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, From the Borderlands and The Blue Religion. In 2010, four of my stories were collected in When the Night Comes Down and my story "The Bank Job" won the Al Blanchard Award.
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My wife and I can do the work of ten men, apparently. She asked for a quote for a spring yard cleanup from a local lawn service and was quoted nearly $2000. The guy wanted to send five men for … Continue reading
I thought I had beaten the jet lag. I got back from Tokyo on Friday afternoon, went to bed at the usual time that night and slept soundly. Saturday night was fine, too. But the last two nights I’ve awakened … Continue reading
The weather is whacked. On Saturday afternoon I went for a post-prandial stroll along the artificial riverwalk with my daughter. Yesterday afternoon I was out mowing the lawn. By last night it was down near freezing again. Whacked, I say. … Continue reading
Nearly 10 years ago, I was invited to be a guest of honor at a mini-conference in Maine called Palavercon. I didn’t have high hopes for the event, but I agreed to go. My first book was just out, so … Continue reading
There’s always one clock that you forget to reset. It’s in an out-of-the-way location and it completely slips your mind. And yet, that’s the one that you notice and believe the next day. The one that makes you wonder why … Continue reading
At 30°F, it was two degrees colder in north Houston this morning than in Montreal or Halifax. And it’s supposed to get cold again tonight. The future doesn’t look promising for Zero Hour, the series about…what? What is it really … Continue reading
Tons of work done this weekend. I finished off a 6000-word piece for a project that is still pending. The publisher is waiting for the green light but once it’s given we have to hit the ground running so I … Continue reading
Better luck with the bread machine last night. The yeast in the old packet I’d used the night before had apparently moved on to wherever yeast goes when it dies. Bread and molasses for breakfast this morning. Yum! (My wife … Continue reading
I made a loaf of bread during the football game yesterday afternoon. I found an old packet of yeast in the deli drawer, so I decided to use that up. Bad move. Might as well have left the yeast out … Continue reading
I can’t remember the last time I went to the movie theater three times in a week. Three times in a month, even. My friend Danel Olson, editor of the Exotic Gothic series, asked me if I wanted to see … Continue reading