Good news, people! Wattpad has added the Apartment 239 sequel, High Strangeness, to their Paid Stories program. A huge honor! For those that don’t know, High Strangeness picks up a year after the events of Apartment 239, with the town of Marble Springs on the brink of destruction. It seems in this totally fictional world, racist assholes doing racist things has endangered the planet. Totally fictional, ya know? Oh! There’s also ghosts, monsters, and Lovecraftian horrors aplenty.
Wattpad recently featured me in their Paid Stories Writer Spotlight! So, you can read a little about my writing process, and how this program is helping me out. With bills. Mainly the electric bill. Also, you can see me looking totally comfortable having a professional picture taken! Look at how comfortable I look. So goddamn comfortable.
Note: the photographer was amazing and professional, I just feel weird having my picture taken because I am a gargoyle person. Anyway, you can also find this on all the social medias (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), and read about some of my amazing fellow Paid Stories authors: Chrystal Scherer, Tamara Lush, Alejandro Murillo, and Ellen Kirkpatrick. Woo!
Today is the official launch of Wattpad’s Paid Stories program! Apartment 239, my little saga of one fucked up Texas town, has joined this program, which means you can purchase my book chapter-by-chapter or all at once using Coins, which can be picked up in iTunes or Google Play. I am super excited to have my first novel be a part of this program, and to announce that the sequel, High Strangeness, will be joining the program soon as well! If you have questions about Paid Stories, go here.
My ten minute play Learned Executioners will be produced by The Navigators as part of their 4th Annual Lift-Off New Play Series! I’m so excited to have my play be a part of an evening of feminist sci-fi plays! Learned Executioners will be in the B block, so you can see it on Friday, January 25th at 8pm and Saturday January 26th at 8pm. The complete schedule is below (and trust me, you’ll want to see every play in this, they always feature incredible sci-fi plays):
Friday, January 25th @ 8pm
Blocks A and B
Saturday, January 26th @ 8pm
Blocks B and C
Sunday, January 27th @ 8pm
Blocks C and A
Rocks Algae Water Stars – by Jonathan O’Neill, directed by Taylor Edelle Stuart
[app]arition – by Daniel Perez, directed by Ashley Malafronte
Home – by Ellen K. Graham, directed by Liz Livingston
Interventions – by Greg Lam, directed by Sharifa Williams
Swallowed – by Rachel Bublitz, directed by Christina Ashb
Brikelak – by Lindsay Carpenter, directed by Michele Travis
The Twilight Solution – by Maggie Lee and Darian Lindle, directed by Laura Hirschberg
Learned Executioners – by Elford Alley, directed by Rachael Murray
Every Seven Minutes – by Ken Preuss, directed by James Cougar Canfield
Conditional – by Sharon Fogarty, directed by Christopher Noffke
My Trust Must Be – by Natalie Zutter, directed by Katherine Sommer
Pregnancy & Mars – by Jordan Ramirez Puckett, directed by Emily Lyon
The Meadows – by Isaac Allen Miller, directed by Jesse Rosbrow
December is a time for ghost stories! So, with that in mind I will have all three of my books on Amazon FREE for the entire week. Enjoy! In Search of the Nobility, TX, Wildman: https://amzn.to/2G63EXg Last Night in the Damned House: https://amzn.to/2ywzGWz Ash and Bone: https://amzn.to/2Stjugf
I’ll have two short plays in this year’s annual Dallas One Minute Play Festival. Last year was a lot of fun, and there are so many incredible stories from dozens of local writers, some nuanced and dark, others hilarious, and a few tragic, all within one minute. This is also a great showcase of all the talented actors and directors in the DFW area. Think of it as a truncated greatest hits from the DFW theatre scene. This year will also feature plays from Franky Gonzalez, a incredible Texas playwright and good friend. The plays will be performed in the Bob Hope Theatre at Southern Methodist University and you can grab tickets from Kitchen Dog Theater. There will be performances on August 11th, 12th, and 13th at 8pm.
Tickets are on sale for Ghosts! Go Here. Tickets are just $17 a performance and the play will take is going up at Blind Whino. Here are the show dates (I’ll be attending the Tuesday night performance):
SAT 7/21 at 10:45pm (Opening Night!)
SUN 7/22 at 2:00pm
SUN 7/22 at 9:00pm
TUE 7/24 at 7:15pm
SUN 7/29 at 1:00pm (Closing)
You can also see videos of rehearsals, production meetings, and see the amazing cast and crew at Ghosts Official Facebook Page. See how I capitalized all that? Official.
Look, this isn’t the first time I’ve asked you for money. But this time it’s not about settling debts related to the mistakes of my youth! No kneecaps are on the line and I’m relatively sober too. Anyway, Ghosts has an indiegogo campaign going for the next five weeks. They want to raise money to pay the cast and crew putting on this show (and doing an incredible job, I really can’t wait for everyone to see it).
You can check out the campaign, which features a snazzy video made by Dennis Chan (our social media and advertising guru) with the show’s producer, Charlotte Corneliusen, and director, Kathleen Barth, discussing the project and campaign in detail.
If you want to throw a few bucks at it, be my guest! We got lots of prizes and what not.
Peace be with you.
Guess what?! You, yes you, can now pick up my second short story collection, Ash and Bone: Tales of Terror on Amazon! I know there’s only one of you now, and my condolences. He gave it a good go but what can you do when someone sneaks up on you wielding a shattered beer bottle? Anyway, he will live on in our hearts. RIP Jericho, you mad son of a bitch.
Oh, right, I forgot about self-promotion. Here’s a run down of the stories!
Eight short tales featuring inhuman creatures, the undead, and a world preparing to leave our species behind.
Nature of the Business: The dead rose, and then they fell. Now, a small business in North Texas has found way to rebuild their lives and make a little profit from humanity’s darkest days.
Ash and Bone: As humanity faces extinction and civilization crumbles in an unending winter, a broken detective finds an unlikely source of hope, and is willing to procure it at any cost.
The Corpse Walker: Haze is an old man with a terrible gift, the ability to briefly reanimate the dead. Haze finds himself enlisted to help search for a missing woman and identify the person responsible for her disappearance. What he finds instead follows him, stalks him, and demands he wreak the vengeance she no longer can.
Group 3: As the world around her collapses, Delia becomes desperate to find a safer place to raise her daughter. She turns to a company simply known as “The Clinic” and signs up for an experimental clinical trial. Soon, she discovers she’s not the first to turn to The Clinic for help.
Funny Kittens: After moving to a small town, Lou and Jane are horrified to discover the truth about the creatures their daughter Joy refers to as “funny kittens.” Creatures that are determined to come inside.
Lechuza: Between his father’s death, difficulties at school, and the growing animosity between him and his mother, Dan looks to the woods for respite. But he soon finds something very old and very cruel, something that begins calling to him.
Junkman: Colt owns a struggling business dealing in mostly illegal and strange contraband, but his luck seems to turn around when someone brings him Stitchman, a mummified corpse of indeterminate origin. But he soon realizes his good fortune comes at a terrible price.
The Bloody Beast of Boggy Creek: Skeptic Elroy Abernathy has built a career on peddling tales of the paranormal to pay his bills. However, he learns there may be some truth to a small town’s claims about a man-like monster killing their livestock.
You can pick up my collection of short stories on Amazon for FREE for five days! Go here. Enjoy eight tales of unrelenting terror! Featuring stories of haunted houses, cursed families, and ruthless changelings. I know you two crazy kids will love ’em!