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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Great Give Back

2008 was a busy year for me. It was a good year. If you like my writing it was a good year for you too. If you've purchased everything I have available, then you've invested a pretty decent chunk of change. I hope you found it an even trade and my books or stories entertained you. Regardless, I'd still like to give you something else, as a way of saying thank you to those people who have purchased my books and maybe sparking the curiosity of those who have not. Because, in the words of Mark Everett, "Everybody knows, these are rock hard times."

So, on March 19th, I will begin serializing my novel, The Beard. If you like my books, especially Zerostrata and The Overwhelming Urge, I think you'll like it.

Also, I received some extremely great news about one of my horror stories but I don't think anything's official yet, so I'm going to keep it a secret for now.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Sex Beast of Scurvy Island

It's confirmed! "The Sex Beast of Scurvy Island" will appear in the first issue of The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, due out later this year. Here's a brief description of the story:

When the members of the Grassville Gang are not solving crimes, they are picking up transients and using them to make porno. They are incestuous, perverted, and extremely decadent but they’re always out to find out “whodunnit.” When they become aware of a sex beast on tropical Scurvy Island, they have to travel there and find out why all the young women are getting pregnant and the young men are found mutilated in horrible, terrible ways. Join Brock Rockhard, Carrie Godown, Emma Inside, Zeke Loner, and Sheriff Denny Rogers as they unravel the mystery that threatens to destroy them all!

Also, a reminder that you have just under two weeks to preorder Market Adjustment and Other Tales of Avarice!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Updates

2009 is already trucking along. I completed my first piece, a very long short story(around 10,000 words) called "The Sex Beast of Scurvy Island." With any luck, it should be appearing in the debut issue of The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction.

If you missed the chat from last week and want to read a transcript of it, you can check it out HERE. Thanks to everyone who took time out to come by and say hi!

Norm Rubenstein wrote an awesome advance review of Market Adjustment and Other Tales of Avarice on his blog. You can read it HERE.

And if you haven't ordered Market Adjustment you only have until February 27 to do so. There will only be as many copies as are preordered, with a cap of 150 signed copies and 26 lettered copies.

It was brought up in the chat if I thought it was ironic that a book with an economic depression as its jumping point was retailing with a starting cost of 50 dollars. Believe me, there is no irony intended. At its core, the book is about corporate greed. In the typical retail world, you pay top dollar for the most inexpensively produced goods purchased from a publicly owned corporation. Meaning, when you pay for that latest hardcover from Barnes and Noble or Amazon, you're paying around 30 dollars for an item that is produced in the thousands or possibly even hundreds of thousands. If you buy Market Adjustment, you will be purchasing it from an independent retailer (Horror Mall), you will get a great-looking, unique book to put on your shelf, the publisher will make money, and the writer will make money. Cargo Cult Press and I are doing everything we can to make this a book one that is truly one of a kind. Each book will contain an individual 6 word story, hand written by me, on a very familiar kind of currency.

All right, it's back to writing for me!