The releases of the Velox Books editions of my collections will begin with Ash and Bone: Tales of Terror! I love this collection, it features some of my favorite stories I’ve written, such as Nature of the Business and Funny Kittens. This collection and Last Night in the Damned House were written at a time when I was working from home with a new baby and just utterly exhausted. I wrote during nap times, or in the middle of the night when my youngest refused to sleep. Hell, a few were written with her sleeping on my shoulder. I think the sleep deprivation gives them an extra layer of weirdness…
You can preorder the ebook for just $2.99, and it will drop on June 22nd. The paperbacks and hardbacks should be available then as well!
Well, I have an exciting announcement. My four horror story collections will be joining Velox Books.
The Last Night in the Damned House
Ash and Bone: Tales of Terror
Find Us and Other Stories
We Will Find a Place for You
They’ll be missing from Amazon for a few weeks, but the new and improved editions will be back, and available on multiple platforms, in ebook and paperback. At the moment, there are a handful of paperbacks you can buy on Amazon with the Desert Creek Publishing imprint, so get ’em while you can! If I die unexpectedly, maybe they’ll be worth something!
You can add your email to this mailing list to receive updates on the status of my collections, and a FREE ebook (The Pen Name by David Jacob Knight) for your trouble. I’ll keep you updated!
There only a few topics as dear to me as our hairy hominin cousin, Bigfoot. He’s seven feet tall, smells like piss, and will not be photographed in anything other than a blurry state. On the Ghoulish Podcast, I had the chance to talk Bigfoot with Max Booth III! There are laughs. There are tears. God help you.
Guess who got to talk to Richard Gerlach and Matt Brandenburg all about Joe R. Lansdale’s classic short story, Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man’s Back? It’s a heartwarming tale-okay, you know that’s a lie. It’s weird, gory, and emotional in a way that only Lansdale could pull off. Learn more about this tale, and the unsettling short film Possibly in Michigan, in this episode.
Guess what? I’ve had my first book review in a magazine! Issue 72 will feature a write up about We Will Find a Place for You. Pretty incredible seeing this in physical media, especially in a magazine as epic as Scream. A huge thank you to Mother Horror herself, Sadie Hartmann! So, be sure to pick up issue 72! Or else…
Don Tackett is a horror aficionado with a voice like smooth velvet, and he’s been reading classic horror stories from legends like Poe and Lovecraft, and new works from incredible modern voices like Brandon Applegate and Steve L. Clark, on hos channel Grisly Details.
So, I was pretty stoked when he took on three of my epistolary tales for his YouTube channel. He doesn’t just read them, he also creates some fantastic videos to accompany them too. Check ’em out:
Marble Springs Cemetery Association
I love Voices From the Mausoleum! This podcast features interviews with horror writers and creators, and on the Spooky Saturday Stories episodes, Angel reads selections from of indie horror writers. Last Saturday, my stories The Church on Bethel Cannon Road and The House Beyond the Creek, from the collections We Will Find a Place for You and Find Us and Other Stories, were featured on Spooky Saturday Stories!
I was recently interviewed by author Richard Fulco for his 5 Questions blog. Ricard is one of my oldest friends, and a phenomenal writer. If you haven’t picked up his debut novel There Is No End to This Slope, now is a great time to do so. He has a new novel out this fall, and trust me, you’re going to want it. Here’s a link to my interview.
We Will Find a Place for You is my latest horror story collection, and probably my weirdest. I approached it like it was a double album. There’s something magical about double albums. They’re sprawling, experimental, and weird. For all the reasons some people despise them, I can’t get enough. I wanted to capture that feel with this collection. Now that this book is out in the world, reviews are trickling in!
Ksenia Murray, author of the excellent collection, Compendium of Creatures, reviewed We Will Find a Place for You on Kendall Reviews, giving it four out of five stars! “Elford Alley’s newest horror collection, We Will Find a Place for You, grabbed me from the very beginning with the first story…”
David Szweduik, author, review, podcaster, and creator of AIC Stories, also took time to review We Will Find a Place for You! “Elford Alley does this so well, establishing and maintaining a solid base in humanity in all of his stories, which leaves you really feeling connected to his dark tales.”
Ash & Bone: Tales of Terror is my second short story collection, and one with a focus on monsters human and otherwise. I was so excited to see two great voices in indie reviews take a look at it!
Well Read Beard is an indie reviewer extraordinaire, and one who loves short stories. His Shorts On Shorts series is a must-watch for any fans of short fiction. If you love indie books, you gotta subscribe. Here’s his review of my collection.
Steve Talks Books puts a major focus on all things horror and grimdark, and he was kind enough to take a look at Nature of the Business, the first story in Ash & Bone. Steve has some fantastic interviews with indie horror authors. Again, a must-subscribe.