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I’m not gonna lie, gang. 2019 has gotten off to a rocky start. It’s been tremendously hard to keep it together. There have been some family issues that I can’t share here. The death of my brother’s dog. And most recently the implosion of a writing community that I hold dear.
Too many people have weighed in on that last bit, so I don’t really feel the need to add anything (though I’m sure, like most things in my life, parts of it will bleed into my fiction). All I’ll say here is that it’s been a difficult few weeks, full of decisions I didn’t want to face. I watched people I love say absolutely loathsome things on Facebook (I’m not really on Facebook, but I do lurk every once in a while). I’ve seen friends treated unfairly. I’ve seen people who aren’t even involved in the scene speaking out to make themselves look good. I’ve witnessed people use the suffering of others to sell more books. I’ve seen outright lies held up as truth and attempts to reveal facts branded as “mansplaining.”
So, yeah. It’s really sucked this week. Now for something completely different.
We’ve added a new guppy to the fish tank. His name is Bruce.
The cover of Saint Sadist continues to generate buzz.
I got my author copies of We are the Accused. Reviewers have gotten their copies as well. The book even got its first review from Ian Muller (a bright up-and-comer in his own right). He calls We are the Accused “A bleak, ultra-violent take on small town horror that will appeal to both fans of Peter Straub and splatterpunk. “
The Crossroad Press edition of Engines of Ruin also seems to be doing well. In fact, it’s ranked higher in its category than pretty much anything else I’ve put out before. Dunno what that actually means, to be honest, but it sounds good.
I’ve also got 65% of Extinction Peak, my gory dinosaur novel, finished.
So, all in all, it has been rocky. But I’m moving forward.
Sometimes I think moving forward in the face of awful things is strength. Other times I think it’s foolish and cruel. I doubt I’ll ever really know either way. What do you think?
I meant to post this a LOT earlier, but the first ten days of the new year have been packed with work and family drama. Last year I read 37 books, most of it in the latter half of the year. A lot of these titles seem like they’re from an AP English reading list, and that’s intentional. I passed up a lot of these titles in my late teens/early twenties, because I don’t like being told what to do. It was cool getting around to these books after all these years. Plus, there’s some Richard Laymon, Carlton Mellick III, and books from some friends. Check it out below.
- This is a Horror Book by Charles Austin Muir
- Elevation by Stephen King
- I Love You When I’m Drunk by Empar Moliner
- Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz
- To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- A Minor Storm by J David Osborne
- Glimpse by Jonathan Maberry
- Areopagitca by John Milton
- Paradise Lost by John Milton
- Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
- The Short Stories, Vol. 1 by Ernest Hemingway
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
- A Very Easy Death by Simone de Beauvoir
- After Dark by Haruki Murakami
- Stacking Doll by Carlton Mellick III
- Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Aeneid by Virgil
- Cold Blooded by Lisa Jackson
- Louisiana Stories by Kate Chopin
- Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix
- Toy Cemetery by William W. Johnstone
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
- In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
- Nightmares in Ecstasy by Brendan Vidito
- Spider Bunny by Carlton Mellick III
- Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
- Singularity by William Sleator
- The Metamorphoses by Ovid
- The Odyssey by Homer (Emily Wilson translation)
- Ruined by Tracy Wolff
- Forever… by Judy Blume
- Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
- Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman
- Dark Mountain by Richard Laymon
- Island by Richard Laymon
It’s worth noting that this list doesn’t include books I didn’t finish, or the ridiculous amount of poetry and short stories I also read. So, yeah, I read a lot last year, and a lot of it, I liked. If I do anything different this year, I will try to read more current titles. We’ll see though.