The Big Book of Little Deaths: An Erotic Horror Anthology Benefiting Sex Workers

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Today is International Sex Worker Rights Day. With that in mind, I’m excited to officially announce The Big Book of Little Deaths, an upcoming erotic horror anthology benefiting sex workers!

Coming this spring from Silent Motorist Media, The Big Book of Little Deaths collects almost 40 new and reprint stories and poems by authors from every corner of the genre. Inside this voluptuous volume, you’ll find tales of mind-bending cosmic terror, splatterpunk ultraviolence, sensual dark fantasy, and tongue-in-cheek bizarro insanity, all touching on themes of lust, longing, and other appetites.

Most importantly, 100% of all proceeds from the sale of The Big Book of Little Deaths will be donated to a sex work support charity to be determined. No one involved in this anthology, not any of the authors nor the designer, artist, editor, or publisher, is taking a paycheck. They’ve all graciously donated their time, energy, talent, and creativity to bring this passion project to life, all with the hope of raising money and awareness for sex worker issues.

It’s also worth noting that this is the first project I’ve ever worked on as the sole editor. Those who follow me on social media likely know that I’m a vocal support of sex worker rights and the decriminalization of sex work, so this has been brewing in the back of my head for a long time.

Please enjoy the above sneak peek at the unfinished cover art for The Big Book of Little Deaths, and check out the current list of contributors below:

  • Gemma Files

  • Bracken MacLeod

  • PD Cacek

  • Scott R Jones

  • Christine Morgan

  • Jeff O’Brien

  • Sonya Taaffe

  • Leia C von Hessen

  • Sam Richard

  • Perry Ruhland

  • Sumiko Saulson

  • Glynn Owen Barrass

  • Ashley Dioses

  • KA Opperman

  • Astrid Rose

  • Sean M Thompson

  • Adam Bolivar

  • Brooke Warra

  • Paul StJohn Mackintosh

  • Maxwell I Gold

  • Duane Pesice

  • Olivia Jane

  • Michael Brueggeman

  • Russell Smeaton

  • Shayne Keen

  • Ivan Zoric

  • Brian Barr

  • Sarah Walker

  • Erin Shaw

  • Blake Burkhead

  • Phil Breach

  • Scott J Couturier

  • John Claude Smith

  • Tom Breen

…and more to be announced!

Are You Ready to Take A Walk in a Darker Wood?

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Just in time to remind you of the dark pagan roots of all your favorite holiday traditions, A Walk in a Darker Wood is now available!

This anthology of folk horror stories and poems features new work from myself, Manuel Arenas, Chelsea Arrington, Hayley Arrington, David Barker, Adam Bolivar, Phil Breach, Scott J. Couturier, Ashley Dioses, S.L. Edwards, Maxwell I. Gold, John Linwood Grant, Jill Hand, John H. Howard, Maquel A. Jacob, Shayne Keen, D.L. Myers, K.A. Opperman, Duane Pesice, A.P. Sessler, Russell Smeaton, Michael Walker, Sarah Walker, Gordon B. White, Can Wiggins, and Ivan Zoric.

My story, “The Blackdamp,” is one that’s been living rent-free in my head for years. It’s about a man investigating the circumstances surrounding his mother’s hospitalization in a small, rural Pennsylvania mining town. This story combines centuries-old coal miner folklore with Goetic demonology in what I hope is an emotional take on familial guilt, Rust Belt desperation, and the energy industry’s blood-soaked past (and present). To be honest, this one was tough for me to write it times; it’s very personal. Nevertheless, I’m excited to finally share this story with readers.

So go ahead, get lost while taking A Walk in a Darker Wood.

The ancient spirits are beckoning.

Fulci Lives… on Kickstarter!

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As I mentioned back when I participated in Muzzleland Press’ “Creature-Feature Conversations” blog series, Italian director Lucio Fulci is my No.1 favorite filmmaker of all time. His gruesome and surreal horror films, bearing such lurid titles as The Gates of Hell, The Beyond, and House by the Cemetery, capture a kind of hazy, nebulous nightmare logic that is, to my mind, utterly one of a kind.

Having said that, you better believe that when editors Perry Ruhland and Astrid Rose invited me to contribute to their new project, a Lucio Fulci tribute anthology called Beyond the Book of Eibon, I RSVP’d immediately.

