ince 1994 Michelle Scalise's work has appeared in such anthologies as UNSPEAKABLE HORROR, DARKER SIDE, MORTIS OPERENDI, DARK ARTS, THE BIG BOOK OF EROTIC GHOST STORIES and such magazines as Cemetery Dance, Crimewave and Dark Discoveries. She was nominated for the 2010 Spectrum Award which honors outstanding works of fantasy and horror that include positive gay characters and the 2000 Rhysling Award for poetry. Her fiction has received honorable mention in YEARS BEST FANTASY AND HORROR. Contributing Editor and Senior Reviewer for SFSite and Black Gate Magazine choose her first collection, INTERVALS OF HORRIBLE SANITY, as one of the top ten books of 2003. Her latest collection , COLLECTIVE SUICIDE, is out now from Crossroad Press.


ednesday April 9, 2014

"People or stars Reagard me sadly, I disappoint them." Sylvia Plath

April is national poetry month. In celebration here is a poem of mine that appeared in print last year. My latest collection, which will be my first containing only poetry is currently being considered by a publisher. Celebrate April in grand style by purchasing a new book or magazine of poetry or reread one of your favorite poets.



By Michelle Scalise

The nurse that never smiles
Never lets a glint of sympathy
soften her gray eyes
placed the dead baby on my breast
and waited.
He weighs nothing and yet I am
Oppressed with pins
to the bed like a rare butterfly.
Sheets as white as a pall.
I sicken at his touch,
always knowing he would feel this way.
Get it off of me!
Only the dead suckle the dead.
His name is Autumn
and once more
he's brought death to my door.

(This poem is copywriten. If you are interested in republishing it in any fashion, please contact me.)


uesday Feburaury 4, 2014

"Hell is empty and all the devils are here." Shakespeare

I have submitted my first piece of work to a magazine since my husband (novelist Tom Piccirilli) got sick. More to come on that once I sell it.

Remember, today is World Cancer Day: Purple Roads Stands Strong Against Cancer | and Chevrolet will donate $1.00 to evveryone who tints their facebook ot Twitter profile picture purple. It's easy. Go here: PURPLE ROADS. Do it for for all the survivors. Do it for everyone fighting the toughest battle you could ever imagine. Do it in memory of someone you loved.


ednesday Janaury 29, 2014

"Every word is autobiographical, and every word is fiction." William Burroughs

APEX Publication's website published an article titled Women of Horror: In Celebration of Great Women Horror Authors by Jason Sizemore and I'm very honored to be listed as one of those writers. I received my first acceptance letter TWENTY years ago (Holy crap! ). That was in the pre-web days when one would study the market listing books (which came out once a year so that by the time they appeared in print many of the magazines they listed had already gone under) then mail a letter asking for guidelines and then snail-mail your work and wait...and wait. My first acceptance letter came from a magazine that is long out of print, Vampire's Crypt. I believe Charlee Jacob (another writer mentioned in the Apex article) also made her first, or one of her very early sales to the same issue I was in. The Apex article mentions women who's work I enjoy reading and some of my friends in the business. It's not easy for ANYONE, male or female to make it in this field and there are no easy tricks. Just hard work, always striving to get better and never giving up. Thank you Apex and Jason Sizemore for including me in this wonderful go by a copy of my latest collection, COLLECTIVE SUICIDE, from Crossroad Press at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ITUNES, Sony, Smashwords or Crossroad Press's website.

