Paying Tribute to a Modern Master


One of the biggest and bestest things to happen to me last year was having the chance to contribute my story “Husks” to Silent Motorist Media‘s Mannequin: Tales of Wood Made Flesh, which then went onto be named “Best Multi-Author Anthology” of 2019 by my beloved Rue Morgue Magazine.

So naturally, when the editor and publisher of that book, Justin Burnett, asked me if I’d like to contribute to his latest project, I had to say yes. Good thing, too, since said project is a literary tribute to Matthew M. Bartlett. If I wasn’t invited, you can bet your ass I’d have done my damnedest to weasel my way onto that TOC regardless.

Bartlett is quite simply one of the very best, most twisted, and most surreal practitioners of the arcane and macabre working today. I’m hardly alone in naming him a personal favorite contemporary author. What’s more, Bartlett is also an incredibly friendly, down-to-earth, stand-up guy who I’ve had the good fortune of hanging out with a handful of times at NecronomiCon Providence and StokerCon. No living creator deserves to be celebrated more than Matthew Bartlett. There may be many who deserve it just as much, but none who deserve it more.

Titled Hymns of Abomination: Secret Songs of Leeds, this upcoming anthology features brand new works by myself, Nathan Ballingrud, John Langan, Brian Evenson, Gemma Files, S.P. Miskowski, B.R. Yeager, Jonathan Raab, Tom Breen, Joseph Pastula, Joanna Parypinski, Farah Rose Smith, Scott R Jones, Betty Rocksteady, Christine Morgan, Kristine Ong Muslim, Christopher Slatsky, Donyae Coles, S.L. Edwards, John Linwood Grant, Robert S. Wilson, Jon Padgett, Sean M. Thompson, and Brian O’Connell.

Hymns of Abomination is currently being crowdfunding on Kickstarter, and to give you an idea of just how psyched this project has got people, it smashed its initial funding goal within 24 hours of the campaign going live. Every penny donated from here on out will go towards making the anthology even better through a number of tantalizing stretch goals.

Contribute today to pre-order a copy for yourself. In doing so, you’ll be helping to pay tribute to a truly one-of-a-kind creator.

Rue Morgue Names Mannequin Best Anthology of 2019


I’ve been a loyal reader of Rue Morgue Magazine since 2005, when an issue with strikingly gore-geous Joe Coleman cover art based on the 1986 film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer caught my eye at the local bookstore. After returning home with the magazine and reading it cover to cover, I was hooked. To this day, I maintain that Rue Morgue Magazine is home to some of the very best coverage and analysis of the horror genre you’re likely to find.

Believe it or not, I’m not saying all this in the vain hopes that the staff will reward me with a free lifetime subscription (although I certainly wouldn’t mind that). In truth, I’m saying all this to illustrate just how big a moment it was for me to open the January/February 2020 issue of Rue Morgue and see that the editorial staff had named Mannequin: Tales of Wood Made Flesh, an anthology I contributed to, 2019’s “Best Multi-Author Anthology.”

A heartfelt congratulations to editor Justin Burnett and all my fellow contributors who made that book so great. I’m very grateful for being able to ride your coat tails into fortune and fame, my friends!

Find out what makes Mannequin: Tales of Wood Made Flesh award-worthy by buying your own copy from Amazon. And while you’re at it, show some support to Rue Morgue Magazine too.