New short story in Black Petals’ Autumn issue. The editor added, ‘An obvious choice’ as a comment after my byline, but what would your decision be? Check it out.
I wrote a sequel to Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space”, imagining what might be going on with the creature left behind in the new, manmade lake, and the nearby humans. Unlike the original, I introduce people who can see it and even communicate because of a neurological condition. It’s called “The Colors of the Gods.” Let me know what you think of it!
In May, the Bay Area Chapter of the Horror Writer’s Association hosted a booth in Berkeley. I was there both days with a fun crew of fellow writers. We’re there every year, so please stop by to say hello. We’re an eclectic group, so you’ll find quite the variety of books on our table. Also, if you’re a writer of horror or dark fiction, we’d love you to join us. You can see how at horror.org.
Author Gregory L. Norris has gathered comments from various other writers who appeared in David Kramer’s anthology ‘From the Corner of Your Eye” (see post below). Each talks a little about how they came to their story, or a little further information, which is helpful if you’re not familiar with the cryptid they chose. Check out what we said on his website.
Cryptids are those unverified creatures that wander the shadows that yet remain in our shrinking world. Sometimes they turn out to be real–an unusually fashioned wolf turns out to be a new species, or a large predator feline escapes from a collector or zoo far from its natural habitat to amaze and frighten the locals. Most, though, remain unverified: Bigfoot, the New Jersey Devil, melonheads, that thing my neighbor swears is his daughter, the Ice Worm and Nessie, rougarous, and selkies.
For this anthology I played around with several to see which gelled. None of my aswang (insane vampire from the Philippines) ideas really came to anything, but I began to have a lot of fun with kappas. As with a lot of Japanese yokai, they are both unsettling and eccentric.
Besides my tale, there are a lot of really good stories in here, and it’s fun to try guessing which cryptid the story is about. Some of my favorites were: Dark Waters by T. Fox Dunham, Visibility by Gregory L. Norris, Stone Baby Blues by David Kramer, The Beast of London by David Smith & Violet Anderson, Scare Quotes by Jeremiah Murphy (silly fun!), and Rourgarou by B. David Spicer.
For more information on the book, you can check out the publisher’s page.
I write a number of genres–whatever I think will work best or interests me at the time–though horror/dark fantasy seems to pop up more than the others. Check out the stories menu for links to free online stores as well as info on where to find the rest. If you are in the mood for sillier fare, I write humor as Nathan Cromwell, and you can check that out on my other site.