Who I AmI've been writing stories for my own entertainment since the eighth grade. I wrote several science fiction "trunk" novels which will never see the light of day (thankfully). Ten years ago I sold my first short story "Way Station" to The Midnight Diner. Since then, my short stories have appeared in collections alongside the likes of Bentley Little, David Morrell, Tom Monteleone, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, Peter Staub, Neil Gaiman and Robert McCammon.
Through Crystal Lake Publishing, I've released a short story collection, Things Slip Through, a novella duet, Devourer of Souls, and a novella quartet, Through A Mirror, Darkly. In Spring of 2018, Crystal Lake will release my next short story collection, Things You Need.
Apokrupha Publishing released my coming of age novella, A Night at Old Webb, and my very first book, a dark fantasy/pulp adventure, Hiram Grange and the Chosen One, was released through Shroud Publishing in May, 2010. Mystery Road, a limited edition hardcover novella, is forthcoming from Cemetery Dance Publications.
I write a nonfiction column for Cemetery Dance Publications Online called "Revelations", which looks back and examines writers who have been instrumental in my own development. I also write a quarterly column for Lamplight Magazine, "Horror 101", which examines the literary aspects and foundations of the horror genre, as well as spotlights authors who are not often thought of when thinking about "horror."
I've dithered back and forth about starting a Patreon for awhile now, and I've finally decided to take the plunge. For a long time I've wanted to commit myself to writing one short story a month, and I figure I need a little incentive to do so, so here it is.
Why I'm Here
Why I'm Here
Also, in the past few years I've created a mythos of sorts in Clifton Heights, my fictional, strange town in the Adirondacks. In my mind there's unlimited potential in this town, when you think about all the different kinds of folks who live there, and their individual stories. Some of those stories are bound to be dark and horrific, some of them merely odd, some of them....just about life.
Through Patreon, I'd like to offer these Clifton Heights stories. Some of them may be straightforward horror tales. Others, more speculative and "Twilight Zonesque." Still others might be nothing more than "slice of life" vignettes which may or may not even have "proper endings." Regardless, I want the freedom to be able to examine regular people living in an odd, strange world, and I hope Patreon and readers will allow me to do so.
What You'll Be Paying For
Fiction. That's it. No behind the scenes, because honestly, my behind the scenes isn't all that interesting. My random thoughts on life you can get for free on my website or on my Facebook. Here, you'll get short stories, novellas, and serial novels, and that's all.
Pledge $4 a month:
A new short story every month. Could be horror, could be speculative, could be slice of life.
Pledge $8 a month:
A new short story every month, plus one chapter of the serialized story, The Glasses.
Pledge $10 a month:
A new short story every month, one chapter of the serialized story The Glasses and a chapter a month of the serialized story, The Last Pitch Before Nightfall.
Pledge $15 a month:
All of the above, including the following: if you've followed me for a year, you will receive three trade paperback editions: one collecting my short stories, one for The Glasses and one for The Last Pitch Before Nightfall. These will be not sold on Amazon, or conventions. You can only get them through here.
A final note: I'll begin production as soon as I hit $40+ a month. I don't mean to seem demanding, but given the time to write, edit, rewrite, along with my daily demands and my regular work, I wouldn't be able to commit to this until I've hit that mark. Thank you so much, and I hope to make this fly!