Well, there’s something you don’t see every day

Somehow, some…way, my short story “Mutter” (from Crystal Lake Publishing’s Fantastic Tales of Terror) found its way onto the final ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards. I am in shock. I am in awe. I am not quite sure what to make of it all. But I do know I am grateful. Thank you to everyone who voted for the story, and big congrats to all the authors who made it onto the list (especially Gwendolyn Kiste’s The Rust Maidens and Gemma Files’s Spectral Evidence, both released from my imprint, Trepidatio Publishing)!

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Katsu, Alma – The Hunger (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • Maberry, Jonathan – Glimpse (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Malerman, Josh – Unbury Carol (Del Rey)
  • Stoker, Dacre and Barker, J.D. – Dracul (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • Tremblay, Paul – The Cabin at the End of the World (William Morrow)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Fine, Julia – What Should Be Wild (Harper)
  • Grau, T.E. – I Am the River (Lethe Press)
  • Kiste, Gwendolyn – The Rust Maidens (Trepidatio Publishing)
  • Stage, Zoje – Baby Teeth (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Tremblay, Tony – The Moore House (Twisted Publishing)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • Ireland, Justina – Dread Nation (Balzer + Bray)
  • Legrand, Claire – Sawkill Girls (Katherine Tegen Books)
  • Maberry, Jonathan – Broken Lands (Simon & Schuster)
  • Snyman, Monique – The Night Weaver (Gigi Publishing)
  • White, Kiersten – The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Delacorte Press)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Ahmed, Saladin – Abbott (BOOM! Studios)
  • Azzarello, Brian – Moonshine Vol. 2: Misery Train (Image Comics)
  • Bunn, Cullen – Bone Parish (BOOM! Studios)
  • LaValle, Victor – Victor LaValle’sDestroyer (BOOM! Studios)
  • Liu, Marjorie – Monstress Volume 3: Haven (Image Comics)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • Bailey, Michael – Our Children, Our Teachers (Written Backwards)
  • Hill, Joe – You Are Released (Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales) (Scribner)
  • Malik, Usman T. – Dead Lovers on Each Blade, Hung (Nightmare Magazine Issue #74)
  • Mason, Rena – The Devil’s Throat (Hellhole: An Anthology of Subterranean Terror) (Adrenaline Press)
  • Smith, Angela Yuriko – Bitter Suites (CreateSpace)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • Landry, Jess – “Mutter” (Fantastic Tales of Terror) (Crystal Lake Publishing)
  • Murray, Lee – “Dead End Town”(Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2) (IFWG Publishing International)
  • Neugebauer, Annie – “Glove Box” (The Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine Volume 3, Issue 4-July 2018)
  • Taff, John F.D. – “A Winter’s Tale” (Little Black Spots) (Grey Matter Press)
  • Ward, Kyla Lee – “And in Her Eyes the City Drowned” (Weirdbook #39) (Wildside Press)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Files, Gemma – Spectral Evidence (Trepidatio Publishing)
  • Guignard, Eric J. – That Which Grows Wild (Cemetery Dance Publications)
  • Iglesias, Gabino – Coyote Songs (Broken River Books)
  • Snyder, Lucy A. – Garden of Eldritch Delights (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  • Waggoner, Tim – Dark and Distant Voices: A Story Collection (Nightscape Press)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • Aster, Ari – Hereditary (PalmStar Media)
  • Averill, Meredith – The Haunting of Hill House: The Bent-Neck Lady, Episode 01:05 (Amblin Television, FlanaganFilm, Paramount Television)
  • Garland, Alex – Annihilation (DNA Films, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Skydance Media)
  • Heisserer, Eric – Bird Box (Bluegrass Films, Chris Morgan Productions, Universal Pictures)
  • Woods, Bryan, Beck, Scott, and Krasinski, John – A Quiet Place (Platinum Dunes, Sunday Night)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Chambers, James, Grey, April, and Masterson, Robert – A New York State of Fright: Horror Stories from the Empire State (Hippocampus Press)
  • Datlow, Ellen – The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea (Night Shade Books)
  • Guignard, Eric J. – A World of Horror (Dark Moon Books)
  • Murray, Lee – Hellhole: An Anthology of Subterranean Terror (Adrenaline Press)
  • Ward, D. Alexander – Lost Highways: Dark Fictions from the Road (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Connolly, John – Horror Express (PS Publishing)
  • Gambin, Lee – The Howling: Studies in the Horror Film (Centipede Press)
  • Ingham, Howard David – We Don’t Go Back: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror (Room 207 Press)
  • Mynhardt, Joe and Johnson, Eugene – It’s Alive: Bringing Your Nightmares to Life (Crystal Lake Publishing)
  • Wetmore Jr., Kevin J. – Uncovering Stranger Things: Essays on Eighties Nostalgia, Cynicism and Innocence in the Series (McFarland)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Boston, Bruce – Artifacts (Independent Legions Publishing)
  • Cowen, David E. – Bleeding Saffron (Weasel Press)
  • Lynch, Donna – Witches (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  • Simon, Marge and Manzetti, Alessandro – War (Crystal Lake Publishing)
  • Tantlinger, Sara – The Devil’s Dreamland (Strangehouse Books)