February 4 is END CANCER DAY! Wear a purple ribbon, tint your Facebook photo purple or just give someone you know who is fighting the brave fight a big hug and kiss.



aturday November 23, 2013

"If I got rid of my demons, I'd lose my angels." Tennessee Williams

I've just finished a piece for the new British magazine, BEWARE THE DARK. The magazine is beautiful and I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of this special edition. I'll post more when I know the release date. This is only the second time I've written an essay for a magazine. The first was an article about the history of horror in classic poetry for the HWA newsletter.

unday October 6, 2013

"Copying other writers leads people into all manner of blunders in taste because they mimic those mannerisms for which they have NO innate propensity themselves." Ted Hughes

Recently I have had dealings with a couple of self-published writers (they seem to be calling themselves "indie" these days but a rose but any other name). If want-to-be writers pay someone to publish them they are NOT a member of the independent press. If they were more informed they would realize there IS an independent press but writers don't pay those editors and publishers. I read a blog recently by a writer complaining about the attitude self-published writers have. She had many responding posts from reviewers and book store employees who sided with her and talked about the arrogance they had to deal with when self-published people discovered bookstores don't want them and reviewers won't waste their time, unless the person doing the review has also paid hundreds or thousands of dollars to get published. Recently I came upon a very bitter self-published author who reviews on occasion. You could almost taste the jealousy coming from him. Can't get paid for your work? Well I do and I've worked my ass off to get to this point.

Do you really want to be a writer? Do you want to know if you have any talent? Here's some advise:

1- If you do not know proper grammar or where a comma should be placed, learn this FIRST!

2- TAKE COLLEGE LEVEL WRITING COURSES. A good writing teacher will red pen your ass until you learn or give up.

3-Get reviews from anyone besides your friends, family or spouse. Where to start? Try your local writer's group. It's free and even a small town usually has one. You can find them listed at your library (where many of them meet).

4-The next step should be obvious. LEARN THE BUSINESS SIDE OF WRITING. If you don't even know what a SASE is don't you dare call yourself a writer. Haven't learned how to submit to a magazine or publisher? THEN LEARN. There are books and magazines that teach this stuff. READ ONE.

5-Money goes TO THE WRITER. Memorize that. Publishers make their money off of readers. Don't have the guts to submit to real markets? Can't take the hits like the rest of us do? Fine by me but don't call yourself a writer because real writers are laughing at you when they take the time to notice you at all.

6- If your idea of submitting is like the Little Rascals saying, "Hey, lets put on a show!" then you're on the wrong track. When your friends put together an anthology that gets 20 or 30 submissions (and you're so naive you actually brag about those numbers) and you "get accepted" it means nothing. Try submitting to a pro-paying market. They get HUNDREDS of submissions and pro magazines like Dark Discoveries and Cemetery Dance only accept about four stories an issue. Even the semi-pro magazines get hundreds of subs.

7- You must copyright under your LEGAL name. Call yourself Bozo , Bella Xavier, or even use someone else's legal name that has gotten them attention in this business but you have to copyright with your legal Jane Doe or Nick Jones. And learn where a copywrite is needed and where you can put it to look foolish and unprofessional.

8-If you want to be taken as a professional, learn your craft, pay your dues and NEVER get suckered into paying someone to publish and edit and design your cover. It doesn't make you an author, it makes you a fool.

9- Please don't think you're a pro by reviewing and/or badmouthing real professional writers out of a sense of anger. It makes you look silly and word spreads in the writing community, trust me. I've been around a long time and I know a lot of dirt.

10- Once you get enough writing credits you can join a professional writers organization. Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America. There are tons of them with insider info on anthologies that might be opening, editors to avoid, all kinds of business advice...but they DON'T ACCEPT SELF-PUBLISHED WRITERS BECAUSE THEY DON'T CONSIDER THEM WRITERS.

And finally, this message is to every reader, editor and publisher I have dealt with or will deal with. I have been a professional writer since 1994. PLEASE do not confuse me with anyone using a similiar name who is self-published.

