Na zdrowie! (To good health)

I‘ve been focusing on developing good health and fitness habits this year. Though I have a ways to go, I have been illness-free for over a year. No serious respiratory infections, no asthma, no panic attacks. Allergies are under control–the occasional itchy eyes, but nothing that slows me down. For someone who has been sick with one thing or another for YEARS, waking up every day feeling well and energetic is a blessing I will never, ever take for granted.

An interesting result of this lifestyle change is that the story tap is starting to flow again. Fiction is not my primary focus right now, so I quickly consign story ideas to a file and then get back to work. But every now and then, I catch a whiff of a story that’s busily fermenting (and sometimes fomenting) somewhere in the brain-basement. I have missed that warm, yeasty aroma.

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Halloween Haiku II

As it has every year since 2009, Popcorn Press will be publishing a collection that’s mostly seasonal poetry, with a bit of short fiction tossed into the mix.

This will be my third appearance in PP’s Halloween collections.  My contributions include a short free verse poem, two haiku, and the foreword. Editor Lester Smith brings his usual seamless professionalism and joyful sense of play to this project. If all collections were this much fun, everyone would be reading and writing poetry.

As it should be.

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I found this on the Chaosium website. Nifty cover!  Nice blend of luxury travel and eldritch horror.

The release date is listed as September 21.  Add a slice of warm apple pie, maybe an Octoberfest micro-brew, and you’ve got a great Autumn Solstice celebration right there.

Scroll down two posts for a Table of Contents.



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Knight in the Silk Purse, ebook

The second anthology set in the fantasy city of Taux is finally available in ebook format.

Here’s the link to the Kindle ebook at

Here’s the ePub version at State of the Genre website

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ToC for “Madness on the Orient Express”

A few days back, the contributors to this upcoming Cthulhu-inpired anthology received this Table of Contents and the go-ahead to share it.

Introduction by James Lowder
“There is a Book” by Dennis Detwiller
“The Lost Station Horror” by Geoff Gillan
“Bitter Shadows” by Lisa Morton
“La Musique de l’Ennui” by Kenneth Hite
“A Great and Terrible Hunger” by Elaine Cunningham
“Inscrutable” by Robin D. Laws
“Engineered” by Ari Marmell
“Black Cat of the Orient” by Lucien Soulban
“The Face of the Deep” by C.A. Suleiman
“Demons Dreaming” by Cody Goodfellow
“A Finger’s Worth of Coal” by Richard Dansky
“Bound for Home” by Christopher Golden
“Stained Windows” by Joshua Alan Doetsch
“On the Eastbound Train” by Darrell Schweitzer
“The God Beneath the Mountain” by James L. Sutter
“Daddy, Daddy” by Penelope Love

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By Faerie Light II

The packaging of the anthology By Faerie Light is a little bit confusing, even for someone who has a story in this anthology.  Or a story in HALF of the anthology, depending upon whether you’re going with the paperback or the ebook.

Yeah, I know. Here’s how that works.

The dead-tree version of By Faerie Light contains all 18 stories. Behold the cover, just over there to the right.

The ebook version has been broken up into two sections.  The first half, By Faerie Light Vol. 1,  uses the same cover, which makes sense. (Unlike the whole splitting-up-the-ebook thing, which really doesn’t.) My story isn’t in this ebook.  It’s in By Faerie Light II, which, as I discovered today, has a different cover.  So if you want to read “The White Tunic,” a twisty little tale that features clever farm lads and malevolent scheming fairies and dragons and Far Worse Things, you’ll want the ebook with the blue cover. That said, at $2.99 each, you could probably go pink AND blue.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this tale. Leave a comment here or on Facebook or, if you prefer, drop me an email.

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