Oh right, I have a website

It’s no excuse, but sometimes you get so busy that you honestly forget you have a website. However, sometimes little reminders pop up, in particular ones from your hosting site saying “hey, you owe us money.” Then it’s like, oh yeah, I should probably do something with that.

The past year has been absolutely nuts in the best way possible — I’ve had several short stories released in some kick-ass anthologies, am currently long-listed for a Bram Stoker Award, and was a runner-up in the From Our Dark Side Genre Contest, presented by Vancouver Women in Film.

2019 looks to be gearing up as well: February 2nd is the release of Twice-Told: A Collection of Doubles, which features my story, “Scordatura.” I have a bunch of other yet-to-be-announced projects on the go, and will be working with a mentor on polishing my first screenplay, so my motto for 2019 is currently: “Sleep? What’s that?”

Hopefully I’ll remember to update this site before February 2020. If not, find me on Twitter or Facebook — I’m always wasting time there.

In other news

So I’ve determined that my average time spent on my own site is roughly twice a year. That’s pretty good, right?


Anyway, there’s much to discuss, and the bulk of it isn’t about me. Hooray!

First, two titles that I acquired for JournalStone (one of which that I edited) are nominated for a Bram Stoker Award!

Gwendolyn Kiste’s collection, AND HER SMILE WILL UNTETHER THE UNIVERSE, is nominated for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, and S.P. Miskowski’s I WISH I WAS LIKE YOU is nominated for Superior Achievement in a Novel.

Bonus points: I WISH I WAS LIKE YOU is also nominated for a This Is Horror Award!

Double bonus points: Philip Fracassi’s collection, BEHOLD THE VOID, is also nominated for Short Story Collection of the Year!

Triple bonus points: JournalStone is nominated for Publisher of the Year. If you feel compelled to vote for these wonderful authors and maybe even JournalStone, check out This Is Horror to do so! Voting closes on February 26, 2018.

This year’s StokerCon is taking place March 1 – 4 in the lovely Biltmore hotel in Providence, RI, and wouldn’t you know…I’ll be there!

I’ll be repping JournalStone and Trepidatio on Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd by wandering aimlessly around the dealers room and attending random panels, and I’ll be participating in the pitch sessions (on the 3rd). If you see me, come say hi! I’m Canadian — we’re all nice people (allegedly).

I have a few upcoming projects this year that I’ve been sworn to secrecy on, so as soon as I get the go-ahead to share, you bet your bottom dollar I’ll update it here (though if I come back on too soon, I’ll have met my update-your-site-only-twice-a-year quota).

Until then!

I’m the Worst

Yeah, this blog is more neglected than the treadmill in my basement (see: I’m lazy).

That being said, there are big things on the way and one of my (many) goals is to actually start using this thing.

My list of Things To Do is quite long, from editing manuscripts over at JournalStone/Trepidatio, to scribbling down story ideas and actually writing one from start to finish in one fell swoop. But right now, I’m tired (see: first sentence), so I’m going to go watch a movie.

Because that’s what productive people do, right? Let the To Do list pile as high as the spider village living in their treadmills, and go watch a movie instead.

Until next time, blog.

Is this thing on?

Is that the most over-used headline these days—probably. But it’s the first thing that came to mind, and seeing how I’m more of a seat-of-the-pantser than a planner, it’ll have to do.

Welcome to my site.

That felt weird. What an odd thing, to have a website of your own, to plug your own name into the search bar, and have things you’ve done populate in a template you’ve done your best (okay, second best) to customize.

But really, thanks for popping by. I’m hoping to update this thing from time to time, assuming its existence isn’t lost on me at some point.


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