I get paid for what I do. Signed, Michelle Scalise

And now that I'm done with my rant I'm so happy to announce that my husband, best-selling novelist Tom Piccirilli has been in remission for ONE YEAR! He is not just an amazing, award winning writer and poet. He is my Superman.

unday February 17, 2013

"Belief in one's identity as a poet or writer prior to the acid test of publication is as naive and harmless as the youthful belief in one's immortality ... and the inevitable disillusionment is just as painful."-DAN SIMMONS

Here is a review from Horror World of my new collection, COLLECTIVE SUICIDE, from Crossroad Press:

Collective Suicide is an amazing collection of extremely high quality speculative fiction and stimulating poetry. Scalise’s work hearkens back to a period when horror fiction followed no commercially defined formula in both style and substance. Her tales are heavily infused with atmosphere; allowing it equal weight as her plotting. Scalise also assumes that we are intelligent readers, letting our imaginations define the terrors she proffers without resorting to depicting extreme acts of violence or the video-ready images born of horror movies. Readers will be hard pressed to find other contemporary horror or fantasy authors who can pen such tales with as much flair and intelligence as Scalise does. Many of the stories in Collective Suicide are set in decades long past, her style evocative of an era when merely a combination of subtle plot changes and the weight of the words themselves would be enough to send readers minds into overdrive.

As for the fiction in this collection, I found every one of the stories to be delightfully out of the ordinary and a joy to read. Two of those, bookends really, called ‘I Am The Shadow That Walks There’ and ‘The Beautiful Ones’, where highlights for me, and both lingered long in my mind after I finished reading them. The first concerns a man battling the physical and metal ravages of World War II while mourning the death of his lover. The latter is about a playwright in gaslight London whose circle of friends and their influence crumble after his mentor is exposed as a homosexual. Both these stories contain horrors that are deeply layered and work on multiple levels; from the realistic terrors of societal judgments to supernatural retributions arising from guilt.

One story that had me breaking out in goose bumps, ‘The Night Around Me Falling’, is a tale of a woman on a plane who has a young girl approach her and ask if she would like her fortune told. Though the ending of this story may be easily telegraphed by its description, in Scalise’s hands you will relish the spin she puts on it.

The remaining stories in the collection, including plots dealing with a plague, the government’s radiation sickness testing program, the internment of a woman’s grave to retrieve a book, and a cat who can manhandle a body part or two, are all fascinating and well written tales that are sure to please readers.

I am not a poet or a fan of the genre so I’ll let others comment on the quality of the poems presented in this collection. As someone who is often baffled by poetry, I will say that I enjoyed all of them and that I didn’t once scratch my head with a puzzled look while reading any of them. I found them all easy to read, understand, and I thought they were affecting.

If you are not familiar with Scalise’s fiction or poetry, Collective Suicide is the perfect collection to start with. After finishing, I think you’ll find yourself seeking out much more from this author.

— TT Zuma


You'll find my latest work in these fine magazines and a new anthology:

hursday July 26, 2012

“Keep passing open windows.” John Irving

My new collection, COLLECTIVE SUICIDE from Crossroad Press can now be purchased right here at Smashwords

And also the Crossroad press website:


hursday July 19, 2012

"I'm on the verge of a total breakdown. Sciatica. Taxes. Cars. Fleas, possibly. It's an absurd existence." Jonathan Ames


IT'S HERE! From CROSSROAD PRESS a new collection of 14 short stories and poems. COLLECTIVE SUICIDE can be purchased for your Kindle, Nook and Ereader at the CROSSROAD PRESS website, and Barnes and Noble.

ednesday April 18, 2012

"Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?" Honore De Balzac

You'll find me here, in Midnight Echo, next month. Just click on the cover art to order.


"Everyone has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others."

ednesday March 21, 2012

"I am living permanently in my dreams from which I make brief forays into reality." Ingmar Bergman

I've just sold a poem to Midnight Echo, issue #7, an Australian horror magazine. And I believe the next issue of Illumen due in April should also contain more of my work. So keep an eye out for both.

"Everyone has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others."

unday December 4, 2011

"Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde

In the better-late-than-never category (as far as posting about it): My short story, I Am the Shadow That Walks There, (Unspeakable Horror) was nominated for the 2010 Spectrum Award which honors outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy and horror that include significant positive explorations of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered characters, themes, or issues. This means a tremendous amount to me and I am honored to have been nominated with such a fine group of writers.

unday November 27, 2011

"Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art." - Kenneth Tynan

I've just sold a supernatural crime story to the Harrow Press's anthology, MORTIS OPERANDI. Look for it in 2012!

