Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Moriah: Cover Reveal & Pre-order

Moriah: A Novel. By Daniel Mills
ChiZine Publications, 2017. Cover art by Erik Mohr.
Release date: March 14, 2017.

Silas Flood is a broken man in a broken country. Nine years have passed since the end of the American Civil War and Flood is helpless to escape its shadow.

In the summer of 1874, he is dispatched to the mountain village of Moriah, Vermont to investigate sensational claims of supernatural happenings. There the brothers Thaddeus and Ambrose Lynch are said to converse with spirits and summon the dead.

As Flood investigates the true nature of these phenomena he must first come to terms with his own past and with the hold it has upon him—before he can behold the mysteries of the other side.

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Account of David Stonehouse, Exile

I am pleased to confirm that copies of limited edition chapbook "The Account of David Stonehouse, Exile" are still available from Dim Shores

"David Stonehouse" is a long novella of 31,000 words: a found document of indeterminate providence, a tale of grief and repression, an unconventional ghost story and meditation on loneliness and exile, the spirit and the flesh.

The chapbook itself is beautiful, featuring stunning cover and interior artwork courtesy of the talented Steve G Santiago. Dim Shores have truly outdone themselves here, and I could not be more pleased or proud of the final product. 

Note that this is a limited edition and as such is almost certain to sell out. At last count there were less than 20 copies remaining so if the novella is of interest to you I might recommend ordering soon. 

You can purchase the novella direct from the publisher here – or if you’re “local” as the League of Gentlemen might say – pick one up at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier.

And in other news...

I was recently interviewed by Jonathan Raab at Muzzleland Press as part of their new “Faithful Frighteners” series. FF has to be one of the more interesting series of its kind and I had a great time talking doom, gloom, and redemption. Other interviewees to date have included authors Scott R Jones (Martian Migraine Press) and Tom Breen (Orford Parish Books) as well as Leeman Kessler of Ask Lovecraft fame. Check it out here.

And going back to March – so long ago now I suppose it scarcely qualifies as “news” – I was also featured as a guest on new horror podcast The Horror of Nachos & Hamantaschen with authors JR Hamantaschen (You Shall Never Know Security) and Derek Sotak (Recipes from the Nachonomicon). N&H offers a decidedly irreverent approach to the horror genre and the co-hosts' rapport with one another is delightful. You can listen to “Vermont's Favorite Son” here.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Numbers of the bEast


To Joseph S. Pulver, Sr
With gratitude & admiration

My son, you must beware the woods at night
in winter when a madman stalks the trees
and sings the dark as does a dying beast,
left chained beneath a hood and starved of light.
My father said he was a questing knight,
who lost himself beyond the fire’s reach.
He sought for God but found a Muse’s teeth:
she turned all of his wakings into night.

My darling, I was once like you and strayed
beyond the road and past its wooded rim.
I heard his hymn, like tatters blown among
the shadows of a life the Muse un-made.
To him she gave this voice of falling wind.
My lady’s name is Death. I am her song.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Upcoming Work: Winter 2016

Some updates on forthcoming work:

Very pleased to announce that my short story “Below the Falls” published last year in Nightscript I will be reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 (ed. Paula Guran). “Falls” marks my first appearance in the YBDF&H series and I really couldn’t be happier to be a small part (the smallest part?) of what promises to be an outstanding anthology.

And on the subject of Nightscript

I believe I can now share that my short story “Arena” will appear in Nightscript II due out this fall. “Arena” is a parable of sorts set in the First Century C.E. which employs two interwoven narratives to address relationships between faith and doubt, powerful and powerless. My thanks to editor C.M. Muller for taking another chance on my work -- I'm thrilled to be joining so many friends in NS for a second time.

In other good news, Mike Davis’ Autumn Cthulhu anthology smashed its Kickstarter goals last December and will be published this spring by Lovecraft eZine Books. Autumn Cthulhu will include my short story “A Shadow Passing” set in Turn-of-the-Century Providence and something of a spiritual successor to my 2012 tale “MS Found in a Chicago Hotel Room."

