Friends and literary allies: A tad ahead of the March 18, 2019 paperback and electronic release, Unnerving has made available the Kindle / eBook pre-order of my novella, When It’s Time For Dead Things To Die, at Amazon for a very reasonable $2.99.
Eddie Generous has also updated the Goodreads page to reflect the new cover art for this expanded and updated edition:
Amazon Kindle / eBook Pre-Order: Here
Updated Goodreads Book Page: Here
The ever-vigilant Scott Dwyer—writer, editor, and administrator of The Plutonian site and its attendant newsletter—has published a generous essay titled “Clint Smith: Poet of the Weird Underbelly of America.” Link: here.
Ghouljaw and Other Stories (Hippocampus Press, 2014)
The Skeleton Melodies (Hippocampus Press, 2019)
Dwyer’s awareness of the horror genre (as well as related genres) is evident in his commentaries and insightful criticisms. That said, I’m humbled that he would find some merit in my work. Pursuing character relatability in my stories is of paramount importance—something that produces an echo not only in my audience, but in any errant reader.
With as much fiction currently being produced in the Weird / Horror / Dark Fantasy fields, adroit voices like Dwyer’s are critical for both tempering the dimensions of our creative zeitgeist, and clarifying the fundamental features of these aforementioned mediums. It’s quite clear that Dwyer does his homework—so if you’re unfamiliar with him, you have some homework too. An ideal primer is his website, The Plutonian; afterwards, check out his seminal publishing project, Phantasm/Chimera: An Anthology of Strange and Troubling Dreams.
And keep your eyes peeled on his follow-up project, Pluto in Furs: An Anthology of Erotic and Strange Horror (he’s accepting submissions through December 31, 2018—details here: The Plutonian, Facebook).
I’ve had several pleasant exchanges with representatives from Hippocampus Press over the past month or so, culminating in (among other processes) the completion of the galley proofs for my second collection, The Skeleton Melodies (due out mid 2019). This volume includes twelve short stories and one, previously unpublished novella. The table of contents follows:
- “Lisa’s Pieces”
- “The Undertow, and They That Dwell Therein”
- “Fingers Laced, as Though in Prayer”
- “By Goats Be Guided”
- “The Pecking Order”
- “Her Laugh”
- “Knot the Noose”
- “The Rive”
- “The Fall of Tomlinson Hall; or, The Ballad of the Butcher’s Cart”
- “Fiending Apophenia”
- “Details That Would Otherwise Be Lost to Shadow”
- Haunt Me Still
(From the shadow-stitched outskirts, a slow-swelling broadcast…a static-lashed transmission…)
…in news from the Twilight Zone, Clint Smith has been selected to participate in the 2014 Indy Author Fair — presented by the Indianapolis Public Library and the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award — from Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday October 25, 2014 in the Central Library’s Simon Reading Room. With guests and fellow Hoosiers, Smith will be discussing his work as a freelance writer along with his first collection of dark tales, Ghouljaw and Other Stories (Hippocampus Press). Though overtly humbled, Smith could not readily be reached for comment and was last seen combing the city’s southside in search of the elusive Three Floyds Zombie Dust…
For more information, please visit The Indianapolis Public Library…
…that is all for now, friends…