New Patreon Account Launched

For years now I’ve been working on my writing and getting my work out into the world. To this end I’ve achieved some success: I’ve had a number of short stories published – about 17 at last count with 2 more being released in the next several months. I’ve been working my way through the ranks of the industry, first being published in the so called ‘vanity’ markets (ie: no payment, just kudos) and then earning my way up to professional rates. A number of my short stories have received great reviews, and one, The Little Red Man in Ticonderoga Press’ Dead Red Heart received an Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year Volume 4. Several of my stories have been considered for production into short film/television shows. These days I’m fortunate to have editors seeking out my work to include in their anthologies. I’ve achieved quite a bit so far, however I have far loftier goals. There’s more I want to do. More I can share with the world. Much more.

Quality writing takes time. It’s a process; it doesn’t just happen, rather it needs to be encouraged, nurtured, and allowed to evolve. Reaching ‘The End’ is in fact only the beginning; like a precious stone it needs to be cut and polished, re-examined and refined. Sometimes, to get the best result, you need to leave it alone for awhile, to return to it with fresh eyes and fresh insight. Anyone can write something and send it out into the world and say, “there. I did a thing,” and hope that people pick it up. I want to produce works that people want to read, that people look forward to, that they cannot wait to get their hands on. That takes time, and effort, and commitment. I have the commitment, and I’m more than willing to put in the effort and the time.

Here’s the thing: like you (most likely) I have bills to pay, a family to support, and a need for things like food, shelter and other necessities of life. This means, like you (most likely), I have to work in order to meet these basic needs. Right now I work two jobs to make the minimum I need to meet my obligations. The problem is: the more I work, the less I write, and the less I write, the less progress I make towards my goals, which in turn means my stories go untold and unshared with the world.

Something needs to change. Giving up writing is not an option. Neither is giving up work; at least not right now. So I’m turning to Patreon in the hope that I can find support from people like YOU who love a good story, who enjoy the darker side of fiction, who believe in supporting the authors they enjoy, so I can devote more time to writing, get more of my work out there, and achieve my unmet goals.

Find out more about how YOU can support me by checking out my Patreon page:

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Join Me and Scares That Care for a Race to Help Those in Need!

You may be surprised to learn that under all that darkness and dread many horror authors have big soft hearts. I’m sure that many of our readers do too! That’s why I’d like to invite each and every one of you to join me in raising money for people with childhood illness, burns and breast cancer.

Let me introduce you to Scares That Care, a 501(c)(3) charitable organisation that each year aims to provide $10,000 to three families experiencing hardship from the financial burden of managing childhood illness, burns and breast cancer. Their team of 100% volunteers run events every year to ensure that they raise enough funds to be able to help families in need.

One of these events is the annual 5K walk/run race, held in Williamsburg, VA. The beauty of this race is that you don’t actually have to be there to participate – a ‘virtual’ event is run at the same time, so if you can’t actually be there, you can still participate, raise money for a great cause, and get goodies like t-shirts and medals for your hard work!

This year I’ve decided to launch a ‘virtual’ walking team to compete in the 5K, and I want to invite all of you to join me! All you need to do is follow the link to my team, Gates’ Groaning Ghouls, and register to join! Then, anytime you want to go and do your 5K, you can! I’m doing mine on August 1st in line with the Scares That Care Charity Weekend in Williamsburg, VA – though I’ll be doing it in WI. Feel free to join me!

Anyone who knows someone who has suffered, or has themselves suffered, from a life-threatening disease or injury knows the worry and pressure that comes from trying to make ends meet while paying for treatments and all the associated costs that come with it. Do something positive: show that you care, and come and have some fun.

Please see the Scares That Care website for details. And link up with Gates’ Groaning Ghouls!

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Let’s Look at 2020

2019 was not a good year for me, at least as far as writing goes. While I did manage to publish my short story, To Stop Further Slaughter, in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Shallow Waters Vol. 2, none of my other goals were achieved. While somewhat disappointing on many levels, the reality is: sometimes life gets in the way. However, that was then, this is now, and all going well 2020 is going to be a much better year.

