The podcast holds tremendous promise in both being helmed by Rex (What’s Coming For You and A Mighty Word), but both prior to and following our discussion, Rex provide some earnest insight into the show’s intent and his goal of being a better listener. With the privilege of participating in the fourth episode, Rex has previously interviewed Curtis Lawson (Devil’s Night), Christa Carmen (Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked), and members of the band Irish Lights, Benjamin Fox and Gordon Cooper. Rex used the term “polymath” in reference to some of my interests and avocations, but the description really is reciprocal when examining Rex’s expansive provinces of creativity. If you’re unfamiliar with this writer and artistic pantologist, get acquainted by listening to The Night Parlor.
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.
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.