And you'll find my poetry in the current issues of these two magazines:

One last piece of is a photo of the newest member of the family, our pound puppy, Dashiell "Dash" Hammett. He was very ill when we got him but all is well now and he's healthy, crazy and as goofy as his ears.


uesday November 1, 2011

"Wisdom comes with winters." Oscar Wilde

The fall issue of Illumen containing some new work of mine is out right now. A really beautiful looking magazine so pick up a copy by clicking on the title link. And the fall 2011 issue of Kaleidotrope will also have my work and should be out any day now.

uesday Feb. 22, 2011

"If Jesus came back and saw what was going on in his name, he'd never stop throwing-up." from Hannah and Her Sisters -Woody Allen

The poetry magazine Illumen has accepted my poem Blue Rose Tattoo for their fall issue coming in October 2011. Look for it then or pre-order by following the link.

For those living in Colorado, Merchant Voyage in downtown Loveland has a whole new line of my necklaces.

It's an underdog, but I've got my fingers crossed that BLACK SWAN wins the best picture prize next week.

hursday Oct. 28, 2010

"Take thy beak from out my heart." POE

The fall issue of Ghostlight Magazine is out now and contains my poem VISTOR'S DAY. Click on the magazine cover to purchase a copy.

If you live in Northern Colorado you'll find a brand new selection of my jewelry in two wonderful stores, Curiosities in old town Fort Collins and Merchant Voyage in downtown Loveland. So check them out.

And have a dark and happy Halloween!

P.S.- Mondo got SCREWED! If you're a fan of Project Runway you'll know what I mean.

unday October 10, 2010

"Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me leave to do my utmost." Isak Dineson

Dear state of Montana,
Please keep all your white-trash, art-hating truck driving women to yourself. Everyone else in the state of Montana is, of course, always welcome to visit Colorado any time. We're glad to have you.

Offensive print destroyed with crowbar!

And while I'm at it, Shame on any member of the city council of Loveland Colorado and any member of the board of the Loveland Museum for their decision NOT to replace the destroyed lithograph because of the trouble it has caused. Loveland Colorado prides itself on having one of the largest statue art exhibits every summer. Is this how you show your appreciation for artists and their work?

unday October 2, 2010

"Occasionally I sense an insane wail deep down in the pit, the echo alone reaching me, striking without warning, a child weeping uninhibitedly, imprisoned forever." Ingmar Bergman

As anyone who's ever checked out this site knows, I love quotes by writers and poets. In this case though I've chosen one of my favorite directors, Ingmar Bergman. Actually since he wrote his movies I guess he still fits right in. Also, I recently hung up a black and white copy of a behind-the-scene photograph taken during the shooting of THE SEVENTH SEAL. It's Bergman talking to 'Death' and it certainly fits the last six months of my life. For those who don't know, let me just say I'm not dead yet, I didn't see the stupid tunnel with the light at the end...or even my Dad, Grandmother or favorite dog (any three of which would have been nice). I did spend time in a cardiac ICU ward where I learned that nurses should not hook Italians up to tubes. I kept pulling them out when I talked (with my hands, which we tend to do when we speak). But my experence did inspire me to write some of the bleakest work I've ever done, which is saying quite a bit.

Thank you from the bottom of my broken, but repaired, heart for all the kind messages, cards, flowers.

Since leaving the hospital, I've recently sold work to DARK DISCOVERIES, KALEIDOTROPE and GHOSTLIGHT MAGAZINE so keep an eye out for all three sometime soon.

Also my handcrafted necklaces are now for sale in Northern Colorado at fine stores like CURIOSITIES and ALPINE ARTS in Fort Collins and MERCHANT VOYAGE in Loveland.