I’m not alone, either. Below, you’ll find a tentative list of contributors, which I’m sure will eager to pony up your hard-earned moolah for a copy all your own. Well, don’t you fret; even though Beyond the Book of Eibon isn’t out yet, you can ensure you’re one of the first people to get their hands on it by backing the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter! C’mon, you know you want to.

  • Adam Cesare (Clown in a Cornfield, Video Night)
  • Gemma Files (Experimental Film, The Hexslinger trilogy)
  • Orrin Grey (Guignol and Other Sardonic Tales, Painted Monsters and Other Strange Beasts)
  • Michael Hoarty (Akashic Imprint OdditiesThe Bodies Bear Traces of Parasitic Infection forthcoming)
  • H.K. Lovejoy (Funerary artist, The Black in Between forthcoming)
  • Kai Perrignon (Static Vision, The Melbourne International Film Festival)
  • Jonathan Raab (The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre, Camp Ghoul Mountain Part VI: The Official Novelization)
  • Perry Ruhland (The Last Nautilean & Other Seaside Phantasmagoria, Sungazer)
  • Zin E. Rocklyn (Nox Pareidolia, Flowers for the Sea forthcoming)
  • Astrid Rose (Morbid Tales: An Anthology of Weird Fiction, Bullet Points Monthly)
  • Matt Serafini (Rites of Extinction, Under the Blade)
  • Christopher Slatsky (Alectryomancer and Other Weird Tales, The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature)
  • William Tea (Mannequin: Tales of Wood Made Flesh, In Stefan’s House: A Weird Fiction Tribute to Stefan Grabiński)
  • Mike Thorn (Darkest Hours, Shelter for the Damned forthcoming)
  • Mer Whinery (Trade Yer Coffin for a Gun, The Little Dixie Horror Show)

My First Editing Gig: The Blind Dead Ride Out of Hell

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When I first started putting my writing out there a few years ago, I never imagined all the cool, fun, fascinating anthologies I’d have a chance to work on. In all that time, though, I’ve only worked on them in a writing capacity; I’ve never been on the other side of the equation, the editorial side.

At least, not until now.

See, I was talking to writer, editor, St. Rooster Books founder, and all-around good guy Tim Murr on Facebook one day when I mentioned my interest in someday giving editing a try. To my surprise, Murr offered me a chance to co-edit a new anthology he was working on and, after much hemming and hawing on my part, I happily signed on.

That anthology, The Blind Dead Ride Out of Hell, is now available on Amazon.com. A literary tribute to Spanish filmmaker Amando de Ossorio’s Blind Dead quadrilogy, the book features original stories by Paul Lubaczewski, Sam Richard, Heather Drain, Mark Zirbel, and Jeremy Lowe, plus an introduction by Jerome Reuter of Diabolique Magazine, a new essay on the film series by Murr, and a parting afterword by yours truly.

As much as I would love to take credit for this project, the truth is that The Blind Dead Ride Out of Hell is first and foremost Murr’s baby. Everything good about this book is a direct result of his hard work, and anything bad about it is a direct result of my own inexperience. I am very grateful to have been a part of this project and I sincerely hope it’s just the first of many anthologies where my firm and toned butt is planted squarely in the editor’s seat.

P.S. If you’re unfamiliar with the Blind Dead films, check out the trailer for the first in the series, Tombs of the Blind Dead, below. Chock full of Satanic rituals, horseback-riding ghouls, funereal atmospherics, and stylish ’70s fashions, it’s not hard to see why I love these movies so very, very much.

Residents of Innsmouth is Finally on Amazon

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A while back, I posted about Residents of Innsmouth, a Lovecraft-inspired art book for which I contributed three flash-fiction pieces. In my post, I noted that the book was originally available only through Kickstarter, but that anyone who wanted who missed the crowdfunding campaign and wanted a copy could contact artist Russell Smeaton directly via Facebook.

Well, now it’s easier than ever to wrap your webbed fingers around Residents of Innsmouth, as Smeaton has officially made it available on Amazon. There’s a cheaper black-and-white edition for those looking to save a few bucks, or who simply prefer a noir-esque aesthetic, and a full-color edition for those who want to enjoy the full experience.

What are you waiting for then? Take the plunge and fill your head with forbidden knowledge.