If you love horror-comedies about cursed towns, ghosts, monsters, and the joys of late-stage capitalism, have I got audiobook for you! That’s right, Apartment 239 is now on Audible, narrated by the great Geoff Sturtevant, who also narrated by four horror collections for Velox Books. You can find it right here. Enjoy!
Less than a month until this one is out, so I thought I could offer a little peek of the prologue. If you’re intrigued, you can preorder the ebook here. Enjoy! -Elford
PROLOGUE: FATHER AND SON
“Now son,” Earl said as he ejected the spent round from his rifle. The casing dropped with a slight crackling sound as it disappeared beneath the leaves. “Always remember, nothing goes to waste.”
The setting sun cast long shadows from the line of trees that stretched across the field in front of their home.
This side of seven years old, the boy looked at his father, assessing the deep lines in his face and the sideburns peppered with white and gray. Earl’s red plaid coat hung loose on his thin, yet muscular arms. The boy, short for his age, felt even smaller next to him, and his shock of thick, black hair bounced as he nodded, wiped snot from his nose, and desperately tried to blink the tears from his eyes. Hoping his father didn’t notice, he glanced up and watched as he pulled off his hat, wiped his brow, then pulled it back onto his head.
“I know it seems cruel, but son… sometimes life doesn’t make sense, and sometimes… well, it’s just not fair.” Earl propped the gun against the side of the small white house, located off a dirt road on the outskirts of a small North Texas town called Marble Springs. A place surrounded by trees, cut off from the hum of passing cars. “Clothes are a big one. Save what you can. Also, the cash in the wallet. Never use the cards. Always hide the body, and never in the same place or the same way.”
The boy nodded, looking at the woman at their feet. Her leg jerked for a moment, causing him to gasp.
“Just nerves,” Earl laughed. “Remember, in this world we’re surrounded by copies.”
“Yes,” Earl said solemnly, removing his ball cap again. “You’re real, and so am I. Your mother,” he waved the cap at her. “She fooled us.”
The boy looked down at her body, her eyes half open, blood trickling down the corner of her mouth.
“They’ll pretend to be your friends, but you’ll have to know who’s real, and who isn’t.”
“How?” the boy squeaked.
“I’ll teach you.” Earl smiled.
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.
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?!
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!
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.
Today is the day! We Will Find a Place for You: A Collection of Horror is available for purchase in ebook and paperback format! I’m so excited to finally have this book out in the world. This collection features 23 stories, and a wider variety of tales than I’ve included in my previous collections.
Ready for some terrifying short stories? I have a collection that is perfect fort he spooky season. That’s right, We Will Find a Place for You is coming out October 26th and you can preorder it here. Plus:
Hello people! So, for much of 2020 I had the usual pandemic related struggles. No need for detail, you get it. I did not write King Lear, or much of anything else. However, now that relative normalcy is here, I am back at it. Which means soon I will have some stories for you to read! Check ’em out:
Blog Number Two! It’s going to be a thing now, this blogging. Today, I’m talking about roadside folk art in Saint Jo, TX, stories of Bigfoot in Robbers Cave State Park in Oklahoma, and I’m going to reveal the cover of my in-progress Halloween novella!