Vampires are Pussies

My friend and frequent participant in the shenanigans around here, Patti Abbott, was kind enough to host an essay I wrote for her “How I Came to Write” series about my story in the Noir at the Bar collection, “Vampires are Pussies.” You can check that out right HERE. Once you are totally intrigued about where the story came from, you should totally click on over and buy the book HERE.

Patti is a hell of a writer in her own right, and you should absolutely check out the links on her page to some of her stories. She’s in more collections than I can remember, and she is a hell of a person too. I’m a big fan, and I’m thrilled to participate in what she’s got going over there.

One other thing of note: we are having a contest tied to the essay. For anyone who can guess the city where the Noir at the Bar event was that spawned this book (:cough: St. Louis :cough:), if you leave your answer in the comments you’ll be entered in a random drawing to receive a copy of the Noir at the Bar anthology. In addition, I am throwing in a copy of each of Christopher Farnsworth‘s two vampire books, Blood Oath and The President’s Vampire. Why? Well, you’ll need to read the damn essay to find out. So get over there already!

Check it Out

Look to the top of my menu bar, and you’ll see there is a new option called Writing. That has links to a good chunk of the stuff I have out there; stories, flash, and a few music articles I wrote for the Independent.

Get It While It’s Hot

So the print version of Noir at the Bar is finally available! You can buy it here!

What is this, you ask? Well this is a collection of stories from writers who have participated in the Noir@Bar events in St. Louis, MO, which I was fortunate enough to do last Fall. I had a great time, and when the idea was floated that a book be put together and sold to benefit the local indy store that has been such a backbone for these events, Subterranean Books, I was all in.

My story is “Vampires are Pussies.” It is kind of a pulp superhero story I wrote specifically for this collection. I’ve written a novel I’m reworking that features the main character, and I’m thinking of writing a couple more stories with him as well. We’ll see. It’s a bit different from the other stuff, I’m sure, and I don’t really even remember how good it is . . . but that shouldn’t stop you from buying the damn book! It’s for a good cause, after all, and this sucker is chock full of great writers and fun stories.





Big Winner

I mentioned that I wrote this story a couple weeks ago for a contest called The Watery Graves Invitational. The winners were to be announced today. Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning, picked up my phone to check the weather, and found a bunch of congratulatory messages waiting for me.

Turns out I won the friggin’ thing. I know, crazy, isn’t it?

Honestly, it’s hard to process. I was happy with the story, but I also knew that all of the other writers are excellent, and my highest hope was to place in the top five. So it’s kind of a shock. But really thrilling as well. Honestly, it’s distracted me from all the other stuff that I intended to do today, and I don’t mind that at all.

Anyway, if you want to read it, you can check it out right here. Leave a comment there if you like it.

And no, it isn’t entirely made up. The crux of the story (the requirement for the contest was every story had to reference a horse) involves this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read the story, then watch this. I bet I watched it 10 times over the course of thinking about, and finally writing, the story.

Thanks to all the judges who put in the time to give us writers the opportunity. Congrats to the other winners as well. I can’t wait to read the other stories!