Archive for January, 2012

Read “His Splintery Smile” in Fear and Trembling

Posted in News on January 2, 2012 by Christian

Two ridiculous things really terrify me: zombies and ventriloquist dolls. Blame the zombies on my dad, who–on a night when my mom was out of town–let me watch Return of the Living Dead. I was eleven. Trash’s graveyard striptease aside, I couldn’t sleep for six months because of that movie. It was as scared as I’ve ever been, except for maybe once.

When I was seven or eight, someone gave my brother and me a couple of ventriloquist dummies. His was Charlie McCarthy and mine was W.C. Fields. We thought they were pretty cool, I guess, though I always thought Charlie was a little grotesque. A mockery of humanity in that face somewhere. W.C. was alright. It actually kinda looked like a human being.

Well, sometime shortly thereafter, I watched an episode of the Twilight Zone entitled, “The Dummy,” which is still my favorite episode of this all time great series. The dummy in the show, Willie, looked a little too much like Charlie McCarthy for my comfort, and what followed more or less became the basis for “His Splintery Smile,” which is now available in Fear and Trembling Magazine.


“Walking Away” now available through Midwestern Gothic

Posted in News on January 2, 2012 by Christian

My first published story without a lick of science-fiction or fantasy is now available through Midwestern Gothic (ISSN 2159-8827). It’s about a man who feels trapped by his own life, a life he isn’t even good at. Pick up a paper-and-ink copy here, or if you want an electronic copy (PDF, Kindle or Nook) click here.

Midwestern Gothic is a quarterly print literary journal out of Ann Arbor, Michigan that features the work of Midwestern writers–and let’s face it, there are a lot of us here. We don’t get the same kind of press as the East and West Coast, and even Southern writers have a higher profile, for some reason. Not that there’s anything wrong with literature coming out of those places–it’s just nice to have a magazine dedicated to giving the Midwest a voice.

Happy New Year, E’ybody!

Posted in News on January 1, 2012 by Christian

New year’s weekend was a pretty big deal for me. Not because I went out and got blotto. If you’re keeping score at home, my wife and I put the kids to bed about 9:00 after a screening of Rudolph’s Shiny New Year and then had drinks with a friend and watched the season finales of Weeds and Breaking Bad. (Can I just say that Hector Salamanca will always be the man?)

It was a great night, aided in part by a very positive piece of publishing news I received about 7:30 that, while it looks very likely, I can’t reveal yet because nothing’s been finalized. But it definitely added to the celebratory mood.

I also found out that “Bast” has been nominated for the Preditors & Editors 2011 Horror Short Story Award. Polling closes soon, but if you want to vote, click here.

Happy new year, friends and readers. Happy new year.