I am the author of The Dark Tower Companion, The Road to the Dark Tower, nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, and The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, which was nominated for a 2010 Edgar® Award and a 2009 Bram Stoker Award.
My short fiction has appeared in places like Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Borderlands 5, Ice Cold, and The Blue Religion. Four of my stories were collected in When the Night Comes Down and another four in a CD Select eBook. My story "The Bank Job" won the Al Blanchard Award. "The Honey Trap" from Ice Cold was nominated for an ITW Thriller Award in 2015.
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Yesterday, I spent a little over an hour at the front of a classroom. My buddy Danel Olson invited me to speak to his Gothic class at a local college, something I’ve done once previously. It was a relatively small … Continue reading
I know it doesn’t sound like much to people from northern climes, but we are under a “winter storm” warning (or a “winter mix,” as they’re describing it) for the next day or so. They’ve already started spraying the bridges … Continue reading
I always enjoy talking with my agent. We don’t talk all that often, but when we do, I come away feeling energized. I feel like he knows the lay of the land and the best way to approach a new … Continue reading
Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean winter is over yet. Today the temperature has dropped over 25° from what it was this morning as a cold front sweeps through. We might also get ½” of rain or more in the … Continue reading
I’ve got to learn to say “no” more. Heck, it’s not even that. I’ve got to stop offering to do things! I’m well booked up for the next month with four or five mini-projects. Two of them are due at … Continue reading
I finished the first draft of my new short story this morning. It’s only 2000 words, but I’m happy that it turned out pretty much the way I imagined it a couple of mornings ago. It still needs to be … Continue reading
Winter is coming, they say. We may get temperatures in the 30s after the weekend. Can’t happen soon enough. It’s going to be over 80 all weekend. No wonder I’m “bah humbug” when it comes to Christmas. It’s hard to … Continue reading
This weekend I’m going to do something I’ve never done before: Vote in an election in the US. I became a citizen earlier this year, so it’s my first opportunity. It’s been a long time since I voted anywhere in … Continue reading
I’m halfway through the fifth and final season of The Wire. I like the way they change up the theme song each season. I just realized that Steve Earle, who sings the theme for the final season, also plays Bubbles’ … Continue reading