Tuesday, August 26, 2014


So I'm a fan of Old Time Radio. OK, maybe more than a fan; these old shows keep me company while I write and sit in my dungeon.

By far the longest-running show on the radio, Suspense was a half-hour (and sometimes hour)-long radio drama that brought the best actors to the sound stage. Works from such authors as: Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Cornell Woolrich, Dorthy L. Sayers and H.G. Wells were featured. Vincent Price and Orson Welles even did a show or two.

You can check out Suspense, along with a ton of other great shows at the Internet Archive. Copyright is long gone on a lot of these, and they are great:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Love is a Pale Road...

... for Death waits at the end

Don't trust the living....

Bailey, a simple farmer, has been tasked by a dead man to murder a dangerous warlock. While he follows the guidance of this otherworldly companion, Bailey finds himself in a dark, scary new world.

... and in love.

So is it merely a love out of convenience, or has Abby honestly fallen for the simpleton farmer who talks to the dead? Her own dark designs will collide with those of the man Bailey follows, but the boy's young heart cannot easily be torn from this strange new love.

Love is a pale road, for Death waits at the end.


“Soon he would come. He always came. In between the spaces. Spaces between the sounds in the music. Fa and Ma called them notes, but a note is written on paper. I cannot write on paper. I play music and Fa calls it notes. He—not Fa—comes to me between the notes. His name is Lyn; I don’t think he even has a last name, or if he does, he’s already forgotten it.

Lyn is dead.”
“Do people call you names, Bailey?”

“Men in the inns call me retarded and slow-face. But they are drunk, Fa says.”

“Drunk, yes. Stupid, too. You’re not retarded at all, and that is a nasty word!” She reached out her very white hand and it was very soft on my face.

Abby smelled like a bonfire in the Fall. We burned a lot of leaves and dead weeds. I really liked that smell. “You smell nice, Abigail.”

Thursday, July 24, 2014

An Author "Friend" Wrote This:

This is Bizarro Western. I love a good old Zane Grey as much as the other guy, but this stuff is beyond the pale. I'm super good friends with Zulu Gorefiend (wink-winke, nudge-nudge), so I will say no more in case I perjure myself.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Untying

The last installment of The Untying is DONE.

It has been for a long time, but I've been working 9-5 on my real job, trying to finish my contracted books, and playing withe the kiddos.

Anyway, as most things go, I think this is the better book of the trilogy. Maybe I just got a little better at things, or it's because it's the conclusion, or... who knows.

Many thanks go to Jodi Ralston for her awesome critique of the novel and for valuable advise for changes.

In any case, here is the cover. Karri Klawiter, you do awesome work! (

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Drunkard's Journey - Now a Love Story

Yes. You read that right. I'm keeping the trilogy available, but I've taken Bimb's story and re-purposed it into a love story, called Love's Pale Road.

Why a pale road? Because Death awaits at the end.

Currently it's with my publisher, so we'll see if it can see the light of day.

Love is a pale road, for Death waits at the end.

Bailey, a simple-minded farm fellow, is thrust into a web of deception, betrayal and violence. Tasked with murdering a dangerous warlock, he obligingly follows the voice of a dead man.

When Bailey falls in love, the crafted plan disintegrates. The dead man should have known that trusting the living would be a losing proposition...


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Drunkard's Journey -- Revised, Republished... Ready for Prime Time?

So I got my rights back from the publisher who had been working on The Spaces Between. The contract simply ended and I decided not to renew, because I thought it would be fun to try and promote this on my own. Crazy talk.

Anyway, a lot has changed with this book, although the story has not. A few items of note: 

Sped up the slow parts and kept the action

Torplug and Qainur have become Darrell and Bruce. I laugh every time I see those names

The entire trilogy has been published now. The story is complete.

The simple-minded and the insane. Mercenaries, demons, drunks, and unstable men. The dead and living. A world full of simpletons and simple technology, but cursed with unbelievable magic and powerful warlocks. Thus is the world of The Spaces Between. Zhy, the town drunk, finds himself on a journey with a brazen mercenary and an uppity mage. They are followed by an idiot man-child, listening to voices in his head. As they creep closer to their stated goal, each man realizes he’s only a pawn in a scheme: A scheme concocted by one of the travelers. A drunkard’s journey will begin with laughter and end in misery.