I’m crazy happy to announce that my series, CATASTROPHE QUEENS, has been selected for the CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator program! I’ll be spending the next few months working on the show with some pretty rad people, getting it into the most tip-toppiest shape possible. Big thanks to the CFC for believing in this wild project!

To find out more about the program and the other amazing projects that’ll be participating, clicky click here!

We are pleased to welcome four new creators into the TV series stream of the CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator, one component of the larger Netflix/CFC Global Project. This is the second cohort of creators who have participated in the TV series stream of the accelerator, a three-month offering that is tailored to the specific creative and business needs of the selected participants and their series concepts.

The distinct voices of these four creators, working in a wide range of genres and formats, really shone through. Their timely stories and compelling characters show real potential for widespread appeal, including reaching chronically underserved audiences hungry for original and inspiring content. Throughout the accelerator, they will receive advanced project development support to bolster the international reach of their TV series through access to creative and marketplace expertise, mentorship and activities. The 2021 TV series stream runs from November 2021 until February 2022.

There are two additional accelerators offered as part of the Netflix/CFC Global Project, the Calling Card and Marketplace Accelerators. These are yearlong accelerators, which, to date, have supported more than 20 projects, from shorts to features and TV series. Head here for more information on specific projects and participants.

Live Reading Friday 10/29!

Join myself and author Lindsay Merbaum this Friday, October 29th at 7 PM CST for an eerie virtual evening, hosted by Joanna Graham! We’ll each be doing a live reading of spooky stories, followed by a chat about spooky subjects. The event is being put on by McNally Robinson, my favourite indie bookstore! Hope to see you there!

Click here to register!

“List of a Lifetime” – airing this weekend!

LIST OF A LIFETIME, starring Kelly Hu, Shannen Doherty, Sylvia Kwan, and Patricia Velasquez, is airing on Sunday, October 10th on Lifetime at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST, in the US and in Canada! The film was directed by Roxy Shih, written by me, and produced by The Ninth House.

If you like a good tear-jerker, then you’ll love this movie!

“There Is No Death, There Are No Dead” – Out August 27th!

Great news in the writing world — THERE IS NO DEATH, THERE ARE NO DEAD, an anthology I co-edited and co-created along with Aaron J. French, will be out on Friday, August 27th from Crystal Lake Publishing!

I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the book turned out, as we have an amazing line-up of authors. Here’s the full TOC:

“Haunt Me” by Gemma Files

“The Happy Medium” by Helen Marshall

“The Marble Lily” by Kathe Koja

“The Bone Eater” by Lee Murray

“A Feather for Mrs. Edmond” by David Demchuk

“Meeting Katie King” by Lisa Morton

“The Mad Monk of the Motor City” by Gwendolyn Kiste

“The One Word I Can’t Say” by S.P. Miskowski

“Knock Three Times” by Seanan McGuire

“The Curious Story of Susan Styles: A Psychical Romance” by Catherine Lord

“Talitha Cumi” by Chesya Burke

“True Love Waits” by Nadia Bulkin

“The Shape of Her Soul” by Michelle Belanger

“American Remake of a Japanese Ghost Story” by Laird Barron

It’s available in paperback and ebook for now, with an upcoming audio release!

Pre-order your copy now at!

Nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award!

It’s true, and it’s crazy. My novelette, “I Will Find You, Even in the Dark,” is nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award! The story was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, originally appeared in Dim Shores Presents Vol. 1 (from Dim Shores), and is currently in my collection, The Mother Wound (from Independent Legions). There are some amazing authors and editors on this list, and I’m honoured to see my name next to theirs.

Check out the full release, and be sure to tune into the awards during ReaderCon on Sunday, August 15th:

Nominees Announced for the
2020 Shirley Jackson Awards

Boston, MA (June 2021) — In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, The Shirley Jackson Awards, Inc. has been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics.  The awards are given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories:  Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Fiction, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

The nominees for the 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards are:


Sisters by Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape)

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press)

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey / Penguin Random House)

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth (William Morrow)

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Saga Press, Gallery Books)

True Story by Kate Reed Petty (Viking)


The Best of Both Worlds by S. P. Miskowski (Trepidatio Publishing)

History of an Executioner by Clancy McGilligan (Miami University Press)

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones (Tordotcom Publishing)

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom Publishing)

Agatha’s Barn: A Carpenter’s Farm Story by Michael Bailey (Written Backwards)

Her Mad Song by C J Halbard (Man on Fire Press)


“I Will Find You, Even in the Dark” by Jessica Landry (Dim Shores Presents Vol. 1)

Many Restless Concerns: The Victims of Countess Bathory Speak in Chorus (A Testimony) by Gayle Brandeis (Black Lawrence Press)

The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith Meerkat Press)

Faith by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori (Granta)

“Heritage Hill” by Matthew R. Davis (Outback Horrors Down Under:  An Anthology of Antipodean Terrors)

