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!

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.