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Vampires for Adults

The release of my Madam Vampire: Shifters in Ripper’s London collection and reflections on vampires, Jack the Ripper and sex.

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‘Secret Forest’ Gay Horror Hot New Release on Amazon

This new horror story came out of a productive and challenging time when I put myself through short story boot camp and taught myself to write fiction on demand. The original version was about 2,500 words, much less explicit, and

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Crazy Hope & the Submission Numbers Game

Now that I’ve been winging out stories for months in this latest round of publish or perish, I’m in some ways more obsessed with numbers than ever, and in others, letting go of supposed signs that used to get my

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Vignettes From the End of the World: Apocalypse by Apokrupha

Shrieks, excoriating agony, mind-shattering abasement, irredeemable loss, vaporization. Okay, curling up with 53 visions of the end of the world isn’t everyone’s idea of entertainment. Yet there’s something compelling about going head-on with anxiety and even outright terror. The need

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Coffee, Writing and Royalties

It’s possible that not all writers are caffeine addicts. Yet I suspect I’m not unusual in being able to tell you the best coffee venues by the cup and for whole beans in bulk within at least an hour’s radius

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“Rip” Forthcoming in “Vignettes From the End of the World”

It’s a better day now, thanks to a story acceptance. Apokrupha’s taking my 499-word flash, “Rip”, for their Vignettes from the End of the World anthology. I wrote the story in response to their submission call, so I’m happy they’re

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Fiction Submissions: Organize Until It’s Almost Painless

The gnashing of teeth, the ligament-stretching, bone-popping rack, the barbed whip and oh please no, the waiting… Yeah. Submitting fiction. Don’t let my enthusiasm put you off. Actually, compared to when I started, printing out and sending every submission by

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Apokrupha: “Dark Bits” Flash Fiction

Whatever your favorite term for scary storytelling is, check out Apokrupha. Here’s a snip from the publisher’s “About” page that describes their bent: “Our first project is LampLight, a magazine focusing on the darker side of fiction. But it is

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The Rejection File

The Rejection File In my date book I note: “Like a Girl” back from [a favorite speculative fiction magazine]. Back from, as though it’s been for a visit. I rarely use the word rejected. For years I noted “declined.” Now

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Like a Girl

Excerpt from my short story, Like a Girl: David Prinser wasn’t a standout kind of guy: blonde crew cut, black horn rimmed glasses, average height, studious and pale. He was a year behind me in college, and I’m sure I

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