How to Write 10 Books a Year (and how not to)

Part 1 of 2 – The ideal schedule 6:30 AM – Wake up, enjoy a light breakfast, read a few writers’ blogs, look up new art posted by my favorite artists 7:30 AM – Drive to the nearby forest trail, walk briskly for 90 minutes, return home feeling amazing 9:15 AM… Continue reading

101 Questions for Midnight – Coffee Table Philosophy

Stay up late. Very late. The best conversations begin while everyone else is sleeping. 101 Questions for Midnight The latest entry in the Coffee Table Philosophy series. Jump starting every conversation with a tendency toward darker topics: death, war, sex, and the dark side of human behavior. Available now on Amazon…  … Continue reading

The official Tyrants of the Dead glossary

Three Books Six Nations Dozens of Characters One Civilization bent on Mankind’s destruction Welcome to the official Tyrants of the Dead glossary. Herein you’ll find descriptions and blurbs for every major character, place, historical event, and artifact appearing in the Tyrants’ trilogy. This appendix is for all the folks who’ve read the books and… Continue reading

Seven Ways to Advance Your Writing Career

For many months, I’ve resisted writing this. Author advice columns and ‘do-it-better’ blogs often come off as pretentious. And that’s the last thing I want to do. Even so… After swimming in the shark-infested waters of self-publishing for many years, I feel it’s time I share a few nuggets of… Continue reading

Down the Dark Path – Mini Novella Editions

Not too terribly long ago, I realized that asking my first-time readers to bite into a massive, 300k word, 800-page + epic would be a challenge. I mean…the softcover edition is three inches thick and weighs two lbs. Some people like that kind of thing. But for everyone else, I’ve got a surprise: Down the… Continue reading

Book Blurb-ology

A while back I got mega sarcastic with a list of alternative movie blurbs. And later I roasted myself in public by making fun of all my books. This time I’m keeping it serious. If only to illustrate the pain and suffering that accompany writing blurbs (and query letters…and synopses) I’ve challenged myself to write… Continue reading

Late Night Vid with J – Hecatomb and Dark Paths

In my first video attempt ever, I sat in my soon-to-be-empty house and talked about my latest book, The Hecatomb. Aaaaaaand I ‘splained the reasons behind breaking up Down the Dark Path into four little mini-novellas. I decided against pounding scotch before making the vid. And voila, I managed it… Continue reading

The Sleepers – A dark sci-fi short

  Ladies and gents… …out now for Kindles and e-readers worldwide… …with amazing cover art by Amanda Makepeace… …my sci-fi short, The Sleepers. In the far distant future, a privileged young man dreams of traveling between the stars. He’s the brightest, the best, and a firm believer in the dogma… Continue reading

Plagues & Paupers – Hollow Empire – Night of Knives

Long ago, the empire of Vhur was the world’s most powerful. But that was before the Lichy plague. Now, twenty years and millions of dead later, only a few cities remain. The survivors walk a fine line between staying alive and crumbling into the grave. Come the Night of Knives,… Continue reading

How to write Dark Fiction (and shave decades off your life.)

 Look at these guys. They’re dead, but still having a grand time of it.   Assholes… Ok. Look. This isn’t really a how-to article. I’m in no position to tell anyone how to do anything short of throwing footballs, kicking things, and losing at video games. I’m writing this week… Continue reading

5 Sexy Questions

Without sex…  …hot sex, boring sex, sex so good you need oxygen afterward…  …none of us would be here. The following is a tease from my latest Coffee Table Philosophy entry, 101 Sex Questions. These 5 questions are among the tamest in the book…by far. 18+ only. Have fun. * * * Ambush  Suppose you’re… Continue reading

Creepy Prequel – Old Man of Tessera

In six days, I’ll have a creepy short-story surprise for everyone. While you’re waiting, you might want to snatch up the prequel, a haunting little tale: Old Man of Tessera In Tessera, nothing and no one are as they seem.  One goes missing…every day… …forever.   Now available. Only $0.99 for Kindles… Continue reading

Something for the day to die upon…

 The return of darkness is a planned event, a spoke in the universal clock waiting to be ticked…    At the world’s edge, Andelusia awakens to the terrible realization that all her dreams have come to nothing. No matter that her father, the warlock, has fallen into exile. No matter… Continue reading