One quick note that I never got the chance to mention before , the anthology UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS containing my story I AM THE SHADOW THAT WALKS THERE, won the Bram Stoker Award for best antho. This was a huge win for one of the nicest and most professional editors I've ever worked with. Way to go Vince!

uesday March 10, 2009

"Thou art the whisper in the gloom, the hinting tone, the haunting laugh: Thou art the adorner of my tomb, the minstrel of mine epitaph." L. Johnson

Wonderful reviews are coming in for Unspeakable Horrors, the anthology that contains my story I AM THE SHADOW THAT WALKS THERE. Take a look at raves here NOSSA MORTE . See why Nick Kauffmann's comments made my day! Thank you, Nick. And then go buy yourself a copy!

ednesday December 24, 2008
"Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost; That the hands of the sisters Death and Night incessantly softly wash again and ever again, this soiled world." Walt Whitman

The anthology Unspeakable Horror: From The Shadows Of The Closet is out right now from Dark Scribe and you'll need to rush if you want a copy because it's selling very fast. If you find it out of stock though don't give up! Another printing is on its way to bookstores. You can read my interview from Dark Scribe RIGHT HERE. And to purchase click on the book jacket.

uesday May 13, 2008

"Red lips are not so red as the stained stones kissed by the English dead." Wilfred Owen

Well finally something new to report (no one ever said I was a fast writer). My World War 1 short story, I AM THE SHADOW THAT WALKS THERE, has sold to the anthology Unspeakable Horror: From The Shadows Of The Closet. I'm thrilled to be a part of this book soon to be published by Dark Scribe. You can check out my bio page and photo on their site right here!

And speaking of World War 1, the title of my story is taken from a poem by Wilfred Owen. I kept two of his poems taped to my desk as I worked and they helped me immensely with this story. Please take a moment to check out the Wilfred Owen site with all of his war poems. He began writing after suffering shell shock and a stay in a war hospital. His first book was published posthumously (he died in battle just a week before the war ended). His work is painful, heartbreaking and filled with a passion only a soldier who suffered firsthand in battle could express.

I have another new piece currently in consideration and am working on a murder mystery.

And remember the anthologies Dark Arts and Dead Cat's Traveling Circus both contain recent stories of mine and are still available to purchase.

Getting kissed by Lord Byron in my library at home.

ednesday September 5, 2007

"Happiness leaves such slender records; it is the dark days that are so voluminously documented." Truman Capote

It has been a long time since I have updated my site due to what I shall refer to as a walking-nervous breakdown. Well, what kind of writer would I be if I didn't fall apart on occasion? But all is back to my version of normal. I have one story currently being considered by a magazine and I am working on a new one titled A DRAWING-DOWN OF BLINDS. This one is a dark mystery that takes place in England near the end of World War One. I've had to do a lot of research for this due to my complete lack of war knowledge.

I recently discovered and purchased the Oscar Wilde DVD box set containing BBC versions of many of his best plays along with a wonderful version of Dorian Gray. This set also includes a first-rate documentary on Wilde. If you're as big of a fan of Wilde as I am, pick up this collection.

Yes, all Lord Byron got on my last visit to NY was a teeshirt.

ednesday August 31, 2006
"Whither is fled the visionary gleam/ Where is it now, the glory and the dream." William Wordsworth

I recently discovered the website and found two lovely reviews of my work I thought I might share. And I'd like to thank the readers for their kind words.

One of the year's best

Michelle Scalise is one of the best newer female horror writers to hit the circuit in years. Pick up her first collection and you'll see just how creative and unique her fiction can be. She moves easily in her voice and theme from Southern weird gothic fiction to smooth and sultry dark erotica that will melt your brain. Pick this book up now! Highly recommended!

The Lady Can Write!

Michelle Scalies makes one heck of a statement, weaving a tapestry of several different prose styles, including a pretty hot erotic "girl on girl" tale that is sure to raise your eyebrows (at the very least). Yet she cut her teeth on horror prose, and it shows. Elegant, disturbing, fluid, nasty--altogether quite an impressive debut.

And here is a photo of the newest member to our family, Edgar Allan Poe.

uesday August 29, 2006

"Yes, in spite of all, Some shape of beauty moves away the pall From our dark spirits." Keats

The latest issue of DARK DISCOVERIES is out right now with my story Three Floors Down We Cleanse The Soul. Pick up a copy right here at Shocklines.

