Major props to Mike Davis and his team for a fun and engaging conversation at the Lovecraft eZine Podcast. You can catch the episode here. Despite a minor (and temporary) connectivity glitch on my end, we were able to discuss a number elements which comprise The Skeleton Melodies, as well as some of the formative drivers of my fiction. Among the mentions: the influential novel Summer of Night, the effect of creature-feature host, Sammy Terry, and little name-dropping (among others) on my colleagues Adam Golaski and C.M. Muller.
Heading into an extended weekend, received an encouraging endorsement from the inimitable Mike Davis with the Lovecraft eZine. Mike has a keen calibration on the contemporary pulse of fiction, which makes his shoutout even more gratifying:
“Only a few stories in,” wrote Mike, “but so far The Skeleton Melodies…is fantastic.” He goes on to mention some of my own literary heroes (Klein, Langan, Barron) who supplied some (inconceivably) generous sentiments.
In truth, the pride I possess for this collection is eclipsed by my gratitude and obligation to those who contributed a sentiment to the stories in this book:
- Adam Golaski (who penned the Introduction, “The Profane Articulation of Truth”), author of Worse Than Myself
- Laird Barron, author of Worse Angels
- Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will
- Scott Dwyer, Plutonian Press
- T.E.D. Klein, author of Dark Gods and The Ceremonies
- John Langan, author of Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies
- Daniel Mills, author of Revenants and Moriah
- CM Muller, author of Hidden Folk
- Christopher Slatsky, author of The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature
- Gordon B. White, author of As Summer’s Mask Slips and Other Disruptions