Ellen Datlow, editor of THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, has selected SNOWBLIND for the Honorable Mention list to be included in Volume 5. It’s a huge honor and a nice little feather in the ol’ professional cap. Congratulations to all of the other authors. It’s an honor to see my name listed among such staggering talent.
A snippet from the signature sheet for a forthcoming book. More details soon…
I’m excited to see this one come out. It includes my story “Mt. Uncompahgre,” which provided the original idea for the storyline that became SNOWBLIND. It means a lot to me to be involved with this anthology since Matt Schwartz and Shocklines were so important to the early years of my career. I’m thrilled to see the book get such positive early press.
Shocklines edited by Richard Chizmar & Matt Schwartz
“Chizmar, anthologist and publisher of Cemetery Dance, and Schwartz, founder of the horror-themed website Shocklines.com, present 19 new horror stories by authors such as Tim Lebbon (prolific author of genre novels), Ted Kosmatka (author of two excellent speculative-fiction novels, The Games and Prophet of Bones), Yvonne Navarro (popular author of several books set in the “Buffyverse”), Norman Prentiss (award-winning author of short fiction), and Rio Youers (author of the novel Westlake Soul). The stories cover a wide range of ground, from subtle character studies to outright shockers to twisters in the style of Tales of the Unexpected; but what unites them all is the high quality of the writing. A lot of anthologies have a few bright lights and several less successful tales, with one or two clunkers; here, there is a uniformity of excellence, and it would be hard to single out any story as being better than the others. For fans of horror short fiction, a must-read.”
— Booklist, David Pitt
The story of REMAINS has been a strange one. It was birthed in from the idea of creating a three-author collection of stories about–you guessed it–pets. Jeff Strand selected first and stole my first choice: a dog. I grudgingly accepted the idea of using a cat. The third author, Brian Knight, elected to use a bird. In the process of deciding what to write, along came Cargo Cult Press and the offer to release them as individual limited and lettered editions. Even better! So Jeff penned a story about a Boston terrier that became KUTTER. I wrote a story about a tabby–really a metaphorical story of coming to grips with my dad’s passing–that became REMAINS. And Brian’s idea blossomed into SEX, DEATH & HONEY. The books came out in hardcover and were not only instant sellouts, but critical successes, as well. But the books were limited editions and only so many people would ever read them. We still felt good about the stories and decided to find a way to reach more readers (in the days before the eBook explosion).
So, along came Dark Regions Press. Jeff was already working with them on another project and arranged to produce the collection we’d originally set out to write. Brian decided not to sign on; he was toying with the idea of turning SEX, DEATH & HONEY into a longer work. I was game, and our two-author project became THE MAD & THE MACABRE. (The name came from one of Jeff’s favorite lines in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.) The book was released in trade paperback initially and then later as an eBook. And then that was pretty much the end of it. We had no idea of how many copies sold (until recently) or how much it earned (again, until recently). We felt as though our stories, both of which we were exceptionally proud of, had fallen into a great dark hole.
Now, Jeff and I again hold the rights to our individual pet stories and the time has come, at long last, to release the stories far and wide. And so it is with great enthusiasm that I present to you the opportunity to read a darkly comedic story about a serial killer and his dog and a trapped-in-a-snowstorm thriller about the consequences of blind faith. May I present–drumroll please–KUTTER and REMAINS!
Available Monday at Amazon for $1.99 a piece!
Check Jeff Strand’s website for another fun-filled essay!
More details to follow…