Joe Hill — Taking Off The Crazypants

I seem to have gradually become quite the fan of Joe Hill. A friend of mine recommended his rather excellent comic series Locke & Key a few years back, and that led me to read Heart-Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts, which…

Finally put together something I’ve had in mind for quite a while — an e-book collection of short stories especially for the subscribers to my Announcements List. I really appreciate the people who invite me into their inboxes to let…

Cool Stuff For People Who Like Clive Barker

I’ve been on kind of a Clive Barker kick lately. I’ve been a fan of his for years, and he’s always been a huge influence, but it seems like he’s been looming especially large in my personal zeitgeist these past…

"and the nights will flame with fire"

Quote of the Day: “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It…

I Think I've Finally Figured Out How Goodreads is Useful to Me

Ahhh, Goodreads. As a social book recommendation platform, used and loved by millions, it’s second-to-none for readers. For writers, well — it’s kind of an impenetrable mystery. I think every writer must look at their userbase of sixteen million readers and…

Places to Announce Your Free E-Book

Oh, hey, here’s the post that I’ve been promising you ever since I ran my last e-book giveaway at the end of January. From everything I’ve read, the best way to reach a wide audience with a giveaway like that one…

You Are Not Crazy And Writing Is Not A Compulsion

Yes! Finally, the voice of reason comes calling to us from out of the wilderness. Going against so much the prevailing “wisdom” you’ll find in many books and blogs on writing, Kriscinda Lee Everitt writes: How many times have you…

Dark Justice: Setting the Record Straight about "Heroes and Villains"

The thing is, though, I wasn’t really thinking of the movie when I came up with the idea for this story. I was thinking of the same thing that the creators of movie were thinking of — an actual historical event.

Breaking into the Top 100 -- Just Barely

For the last three days of January, I made Permanent Damage a free download on Amazon, and asked people to spread the word to help the book make it into the top 100 free books. Here’s how that went. (This…

Actually, Yes, Please Do Pirate My Book

If someone told me, “hey, did you know people are downloading Permanent Damage off of some skeezy little pornography-ad-laden Russian torrent site?” — I would fist-pump the air and do a little end-zone dance.