Just confirmed I’ll be a guest speaker at SF:SE, Dirty Little Bookers’ Speculative Fiction Convention taking place between September 25, 2015 and September 27, 2015 at the Sheraton Orlando North.
Spending the entire weekend writing. When you work at home on your own schedule as writers do, holidays lose a bit of their magic–unless of course you have children or loved ones who need your participation. Other than that, a holiday is pretty much just another day. And it’s somewhat annoying to get a full head of inspired steam up on a novel or screenplay only to run headlong into a special occasion that demands your presence. I don’t mean to be a humbug… only to point out that for some folks, holidays can actually be a hassle. One of the strange little trade-offs that writers make.
Enjoy your holiday!!
Just wrapped an interview with Tim Swartz and Mike Mott on The Outer Edge Radio show.
Talked about the supernatural, Paranormal, zombie books, true ghost stories, Night of the Demons, etc. Great guys and a fun show.
FINALLY… AFTER 15 YEARS OF WRITING AND RESEARCH
IT IS READY & AVAILABLE!
GHOSTWRITER – THE POLAROID GHOST
& OTHER TRUE TALES OF THE PARANORMAL
A collection of true ghost stories that is guaranteed
to have you sleeping with the lights on.
“If you must read only one book on cases considered paranormal in origin,
this is the one… one that no serious investigator should miss.”
– BILL MURPHY, FACT OR FAKED: PARANORMAL FILES
NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE AND IN PRINT!!
AN EPIC ZOMBIE ADVENTURE for FANS of
THE WALKING DEAD and LIVING DEAD series
You might be wondering why so many of the books I have listed on this site are tagged as “coming soon.” No, I’m not hacking my way through them… I’ve actually been writing and rewriting a half-dozen books over the course of the past decade, since moving to Philadelphia from Santa Monica. It took me a few drafts to shake off some of the strictures and habits of the screenwriting process, to allow myself the freedom to explore the depths of internalized characterizations and the richness of prose writing–without overdoing it.
Now, finally, I’m reaching the finish line–working on final polishes of the books listed as “coming soon.” I assumed that having several completed books ready to go would be a good thing as I searched for an agent to represent my literary efforts, but now I’ve realized that it actually complicates my hunt for an agent. Based on the preference listings I’ve found on agents’ webpages, it’s tough to find one who’ll represent a true ghost story picture book as well as traditional horror novels and a “literary” paranormal thriller like The Bad Karma Club. On top of that, I’m halfway through a work of fiction based on my experiences in Hollywood–a cautionary tale of sleaze and seduction.
Although screenwriting was a cutthroat business, in some ways the book industry is even tougher. The digital revolution made the moviemaking process more accessible to all, but the costs are still somewhat restrictive. Digital book publishing, on the other hand, has opened the doors to an endless stream of writers–semi-literate amateurs as well as talented newcomers and veterans with major followings. It makes it very difficult to get a book noticed and the horror genre in particular is glutted with ambitious fans and writers chasing a fast buck. It reminds me of what happened after I sold my first horror screenplay years ago. Suddenly my writer friends who had never been interested in writing horror (one of them was not even a fan of the genre) announced that they were working on horror screenplays. None succeeded. One threw up his hands shortly after starting, announcing (with surprise in his voice) that “it isn’t that easy.”
It isn’t easy writing quality horror. And right now it seems harder than ever to get it into the hands of horror fans, due to the confusing glut of product and the reluctance of agents to rep horror as a consequence. Soft horror in the form of YA and MG is hot, as publishers rush to cultivate a new generation of readers for their wares. Meanwhile movies seem to be the last bastion of hardcore horror; ironic since in the 90s the “Scream” franchise started a decade of softer horror films, devoid of the exploitative elements that had been the mainstay of the genre for decades. Thankfully for horror fans, that decade ended and real cinematic horror resurfaced, resuscitated by J-horror and the zombie Renaissance. “Hostel” and “Saw” kicked off the torture porn genre which quickly became tedious and a slew of lackluster remakes were churned out by myopic producers but great fresh horror continued to thrive with entries like “V/H/S” and “High Tension” and films based on Jack Ketchum’s books.
Rocky Woods, the President of the Horror Writers Association, recently wondered aloud on his Facebook page whether good old horror was dead in the publishing world, buried in favor of sappy Goth vampire romances and YA-horror aimed at teens and middle graders. Perhaps it’s just gone underground… into a cozy coffin, waiting for its next generation of fans to grow up.