Novel Excerpt: “Dark Matter,” Ultimate Darkness

I posted an early excerpt of my new novel, "Dark Matter," in this post here. It was a relatively humorous scene, focused on the police-procedural aspect but hinting at the themes of hard science and Lovecraftian horror that birthed the idea. I'm at almost the exact midpoint of the novel and had an unexpected opportunity …

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Novel Excerpt: “Dark Matter”

Dark Matter is a police-procedural horror/mystery/scifi thriller. It has two major inspirations: the weird fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, particularly "The Dunwich Horror"; and the hard science of astrophysics and particle physics popularized by the likes of Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Matt O'Dowd.  The main character is Frankie, a single mother and FBI agent whose obsessive pursuit of …

Book Review: “There’s Someone Inside Your House” by Stephanie Perkins

I have a feeling Stephanie Perkins' new Young Adult horror novel had a different working title.  There's Someone Inside Your House sounds like the kind of slasher product that can be shelved alongside Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.  The novel definitely has those elements, but in many ways the title belies the underlying story. First …

“Describe Yourself Like a Male Author Would”

Someone sent this to me, thinking I would like it, and they were right. ‘Describe Yourself Like a Male Author Would’ Is the Most Savage Twitter Thread in Ages   https://twitter.com/gwenckatz/status/979852671573049344 https://twitter.com/whitneyarner/status/980330317247545349   As the recent male author of a book with a young female protagonist, and also given to flights of scathing self-reflection, I don't …

Novel Exceprt: Nightmares and Siblings, “The Puppeteer”

My fascination with dreams and sibling relationships are key motifs in my upcoming New-Adult horror novel, The Puppeteer.   This excerpt is from Chapter 7. ***  She sat bolt-upright in bed, gasping for breath, wondering if she had screamed aloud.  For a second, Sarah didn’t know where she was.  Her eyes looked for the closer-in dimensions of …