“Skeletal” Echoes In the OUTER DARK

The Skeleton Melodies receives a generous shoutout by Gordon B. White on a recent episode of The Outer Dark on This Is Horror.  This installment features readings by both Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Orrin Grey, but Episode 091 launches with a sapient take on why the mode of weird fiction supplies such amenable medium for marginalized voices and outsider characteristics of “the other.”

Near the episode’s opening, in his brief critique of the collection (beginning at about the minute 8:15:00 marker), White (whose debut collection, As Summer’s Mask Slips and Other Disruptions, was released in 2020) notes a pair of pieces, “Details That Would Otherwise Be Lost to Shadow,” as well as my novella, Haunt Me Still.  Host Anya Martin mentions a potential future appearance on the program, a collaboration which is currently in the works.

Short Story, “Feast Your Eyes,” to Appear in NIGHTSCRIPT, Vol. VII

Cover Art Courtesy of Jana Heidersdorf

Received word that my short story, “Feast Your Eyes on the Yawning Monotony of Humdrum Rot,” will appear in the forthcoming installment of C.M. Muller’s Nightscript, Volume 7, featuring absolutely stunning cover art by Jana Heidersdorf.

I’m certain more will make announcements in due time, but I have word from my colleagues, Douglas Ford (Ape in the Ring: & Other Tales of the Macabre and Uncanny) and Joshua Rex (What’s Coming For You) that they too will contribute stories to this edition of Nightscript.

This particular tale was constructed with the (fictional) setting as the centerpiece: the Mooring Cove Inn situated in a vague province along the coast of Lake Michigan. My characters find themselves lodged in this novelty, tourist-attraction of a hotel on New Year’s Eve, 2000. There is, indeed, a party of sorts; but, for my protagonist, the Gregorian festivity (and time itself) slips into the a rather grim event. Keep your “eyes” peeled on the noble month of October, 2021.

A diagram of naval shipworms, a.k.a. “termites of the sea”

UPDATE: Table of contents for Nightscript, Vol. VII announced on C.M. Muller’s site, wherein I find myself in profoundly talented company…

1. “Feast Your Eyes on the Yawning Monotony of Humdrum Rot” — Clint Smith

2. “The Passing” — Joshua Rex

3. “When Sleep At Last — Douglas Thompson

4. “The Summer King’s Day” — Timothy Granville

5. “Roadkill” — Elin Olausson

6. “It Looked Like Her” — Gordon Brown

7. “Little Gods To Live In Them” — David Surface

8. “We Are The Gorillas” — Douglas Ford

9. “The Body Trick” — Alexander James

10. “Feed” — Jason A. Wyckoff

11. “’Neath The Mirror Of The Sea” — Rhonda Eikamp

12. “Clipped Wings” — Steve Toase

13. “The Cardboard Voice” — Tim Major

14. “The Validations” — Ashley Stokes

15. “A Perfect Doll” — Regina Garza Mitchell

16. “Madam and Yves” — Marc Joan

17. “The Delf” — Danny Rhodes

18. “Where the Oxen Turned the Plow” — Charles Wilkinson

19. “Feast of Fools: A Heartwarming Holiday Romance” — LC von Hessen

Nightscript, Volume VII will be released on October 1st, 2021.