Healing Through Horror

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Hello, everyone! When I was fifteen years old, I was diagnosed with Central Nervous System Lupus. For the first time ever, I decided to write about my experiences with the disease, and how they shaped me as a horror writer. It’s called “Healing Through Horror”. The piece was incredibly difficult to write, as I was forced to revisit some rather unpleasant memories. I struggle with the trauma every day. I’m grateful to Kris Bone and the Town Crier/The Puritan for allowing me the opportunity to share this story with the world. Hopefully it’ll resonate with someone who has undergone similar experiences. My stories aren’t for everyone, but if you’re going to read only one of my works, please read this one! You can read the piece here!

Splatterpunk Award Nomination

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I’m incredibly excited to announce that both my collection, Nightmares in Ecstasy, and my short story “Rebound” have been nominated for a Splatterpunk Award. It’s an honour to be recognized alongside so many talented writers–and more than a little overwhelming, to be honest. I want to wish all my fellow nominees the best of luck!

If you have not done so already, now would be the perfect time to pick up my collection. You can buy it here, in paperback or ebook. And if you have to chance, remember to drop a review. It’s incredibly helpful!

Also, here’s a video of me reading my short story “Rebound” at last year’s Killer Con. This story is a lot lighter compared to the other fare in the collection, and is by far my favourite to read to a group. I hope you enjoy!

New Story: Walking in Ash

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I’m very excited to announce that my short story “Walking in Ash” will be included in the upcoming anthology Pluto in Furs edited by Scott Dwyer and published by Plutonian Press.

The editor stated on Facebook that: “Pluto in Furs is an anthology that mixes deeply disturbing and nightmarish horror with perverse and transgressive dark erotica. The title is a take on Sacher-Masoch’s Venus in Furs. I think horror fans are really gonna dig this one. Date of publication should be Aug, 1st 2019.” In other words, it’s going to be a must-buy for horror fans that like their shit dark and disturbing.

My contribution, “Walking in Ash”, is the story of a young couple who move into their first home together. After an exploratory walk around the neighbourhood, Aaron is possessed by an indescribably dread and begins seeing glimpses into a future of nuclear destruction. As he struggles to make sense of these visions, his sanity begins to slip away.

This piece was notoriously difficult to write. Mainly because it was the first story I wrote that actually scared me away from the page. For this reason, out of all the short stories I’ve written thus far, it also took the longest to finish. The sense of anxiety that permeates the text was almost too much to handle at times. I’m looking forward to what readers think of this one. If you’re familiar with my debut collection, Nightmares in Ecstasy, “Walking in Ash” is like a fusion of Stag Loop and A Feast of You, marrying the sense of dread from the former with the disturbing, low-key cosmicism of the latter.

I’ll post a link to the anthology once it’s released. In the meantime, if you happened to read my collection, remember to drop a review on Amazon and Goodreads. It’s incredibly helpful! The things living in my wall might finally stop whispering.

Nightmares in Ecstasy Book Trailer

Hello, everyone! I have a YouTube channel now! And this trailer for my debut collection, Nightmares in Ecstasy, is only the beginning. I plan to create way more weird and creepy content in the future. So, if you need more of that in your life, subscribe now!

This trailer was an absolute blast to make. I was fortunate enough to have the help of incredibly talented friends. Lasse Borgos photographed and edited the film, Matthew Wiewel of Deadpan Studios did the sound design, and Bobby Fraser created the haunting synth score. I also had the acting (and making out talents) of Sam and Stephanie Long, Natalie Trudeau and my partner, Melanie McDonald.

Needless to say, I’m incredibly excited to create more content in the future.

Enjoy!

 

Get Lit With Leza: The Weird World of Brendan Vidito

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Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with Leza Cantoral on her podcast, Get Lit With Leza. We talked about body horror, sexuality, fairy tales, horror as creative catharsis, and my collection, Nightmares in Ecstasy.

You can listen to our conversation here!

This was my first podcast appearance and I think it went pretty well! I’m not usually comfortable talking about my work publicly, but the format of Leza’s podcast is so informal and relaxed that my stage fright (pod fright?) was unfounded. I told her Get Lit is essentially made up of a series of tangents. It’s a unique formula that contributes to the show’s playful atmosphere and originality. If you get the chance, be sure to check out the other episodes. She has spoken to some truly talented and interesting guests.

Out Today: Nightmares in Ecstasy (And Other Updates)

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My debut collection, Nightmares in Ecstasy, is out today! If you’re a fan of the films of David Cronenberg, the stories of Clive Barker, or the art of Junji Ito, you’ll likely find something to enjoy in these thirteen tales of body horror. If you read the book, please take the time to leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads. It’ll help stave off my own grisly transformation for a little while longer. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped bring these stories into the world. Here’s hoping you all get weird boners and nightmares!

You can purchase a copy on the Clash website, or over at Amazon.

In other news…

If you’re from my hometown of Sudbury, Ontario, I’m having a book launch party at the Sudbury Theatre Centre on October 28th. Doors open at 1:30 and the event runs from 2:00-5:00PM. There will be a reading, Q&A, short film screening, prizes, and a bunch of other weird shit. Honestly, I’m more nervous about doing this kind of thing in my own hometown than a horror convention abroad, like Killer Con. I’ll be praying to Gamba, the Devil-God of Evil, for his support and evil mojo.

On November 3rd, I’ll be participating in a reading at Dark Delicacies in Burbank alongside Daniel Knauf, Autumn Christian, John Skipp, Devora Gray, Jennifer Robin, and Laura Lee Bahr. I’m incredibly excited to spend some time in California, as well as to have the privilege of reading with such amazing and talented writers.

Events aside, I’ve been juggling multiple projects lately. I hope to finish a trailer for Nightmares in Ecstasy very soon. I’m also hard at work on a novella for Clash and several short stories.

Outside of writing, I’ve been reading quite a bit. I recently finished Autumn Christian’s Girl Like a Bomb, and I’m nearly finished Cody Goodfellow’s All Monster Action! Both books are incredible. There are writers you can hope to emulate, and then there’s these two, who operate on a different level altogether. They’re both literary shamans, demigods of the written word. And they’ve been immensely inspiring to me. I’ll write reviews as soon as I have the opportunity!

Once again, I want to thank everyone for their love and support. The reception surrounding the collection so far has been overwhelming in the best possible way. I can’t wait to share more of my stories with you in the near future.

Upcoming Release: Zombie Punks Fuck Off

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My story, “Earworm”, will be included in the upcoming Zombie Punks Fuck Off anthology published by Clash Books. Sam Richard has put together quite the lineup, and I’m incredibly humbled to be included among such talented writers. This one is going to be must-buy, especially in time for Halloween.

Here’s the back cover copy from the Clash website:

We’ve been hearing forever that Punk is Dead. And zombies stories are even deader. ZOMBIE PUNKS, FUCK OFF is here to show that is bullshit. This antho is loaded with 14 stories of gnawing teeth, shredded entrails, rotting masses, punk as fuck fury, post-punk weirdness, and beautiful decay. Within these pages are a touring Christian Punk band run afoul of a horde of living dead, a group of zombie-infected anarcho-punks staging a revolution in London, Hank William’s far-distant great-grandson struggling against the restraints of universal fame, and guitars that gently eat.

You can pre-order a copy here!