It’s been eight years since the publication of my first biography of Ray Bradbury. The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury is finally available as an ebook. The new edition features ten new photographs, some never-before-seen, as well as a new epilogue chapter.
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I recently wrote a short story for the punk rock literary journal, Criminal Class Review. I have always had great admiration for the ethos and aesthetic of the magazine’s Editor, Kevin Whiteley, so it was cool to be able to partner up with the man for a story in Volume 6.
“The Peephole” is a 1970s New York punk rock thriller. I have always had a secret attraction to the scuzzy side of ‘70s-era New York—all Ed Koch graffiti slathered dirty triple XXX birth place of glam and punk and rat infested Times Square. I was deeply honored when a reader called the story “Bradbury meets Hitchcock meets Chandler,” because this is what I set out to write all wrapped up in the Bronx, circa 1974.
Even cooler: the print edition of Criminal Class Review Volume 6 sold out in very short order. The issue was guest edited by the great George Tabb, writer for Maximum Rock n Roll, founding member of the punk/hardcore band Roach Motel, and tireless voice behind the health issues plaguing those who lived in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001.
I was listening to a lot of old ‘70s New York punk and new wave when I wrote “The Peephole” and I hope that some of the vibe of that time comes through in the story.
And while the print edition for the collectors market is already gone, the good news is that volume 6 of Criminal Class is available here:
So Shadow Show scored the Bram Stoker Award for “Superior Achievement in an Anthology” in June. My collaborator Mort Castle and I could not be happier. We had an amazing time in New Orleans at the ceremony. Thanks to the Horror Writers Association for this tremendous honor. Wow! Here’s a picture of my beautiful (and heavy!) trophy.
Yet more good news this way comes. Shadow Show has been nominated for the prestigious Shirley Jackson Award. This is a super-cool honor for me and my co-editor Mort Castle (Affectionately known as “Mort-o,” and “The Castle of Death”).
Summed up, the Jackson Awards recognize outstanding achievements in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. The award is named, of course, for the great Shirley Jackson. Interesting aside: Ray Bradbury included a Shirley Jackson story, “The Lottery,” in the first anthology he edited, Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow, back in 1952.
Here is a complete list of the 2012 nominees.
Mort Castle and I are thrilled by the news that Shadow Show has been nominated for an Audie Award for “Distinguished Achievement in Audio Production.” Many congrats to our incredible producer, Karen Dziekonski and the team of folks who read the stories! If you haven’t checked out the audio book yet, do so! The cast of readers is outstanding! Mort and I had a great time reading the intro!