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Make Up Your Dying Bad in Texas Roadkill Volume 8

I’m so excited to announce my story, Make Up Your Dying Bed, is part of Texas Roadkill Volume 8! I love this anthology series, featuring the best of Texas horror. I’ve submitted before, and third times a charm, it seems! So, never give up on your dream publishers/anthologies/magazines.

Edited by Patrick C. Harrison III, and with stories by Joe R. Lansdale, Emma E. Murray, Jae Mazer, Bret McCormick, Madison Estes, Chris Miller, James H. Longmore, Jonathan Louis Duckworth, Robert Stahl, Matt Micheli,
Iphigenia Strangeworth, Jacob Austin, R. L. Olvitt, Lawrence Buentello, Tom Bont, Bev Vincent, and of course, the awesome E. R. Bills.

My story focusing on the last hours of Blind Willie Johnson’s life, spent succumbing to exposure in the burnt remains of his home. As with many blues legends, whose legacies would make millions for others, the man is often forgotten, even if the music survives.

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Check Out “Bad Dreams at Vernon Rest!”

The Nightmare Never Ends, the second anthology from Jennifer Bernardini of Exploding Head Fiction, is out today! This one features my story Bad Dreams at Vernon Rest, which sees a reappearance of the creepy cemetery kids from my story They Eat the Dead. This also features stories by Brian Bowyer, Holly Rae Garcia, Adam Hulse, Mia Dalia, Lena Ng, Patrick Barb, Cat Voleur, Tom Rimer, Phil Ford, Scott Miller, Cindy O’Quinn, and Philip Webb. Plus, killer illustrations by David Bowman!

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Enjoy A Cemetery Stroll!

Did you know I wrote a children’s book? Not only that, it’s being published through Cemetery Gates Media, a publisher I so excited to work with. For ages 5 to 9, this follows a girl named Hazel who is dared to cross a cemetery on Halloween night. She’s guided along the way by four strange stories, and some unexpected friends. There’s a lot of personal things here, I grew up by Desert Creek, and the The Zookeeper location is based on an area where my friends and I played in the early 90s. Pet Spider was written years ago for my kids, and I made a book of it for them. There’s on crumbling copy remaining at my house of that one. Honestly, a walk around the cemetery was something I often did with family as a kid. Seemed perfectly normal to me, but my wife, who is amazing and helped with tons of advice on this book, informed it was in fact not that normal. Anyway, the closest comparison I can give this is Alvin Schwartz’s In A Dark, Dark Room. I hope you enjoy it! Paperback and eBook available here.

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“They Eat the Dead” in Books of Horror Volume 4 Part 2!

Out today! My story “They Eat the Dead” is being featured in the second part of the fourth volume of the Books of Horror anthology series. I hope you will check it out, this is an especially creepy story that I am very proud of. Find fact, a second story featuring the same terrifying children will be in The Nightmare Never Ends anthology, out October 15th.

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Preorder Time for The First Five Minutes of the Apocalypse!

Hungry Shadow Press has another killer anthology coming out! This one features stories about the first minutes of the apocalypse, the immediate seconds after the shit hits the fan. I have a story in it title When the Horizon Burns, and it’s the darkest thing I’ve written (so far at least). Plus, stories from Taryn Martinez, Carson Winter, D. Matthew Urban, Sara Tantlinger, Alex Fox, Tiffany Michelle Brown, Angela Sylvaine, M. Lopes da Silva, Andrew Cull, Ruth Anna Evans, Wendy N. Wagner, Gwendolyn Kiste, Olen Crowe, Brittany Johnston, Elou Carroll, Nick Bouchard, L. Marie Wood, W. Dale Jordan, Elford Alley, Chris Mason, Matthew M. Bartlett, Madison McSweeney, Rae Knowles, RJ Joseph, Emma E. Murray, V. Castro, Eoin Murphy, and J.A.W. McCarthy.

That’s a lot of awesome! You can preorder right here. Plus, that cover. Damn. Brandon Applegate edits a mean anthology, and you should read his short story collection too.

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A Compendium of Creeps Has Arrived!

I’ve been dying to check out this anthology and it’s finally here! This contains my story The Knock-Knock House, but it also contains fiction and nonfiction from an incredible selection of authors. It’s also edited by Joe Sullivan and Joe Provine, who have been assembling this for the past year-and-a-half. Provine has written a ton of Oklahoma ghost story books, which I have obsessively read since relocating there. Seriously, if you love ghost stories, spooky folklore, and urban legends, this is a must-read.