Collected Christmas Horror Shorts is here

I’m stoked to announce the arrival of Collected Christmas Horror Shorts, which is available for pre-order right now, and will be creeping into your e-reader on November 30.

This anthology includes my new short story, The Present, which features the Pale Man, a character who will also appear in my upcoming novel, Threads. I’ll keep you posted on that.

In the meantime, here’s the description of Collected Christmas Horror Shorts:

“Christmas is often thought of as a time of joy and cheer, a time for giving to others, a time of celebration and love…. Well this year some of the best voices in horror fiction decided to band together and tell you some tales about a different kind of Christmas, so grab yourself a mug of hot chocolate, close the curtains, lock the door and get comfy. This will be a Christmas like never before!”

Table of Contents:
12 Days (Psychopath Remix) by J.C. Michael (poem)
Thy Will be Done by J.C. Michael
Tommy’s Christmas by John R. Little
Naughty or Nice by Veronica Smith
Santa’s Midnight Feast by J.L. Lane
Hung With Care by Ty Schwamberger
Santa Came by Peter Oliver Wonder
In the Bag by Tim Curran
The Christmas Spirit by Lisa Morton
The Tome of Bill Cristmas Carol by Rick Gualtieri
Killing Christmas by Andrew Lennon
All Naughty, No Nice by Michael A. Arnzen
A Disappointed Shade of Blue by C.S. Andserson (poem)
Stuffed Pig by Steven Murray
The Night Before Christmas by Suzanne Fox
Better Watch Out by Willow Rose
Deck The Halls by Xtina Marie (poem)
Christmas Market by Amy Cross
Merry Fuckin’ Christmas by Kevin J. Kennedy
The Veil by Rose Garnett
The Last Christmas Dinner by Christina Bergling
The Present by Israel Finn
Christmas Carole by Lisa Vasquez

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The Last Knock: a frighteningly good discussion

the last knock podcast logoWilliam “Billy Crash” Prystauk recently had me on Crash Palace Productions The Last Knock podcast. It was a great conversation, and Billy made me feel right at home from the very start of the show. What a great guy! We talked about several things, but the conversation centered around writing and horror. Big surprise there.

I apologize for my booming voice throughout. I just bought a new microphone headset, and the mic can pick up a pin dropping in the next county. Also, my voice tends to project, which comes from thirty years of singing in rock bands (They used to call me leatherlungs). From here on out, though, I’ll remember to back off the mouthpiece a bit so I don’t blow everyone’s eardrums out.

But it’s a good show, and Bill is an absolutely awesome host.

I met Bill on Twitter and we became fast friends. Social media takes a lot of knocks for many reasons, plenty of which are justified. But I feel extremely grateful to live in a time when writers and artists of every stripe and location can come together and share their ideas and their passion for what they love to do best, which is create.

So if you enjoy conversations about horror, the writing process, and books (and I know you do), then relax, grab your favorite beverage, and join Billy and me as we go down some very dark hallways.

THE LAST KNOCK presents: Author Israel Finn

(click here to go to the podcast)

 

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Over My Dead Body: a new short story

over my dead body coverJust want to let you know that my new horror story, Over My Dead Body, is up on Wattpad. You can go here and read it.

I wrote Over My Dead Body in response to an invitation from a particular publisher, to submit a short story for a horror anthology. They really enjoyed Dreaming At the Top of My Lungs, which is why they extended the invitation in the first place.

But they rejected the story, and I don’t blame them one bit. I shoehorned the anthology’s theme into a story I already had in mind, and it just didn’t work for them. I think the story would have stuck out from the rest of them like a sore thumb. Plus, I didn’t edit it as well as I should have. That’s on me. Lesson learned.

But the story is a good one, in my opinion, and stands quite well on its own.

As it so happened, another publisher friend of mine mentioned on Facebook that the classic show Tales From the Crypt is getting a reboot, this time being produced by M. Night Shyamalan. Word is they’re going to scour Wattpad for script ideas.

So I thought, what the hell. I revised and reedited Over My Dead Body, created a cover, and published it on Wattpad, effectively tossing my hat into a very large ring. Do I expect anything to come of it? Nah, not really. But, like I said, what the hell.

Besides, I learned a valuable lesson. And, the best thing of all, I’ve got another story out there.

Hope you enjoy it.

 

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Horror fans aren’t necessarily psycho

Horror fans aren't necessarily psychoI get a little sick of hearing it sometimes: “What attracted you to such a dreadful, distasteful genre?” Subtext: What’s wrong with you?

I recently had a woman say something like this to me on Facebook after I invited her to like my page. She couldn’t just decline and move on. No. She had to go out of her way to point out—as she perceived it, anyway—the tragic flaw in my character.

People who love horror understand that it’s more than just about blood and gore, and great horror is rarely about that at all. But the snobs don’t get it, and they never will. Continue reading

13 books that scared the hell out of me

There’s a ton of books that didn’t make this list; stuff by Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, and a score of others. Not to mention a handful of new writers I’ve discovered more recently. It’s not that they don’t deserve a spot. Of course they do. But this isn’t a list of a hundred books that scared me shitless, only thirteen. Why? Because the number 13 is cool and creepy. Besides that, I’m lazy. Which is also why these aren’t in-depth reviews, but only recommendations. And who knows, maybe I’ll compile more of these lists as time goes by. So, without further ado, here are 13 books that scared the hell out of me: Continue reading