I was there for World Horror Convention. I stayed in a beautiful house with my friends. We experienced joy and tragedy. It was a house of laughter and sorrow, much like the city.

Enjoy a few pictures of the city last year. It was such a pleasure.


My laptop, a bay blanket, and a “Don’t Forget Me” letter from my middlest. :)


We rented a house that came with a bottle of vodka and a game of Twister. I touched neither. I can’t say the same for my housemates.



Mason Bundschuh and Mort Castle play ukelele and harmonica after the Bram Stoker Awards.


How do you do that voodoo you do so well?



This is my brother in everything but blood. I bought my own uke right after this.



It was just such a pleasure to be somewhere so different from home.




The paperback of my debut NAMELESS is five dollars off!  Woo! I’m not certain how long this promotion is going on, so if you’re interested in a book, you’ll want to jump on it. I’ll quote directly from The Ragnarok Team, here.

In celebration of Ragnarok’s Facebook page surpassing 1,000 LIKES, we’re offering $5 off print editions of NAMELESS, DEAD WEST OMNIBUS, DEVOURER OF SOULS, THE FORTY FIRST WINK, PATH OF THE DEAD, and DAMOREN.

Follow these links to the CreateSpace eStore and enter the code at checkout: TLPYH9BS







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The gang is back.

I can’t decide if we’re like a really fierce Las Vegas gang, or more like the Apple Dumpling Gang. Or maybe the Buttercream Gang.

No, wait, we’re the Geeky Writer Gang. FEAR US.

Anyway, tonight at 9 PM Eastern we’re meeting up once again to discuss life, writing, and anything else that you want to know. Here, I’ll let Todd tell it. He does it beautifully. You can find the Facebook event page here.

I bet you thought we weren’t going to do another one of these, didn’t you? You were wrong. The Geeky Writer Gang™ is getting together one more time to talk about their work, publications past and present, and any other inappropriate topics that come up during the conversation (and yes, folks, there will be plenty).

What? This one’s on a Monday night? Yeah, you read that correctly, folks. We’re mixing things up a bit by kicking things off at 9 PM on a weeknight. We’re calling it the “Late Night Edition” because it’s catchy and sounds better than “Monday @ 9 PM Edition.”

As with past iterations, we’re going to broadcast live via Google Hangouts and stream to YouTube. Links will be posted a few minutes before we go live. You can tune in to YouTube to catch our antics, and ask any questions you might have right here on the event page. We’ll do our best to respond to them.

We hope you’ll consider joining us!

Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, author, and filmmaker living in Durham, NC with his wife, Lana, and his cat, Busey. He wrote the screenplay for the award-winning short film FOODIE, and his first novel, DIRTBAGS, is due this spring from Immortal Ink Publishing.

Anthony Rapino resides in Northern PA and is the author of the novel SOUNDTRACK TO THE END OF THE WORLD, the short story collection WELCOME TO MOON HILL, and most recently the audio book REALITY ENGINEERS, produced and published by In Ear Entertainment.

Mercedes Murdock Yardley, aka Mrs. Stabby, is the author of NAMELESS, the first book in The Bone Angel trilogy, the short story collection BEAUTIFUL SORROWS, and the novella APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU.

Todd Keisling is the author of A LIFE TRANSPARENT, THE LIMINAL MAN (a 2013 Indie Book Award Finalist), and the UGLY LITTLE THINGS series, all published by Precipice Books. He lives and works with his wife and son somewhere in Pennsylvania. He’s awkward and weird, and if you were to live next door to him, your grass would probably die.


Thank you to the talented and likeable Danny Grigsby for painting this amazing painting! I can’t tell you how excited I am!


Mercedes M. Yardley

My Angry Ginger and I dressed her up.

First in my old ball gown. (Everybody needs a red ball gown.)



And then in my wedding dress.



Now she’s hanging on the wall where she belongs.

Thank you so much, Danny!


Really checking in.

I don’t want this to become a blog of updates and “Woo, this came out” and “Yay, I’m doing this!” even though I’m proud of those things. I work hard and it’s so delightful to see something come to fruition. I want to share that.

But tonight I realize that I’m looking at the moon and it makes me want to walk outside and stand under it. I do that during the night sometimes. I’ve been sad and depressed and lonely. It’s summer. I hate summer in Vegas. It’s been three years since my girls passed, and it’s getting more difficult, not easier. I’m desperate for a way to ease the sorrow. I throw myself at projects like a bird throwing herself against the bars of a cage. I made trifle. I made soap. Last night I made earrings and attempted a ring before calling it a night. The earrings were a success. The ring will be, I think, once I rethink it and try it again.

I’m craving Marshmallow Honey Nut Cheerio treats, which is what I make because it’s sweeter than Rice Krispie treats. That said, I’m wondering about going sugar free and seeing if that helps my mood and body.

I was supposed to be lying on the beaches of Mexico this week. I’m thinking about how much I love the water and how much I love writing, but suddenly writing has become more of a responsibility than a joy. When did that happen? Why did that happen? Too many deadlines, I think. I put everything on pause for a bit and I’m writing a short story titled Last One Awake. It has a Big Man Ben feel to it, if you’re familiar with that story of mine. It’s beautiful and dark and full of sorrow and love and, best of all, I’m writing it just for me. No deadline. Not intended for anywhere in particular. I love the characters, Kelly and Joy. They’re so loyal. I’m almost sorry for what has to happen to them.

Glass has been breaking left and right about this place. That happened last year, too. I stepped on some several times, and left an impressive blood trail. The children were impressed.

I love our rabbit. I love our chickens, who are hysterical. Both hamsters passed away and the children had never lost a pet before. It was a bad time but also a beautiful time. I scheduled a hair appointment on Friday and I’m going to cut off about half a foot of it. I’m going back to blonde for a minute. I’m even going to lose the bangs.

But only for a while. I’m just visiting the Old Me. I still feel at home with New Me.

That’s it. Checking in. :)




You guys.


I’ve mentioned it here and there, but I’m thrilled to officially announce that my favorite thing I ever wrote will be coming out this fall! Ragnarok Publications will release my book Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy this September.

“Run, Star Girl.”

 Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.

 Mercedes M. Yardley’s Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy is a dark, lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count.  It will be released by Ragnarok Publications in September of 2014.

One of my favorite artists of all time, Galen Dara, agreed to do the cover. She creates some of the most feminine, darkly beautiful art that I have ever seen. If you’re not familiar with her work, run and check her out.

There will also be a special limited edition hardcover that will feature a tip-in insert of Orion Zangara’s work. It’s stunning, and makes a wonderful edition. The pre-order only hardcover will be available in October.

Ahhhh! I’m so excited! This book is the reason that I started describing my work as “whimsical horror.” There simply wasn’t another genre that it fit into. I hope it’s something you’ll read and enjoy, and will hopefully make the world a little bit more magical for you.



Everything floats down here.


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