What I'm Writing:
I know, I know. I should be continuing my very important countdown of my favorite Goosebumps content, but I have some news!
Last year, a drabble of mine was accepted by Shacklebound Books to appear in The Book of Drabbles. Well, I’m excited to announce that the anthology is coming out on July 1 and you can preorder it now!
“Fair Trade” was the first drabble I ever wrote, so it has a special place in my little black heart. I hope you check out it along with all the other wonderful drabbles in this anthology.
Oh, and as a fun sneak peek, check out this amazing cover. Isn’t it awesome?
Speaking of drabbles, I have not one, but 10 coming out later this year as a part of a dark winter/winter-holiday themed anthology from Black Hare Press. I had a lot of fun writing these drabbles, so I’m excited for you to get to read them. I believe this is slated to come out around December, so get ready.
Last but not least, I’m so happy to announce that I have a full-fledged story coming out on audio through the Tales to Terrify podcast. It’s called “Nothing but Ashes,” and it follows a vampiric mother and son as they face the end of the world as they know it. I’m incredibly excited about this story and getting to share it with you all through Tales to Terrify. The airdate is still TBD, but I’ll keep you posted.
What I’m Reading:
Boy, it’s been a hot minute since I wrote one of these, so the question is what haven’t I been reading?
A bit of a comic book nerd (and nerd in general), I read a Swamp Thing Omnibus by Nancy Collins and Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. I read a fun vampire book called Stake by Kevin J. Anderson (who wrote a couple original X Files books back in the day). Stake was a fun ride, reminiscent of The X Files, so if you’re interested in a fast-paced vampire mystery, this one is for you.
In the nonfiction realm, I read a book on George Lucas (George Lucas: A Life) and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. The first left me inspired, the second pretty devastated, but damn, were both incredible reads and I highly recommend them both.
I read The Thief of Always by Clive Barker (the first book by Barker I have ever read). It felt a lot like Something Wicked This Way Comes, but a little easier to read. I also read The Phantom Tollbooth AND WHY DIDN’T PEOPLE TELL ME ABOUT THIS BOOK SOONER?? It was so good, clever, and wholesome. I loved every minute with that book.
Right now, I’m in between two other books: the coming-of-age novel Summer of Night by Dan Simmons and the nonfiction I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong.
What I’m Watching:
I’ve watched a ton of movies (and written an occasional review), so if you want to keep up with all the nonsense, I’d recommend following me on Letterboxd. Instead, here I’ll focus on two shows that I’ve been watching lately.
The first is the classic cartoon Ed, Edd n Eddy. This was my favorite show growing up as a kid, and it was great revisiting the cul-de-sac. I watched the whole show and even topped it off with Ed, Edd n Eddy’s Big Picture Show movie. The other show is Gravity Falls, which I watched for the first time maybe like two years ago and was immediately hooked on. It’s such a fun, spooky, and imaginative show. It’s like if Goosebumps and the X Files was a town, and I love it.
I think what I love about these two shows (and why they’re perfect shows to be watching right now) is that both thrive on idle imaginings of summer. They remind me so much of my childhood, where the world was full of possibilities and imagination. Where you could daydream under a blue sky while laying on a bed of green grass. They remind me of youth, innocence, and pure bliss. Check these two out on streaming if you haven’t seen them yet.
That’s all for now, so catch you folks later! And if you haven’t already, hit that subscribe button down below!