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When the Dead State of the Union, Part 3

It has been a frightening amount of time since I’ve visited this site to update on the goings on of my writing. Winter isn’t quite here yet, but it’s frosty outside and we’ve had a few snowfalls in the last month. Really, it’s the perfect time of year to brew some tea, cozy up, and […]


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Coming Soon: The Five Senses in Horror Story Bundle and MORE

Now that Mistakes I Made During the Zombie Apocalypse is finally finished (and on its way to becoming an audiobook!), I’ve shifted my focus to three new projects: The Five Senses in Horror Story Bundle, TAKE: An Anthology of Anatomical Entries, and a super secret new zombie novel with amazing potential and a co-author! The […]

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Born in Winter

born in winter and forgotten as well we just replaced the ancient pain with a deeper sort of hell reunited in spring and resisted, made to wait we only rebuilt our inner anger into a different sort of hate solid in summer and crumbling all the same we simply re-stacked the memories into a taller […]


Love for Mistakes I Made…

I’ve had many a rough night this past year, especially within the last three months. And on a particularly dark one recently, when I couldn’t see any light in my small world, I decided to check the reviews on my books. It’s a dangerous choice that could potentially hurt me more, depending on who has […]

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do you like my skeletons? you kept asking them to dance often pulled them from their closet in all their morbid elegance ‘twas not enough to see their structure ‘twas not enough to view their bones you had to tap, and tug, and bend them document each creak and moan and when I told you […]

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Two Ways to Win a Signed Paperback!

In an Undead World, Death is Only One Mistake Away Mistakes I Made During the Zombie Apocalypse just came out this month and you’ve got two chances to win a signed paperback copy. zOctober First up is from and the awesome ZOctober event. Watch my video, read my post, and enter to win here. […]

Mistakes I Made During the Zombie Apocalypse announcement

New Novella! Mistakes I Made During the Zombie Apocalypse

It’s here, finally it’s here. The reverse-chronologically-told tale of 17-year-old Ian Ward and his misadventures in the zombie apocalypse. Fellow writer T.J. Tranchell (and co-editor of GIVE: An Anthology of Anatomical Entries) penned a lovely introduction to the story. The ebook is available now for Kindle and I’m working on formatting the paperback. Feedback is […]



It’s been awhile since I’ve written. My reason is at once both utterly amazing and horribly painful. Just over a year ago someone came back into my life, someone I’d been waiting for an awfully long time to reappear. Him. My lost love. My eternal muse. My old revenge character. The one who makes me […]

GIVE: An Anthology of Anatomical Entries

GIVE, An Organ Donation Horror Collection

GIVE: An Anthology of Anatomical Entries is now available in both eBook and paperback! To celebrate, here are some of the first lines of each story! Buy a copy today to find out what happens in all twenty-four creepy organ donation stories.   Samrat sat on a packed train as it rolled toward the Tirupati […]



Corvus She silken feathers layered, wild, and free Canis He dense-coated passionate, and angry Them with an edge playful yet biting Corvus She with piercing eyes to see alerting uplifting Canis He a solid-footed tie to the earth centering grounding Them partners with shared memories inseparable meant to be


when the dead zombie apocalypse novel testimonials
  • . . . you never see what's coming next
  • engaging and terrifying
  • the . . . characterizations are incredible
  • . . . a very realistic account
  • everything you want in a ZA novel!
  • I didn't want to put it down!
  • a story about people under pressure
  • a zombie novel with substance
  • I am actually hooked.
  • one feels the constant dread
  • a story worth reading
  • Great pacing and plot
  • I've been reading whenever possible
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