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.