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bibliography
published and unpublished fiction

published novels | published collections | published short fiction | anthology appearances | black static column: into the woods | other | dramatizations | unpublished novels | unpublished short fiction | unpublished plays


bibliography
published novels

Father Figure - 2003, Bookbooters [the entire text of Father Figure is now available as a free PDF download on this site. Please go here.]

  • Reissued 2015, SENTENCE Publishing, with Author's Preface and 6,000 words of deleted scenes

Kid - 2011, SENTENCE Publishing, I Smell Blood short story collection.

As Dead As Me - 2013, SENTENCE Publishing.

Ghosters - 2014, SENTENCE Publishing.



bibliography
published collections

Remove the Eyes - 2009, SENTENCE Publishing

After Here
The Woman in the Walls
The Machine of a Religious Man
Strangers Wear Masks of Your Face
My First Kiss
Steaks in the City
This Moment of Brilliance
Like an Animal in a Hole
Rocketship Apartment


I Smell Blood - 2011, SENTENCE Publishing

The Little Girl Who Lives in the Woods
In the Tunnels of the Agogs
Rain Turns to Snow
Visibility
When the Big One Thaws
Afoot
The Man Who Could Jump Off Roofs
Fleeing, on a Bicycle with Your Father, From the Living Dead
Kid


You Can Never Spit It All Out - 2016, SENTENCE Publishing

Dirt Land
Kebab Bob
During the Time I Was Out
She Has Maids
Imperfect Boy
They Hide in Tomatoes
Boyfriend
Nobody I Knew
Suddenly the Sun Appeared
Drown Town


Behind You - 2017, SENTENCE Publishing

Not Everything Has a Name
Men Wearing Makeup
Even the Cops Didn't Make Jokes
All Your Faces Drown in My Syringe
Nearness
Ghosts Play in Boys' Pajamas
Trying to Get Back to Nonchalant
The One Who Always Gets to Sit in a Chair
Beast
Grappling with Urine
You Dry Your Tears If They Don't Work
Pickle Juice
Zombie Betrayal
Occult Life
The Goldfish Trick
The 18
Our Island
Big Inches



bibliography
published short fiction

When You Surfaced - 1986, Sign O' the Times, Winter '86-'87.

Sex on Sheets - 1987, Sign O' the Times, Winter '87-'88.

  • Reprinted 1992, Ten Years of the Best of Sign O' the Times, anthology edited by Mark Stephen Souder.

Big Inches - 1989, Space & Time, Number 75.

  • Reprinted 2001, ChiZine, April, 2001.

  • Podcast on Cast Macabre (castmacabre.org), episode 42, July 7, 2011, performed by Alasdair Stuart.
  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

Despair at McDonald's - 1990, Collages and Bricollages, Volume 4.

When the Big One Thaws - 1999, Fugue Magazine, Summer.

  • Reprinted 2011, I Smell Blood short story collection.

Rump-a-Thump - 1999, ROADWORKS, Number 9.

The Bear - 2000, Redsine, May.

Visibility - 2001, ROADWORKS, Number 11.

  • Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 15th Edition.

  • Reprinted 2006, Revelation, Volume 3, Number 3.

  • Reprinted 2006, Revelation III, anthology edited by Brian A. Dixon.

  • Reprinted 2011, I Smell Blood short story collection.

Fish - 2003, ROADWORKS, Number 16.

This Moment of Brilliance - 2004, Lullaby Hearse, Number 5.

  • Reprinted 2009, Remove the Eyes, short story collection.

Cat Head - 2004, Lunatic Chameleon, July.

The Woman in the Walls - 2005, Darkness Rising 2005, anthology edited by L.H. Maynard, M.P.N. Sims.

  • Reprinted 2009, Remove the Eyes, short story collection.

The Machine of a Religious Man - 2005, Midnight Street, Issue 4.

  • Reprinted 2006, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, anthology edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant, 19th edition.

  • Reprinted 2009, Remove the Eyes, short story collection.

Las Vegas - 2005, Lullaby Hearse, Number 6.

Pushing Down the Tombstones - 2005, Albedo One, Issue 30.

The Hole and the Spike - 2005, Thirteen, Volume 2, Issue 8.

The Little Girl Who Lives in the Woods - 2006, Read By Dawn, anthology edited by Ramsey Campbell.

  • Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 20th Edition.

  • Reprinted 2011, I Smell Blood short story collection.

  • Podcast on Cast Macabre (castmacabre.org), episode 47, October 31, 2015, performed by Rish Outfield.

The Burden of Words - 2006, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 2.

Fleeing, on a Bicycle with Your Father, from the Living Dead - 2006, Midnight Street, Issue 7.

  • Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 20th Edition.

  • Reprinted 2009, The World is Dead, anthology edited by Kim Paffenroth.

  • Honorable Mention, The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 2.

  • Reprinted 2011, I Smell Blood short story collection.

The Rape - 2006, Sein und Werden, Volume 1, Number 2.

Truth Be Told - 2007, Sein und Werden, Volume 1, Number 4.

Three Prose Poems (I Fucked His Girlfriend While He Watched, In Panama We Lived In An Apartment, He No Longer Recognized His Face) - 2007, Sein und Werden, Volume 2, Number 1.

Red Boat - 2008, Dark Distortions, anthology edited by Molly Feese.

Rocketship Apartment - 2008, Midnight Street, Issue 11.

  • Reprinted 2009, Remove the Eyes, short story collection.

Damp - 2008, Grasslimb, Volume 6, Number 2.

Strangers Wear Masks of Your Face - 2008, Theaker's Quarterly Fiction, Number 25.

  • Reprinted 2009, Remove the Eyes, short story collection.

