Happy to once again make the prestigious “Lit 50″ list published by the Chicago alt. weekly, Newcity. The “Lit 50″ is a round-up of the 50 people “who really book in Chicago.” I landed at #28 on the list–a list that includes Stuart Dybek, Gillian Flynn, and my friend Audrey Niffenegger among others. What an honor! Great photos, too, by the phenomenal Joe Mazza of BraveLux.
My new short story, “Roadside Cross” was published by Amazon.com’s new digital publishing imprint, Story Front, on March 12. The story is available for Kindles and iPads (Amazon for ipad app). “Roadside Cross” is steeped in the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s classic collection, The October Country. It’s a modern, Midwest gothic tale of mystery and melancholy that poses the question, do ghosts mourn the dead?
If you read the story and enjoy it, please do me a quick favor and leave a review.
I have two more short stories slated for publication in the Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Journal on May 25. “Weird” is about a little boy who becomes obsessed with the 1970s cult film, Harold and Maude, and “A Song for My Father” is about a once popular jazz musician who gets a chance to redeem his fading career in a ballroom in the middle of 1953 Iowa. I hope you will pick these stories up.
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.