Facebook Group

I started this Facebook group as a way to separate my personal life and writing. Not only will you find the major announcements this site/blog posts, but other minor, but fun, announcements as well. In fact, if you aren’t already part of my Facebook fan page, you might want to join now to be part of a cool ($125 value) upcoming contest.

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Newspaper Interview

I recently sat down with local reporter, Maria Lindsay, and answered a few questions regarding my writing and a few other fun things. The article/interview came out in today’s paper. But, unless you’re from NE Ohio, specifically, north of Akron, the only way to read it would be here.

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“Thirst” — Optioned for Film

Michael Yurinko and I have known each other since October 2012. So it’s only fitting that after almost eight years to the day of trying to figure out something to work together on, we can finally announce a very exciting project that’s still in the very beginning stages. 

Back in June of this year we started chatting again about what to work on together. Michael told me he was looking for an atypical lycan tale. I was more than happy to send him the short story “Thirst” (Originally published in Werewolf Magazine, Issue #9, January 2009. Reprinted in For After Midnight, October 2011 and then again in Escaping Lucidity, June 2015). I also sent him my novella Grave Intentions (coming in mid-2021 from Crossroad Press). There is a passage in both (because the novella is based on the short story) that gives a flashback scene. This imagery and dialog must have struck a cord in Michael because he told me this specific part of the story was exactly what he was looking for. After I gave my permission to use some of “Thirst”, Michael wrote a first, then a second draft of what would be named, WHEN NOVEMBER ENDS.

Fast forward a few months and Michael let me know a few days ago that the screenplay for WHEN NOVEMBER ENDS has made an official selection of the Creepy Tree Film Festival

There is obviously still a long road ahead before any potential filming would begin, but let me tell you, if, or better yet, WHEN, it does happen, you aren’t going to want to miss it.

This will be, and already is, a truly special project that’s in the works.

Stay tuned!

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Grave Intentions — Coming 2021

I am extremely pleased to announce that in mid-2021 Crossroad Press will be releasing my atypical werewolf novella, Grave Intentions, in TPB and eBook.

Synopsis:

Rodney’s life started to spiral out of control after the untimely death of his beloved wife. He ended up on the rough streets: fighting for his sanity and looking for his next fix. But it was his hunger for getting high and trying to forget his former life that was the hardest for him to control. Or at least he thought. Then came the night when he and another junkie walked into Parkside Cemetery, dug up a body and…and took a drink.

That’s when Rodney’s life really changed. 

Derrick, Craig, Joan and Stacy were the best of friends, if not a little more at times. Late one night before their impending first days of college, they decided to have a liquid-picnic in their local cemetery. It was supposed to be a night of laughs, booze and sex. Until Derrick came running back to his three friends, scared half to death. He started babbling about seeing something that looked like a werewolf. 

Now the three friends must escape from the cemetery before the werewolf finds them and chomps them into little pieces. 

Will all four friends survive? Or will the bloodline of the werewolf win the night?

Only the deepest bonds of friendship and something even greater holds the answer.

Stick around for more details coming soon!

House Call — Novella + Screenplay

I am beyond excited to announce that Journalstone has picked up House Call for publication in February 2021. The even cooler part, this won’t just be the novella, it will also contain the screenplay written by Shannon Casto of Little Oak Film Group.

Novella Synopsis:

Mariam thought it was going to be a weekend of relaxation. She had her little sister to take care of but knew she could that handle that without much of a problem. That all changed when Jessica got sick and Mariam had no other choice but to call the family doctor.

John and Nick decide tonight is perfect to burglarize a house. They stake the place out and are delighted to find the only people inside are two young girls – an easy in-and-out job.

Or so they thought.

What ensues is a battle between the girls that are home alone and the two bad men.

Little do any of them know someone else plans to make a house call of their own.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

House Call — Film Distribution News

In 2013, my at the time unpublished (though it would be finally published in 2014 in my non-fiction book, The Death of a Horror Writer) novella, House Call, was optioned and adapted into a feature-length film by Texas-based Little Oak Film Group. It was subsequently released solely on DVD and available only on Amazon.

So, after seven years, Little Oak and myself are extremely proud to announce that House Call has been picked up for worldwide distribution via DVD and VOD with Summer Hill Entertainment.

The tentative release date, which will include all new cover artwork (below are the originals), along with a bunch of other fun stuff, is tentatively set within the next 6 months.

Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

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DININ’

I am pleased to announce, in the most vauge booking way possible, that DININ’ (originally published by Bad Moon Books in 2012) has been picked up for re-release by a “major/well-respected/long-established genre press”. I’ll be able to give more details at some point in the near future.

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The New Beginning (Take Two)

I’ve always been a huge fan of horror. I was born in 1977, so I grew up during the 80s horror boom. I wrote my first short horror story in 6th grade. Fast forward to 2007 – that’s when I picked up by first book by Richard Laymon. I was hooked! That’s when I said to myself, “Hey, I can write some twisted stuff too!” In early 2008 I started writing my own material – three months later I had pounded out 100k words. It was subsequently published in late 2008. It wasn’t written very well, but that’s what began my journey in the horror genre. Through the years I was fortunate enough to have a bunch of short stories published, a novel, several novellas, editor in several anthologies, audio books, and even had two of my stories adapted into film (House Call & Cake Batter). I also ran two imprints over the years. I made a ton of contacts, and even more importantly, friends in the horror community. But then in late 2013 something happened. I had just spent nearly 12 months pitching an anthology to one of the Big 5 publishing houses. I obviously can’t tell you ‘who’ would have been part of it, but sometimes pitching a project to one of the ‘King’ publishers, can be the pits. After so much promise and work it was finally shot down by one of the publishers at the company. I was devastated to say the least. I thought to myself, if I can’t get ‘this’ project picked up by one of the Big 5, then what the hell am I wasting my time doing all this writing, marketing, etc, etc, etc for. 

In 2014, SST Publications put out my homage to Richard Laymon’s A Writer’s Tale (I’m fortunate enough to own a copy. I’ve always called it ‘my writing Bible’.). I entitled my first non-fiction work, The Death of a Horror Writer. I even had Richard’s wife, Ann, write the Introduction. It just made sense. I wasn’t trying to copy Laymon’s book, but instead, told my account of what it was like coming up in the horror genre. I wasn’t being winey or a bitch by ‘retiring’ from writing because of this or that happening or not happening, but instead my psyche just couldn’t take it any longer. I was worn out and needed a break. On a single page at the end of that book I wrote, ‘The End is the New Beginning’. I didn’t know at the time what I meant by that, but knew it had to be in the finished book.

Fast forward to one month ago. After 6 years of not writing (or even reading!) I picked up a Laymon book. I read for about an hour or so that first night. The next morning when I awoke, I knew something had changed. I said to my wife, “I think I’m ready to get back into writing again.” I was jittery, full of nervous energy for the craft I had given up so many years before.

So, why do I want to get back into the fray now? Well, unfortunately, there’s no deep answer I can give you. Sometimes you just know when it’s time. 

Time to get going again.

To get back out there and wreak some havoc.

Time for…

The New Beginning.