Sunday, December 5, 2021

My Top 12 Reads of the Past 12 Months (2021)

1. Dune & Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

2. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

3. The Wingspan of Severed Hands by Joe Koch

4. Injection (Volume 1) by Warren Ellis

5. Strungballs by Mike Russell

6. Penny Dreadful by Will Christopher Baer

7. Big Dark Hole: And Other Stories by Jeffrey Ford

8. The Crossings by Jack Ketchum

9. Slow Burn on Riverside by Chad Lutzke

10. Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite

11. The Black Riders and Other Lines by Stephen Crane

12. Zoltergeist the Poltergeist by Douglas Hackle

Sunday, December 20, 2020

My Top 12 Reads of the Past 12 Months (2020)

1. Ghosters by Ralph Robert Moore

2. The Mothman Prophecies by John A. Keel

3. Doom Cabaret by John McNee

4. Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different by Chuck Palahniuk

5. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

6. Beneath the World, a Sea by Chris Beckett

7. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

8. Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

9. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

10. David Boring by Daniel Clowes

11. An Imp of Aether by W.H. Pugmire

Programmed to Kill: The Politics of Serial Murder by David McGowan

Monday, June 1, 2020

Short Story Month 2020 Wrap-Up

May was International Short Story Month.

This was the 7th year in a row where I read only short stories for the month of May.

Here is a complete chronological list of all the shorts I read in May, 2020 (106 stories in total).

There Will Be Angels... by John Boden
Marlene the Magnificent by John Boden
Bebbel by John McNee

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This Be the Creation Story by Ben Arzate
The Country Musician by Ben Arzate
The Arranged Marriage by Ben Arzate
Alex Buys Coffee by Ben Arzate
The Phantom of Beguilement by W. H. Pugmire
...but I was reminded of... by Ben Arzate 

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Popcorn Planet by Kevin Strange
Popular Mechanics by Raymond Carver
The One Who Took by Chad Lutzke 
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
No Matter Which Way We Turned by Brian Evenson
John Four by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Dead Deanna by John McNee
The Rent is Due by Ben Arzate 
Sleep by Haruki Murakami
The Obese Man Goes On A Diet by Ben Arzate
The Soda by Ben Arzate
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Saying Goodbye by Ben Arzate 
Meth Lab Nursery by Ben Arzate
Channel 104 at 2:45 AM by Ben Arzate


Two Sentence Horror Story by Ben Arzate
Alex Checks the Mail by Ben Arzate
Violent Bitch Hitomi by Ben Arzate
My Church by Ben Arzate
Water Music by Ben Arzate
Unreflected Text by Ben Arzate
The Akihabara Strangler by Ben Arzate

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Carnomancer, or The Meat Manager's Prerogative by Matthew M. Bartlett
Man Holding Razor Blade by John McNee
Please File Under Adult Contemporary by Ben Arzate
Sharp-Tongued by Ben Arzate
There Goes the Neighborhood by Ben Arzate
RealDoll Ballet by Ben Arzate
Slaughterhouse Sweetheart by John McNee
John Walks Into Bar by Ben Arzate
Cathy by Ben Arzate
Little Jimmy's Secret by Ben Arzate
Why You Should Always Tip the Pizza Guy by Ben Arzate
Last Night I Dreamt of Hell and High Waters by Ben Arzate
Deep Sea Diving Suit by Ben Arzate
Human Roach by Ben Arzate
Alex Watches Television by Ben Arzate
A Very Young Something with Wings by Ben Arzate
War Criminal: A One Act Play for One Performer by Ben Arzate
Love: A Parable by Ben Arzate

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The Hands that Reek and Smoke by W. H. Pugmire
Skunk Jr. by John McNee
A Stranger Dream by Chad Lutzke
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
Dutch Treat by Paul Cain
Spettrini by Matthew M. Bartlett
Tunnels by Tom Over
Computer Problems by Christopher Lesko
Pregnant by Kevin Strange
Spiderfuck by Kevin Strange
The Secret by Chad Lutzke

