Laymon’s Rules of Writing

“Laymon’s Rules of Writing” is a slightly revised version of a chapter from, A Writer’s Tale, published by Deadline Press in 1998 (I’m actually lucky enough to own a copy of this).  You can read the aforementioned version here.

As a side note – yes, I have posted this before, and yes, I’m doing it again because I think it speaks a shit ton of truth for writers in every genre.

Oh, and because the 2nd and last ‘Richard Laymon Book Contest’ of 2010 is coming tomorrow…anyone like vampires?!  (hint hint)  Stay tuned…


An Update on Releases

I figured it was time for an update on what I have coming out between next month and 2012 (I say, 2012, as I don’t have any releases after that, at least not as of right now).  Below you will find novellas, collections, anthologies and a short-short story.  Not included in the list are 3 books that will definitely come out before the end of 2012 and 2, well, 2 that I’m still shopping around (these two – a monster novel and an occult novella – were actually written before I made the switch from writing and blindly submitting everywhere to having a signed contract first – which, if I might add, is a hell of a lot better if you can pull it off).  I can’t mention the 3 that aren’t included in the list, but are scheduled for release, because there is still some business stuff to be worked out first (but, boy, oh boy, will you be glad I kept you in suspense).  Anyway, here is the list.



Dinin’ (tentative title), Bad Moon Books, Early 2012.

Taxi Ride (tentative title), Severed Press, Early 3rdQ 2011. 

The Fields, The Zombie Feed (Imprint of Apex Publications), 1st Q 2011.

Last Night Out, part of Twisted Tales from the Torchlight Inn (a 3-novella collection by Thomas A. Erb, Dean Harrison & Myself), Wicked East Press, February 2011.



On Dark, Lonely Nights (short story collection), Wicked East Press, Late 2011/Early 2012.

For After Midnight (short story collection), Dark Quest Books, December 2010.



Relics & Remains (Editor), TBA, March 2011.

Fell Beasts (Editor), Dark Quest Books, December 2010.


Short Stories

‘Urban Monsoon’, Cup of Joe, Coffee House Flash Fiction (Anthology), December 2010.

Twisted Tales – Promo Items

As previously mentioned, Twisted Tales from the Torchlight Inn, is a 3-author, 3-novella collection (containing stories by: Thomas A. Erb, Dean Harrison & Myself) coming out in February 2011.  But until the book is available for purchase; we thought you might like to get your bar-type swag on by picking up one of the following items from Devious Designz.


The Fields

I’m pleased to announce that The Zombie Feed, an Imprint of Apex Publications, has picked up my zombie novella, The Fields.

A little on me writing about zombies…

This is my first zombie story and I’m very pleased how it came out.  In fact, I think this might be the most insightful, deeply rooted and perhaps the best written tale I’ve ever done.  The truth of the matter is; I’ve always wanted to write about zombies, but didn’t want to just rehash what’s been done a hundred times before.  I wanted something different or I wasn’t going to write about the undead at all.  So, when Jason Sizemore at Apex told me about his new Imprint, The Zombie Feed, and the fact that we’d been trying to figure out something for me to write for him for quite some time, the timing seemed perfect…and away I went to write a 25k story that is based in the middle 1800s, right after slavery ended, about a young farmer that is trying to do the right thing and take care of the land that belonged to his father – his now dead father – a land owner that would mistreat (which is putting it mildly) the slaves he owned.  This is not your run-of-the-mill zombie story. Oh no.  This one touches on racism, a son’s love that’s mixed with a hatred for his still-dead father, the son dealing with a stranger that wanders onto the plantation one morning and…well, I guess I better not give anything else away or it might spoil the fun that I’m positive you’ll have while reading it.    

The Fields is slated for publication during the 1stQ 2011.  It will be released in Trade Paperback and more than likely in ebook format.

Yet Another Ambrotos Teaser

What do authors – Wrath James White, John Everson, Gord Rollo, Adam P. Lewis, Tim Deal, Deborah LeBlanc, Steven Shrewsbury, Thomas A. Erb, Dean Harrison, Sheldon Higdon, Maurice Broaddus, Mike Oliveri, Dora Machado, Michael Laimo, Jeff Strand, among many many others – all have in common?

That’s right – AMBROTOS!

The major announcement is coming soon…

Fell Beasts – Final Author List

Since there has been some changes to the original list of contributing authors for the Fell Beasts anthology, coming in December of this year, so I thought I would provide you all with an update.  See below.

R. Scott McCoy

Timothy Moore

Jason Sizemore

Thomas A. Erb

Gord Rollo

Robert Ford

Dean Harrison

Michael West

Adam P. Lewis

Brady Allen

John Everson

I’ll also be posting the cover art for the anthology once it’s available.

Ty-ing Up the Genre with Elizabeth Massie

This month, ‘Ty-ing Up the Genre’ on Hellnotes dot com, brought in Elizabeth Massie to write a guest article – ‘My Own Ghosts and Why I Love (All But One Of) Them’. 

Click here to read it.