When I brought the cover to Kristina (@nwreader) to create a book wrap, she told me she had a few ideas. The result is a significantly cooler cover, and a killer wrap. I mean, just look at it! A thing of absolute beauty. Seriously, I can’t wait for people to read it. The very first notes of what would become this book were written in Oklahoma, when I lived there briefly in the early 2000s. Now that I’m back, it’s finally going to be available to read. A weird full circle thing, I guess? Anyway, you can preorder it on Amazon, Google Play, and pretty much everywhere else.
Author: Elford Alley
A Killer Talk on Killer Mediums
William Sterling, the horror author who brought us Synapse, has a podcast called Killer Mediums. On each episode, he talks to a different horror author about a specific genre, for example, horror comedies with the great Damien Casey. With me, we talked about the “cabin in the woods” subgenre, from Evil Dead and well, The Cabin in the Woods, to the Friday the 13th game and more. A fun time was had by all, damn it!
Preorder Apartment 239!
My horror-comedy debut is finally available outside of Wattpad! This story kicked around for a few years as a series pitch. I made a very bad novella of it in 2010. Then tried again in 2013 (also bad). The started over in 2016, and finally made it click. I pitched it around, and eventually added it to Wattpad, where it did very well. Now, everyone will have a chance to enjoy it! The book is out November 1st. This is a weird book and honestly a weirdly personal one for me too. It’s dark and creepy, but funny too. I play with horror/comedy a lot, but I think this is the best balance I achieved between the two. Expect the sequel, High Strangeness, in 2023. There’s a third part, which will be out in 2024.
You can preorder it right here.
An Audiobook of Ghost Stories!
The Last Night in the Damned House is now on audiobook! These are ghost stories that definitely benefit from being read aloud. Much of the farmhouse trilogy that makes up the first third is based on real experiences from a haunted house in the community I grew up in. Hope is a great four-part story that was once on Reddit’s r/nosleep, and of course all of these stories lived on Wattpad briefly. They’ve changed quite a bit since then, and I can’t for you to experience them as read by the always epic Geof Sturtevant.
Something Bad Happened Is Here!
I was recently invited to submit a story in an epic anthology. Something Bad Happened is edited by the great Jennifer Bernardini, and the cover is by Wayne Fenlon. Bernardini created a journal with an opening line on each page to help jumpstart stories for horror authors. Each tale begins with one of these sentences. My story focuses on a final girl who tries to break the cycle and finally free herself from a stalking slasher, while also examining the killer/final girl dynamic. It was a fun one to write! I am absolutely outclassed in this anthology, people. Seriously, I have a story in the same anthology as Angel Krause, Bill Davidson, Cindy O’Quinn, Rayne King, Yolanda Sfetsos, Adam Hulse, Ross Jeffery, Laurel Hightower, Brian Bowyer, J.B. Taylor, Steve Stred, Jaime Hernandez, and R. Reyes. It’s also illustrated, how fucking cool is that?!
Get the Ash and Bone Audiobook and All Your Dreams Will Come True
Well, maybe not all your all dreams, but at least one! I’m so excited to let you know about the Ash and Bone audiobook. I’ve never had my work in audiobook form and damn it, I feel like a real author. Thanks again, Velox Books for setting this up. The book is being read by the incredible author/podcaster/voice of silk Geof Sturtevant. I hear the audio version of The Last Night in the Damned House is ion the horizon too!
Spend a Night in the Damned House!
Today is the day! The new Velox Books edition of The Last Night in the Damned House has been released! This one features three stories about three generations battling an entity in a haunted farmhouse. There is also Hope, a four-part story that once graced the No Sleep subreddit. Many of these tales were written during a sleepless stretch of 2015/16, when I was working full time and being a stay-at-home dad. Total exhaustion can pay dividends if you survive it. Ha. A couple were added to the TOC in 2019 and 2020. There are nine stories to entertain, and to terrify. I hope you enjoy them!
Check Out My 3 Questions Interview!
The great Steve Stred, who wrote the epic creature feature Mastodon, interviewed me for his 3 Questions feature! This was a lot of fun. Here’s a link.
ASH AND BONE IS HERE!
Ash and Bones: Tales of Terror has returned, with a new edit and formatting from the awesome Velox Books! I’m so excited to this edition hit the shelves and kindles of the world. If you love creepy short stories of monsters and mayhem, and also my anxieties about climate change, the decline of the United States into fascism, and parenthood, well, here it is! Should I talk to a therapist? Probably! But until then, I’m distilling my fears and issues into bite sized morsels of terror. For you. I love you.
Who’s Ready to Preorder Last Night in the Damned House?!
Is it you?! Are you ready?!?! Goddamn right you are. The new and improved Velox Books edition of Last Night in the Damned House and Other Ghost Stories will be here on August 1st, and you can preorder right now for just $2.99. In other news, the publication date of the new Ash and Bone: Tales of Terror has been moved up, and is dropping on June 13th! And what of Apartment 239, you ask? Well, it’s being edited as we speak, so expect it this summer on a date that doesn’t conflict with my other books! That’s all the news I have for today. No, wait! My wife bought me a life size wooden cut out of Bigfoot, and now my life is complete in a way I never knew possible.