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Croatoan by Harlan Ellison
The Wetness by Tom Over
The Vegetarians by Tom Over
The Ceaseless Wave (1989) by Tom Over
Physical Media by Tom Over
The Tree on the Hill by H. P. Lovecraft and Duane W. Rimel
A Murmur of Shadows by Tom over
The Happiest Thought by Tom Over
Phylum by Tom Over
The Embarassed Landscape (A Play) by Tom Over
The Portable Hum by Tom Over
The Comfort Zone by Tom Over
Millipede Dreams by Tom Over
The Lullaby Man by John McNee
...Hungry...Rats by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
What I Wouldn't Give by Chad Lutzke
Born Stillborn by Brian Evenson
Catskin by Kelly Link


A View of the Woods by Flannery O'Connor
The Tomato Garden by Ben Arzate
Midnight at the Doom Cabaret by John McNee
Leaking Out by Brian Evenson
Everything Stuck to Him by Raymond Carver 
The Zanies of Sorrow by W. H. Pugmire
One Dirt Road by K. Trap Jones
Fat by Raymond Carver
Working with the Little People by Harlan Ellison
Dust to Dust by W. H. Pugmire
Reaching People by Chad Lutzke
Following You Home by Matthew M. Bartlett
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
Spicy Constellation by Chad Lutzke
One More Thing by Raymond Carver
Chocolate-Milk Mistake by Chad Lutzke
Mandebrot Moldrot by Lois H. Gresh
Four-Finger Discount by Chad Lutzke 
When It Rains... by Chad Lutzke

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A Weekend Tradition by Chad Lutzke
TV Casualty by Chad Lutzke 
Catch Him by Chad Lutzke
Roadkill by Patrick Freivald 
I, DID (Or, On the Splitting of the Pineal Gland) by Ken Ammi
The House of Idiot Children by W. H. Pugmire and Maryanne K. Snyder
Beyond the Realm of Dream by W. H. Pugmire
Song for the Unraveling of the World by Brian Evenson
No Abiding Place on Earth by Matthew M. Bartlett 
The Second Door by Brian Evenson 

Saturday, February 29, 2020



Title: Son of Hanover Block
Series: The Hanover Quartet (Book 3)
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Occult/Horror
Length: 250 pages
Imprint: new dollar pulp
Release Date: February 29, 2020


young boy collapses on a playground. Surgeons carve out a giant tumor and half of his brain. Soon after, the boy's father locks him in a secret prison for his own perverse amusement. Through physical and psychological torture, he plans to transform his son into a monster, but he creates something wholly unexpected.

A research psychiatrist is on the verge of publishing a strange and beautiful new book, a collection of artists' renderings of the hallucinations of the clinically insane. Her book threatens to expose a terrible truth, and this truth will not set her free.

A mysterious infestation, intensely personal and deadly, is decimating communities across the nation. All that stands in its path is a ruthless government agency which may prove to be more lethal than the otherworldly parasites it aims to destroy.

The son is rising…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

My Top 12 Reads of the Past 12 Months

#12. Let the Old Dreams Die, by John Ajvide Lindqvist

#11. Vita Nostra, by Marina Dyachenko & Sergey Dyachenko

#10. Terror Mannequin, by Douglas Hackle

#9. Stirring the Sheets, by Chad Lutzke

#8. Black Heart Boys' Choir, by Curtis M. Lawson

#7. Invisible Monsters, by Chuck Palahniuk

#6. The Room, by Jonas Karlsson

#5. Wise Blood, by Flannery O'Connor

#4. Black Gum, by J. David Osborne

#3. American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis

#2. The Sea of Ash, by Scott Thomas

#1. Uzumaki, by Junji Ito

Saturday, November 2, 2019


Today is the official release day for the sequel to The Hanover Block. You can now order Brides of Hanover Block in Kindle and paperback editions.

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In The Hanover Block, you witnessed men doing nasty things on their lawns, the perverse pleasures they enjoy alone in their backyard sheds, workshops, and garages.

But what of the women, the wives, the church lady down the block, the home care nurses, the widows and daughters and sisters and mothers?

Women are doing strange things behind closed doors.

Why are their curtains drawn? Why are their basements off-limits? What dark secrets are they trading at prayer circles on Sunday nights?

And now shadowy government agents in dark suits are rapidly closing in, asking these same questions.

The brides are coming…


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Friday, October 25, 2019

BRIDES OF HANOVER BLOCK: Pre-Order Signed Paperbacks

On November 2nd, 2019, the 5-year (!) anniversary of THE HANOVER BLOCK's publication, its sequel, BRIDES OF HANOVER BLOCK, will officially be released.

Collectors of disturbed little books can pre-order a signed paperback now