Nossa Morte Interview

NOSSA MORTE launched its February issue this weekend, and it includes a new interview with me. Senior Editor, Michael De Kler, asked me a bunch of questions about formative influences, my longstanding creative relationship with Delirium Books, my upcoming Leisure Books novels Sacrifice and The 13th and more. The issue also includes fiction from Nadia Bulkin, Christopher Green, Christopher K. Miller, James Owens, Jason S. Ridler and George Seaton. It also includes cool cover art from the ever-amazing…

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Keep Austin Weird

I’VE NOT EVER KEPT it a secret that if given the choice, I’d relocate to Austin or San Francisco in a heartbeat. They are my two favorite cities in the U.S.  So you can imagine how happy I’ve been for the past five days since I got to run a business meeting in Austin for my dayjob. And while it wasn’t sunny and 75 while I was there (it hung mostly in the 50s), the weather was…

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2008 award polls in progress

EVERY YEAR, A GRASSROOTS group puts on the “Preditors and Editors” poll via the Internet and does a broad tally of bookloving fans on what books and stories they liked over the previous year. The P&E poll is a quick one — open for just the first two weeks of January. My friend Paul “P.S.” Gifford just pointed out to me that my novel Covenant is currently at #8 in the poll for best horror novel, which…

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Horror New Year!

2008 IS GONE.  I’ll miss it. But 2009 is shaping up to be a great year too. Leisure Books will be releasing my second novel Sacrifice at the end of April, while my third novel, The 13th, will be issued in a limited hardcover edition from Necro Publications this spring as well as in a paperback edition from Leisure at the end of the year. Meanwhile in Poland, Replika Books will be issuing Polish translations…

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Pop Stops Picks the Best CDs of 2008

FOR THE PAST 20 years around New Year’s Eve, I’ve published a “Best of the Year” summation of my favorite albums released that year in my weekly Pop Stops column. Last year was the first time that list didn’t appear in print in The Star Newspapers and/or the Illinois Entertainer magazine… This year will probably be the first time I don’t list 25 releases. Not because there weren’t 25 great albums this year but… after…

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Show Me Christmas

I SEEM TO BE a little behind this Christmas. Last night, in the middle of a snowstorm, me and the Mustang slalomed around on the roads (which had six inches of rutted snow) and got temporarily stuck in a couple parking lots because I still had to finish my holiday shopping. Which, considering I only had to buy for three people this year, is kinda pathetic. But by 7:30 p.m. last night, I was home…

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Skull-Duggery

LAST WEEK, I DID a book signing at a Borders in Highland, IN, and received an unexpected surprise. Joe, an old high school friend, turned up to say hi, catch up, and… give me a human skull. Now… it’s not every day that someone drops by to hand you a human skull, delicately wrapped in plastic bubbles and consigned to a cardboard box. But there ya go. Even in high school, I knew how to pick…

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Basters, Bad Jokes & Botany? The Zombie Review Interview

JUST BEFORE ALL hell broke loose… OK, before I went away for the past week-plus to work the convention my “dayjob” puts on every year (and no, it’s not horror related in any way!), I did an interview with The Zombie Review that was definitely the most fun I’ve ever had answering a bunch of questions. Silly, irreverent, and including turkey baster citations, you can read it here if you so choose:   Sharing nightmares…

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Halloween Dreams at Tour’s End

LAST WEEK, I finished the official “World Tour” for the launch of Covenant, with a final bookstore meet and greet with my friends Bill Gagliani and Dave Benton at a Barnes & Noble in Racine, WI. She didn’t realize it at the time, but the store manager’s gift to us all – special Kringle pastries – made for a perfect bit of celebratory “cake” to close the book tour.  I’ll continue to have some bookstore…

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