I have a number of projects lined up for this year. First, an invitation to submit another story based in the Sherlock Holmes universe, this one with an interesting twist I’m not quite ready to give away, but it should prove to be a very interesting take on the traditional Holmes and Watson duo. Publication is expected to be later in the year.

Short stories will continue to be a main focus of my writing for at least the first half of the year. There is a story I’ve been wanting to tell since my first publication, and I believe this is the year I will both complete it, and with any luck, gain significant recognition for it. In addition, I’m working on an anthology of short stories based right in my home State, Wisconsin.

That brings me to the project I seem to promise every year: the novel. Though it’s been said many times before, this year, THIS year, at least, the second half of it, I plan to devote to working on my first novel. Whether I actually complete it or not this year remains to be seen, and as of this moment the intent is certainly there. I believe I’ve got the story I want to be my first novel. Now I’ve just got to write it.

As a source of extra motivation, this year I plan to find myself an agent. Someone who can help take me and my writing career to the next level. To do that I’m going to need a novel, so, see above. (If any agents are reading this, I am very interested to hear from you!)

While that is plenty, perhaps even a little overly ambitious, it’s where I feel I need to be, and what I need to achieve, if I’m going to advance my writing. I still want to keep myself open to opportunities as they arise, however this year I may be a little more selective in what I choose to do should opportunities come my way.

I hope you’ll come along with me this year. Keep me company. Keep me motivated. Encourage me and hold me accountable. It promises to be one hell of a journey, and if we get there, great things are going to happen.

Let’s get started.

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What’s Happening In 2018?

Hi everyone! Big thanks to all of you who follow regularly – especially my subscribers – and my apologies for the lack of updates. Now that my website is up-to-date, I am planning to post more regularly.

I’m hopeful that 2018 will be a big year for me as I have some big plans. My biggest goal this year is to finish drafting my first novel. I know I have been promising this for sometime, however having discovered during the update of my website that I now have 15 published short stories, I really feel it’s time to prioritise getting a novel on to the shelves. Part of that is another one of my primary goals: finding myself an agent. I know a lot of people have different opinions about agents (and publishing in general), however this is the path that I have chosen to try to get my work to where I want it to be.

There will still be some short fiction coming this year. In April, Rebellion Publishing will release Not So Stories, edited by David Moore and featuring my story, There is Such Thing as a Whizzy-Gang. I have also already been commissioned for a story in an upcoming Cthulu-based anthology, and may also seek some other opportunities to get a few more short stories published throughout the year.

I am also finalising plans to collaborate with an actress/filmmaker to produce a short horror film. This is something I’ve been interested in doing since I had several expressions of interest to bring my short story, The Little Red Man (in Ticonderoga Press’ Dead Red Heart), to the screen. So a few lessons in script-writing might also be needed soon!

So check back regularly for updates because it’s looking like it’s going to be a big year!

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Two More Short Story Commissions!

Looks like this year might be a good year for writing! I’ve been offered two more commissions for short stories for upcoming anthologies. Both are a little out of my comfort zone, but I appreciate the challenge and I think they’re both worthwhile projects. More details as they come to hand!

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My Next Challenge: NYC Midnight’s 11th Annual Short Story Challenge

I’ve decided to give myself another challenge and entered NYC Midnight’s 11th Annual Short Story Challenge!

It’s a competition in three rounds, each round being an elimination round. The idea is: writers get a genre, a subject, and a character they have to write about, and a word limit to do it in. Writers get a week from the time of learning what they’re writing about til they have to submit their story for the judges.

My first round criteria are:

Genre: Ghost Story (lucky for me!)

Subject: An admission of guilt

Character: A stalker

The first round opened this weekend and closes just before midnight on 28 January. Lucky for me I’ve already created a first draft and am polishing it up for submission.

I have no expectations of winning or even getting through the first round. For me this is an opportunity to get back into the habit of writing, and hopefully stimulate some inspiration for my other work.

Wish me luck! And check back for updates on how I’m doing!

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Aaaand we’re back!

It has taken quite a while, but now I’ve finally got the site up and running again.

It is going to take a while to get things fully updated, however I hope to have everything looking like it did (more or less) within the next few weeks.

Thank you for your patience!

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