Next Book!

People have been asking me what’s next? Several projects, actually. Beginning with my debut short story collection, Dark Black. All credit must go to the nearly impenetrable grind-core splendor of U.K.’s Mutation for the inspiration behind this title. When I first heard it, I absolutely loved it.

I flew to New York with my stellar wife two weeks ago and we had an amazing Manhattan evening with my agents, Judith Ehrlich and Sophia Seidner. This collection is Ray Bradbury’s The October Country fused with a fair share of punk rock and pop-culture. This is my voice and my ethos. I’m thrilled with this book. We hope to start shopping this collection to publishers later this fall.

And just for shits and giggles, I mocked up the cover…


Wichita in October

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In early October, I delivered the keynote address at the Kansas Association of the Teachers of English Conference. I have been outspoken about the relatively recent willful political attempt to strip-mine public schools and public libraries of funding in order to cultivate an uniformed constituency (see this Chicago Tribune article).

Here’s the damn deal: censorship is going on right this very minute, right before our very eyes. It’s not happening vis-à-vis high-profile, ALA banned book lists or Hitlerean book burnings. Nope. That’s all way too obvious. Censorship is occurring in a much more inky and clandestine fashion, it is a creeping shadow that deemphasizes books, the word and the teachers who celebrate these monuments to power, knowledge and speech.

So I went to Wichita in October. And I knew right off that I was with my people. And I told them this. YOU ARE MY PEOPLE.

I often speak at comic book conventions and literary festivals to an assorted mélange of cosplay geeks, word-nerds, book-worms, collectors, furries, four-color weirdos and assorted genre freaks. -I get these pop-cultural urchins. I am one of them. But at the KATE conference, I was truly with my people. English teachers are the trench warriors on the front lines of education, facing the Trumpian mustard gases of fetid disinformation. Teachers yearn for an informed society.


I had a new short story published in Arcturus magazine a few months back and forgot to mention it here. This story will likely be in my forthcoming collection. At present there are 16 stories in this book, five of them are all-new, never before published. A couple are super-rare and ran in low-circulation print literary journals. Hopefully I'll have this all wrapped up by the end of this summer.


And here it is! The cover to the new, updated, art-book edition of LISTEN TO THE ECHOES: THE RAY BRADBURY INTERVIEWS. Available in late-November.

•Color photos throughout—many never before seen or published.

•A new introduction by Sam Weller.

•New afterwards by legendary writer Margaret Atwood and director/writer Frank Darabont.

•A new chapter of "outtake" interviews between biographer Sam Weller and Ray Bradbury.

Lots more details will be announced right here. Stay tuned. This book is going to be a real treat for fans.