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June 21, 2017

New interview with me focusing on my new book THIS SWORD FOR HIRE.
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Published on June 21, 2017 05:22 • 3 views

June 13, 2017

Available now! This Sword for Hire collects all the stories (so far) about my sword-and-sorcery hero Selden, which is to say, some of my favorite stuff. Check it out here:
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Published on June 13, 2017 09:02 • 9 views

May 27, 2017

Lovecraftian Tales is now available! All-new horror stories by a bunch of terrific writers. Plus, I've got something in there, too.
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Published on May 27, 2017 10:20 • 4 views

May 21, 2017

Thanks to Oasis 29 in Orlando for having me as an author guest this weekend. It was a great con and I had a terrific time.
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Published on May 21, 2017 14:17 • 3 views

May 17, 2017

People are even now compiling their Wish Lists of Gen Con events in preparation for buying tickets a week from Sunday. And it occurs to me that there may be someone somewhere specifically interested in seeing the Writer’s Symposium panels I’m on. (In the snappish words of Judy Tenuta, “It could happen!”) So here’s my schedule:


11 AM – Novel Craft: Writing a Synopsis

2 PM – Worldbuilding: Magic Systems that Won’t Break Your Story

3 PM – Story Craft: Are You Overthinking the Story?


10 AM – Worldbuilding 101

11 AM – Character Craft: Writing True Leaders

1 PM – Writer’s Life: An Introvert’s Guide to Interacting with the Public


10 AM – Fantasy Fiction: Dark Fantasy

1 PM – Character Craft: Good People Doing Terrible Things

4 PM – Writer’s Craft: The Art of Adding Details
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Published on May 17, 2017 10:39 • 2 views

May 13, 2017

This is my programming schedule (panels plus a couple other things) for Oasis 29 in Orlando next weekend.
10 AM Atlas room – What Makes a Series (moderator)
3 PM Orion room – Charity auction (auctioneer)
5 PM Orion room – Great Horror Films You May Have Missed
7:30 PM Atlas room – Masquerade (MC)
10 AM Orion room – Urban Fantasy (moderator)
1 PM Phoenix room – Ha-ha or Ah ha! (humor panel) (moderator)
For more info on Oasis 29, you can visit their site online.
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Published on May 13, 2017 06:44 • 2 views

May 8, 2017

I'll be at Oasis 29 in Orlando at the end of next week. Here's info on the con:
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Published on May 08, 2017 14:04 • 3 views

April 28, 2017

Spending Day Two in that annoying space where you've got the start of an idea for the next story, but it won't come clear enough for you to start writing.
It's partly my own fault. See, here's the default template for a horror short story.
1. Here's a guy.
2. A bad thing happens to him.
I've written a number of those. I imagine most horror writers have, and there are many good stories that unfold just like that.
But I sometimes have the urge to write one that doesn't follow the template. And you make life harder for yourself when you try to go off that well-beaten path.
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Published on April 28, 2017 12:37 • 3 views

April 7, 2017

There's a new eBook edition of my horror novel DEAD TIME out from the fine people at Crossroad Press. It's already available on Amazon and will be listed at Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and all the usual suspects in the very near future.
DEAD TIME combines the thrills and chills of supernatural horror with the twisty logic of classic time travel stories. The hero faces malevolent spirits and also has to worry about creating paradoxes, altering his own past, erasing himself from existence, and all that kind of thing.
Here's a link to the book on Amazon:
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Published on April 07, 2017 06:02 • 8 views

April 2, 2017

Well, I've now watched Season One of IRON FIST all the way through, and my final judgment is that I was disappointed.
The show's been criticized over such issues as cultural misappropriation and the trope of the white savior, and perhaps those criticisms are justified. I'lll leave it to those who have more insight and sensitivity concerning those matters to judge. But my own problems involved basic storytelling choices and craft.
My biggest problem was that Danny just didn't seem like the same youthful, likable, heroic character I've enjoyed in the comics. I believe I know why this is. The writers chose to make him considerably more flawed.
And of course, that's a standard storytelling technique. You often give a protagonist significant flaws so you can show him learning and growing through the course of a story.
But I think IRON FIST demonstrates that writers can do this well or not so well. It's possible to depict the flawed protagonist's failings in a way that make us empathize with him less and enjoy his journey less, and that was my reaction here.
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Published on April 02, 2017 13:34 • 7 views