And in other happy news I just learned that my novellete THE BEAUTIFUL ONES from Crimewave #8 received an honorable mention in YEARS BEST FANTASY AND HORROR.

hursday March 16, 2006

"One cannot always keep an adder in one's breast to feed one, nor rise up every night to sow thorns in the garden of one's soul." Oscar Wilde

My news this week is that my story THE BEAUTIFUL ONES from Crimewave magazine has made the Preliminary ballot in long fiction for the Bram Stoker award and has received some really wonderful reviews. I have short stories coming out soon in Devil's Work and Dark Discoveries.

unday Feb. 5, 2006
"Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak Whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break." Shakespeare

My story THE BEAUTIFUL ONES which appeared in the latest issue of Crimewave has received a few Stoker recommendations in the long fiction category. This comes as a nice surprise since Crimewave is a UK magazine that most readers in the US are not aware of. If you are an HWA member and you'd like to read the story, please email me at and I will send you a copy as a RTF attachment. And if you'd like, scroll below and see what some reviewers have had to say about the piece.

hursday Jan. 31, 2006
"You don't know what it is to stay a whole day with your head in your hands trying to squeeze your unfortunate brain so as to find a word." Flaubert

Here's what a few reviewers have had to say about my story THE BEAUTIFUL ONES which just appeared in Crimewave 8 (a trade paperback magazine that is receiving glowing notices):

"In "The Beautiful Ones," Michelle Scalise takes us back in time to Victorian London for the first person tale of a failing poet and playwright who is secretly gay and addicted to chloral, which causes vivid hallucinations. When one of his associates—a more successful playwright named Childe—is arrested for indecency for cavorting with young, male prostitutes, our protagonist must decide whether to publicly come to the aid of his friend, or suffer what he is in silence. Or does the chloral have other plans?This is a well-written story. Scalise does a wonderful job of painting a different time period for us and has peopled it with sympathetic characters who are fully realized." TANGENT ONLINE

"‘The Beautiful Ones’ by Michelle Scalise is a story that works on many levels. The narrator is a failed playwright and wannabe aesthete, who lives on the fringes of the Edwardian gay in-crowd, the ‘beautiful ones’ of the title. He is haunted by visions of a drowned woman, the wife of Childe, an Oscar Wilde character facing the same kind of trial that the great man did. Mrs. Childe is very much alive as the visions are induced by chloral, the drug of choice for the beautiful and sophisticated. The aesthetes are portrayed as desperate, elegant, and persecuted – but also have their delusions about themselves revealed. They hand hard faced rent boys roses and quote poetry in an effort to gild a lifestyle that is self centred, shallow, and exploitative, devoid of any loyalty, affection, or genuine emotion. When the crisis comes, both Childe and the narrator are abandoned by their friends. The most honest assessment of them comes from a renter who betrays them : ‘pretentious fops pretending you were better than me.’Threaded through this story is another one: that of Childe’s wife, a pathetic creature who loves her husband and retains her devotion to him although she is of no importance to him. She is fated to be a ‘shadow drifting past his window,’ an object of mockery to his witty friends (her dress sense is despicable, apparently, and her loyalty and devotion of no account). The narrator’s visions turn out to be premonitory – for all the excessive emotion and dramatics of the aesthetes, it is she who commits suicide, quietly and without fuss. The haunting of the narrator is really a battle with his inner self. Marriage with a suitable girl who bores him is on the cards. He knows the damage done to Mrs. Childe, but he tries to love his fiancée (after all, her father will finance his latest play) but in the end is torn hopelessly between his desire for men (eerily explored in dream sequences) and the security of the camouflage of marriage. The denouement is shocking and it is impossible to know who to feel most pity for. " Laura Hird THE NEW REVIEW

"The Beautiful Ones, by Michelle Scalise is set in Victorian London, and recounts the terror of persecution lived by a drug-addicted, homosexual, playwright." TANGLED WEB UK REVIEW

I've recently sold stories to DEVILS WORK and DARK DISCOVERIES. Look for them both to appear sometime this year.

