New Short Story: Pluto in Furs

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I’m pleased to announce that my short story, “Walking in Ash” is included in the newly released Pluto in Furs: Tales of Diseased Desires and Seductive Horrors, edited by Scott Dwyer. This anthology is an absolute powerhouse, featuring stories from some of the best writers in the fields of horror and weird fiction. My tale is about a young couple haunted by an apocalyptic tragedy that hasn’t happened yet. I’m extremely proud of this piece. It’s surreal, anxiety-ridden, and probably one of the best things I’ve written so far. You can pick up a copy here!

Speaking of Scott Dwyer, he was kind enough to interview me a few months back for his website, The Plutonian. We talked about the current state of the horror genre, transgressive fiction, human sexuality, and the works that influenced my collection, Nightmares in Ecstasy. You can read the transcript here!

The New Flesh: A Literary Tribute to David Cronenberg

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For the past several months, I’ve been hard at work with Sam Richard on my first editorial project, an anthology called The New Flesh: A Literary Tribute to David Cronenberg. And now, after all this time, we’re finally able to share the official table of contents.

But first, flashback to BizarroCon 2016. Sam Richard and I had met less than an hour ago. We were drunk on free beer and chatting about everything from J.G. Ballard to body horror. The conversation then steered toward themed anthologies. We both remarked how cool it would be if there was a collection of stories inspired by the films of David Cronenberg (much like the David Lynch-themed In Heaven Everything is Fine, edited by Cameron Pierce). We agreed that–if ever given the chance–we would work on the project together. And, of course, years later, a drunken fantasy became reality.

It’s been a privilege working with so many amazing writers. We can’t wait to unleash these stories on the world. This book will be a must buy for fans of the horror genre.

So without further ado, here are the stories:

1) A Bad Patch – Brian Evenson

2) Red Lips in a Blue Light – Sara Century

3) Descrambler – C.M. Muller

4) Lackers – Leo X Robertson

5) Hekati Yoga – Max D. Stanton

6) Convex – Emma Alice Johnson

7) Seminar – Cody Goodfellow

8) Emergence – Bruno Lombardi

9) Genital Freak – Katy Michelle Quinn

10) Elk: An Oral History of an Abandoned Film (1987) – Jack Lothian

11) The Taint is Saintly with Her Welcome – Mona Swan LeSueur & Fiona Maeve Geist

12) Typhoid Ananya – Madeleine Swann

13) A Future of Violence – Charles Austin Muir

14) Orificially Compromised – Ryan Harding

15) Limbs – Alex Smith

16) A New Mother’s Guide to Raising an Abomination – Gwendolyn Kiste

17) Human Clay – Brendan Vidito

18) Reborn of Ash – Sam Richard

The cover art shown above was masterfully created by Michael Bukowski. Also, check out this amazing internal art by the iconic and incomparable Jim Agpalza!

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Splatterpunk Greatest Hits and More…

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It’s been some time since I posted an update. I’ve been busy at work on the upcoming anthology The New Flesh: A Literary Tribute to David Cronenberg, and the follow-up to my 2018 collection, Nightmares in Ecstasy–a horror novel that I’m incredibly excited to share with everyone.

While you wait for these releases, I have some news to share! I’m very excited and humbled to announce that my short story “Fuck Shock” has been reprinted in Past Indiscretions: The Very Best of Splatterpunk Zine. “Fuck Shock” was originally published in issue #6 of Splatterpunk Zine, and was the first short story I ever sold. I’m indebted to the zine’s editor, Jack Bantry, for helping kick start my career in horror fiction. I’m happy to see this grotesque little story back in print, and alongside so many excellent writers in the genre. You can order a copy here!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to share a glowing review of my collection by the incomparable book reviewer, Biblioculus. Her reviews are incredibly thoughtful and compelling. You should take the time to browse her website. Here’s an an excerpt from the review. You can read the full thing here:

“In Nightmares in Ecstasy I honestly can’t pick out a story that feels like the weak link, it’s hard to even choose my favorites because they are all so good! Disgust is balanced with beauty, the erotic with the horrifying, and every story compliments the next.”

Stay tuned for an update regarding The New Flesh. There’s more exciting news to come!

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!