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Awards and Updates!

It's been a hectic month, to be sure, but I wanted to stop in with some good news and some announcements.



Firstly, Operation: Montauk has been nominated for a Cybil award in the Science-Fiction and Fantasy category in the Teen age group. There's quite a few nominees, including Silence in the Library's other book released this year, War of the Seasons: Book 2 - The Half Blood. You can check out the full list here. 

If you still haven't read the book and want to see why it would have been nominated, pick up a signed copy in the store, at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

I'm not expecting to win (especially if I'm up against War of the Seasons) but it's a thrill to be nominated.

I also wanted to thank everyone I met at Anime Banzai this weekend. The response to the books was great and I was humbled to hear how many people enjoyed them. I'm told I caused many sleepless nights at the con because people didn't want to put down my stuff and it was great to hear…

Curse of the Werewolf

I've just released a new, three story collection of werewolf themed shorts on Amazon and Barnes and Noble called "Curse of the Werewolf."

The stories contained inside vary in length, but it runs about 16,000 words total, which Amazon calculates out to about 45 pages of horror content, just in time for Halloween.

The first story in the collection is a brand new tale called "The Black House" about a lovesick teenager trying to unravel the mystery of the Black family, whose decrepit house and unusual daughter have caught his eye.

The second story is called "A Pistol Full of Silver" which first appeared on this website and my "Man Against the Future" collection and features the story of a man hunting something monstrous that has attacked his family.

The third story is another all new, original tale called "Fenrir's Lament." It's set in the desert in the 1950s and reads like I imagine some of that era's more pulpy magazine …

Scott Snyder talks about writing

In my opinion, Scott Snyder is one of the best writers working in comics today. He's currently writing Batman, Swamp Thing, and his own American Vampire and more comics are on the horizon. I interviewed him last week for Big Shiny Robot! and the Huffington Post about the return of the Joker in his upcoming Death of the Family arc.

Scott's been an inspiration of mine for a while, and it's not just that I envy his career and want to be where he is, it really is that he's a great writer and brings something to his stories.

I took a minute to talk about writing with him and I wanted to pass off some taste of his knowledge to you guys.

I asked him what he would go back and tell himself before he started working on these projects and the biggest advice he'd give himself (and, in turn, us) is to not quit. That seems rather obvious, but if you're writing, you really do need to go all in and stay there. We all get better the more we write and if you quite, you're ju…

Life Imitates Art

This is truly one of the most bizarre things I've ever seen.

Back about 7 or 8 years ago, I wrote a short story called "Late Term Abortion." It was the second story I ever published to this site and you can click the link and still read the beginning of it. It's since been published in the collection called Man Against the Future (which is available digitally or signed from my online store).

It tells the story of a family who wants to abort their son after he becomes too rebellious. It's clearly fiction and was written to point out the absurdity of hating dissenting voices and showing the lengths some will go to to eliminate that dissent.

It was farce.

The story is so wonderfully absurd, I was convinced I'd turned the world off the idea.

I was wrong.

Meet Charlie Fuqua, an Arkansas politician running for their state legislature. He wrote in a book released this year:
 The maintenance of civil order in society rests on the foundation of family discipline. Ther…