In closing let me express my heartfelt thanks to friends and family for the many condolence cards, flowers and emails, all of which helped us through an awful time.

hursday Jan. 26, 2006

"Forever honour'd, and forever mourn'd" Alexander Pope

I haven't updated in a couple months due to the sudden death of our beloved pug, Criswell.

unday November 6, 2005
"Great writers create; writers of smaller gifts copy" Somerset Maugham

Lot's of news this week. First of all, Here's a picture of Tom and me that accompanied our interview in the local Colorado newspaper, The Reporter Herald.

Tonight (Sunday November 6) you can see Tom and me in a television interview on Denver's channel 2 at 9:00 PM.


uesday Oct. 25, 2005
"An idea, like a ghost . . . must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself." Charles Dickens

The BIG BOOK OF EROTIC GHOST STORIES, which contains one of my short stories, appeared in hardcover last year from The Venus Bookclub. Blue Moon Books has just rereleased the anthology in paperback.
Just click on the bookjacket for ordering information.

My story "Three Floors Down We Cleanse The Soul" has sold to Dark Discoveries Magazine. Look for it in an upcoming issue.

Crimewave #8 is out right now containing my novelette, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES. This is a wonderful British magazine you don't want to miss.

Tom and I were interviewed today for the local Colorado newspaper, The Reporter Herald, about life as horror writers.The article will appear the day before Halloween.

ednesday August 3, 2005

"Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor." Poe

The latest issue of CEMETERY DANCE (#52), containing my story How Far We Fall From Grace, is finally out. You can pick up a copy at your local Barnes & Noble, Borders, online at Shocklines or direct from the Cemetery Dance website. It took me eleven years to get into this magazine so I hope everyone enjoys it.

unday July 10, 2005
"What a bitch of a thing prose is. It's never finished; there is always something to redo." Flaubert

It's time to do some pre-ordering from Shocklines for a couple anthologies I'll be in this summer.

First check out DARK ARTS from Cemetery Dance

Limited Edition: $35
Lettered Edition: $175

TABLE OF CONTENTS: "The Disease Artist" by Steve Rasnic Tem, "The Shape of the Empty Heart" by Gerard Houarner,"For Art's Sake" by John Pelan, "With Acknowledgements to Sun Tzu" by Brian Hodge, "Hurdy Gurdy" by Pedar Ó Guilín,"The Art of Madness" by Edo van Belkom, "The Power of Preserving Pictures" by Leah Cutter,"The Death Technique" by John B. Rosenman, "Body" by Tim Lebbon, "I Hear You Quietly Singing" by Lucy Taylor, "Learning to Leave the Flesh" by Jeff VanderMeer, "The Hoplite" by Paul Finch, "Chained Melody" by Patricia Macomber, "Works of Art" by J.F.Gonzalez,"The Disinterment of Ophelia" by Michelle Scalise, "If You Were Glass..." by David Niall Wilson, "A Splash of Color" by Mike Oliveri, "The Mist Machine" by Charlee Jacob, "Scratching the Surface" by Michael Kelly, "Kodachrome" by Lorelei Shannon,"Nightmares, Imported And Domestic" by Mark McLaughlin and Matt Cardin

Then take a sneak peak at DEAD CATS TRAVELING CIRCUS OF WONDER AND MIRACLE MEDICINE SHOW (damn, that's one hell of a long title!) from Necro Publications
$45 limited to 300 Hardcovers, signed by all contributors

Edited by Gerard Houarner and GAK. Stories by Tim Lebbon, Brian Hodge, Gary Braunbeck,

Wrath James White, Mark McLaughlin, Michelle Scalise, Jeffrey Thomas, P.D. Cacek, Linda Addison and more!

