No more room in hell

The day of the dead is officially here!  Today marks the release of Penumbra’s February issue (Zombie Apocalypse theme), featuring a short story by none other than… me! Woo hoo!

To celebrate, I decided to whip up a bonus feature of sorts.  Attached below is my brand spankin’ new mix dedicated to the classic zombie film, Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.  It features a track from the amazing soundtrack by Italian prog-rockers Goblin. The inspired music stands as Dario Argento’s greatest contribution to the film… well, other than financing the whole thing.  One of these days I’ll post about why it’s one of my all-time favorite films.  For now, turn up the volume and enjoy.

EDIT: If the SoundCloud widget above fails to load, as it apparently does on some platforms, the direct link is here.

And while you’re at it, pick up Penumbra and read a batch of great zombie stories that strive to do something a bit different with the genre.

Selling Bleeding Heartland was a singular milestone for me.  My internal editor often struggles with short fiction, so it’s nice to be acknowledged for a such a concise story.  This was my first submission after a directionless hiatus, and I discovered the call for entries with a day or two to spare for a hasty edit. It’s an extensive reworking of a short that was intended for a zombine zine that, unfortunately, failed to rise from the dead.  (Chia, it’s time to publish your excellent prequel as well!)

It’s a good day to die. And live again.


The apocalypse is coming!

Feb13Cover-500Well, here it is: the cover of next month’s Penumbra eMag, featuring me!  Yep, there’s my name, right on the cover.  The theme is, of course, Zombie Apocalypse.  It’s the best kind of apocalypse!

The release date is February 1st, or next Friday if you prefer. You can purchase directly from the Musa Publishing site, or find it at Barnes & Noble,, and in the iTunes store through the Magzter app. I will provide links to those sources once they become available.  Because, you know, you should totally buy it.  And let me know what you think!

A sale for the new year

Here’s an invaluable writing tip:  you can’t get published if you submit nothing!  After an epic hiatus, I’ve started sending out manuscripts again.  Lo and behold, my story Bleeding Heartland will appear in the February issue of Penumbra eMag!  Not only that, but the acting editor for the issue is fellow VP alum Brandie Tarvin!  Can’t get any cooler than that.

This is the story I was in the process of  selling to Revenant magazine, before they went belly-up after Issue Zero.  (Perhaps starting with zero triggered the curse.)  The current revision is a vast improvement, so it’s all for the best.

Much excitement!