Also this spring: in May, Snuggly Books (formerly Hieroglyphic Press) will release Marked to Die, an anthology of short fiction edited by fellow Chomu author Justin Isis. Marked contains 20 tales in tribute to British horror writer Mark Samuels and will include my short story “Canticle” which finds inspiration in the Spiritual Canticle of St John of the Cross and in Samuels’ essay “Beyond the Beautiful Darkness.”

Looking further ahead…

My short story “Dawn Watch” will appear in Joseph S. Pulver Sr.’s The Leaves of a Necronomicon project, a novel-in-stories inspired by E Annie Proulx’s Accordion Crimes. “Dawn Watch” explores parallels between The Necronomicon's imagery as we find it in “The Festival” and “The Dunwich Horror” and the ravaged landscapes encountered by the American Expeditionary Force in France in 1918.

And, finally, my short essay “Twilight Beauty” will appear in the Booklore anthology (ed. Jonas Ploeger) due out soon by Zagava Books. Booklore consists of memoir pieces and personal essays detailing author relationships with their favorite books. My own contribution was written about Edward G Seidensticker’s complete translation of The Tale of Genji, perhaps the most beautiful book I have read.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Lord Came at Twilight - Available for Kindle

Very pleased to announce my 2014 collection The Lord Came at Twilight is available for purchase from Amazon as a Kindle ebook. 

Opening story "The Hollow" can be read in its entirety via the "Look Inside" function while Simon Strantzas' Introduction -- also included within the free sample -- provides some illuminating insight into the collection's various influences (HP Lovecraft, MR James, HR Wakefield, etc) as well as its place within the context of the ongoing Weird Renaissance.

Here is what some kind folks had to say about the collection when it was first released in the spring of 2014:

“Reading the stories in this wonderful debut collection from Daniel Mills is like waking into an older, haunted America. The God of the Puritans holds sway, with terrible power and terrible beauty. The night is wondrous with spirits. Though these stories bear the influence of Hawthorne, Lovecraft, and Palliser, the numinous dread fills them is his alone. Mills recalls to us America's own dark wood, and it is lovely to behold.”
-- Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters

“The Lord Came At Twilight is silk-smooth and as dark as the shaft of an off boarded-over mine. Mills takes us that place and drops us in. He's kind enough to flash the lamp light down upon us now and again, so we can glimpse the claw-marks on the rock, the bones, the moving shadows... A terrifically affecting collection.”
-- Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing that Awaits Us All

“Daniel Mills is the Janus of supernatural fiction. His gaze is fixed on both the genre’s past masters and on realms never before explored. The tales in this book are haunting and are woven with a most eloquent darkness.”
-- Richard Gavin, author of At Fear’s Altar

“The stories in Daniel Mills’s excellent collection have their roots in the grand tradition of the American Gothic that begins in Poe and Hawthorne and flows through such descendants as Chambers and Ligotti. Tales in the truest sense of the word, these narratives range through the styles and conventions of their predecessors, but in a way that is distinct from mere pastiche, however loving. Instead, these stories inhabit the modes of the past as a means to approaching a profound darkness, one physical and metaphysical. A pleasure to read, Daniel Mills’s fiction would draw approving nods from any of the austere presences in whose literary footsteps he is following.”
-- John Langan, author of The Wide Carnivorous Sky

"Mills has a poetic and visionary style of his own, capable of uncovering the beauty in horror and the horror in beauty. He has Lovecraft's ability to evoke awe and wonder, but he avoids the old writer's hysterical edge and tendency to adjectival excess. The Lord Came at Twilight is a significant and sophisticated contribution to modern weird fiction."
-- Reggie Oliver, author of Flowers of the Sea

“Elegant and subtle, Daniel Mills' remarkable debut Revenants was a gift, and with The Lord Came At Twilight, he returns with a collection of graceful hauntings that bring the full range of his eerie and deeply unsettling literary powers to bear. You, lucky reader are about to be taken on a journey with a true Lord of Twilight... I envy you.”
-- Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., author of The Orphan Palace

Monday, August 17, 2015

2015 NecronomiCon Providence

NecronomiCon 2015 is this upcoming weekend in Providence, RI. 2013's NecronomiCon ranks among my favorite convention experiences to date and so -- despite the rather hectic nature of life post-fatherhood -- I am pleased to say I will once more be in attendance as a guest.