CRIMEWAVE#8: COLD HARBOURS should be out any day now! If you enjoy strange mysteries check this one out.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: Dating by Ron Savage, Twenty Dollars by Susan Fry, Time Capsule by Stephen Volk, How To Build Your Own Coffin by Scott Nicholson, Jury Duty by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Black Dog by Joel Lane, Scarecrow by Tom Brennan, The Beautiful Ones by Michelle Scalise, Adjustment by Luke Sholer, In The Rundown by Joe Hill, Then The Snow Bled In by Darren Speegle, Lost In Darkness by Ian R. Faulkner & Simon Avery, Green Lady by Jay Caselberg, Friday Nights by Steve Rasnic Tem, Is It Better Now? by Steve Mohn, Bienvinidos A L.A. by Ryan G. Van Cleave


The next issue of Cemetery Dance Magazine will be out sometime this summer with a new story of mine. Just sent off my latest story PATRON SAINT OF WALKING GHOST. I'll have more news on that once it finds a home.

uesday April 26, 2005

"I'll walk where my own nature would be leading- It vexes me to choose another guide." Emily Bronte

Just a quick update: my novelette, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES has sold to the British magazine Crimewave and should appear this summer in the next issue. I'm thrilled about this. Crimewave is a beautiful looking magazine filled with strange mysteries. I had a hell of a time deciding where to send this piece. It's a little bit horror but not quite, somewhat a mystery but too odd. Well, you can see it for yourself in a couple months. It may be hard to find a copy in the US but you can always purchase it online at their website or at Shocklines.

unday april 17, 2005
"The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion." Auguste Renoir

I've just added three new pages of photos from WHC in New York . The city was great as always. I didn't want to come home! And if I'd known I was going to have to sit in the plane for two hours before it managed to get off the runway, I probably would have just stayed.

WHC was lots of fun with very little sleep in a strange hotel with even stranger elevators that seemed to transport people into other realms. I was a member of the Women in Horror panel, signed a ton of signature sheets for the next Dead Cat anthology, had my picture taken with Harlan Ellison (yes, it was nerve wracking) after he signed some of my books, hung out with lots of great people and bought art. Prints by Chad Savage (along with a very cool dead babydoll!), Matt Towler, Caniglia and Allen Koszowski are now waiting for me to frame.

Sunday afternoon when the con ended we had a chance to finally visit the Museum of Modern Art. Amazing place with a breathtaking room filled with Jackson Pollock's art.

Next year's WHC is in San Francisco and they've already got the website up.

ednesday March 30, 2005
"And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life 's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more" Shakespeare

And that cheery quote can only mean one's time for me to get on another plane. Next week we leave for World Horror Con in New York City. I will be a guest on a panel entitled Women in Horror and I'll be one of many writers involved in the mass book signing event. A new Dead Cat chapbook that will be given away to guest, includes one of my poems and I'll be signing the signature sheets for the Dead Cat Circus anthology while I'm there.

And more importantly, I will be heavily medicated on the plane.

WHC is a great event. For more information check out their website at World Horror Convention.

The next issue of Cemetery Dance magazine comes out in May and will contain a new story of mine. Still waiting to hear about my novelette and I'm halfway through a new story titled, The Patron Saint of Walking Ghost.

Check back in a couple weeks for tons of pictures from WHC.

aturday November 13, 2004
"Whether we are describing a king, an assassin, a thief, an honest man, a prostitute, a nun, a young girl, or a stallholder in a market, it is always ourselves that we are describing." Guy De Maupassant

Tom & Michelle at Horrofind Phoenix.

It looks like we'll be heading back to New York City in April where Tom will be one of the guest authors at World Horror Convention.

We haven't been to WHC in at least three years so we're pretty excited. The artist's dealers room is always amazing.

Want to read something that might cheer you up just a bit after the recent elections? Check this out:
17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Michael Moore

And if you're looking for a great DVD to buy or rent then check out the first season of Arrested Development. I was pleasantly surprised to find a show THIS smart and funny (and no laugh tracks!) on regular television.


The Amazing Criswell.