Reviews are seriously the coolest thing. In fact, they’re one of the absolute best ways that you can support an author. Thank you, Carl, for taking the time to not only read Apocalyptic Montessa, but also to review it. I hope you enjoy the review, my friends. You can read it here.
So once upon a time, years and years and YEARS ago, I wrote a short story called “The Forbidden Grand.” It was published in Deadman’s Tome and I eventually forgot about it. Well, that’s not true. I remembered it but it was a really new story from a young writer and it wasn’t that great, to be honest. So. Ahem. It was buried.
Cue to NOW, where suddenly there was a super cool message that resurrected the past. I was delighted to be invited on the Deadman’s Tome podcast to talk old stories, creepers, and all sorts of delightfully zany subjects. It was really a blast!
Swing by and watch the interview here. I hope you enjoy!
This is something that happened last year, but I came across these pictures and wanted to share it. I find it more timely than ever.
This is hateful graffiti that was left at my children’s elementary school.
Yes, I know the original origins and meaning behind this symbol, but I think it’s a safe bet that when you see it scrawled on public property, the intent is pretty clear. It isn’t there in order to celebrate a sacred symbol. It’s there to express hate.
We contacted the school, but the kiddos were walking past it for weeks. You can see how it was right by the sidewalk. It really hurt my soul.
So one day after school, I gathered up my girls, some paint that I had on hand, and I painted it over with a heart. The girls were there, but didn’t touch it. I have strong feelings about respect and not touching property that isn’t your own, but I have stronger feelings about seeing a swastika every day on your way to school. That’s just ridiculous.
I covered it. We had some pretty in-depth discussion about emotions, respect, and how love is stronger than hate. This stayed up for a couple of weeks until the city eventually painted over it with a better, more permanent solution. It was a small thing, but it an important one. Love to you, friends!
My dear friend and colleague Stephanie M. Wytovich is the editor for the 5th volume of the HWA Poetry Showcase. And this is EXCITING.
Something also exciting? She’s asked Michael Arnzen and I to be guest judges. Eeeee!
You can read a wonderful interview with Stephanie here where she tells you a little what she is looking for.
Members of the Horror Writer’s Association are invited to submit. You can find the guidelines and submission form here. The submission window correlates with April’s National Poetry Month, so it opens on April 1 and closes on April 30 at midnight, Pacific time. Please send us your work, and good luck!
YES, Little Dead Red and Other Stories is finally at the printers, which means that it will be in your hot little hands very soon! Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement. This collection is so exceptionally intimate that it feels like stripping naked in front of a crowd. I do hope you enjoy the work therein.
If you have not ordered your copy of this limited edition collection, there are still a few left. You can order them here.
Again, thank you, and I’m so excited for this to be out!
I’m gearing up to head down to the Henderson Libraries Local Author Showcase. I’ll be there at 1 pm with my girls, so swing by and say hi!
And there’s no shame in it.
I’m delighted to be attending the Henderson Libraries Local Author Showcase. It’s their fifth year doing this event and my third time taking part. It’s beautifully ran and has a fun, friendly atmosphere.
Please stop by and meet some of the many local authors in the area! We’ll be there to chat, sell and sign books, and enjoy each other. This is such a fun event and I look forward to it every year! I’ll be there from 1:00-2:30, so please stop by and say hi.
Saturday, March 17
Paseo Verde Library
280 S. Green Valley Parkway
I’ll be selling my books at a special discounted price and will, of course, sign them to you directly. Or to “Dear Ebay.” Whichever you prefer. 😀
Matt Betts is the Doofenschmirtz to my Perry the Platypus, and he has a new book out. It looks AWESOME.
A group of treasure-hunters hits the high seas chasing a tip from a mysterious source. If it’s true, it could be their biggest score yet-literally-a massive robot the size of a skyscraper lost since the last war, worth a sizable reward, and bragging rights. But in trying to the raise the Cudgel, the crew of the Adamant accidentally unleashes a beast trapped by the battle machine years ago. The giant monster awakens to complete its war-time mission to destroy the Pacific Northwest.
Using their wits, their experience and a few contacts in the government, the crew sets out to fix their mistake and stop the menace. Can a handful of eccentric sailors resurrect the gigantic robot in time to stop the vicious creature’s assault?
“An ode to pulp adventure, Betts weaves a slow-burning mixture equal parts Pacific Rim and Congo.” – Monster Dear Monster podcast
Ohio native Matt Betts is a pop culture junkie—sometimes to levels that are considered unhealthy by the Surgeon General. He grew up on a steady diet of giant monsters, comic books, and horror novels, all of which creep into his own work. Matt’s speculative poetry and short fiction have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals. Matt’s first novel, the steampunk/zombie/alternate history adventure Odd Men Out was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for excellence in independent publishing. He is also the author of the urban fantasy novel, Indelible Ink, and the poetry collection Underwater Fistfight.
I ordered this right away and you should, too. Matt’s books are always a delight of quirk and adventure. You can pick it up here. Happy reading!
Run, do not walk, to Little Damage in LA. It has delicious, charming black ice cream that tastes faintly of roses. It’s kinda one of the best things that has ever happened to me.