My schedule for the weekend is shown below. Apart from the events below you can probably find me in the dealer room, round the gaming tables, or at the hotel bar. Very much looking forward to catching up with auld acquaintance and to making many new friends as well.

Also: be sure and keep an eye out for The Doom that Came to Providence, a limited edition booklet which will be available only at the convention and includes my 1,000-word short-short “The Breaking.”

Friday, August 21, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
L’Apogee, Biltmore 17th Floor.
With Laird Barron, Sean Hoade, Daniel Mills, and Robert Waugh

Saturday, August 22, 2015
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Garden Room, Biltmore 2nd Floor.
An examination of Lovecraft’s Dreamlands and the characters, creations, and places therein. With Richard Gavin, Cody Goodfellow, John Langan, Dan Mills, Jason Thompson. Moderator: Simon Strantzas

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Grand Ballroom, Biltmore 17th Floor.
Thanks to the television show True Detective, and the work of Chambers enthusiasts like Joe Pulver, this long-forgotten writer is better known than ever before. But what EXACTLY is “The King in Yellow” and why is it important? This panel discusses Chambers’ trail-blazing book, what effect it might have had on Lovecraft, and why it is gaining more readers today. With Richard Lai, Dominique Lamssies, Tom Lynch, Daniel Mills, Joseph Pulver. Moderator: Alex Houstoun.

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
L’Apogee, Biltmore 17th Floor.
Aickman’s Heirs author readings and discussion
Aickman’s Heirs is an anthology of strange, weird tales by modern visionaries of weird 
fiction in the milieu of Robert Aickman, the master of strange and weird tales. Join editor Simon Strantzas and contributors Michael Cisco, Richard Gavin, John Langan, David Nickle, Daniel Mills, and Michael Wehunt for short readings, snacks, and a book signing.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Spring Snow

Website exclusive: this short prose poem consists of four roughly-metered sections corresponding to the seasons and inspired by my admiration for the sonnets of E.A. Robinson.

He came down the mountain, the girl on his back—his daughter, we said, for she looked so young—and him stooped and shuffling, hobbling along, grown brittle with years and palsied with lack. None would shelter him though he walked for miles down streets of huddling shacks and passed beyond the smokeless stacks of the brick factory. He never talked. The spring snow flew, more gray than white, then red the weeds in which he lay. He smiled, dead, and on his chest we saw those poppies laid. The girl? Of her we had no sight but heard (we thought) a crying child, and flowers filled the tracks she made.

White violets first, then lilies, returning of a year, while all round cedars twisted and spread like moth-wings laced to roof over the heads of girls who went to pick the blossoms there. Among them was my youngest Anne and Rose her older sister: she passed beyond the summer grove and met the boy who went unclothed and laughing chased him through the trees. When Anne came back, she was alone and begged for me to rise and go with her before the dusk-light died. We fled outside down dusty roads and found Rose where the lilies grow, asleep, but with such dreams behind her eyes.

The leaves were on the ground. He knocked and set the dogs to barking and sent me downstairs in my stockings to crack the door, to peer outside. His talk was soft and smooth and fine as was his coat of rabbit’s fur, his gray silk suit and tie, but his hair was black and tangled, dry, and I knew what he’d come back for. They wed before the roaring hearth with Rose dressed up as for a death and glowing like the sun through rain. Her moaning woke me in the dark. She screamed, it seemed, and stole my breath, as at her birthing years ago, and all her mother’s pain.

Her light we glimpsed that night alone though white as snow sufficed to burn the soul from him who had returned and scorch the marrow in his bones. Or so we said, for such the change we saw in him as winter fell and bent him fast so none could tell the weight he wore about him like great age. Then came the New Year and the storm when snowfall swam out of the trees and breached the ground in fountains. They left. I listened to their steps resound, the echoes breaking east from town and making for the mountain.