated by Yves. The design, also by Yves, will be innovative and unique, and like nothing you've seen before. These chapbooks will be hand-made, literally, and the result will be emblematic of what excites me most about the DIY spirit.

The stories are written, and preliminary edits are begun. We hope to debut these at Necronomicon 2017, in a limited quantity of 100, with a traditional paperback and ebook, available on Amazon and other online book venues, to follow some time in 2018.

"Of Doomful Portent" was a blast to write. Every night I looked forward to waking up to write the next installment. I'm proud as hell of the finished product. I let myself go to some dark and upsetting places, and I want to take you back there with me. I'm excited to unleash it this year, and to work with Yves, one of the most exciting artists to emerge in recent years. More information to come as things progress.