“Pale Toes” by Marko Hautala, translated by Sanna Terho (The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories)

“Señor Ligotti” by Bernardo Esquinca, translated by James D. Jenkins (The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories)


“Holes” by R.A. Busby (Graveyard Smash:  Women of Horror Anthology Vol.2 collection)

Graceful Burdens by Roxane Gay (Amazon Original Stories)

“Isn’t Your Daughter Such a Doll” by Tobi Ogundiran (Shoreline of Infinity 18)

“Not the Man I Married” by R. A. Busby (Black Petals Issue #93 Autumn, 2020)

“Room and Board Included, Demonology Extra” by Eden Royce (Broken Eye Books)

“The Memory Game” by Franki Haber (The Gravity of the Thing)


Settling the World: Selected Stories by M. John Harrison (Comma Press)

Mannequin and Wife by Jen Fawkes (LSU Press)

Thin Places by Kay Chronister (Undertow Publications)

Velocities: Stories by Kathe Koja (Meerkat Press)

Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day by JD Scott (Lake Forest College Press)

Aftermath of an Industrial Accident: Stories by Mike Allen (Mythic Delirium Books)


After Sundown, edited by Mark Morris (Flame Tree Press)

Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, edited by Lee Murray & Geneve Flynn (Omnium Gatherum)

Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors, edited by Doug Murano & Michael Bailey (Written Backwards)

The Night Bazaar Venice: Thirteen Tales of Forbidden Wishes and Dangerous Desires, edited by Lenore Hart (Northampton House Press)

Lullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction Horror, edited by Mark Matthews (Wicked Run Press)

Shadows & Tall Trees, Vol. 8, edited by Michael Kelly (Undertow Publications)

Tiny Nightmares, edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto (Catapult)

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.”  Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work.

The 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented as a pre-recorded event on Sunday, August 15, 2021, at Readercon 31, Conference on Imaginative Literature.


AVP: Ultimate Prey cover reveal!

Here’s a fun project that’s been in the works for the past while…the first-ever Aliens vs Predators anthology! Edited by all-around awesome dudes Jonathan Maberry and Bryan Thomas Schmidt (who’ve each edited their own Alien and Predator anthologies), this book is due out on December 14th from Titan. You can pre-order here or wherever you buy your books from.

The first anthology of original short stories featuring the confluence of two iconic properties, as the Predators seek the ultimate prey, the Xenomorphs from Alien.

Fifteen original short stories set in the expanded AvP universe, featuring the ultimate hunters, the Yautja from Predator, pitted against the ultimate prey, the Xenomorphs from Alien, with humans caught in the middle! Set on Earth and in the far reaches of space, in the past, present, and future, these tales are produced by a culturally and ethnically diverse of authors of varied genders, gathered exclusively for this anthology. 

The authors include Louis Ozawa Changchien, who played “Hanzo” in Predators, Roshni “Rush” Bhatia, director of the Shadow at the Door, and Scott Sigler, author of Earthcore, Alive, and Aliens: Phalanx. Bestsellers include Jonathan Maberry, author of the Joe Ledger novels; Mira Grant, author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Newsflesh novel series as well as Star Wars: Canto Bight and Alien: Echo.

The Mother Wound is now available!

Happy Book Birthday to my first collection of horror stories, The Mother Wound! This collection spans the past six years of writing, from the very beginning to the most current — I’ve written two new stories and one novella just for this release.

Sometimes the deepest wounds come from those we hold the closest.

In her debut collection, Bram Stoker Award-winner Jess Landry blurs the line between genres, magnifying the darkness in the spaces in between, and confronting those relationships that are nearest and dearest to us in the most horrific ways. A mother and her daughter escape Nazi Germany, boarding the Hindenburg under the promise of a new life. An abused musical protégé discovers that her rage fuels much more than her cello-playing abilities. A hardened police officer finds something unexpected in the rising flood waters of her evacuated hometown. A woman ventures out onto the sea, in hopes of finding a mysterious mist where the dead roam freely. A strange tar infests the home of a young girl, swallowing everything in its wake, including her mother. Two broken women form a tragic bond while searching for a missing person in the dead of winter.

Mothers. Daughters. Sisters. Friends.

No one is safe within the pages of The Mother Wound.

Snatch it up now on Amazon!

Book News!

Big news and big cover reveal! My debut collection, THE MOTHER WOUND, will be out soon from Independent Legions Publishing. And what a cover designed by Luke Spooner. More info to come! I can’t believe this is happening!

Movie news!

Super exciting news! Crazy talented Kelly Hu (X2; The Scorpion King; Arrow) is set to star in a script I penned called Breast Cancer Bucket List! The movie will be directed by Roxy Shih and produced by The Ninth House.

More news to come (like when/where you can watch it). In the meantime, check out the Deadline article here while I go squeeeeee in the corner.

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