Jul
2014

Help Grow My List — Win Free Books!

As most of you already know, Queen and Other Stories was published in May of this year. Before the end of the year, I have three other books scheduled for release:

  • My debut novel, Skinjumper;
  • My third anthology, a collection of dark stories about ritual titled That Hoodoo, Voodoo, That You Do and;
  • A brand-spanking new edition of my 2012 dark superhero fiction anthology,Corrupts Absolutely?, featuring new cover art, a new introduction and two new stories!
As you can imagine, I’d like news of these projects to spread far and wide, and my favorite way to accomplish this is with my mailing list. After all, you guys chose to be here. You enjoy good horror and science fiction stories, and hopefully, I help keep you entertained. 

I’d like to at least double the size of my mailing list between now and the end of September, when these new books hit the streets. In order to do this, I’m asking YOU to send the list Subscription Link to folks you think would enjoy what I put out. Tweet it, put it on your Facebook Wall, email it to your friends (but don’t spam your whole mailing list on my account–that would be horrible!).

The subscriber sign-up link is: http://eepurl.com/g2qR

When they tell you they’ve signed up, send me an email and let me know who you’ve sent my way. Each person you sign up gets YOU an entry in a raffle taking place on September 30th. If five people sign up because you sent them, you get five entries in the drawing. There will be FOUR WINNERS; I’m giving away one digital copy each ofQueen, Skinjumper, Hoodoo and Corrupts? 

And that’s not all. All new subscribers to the list between now and September 30th will get an entry in a separate drawing. If I get from 5 – 20 new subscribers, I’ll draw for a copy of Queen. At 21 – 40, I’ll also draw for a copy of Skinjumper; at 41- 60, for Hoodooand at 61 – 80 or more, for Corrupts?

Jul
2014

Come Back to Me

Fun fact about your humble scribe: I don’t watch much in the way of horror movies. I’m a huge fan of television shows like The Walking Dead and Dexter, and of course I read the crap out of the genre, but my taste in movies tends toward science fiction and crime, with some action thrown in. Not sure why I’m wired that way, but I am. Makes date night a little easier, at least, since my missus hates the scary stuff.

I say all this to help emphasize how much I’m looking forward to this move right here: Come Back to Me. It’s based on a novel by Wrath James White, The Resurrectionist. Long-time readers might remember me writing about another book of Wrath’s Succulent Prey, and how hard-core it screwed with my head. You can read that here, if you’re interested in a very short list of books that do to me what (hopefully) I do to you at least some of the time. I also reviewed The Resurrectionist shortly after it came out, and while you’re there, you might as well buy a copy too, because it’s a great book. Finally, Wrath’s psycho killer books were at least a small influence on Skinjumper, my upcoming debut novel which features a crazed murderer as well. Here’s a little bit about the book, just to pique your interest further:

Dale has the miraculous ability to heal and raise the recent dead. But he’s also insane. When he uses his power to brutally kill the woman next door, night after night, no one will believe her impossible story, so it’s up to her to find a way to end the living nightmare.

Come Back to Me will be released in select theaters and on-demand services near the end of the month. I only hope I’ll be able to see it for myself sooner, rather than later. After you’re done hitting all the links I’ve just thrown at you, check out the short trailer for the film. It looks like it could be a fairly faithful representation of the novel…something else that makes me very happy.

Jul
2014

“This is Usually the Part Where People Scream…”

I’ve been torturing myself for the past week or so by re-watching season one of Heroes. If you’ve never watched it, Heroes was a great (in the beginning) live-action superhero show on NBC. The second season fell victim to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike and it never really recovered. There hasn’t been anything like it that I could really lose myself into–not Alphas, not even No Ordinary Family (which deserved better treatment than it could get on ABC Family, and which I would still love to write as a comic, if anyone connected is reading this!). I know that rewatching the show after season one is just going to disappoint me, but until the relaunch, I have nothing else.

Similarly, I’ve been re-reading 1980s issues of the Uncanny X-Men. I know that sometime around Onslaught (in 1997), if I keep reading in chronological order, like one does, I’m going to get disenchanted again, but I’ll probably do it anyhow. Eighties and nineties X-Men were the best, as far as I’m concerned. From about ’97 to at least 2007, I found precious little to enjoy, though the stuff that’s been coming out the past couple years isn’t too bad. At least there are those old issues to enjoy. One thing that I can’t get away from is how much more engrossing an old issue of the X-Men was, compared to a modern issue of any comic I read (even the great stuff from Image and IDW). You could literally take almost half an hour to read an issue of the 80s X-Men, due to page count and story, but even the best stuff I’m reading these days maybe lasts twenty minutes. Maybe.

One other thing in keeping with this post’s superhero theme is a great piece of news I’m very excited to share: before the end of the year, my 2012 anthology of dark superhuman fiction, CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY? will be relaunched by Ragnarok Publishing, the same folks who’ll be bringing you my supernatural serial killer novel, SKINJUMPER, in October. This new treatment will be the definitive version of the book, as far as I’m concerned, with two brand-new stories that were unable to be included in the original version, and a brand-new cover!

Jun
2014

SF Signal!

I have a guest-post up today at SF Signal, where I talk about my love of time-travel and alternate-universe science fiction stories, and how that ties into Queen & Other Stories, which includes not one, but TWO time-travel pieces (though they’re vastly different from each other).

In “The Bad Place,” a boy takes advantage of a temporal anomaly in an attempt to rescue his sister from their abusive father. Of course, there’s consequences for such an undertaking. In “Kettletop’s Revisionary Plot,” a scientist goes back in time to prevent the zombie apocalypse and save his wife from the wrath of the undead. “Kettletop’s,” in fact, was originally written for IDW’s first Zombies vs Robots anthology, based on the comics by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood.

You can pick up a copy of Queen in digital or print on Amazon or several other online outlets or even better, have your local bookstore order a copy!

Who wouldn’t want a do-over or two, if it were possible? For my part, I was an awkward kid in middle school and the beginning of high school, who turned down the occasional flirtations of a few different girls because I thought for sure they were just screwing with me. Maybe they were. I’ll never know. I met my wife of nearly nine years while engaged to my ex-wife–that is, I met the right one first, went through five years of Hell and then made the choice I probably should have made in the first place. I think everything turned out alright in the end (I totally think my wife would have ditched my younger self had we gotten together five years earlier!), but I wouldn’t mind a glimpse into the life of a Lincoln who made a different choice, just for fun.

May
2014

Reviews!

I’ve landed a couple of great reviews/special mentions in the past few days, for books that have come out recently.

Frank Michaels Errington reviewed Queen & Other Stories. He’s read/reviewed me a few times before, so I was curious about his thoughts on what I consider to be the crown jewel of my writing career, thus far:

First up was “D.T.F.”  Quick, what’s the acronym?  That’s OK, I didn’t know either.  I had to look it up in the Urban Dictionary. You’re going to have to look it up too, if you don’t already know. Good story, nice twist, and one of the best lines in the book from the story’s protagonist, Billy.  “The force is strong, he thought, one of Evan’s sayings.  The new guy at the factory was always quoting the captain of the Enterprise or some such.”

And, SuperheroNovels.Com made special mention of “Nice to Matter,” my contribution to This Mutant Life: Bad Company:

Our two favorite stories in the anthology come from Frank Byrns and Lincoln Crisler. Both of these stories feature squishy (and ill-advised?) sexual relationships between heroes and villains. In “No Chance,” a pregnant supervillain is defeated by her lover’s shield of impunity. And in “Nice to Matter,” a hero’s female sidekick outwits a villain with her sexual charms (“Distracting the bad guy with your pussy just wasn’t the sort of thing that screamed ‘superhero,’” she admits in hindsight).