Grappling with Urine - 2008, Chimeraworld Number 5, anthology edited by Mike Philbin.

  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

After Here - 2009, Remove the Eyes, short story collection.

  • Reprinted 2014, Unconventional Fantasy: A Celebration of Forty Years of the World Fantasy Convention (Volume 3), anthology edited by Sapienza, Ward, Campbell and Lubell.

My First Kiss - 2009, Remove the Eyes, short story collection.

  • Honorable Mention, The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 2.

Steaks in the City - 2009, Remove the Eyes, short story collection.

Like an Animal in a Hole - 2009, Remove the Eyes, short story collection.

  • Honorable Mention, The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 2.

In the Tunnels of the Agogs - 2009, Dark Horizons, Issue 55.

  • Honorable Mention, The Best Horror of the Year Volume 3.

  • Reprinted 2011, I Smell Blood short story collection.

Nobody I Knew - 2009, Midnight Street, Issue 13.

  • Reprinted 2016, You Can Never Spit It All Out novelette collection.

Rain Turns to Snow - 2010, Dark Horizons, Issue 56.

  • Honorable Mention, The Best Horror of the Year Volume 3.

  • Reprinted 2011, I Smell Blood short story collection.

Hinky - 2010, Title Goes Here, Issue 5.

Suddenly the Sun Appeared - 2010, Midnight Street Issue 14.

  • Reprinted 2016, You Can Never Spit It All Out novelette collection.

The Wet Months - 2010, Collective Fallout Volume 3 Number 1.

Afoot - 2011, I Smell Blood short story collection.

The Man Who Could Jump Off Roofs - 2011, I Smell Blood short story collection.

A Woman Made of Milk - 2011, Kindle edition

  • Reprinted 2014, Ghosters.

The Bad Boy - 2011, Serial Killers, anthology edited by Chris Bartholomew.

Dogs Want to Eat You - 2011, ChiZine, Volume 47, Week 5.

  • Reprinted 2013, Horror Society Stories, Volume One edited by Michael DeFellipo.

They Hide in Tomatoes - 2011, Midnight Street, Number 16.

  • Reprinted 2016, You Can Never Spit It All Out novelette collection.

Tiny Doorways - 2011, Cover of Darkness, September 2011, anthology edited by Tyree Campbell and Herika R. Raymer.

  • Reprinted 2014, Ghosters.

Elephants on the Moon - 2012, Contemporary Literary Review: India, print issue Number 1.

Our Island - 2012, Where Are We Going?, anthology edited by Allen Ashley.

  • 2013, nominated for Best Story of 2012 by the British Fantasy Society.
  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

About to be Kissed - 2012, Sein und Werden, July 2012 issue.

Daddy's Glad Hands - 2012, Writings on the Wall, anthology edited by D.G. Sutter and Anthony Laquerre.

We Don't Keep in Touch Anymore - 2012, Shadows & Tall Trees, Autumn 2012 Issue 4.

  • Reprinted 2014, Ghosters.

The One Who Always Gets to Sit in a Chair - 2013, Postscripts to Darkness 3, anthology edited by Sean Moreland and Aalya Ahmad.

  • Honorable Mention, Best Horror Number 6.
  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

She Has Maids - 2013, Hellfire Crossroads, Volume 1.

  • Reprinted 2016, You Can Never Spit It All Out novelette collection.

The Yellow Fruit - 2013, Astrologica, anthology edited by Allen Ashley.

  • Honorable Mention, Best Horror Number 6.

All Your Faces Drown in My Syringe - 2013, Black Static, Issue 37.

  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

Kebab Bob - 2014, Black Static, Issue 39

  • Recommended, Best Horror of the Year Volume 7.
  • Reprinted 2016, You Can Never Spit It All Out novelette collection.

The Space Between (with Ray Cluey) - 2014, Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, anthology edited by Michael Kelly.

  • Recommended, Best Horror of the Year Volume 7.

The Middle Leg - 2014, Of Devils & Deviants, anthology edited by Adam Millard and Zoe-Ray Millard.

When They Come For You, They'll Look Normal - 2014, Journeys into Darkness, anthology edited by Trevor Denyer.

  • Recommended, Best Horror of the Year Volume 7.

Ghosts Play in Boys' Pajamas - 2014, Black Static, Issue 41.

  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

Half-Haunted House - 2014, Ghosters.

Green with Demon - 2014, Ghosters.

Warfarin - 2014, Ghosters.

This Old Haunted House - 2014, Ghosters.

If He Had Wings - 2014, Ghosters.

Flesh Ghost - 2014, Ghosters.

Full-Haunted House - 2014, Ghosters.

Some Sort of Eden (with Allen Ashley) - 2014, HELLFIRE CROSSROADS, Volume 4.

Drown Town - 2014, Black Static Issue 43

  • Reprinted 2016, You Can Never Spit It All Out novelette collection.

Bang, Bang, Thud - 2015, Sensorama, anthology edited by Allen Ashley.

Men Wearing Makeup - 2015, Black Static, Issue 46.

  • 2016, reprinted, in French translation by Christophe Cuq, in Tenebres 2016, anthology edited by Benoit Domis.

  • Honorable Mention, Best Horror of the Year, Volume 8.
  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

The 18 - 2015, Darkest Minds, anthology edited by Ross Warren and Anthony Watson.

  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

Even the Cops Didn't Make Jokes (originally published as "Learning Not to Smile") - 2015, Nightscript, Volume 1, anthology edited by C.M. Muller.

  • Honorable Mention, Best Horror of the Year, Volume 8.
  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

You Dry Your Tears If They Don't Work - 2015, Creeping Crawlers, anthology edited by Allen Ashley.

  • Honorable Mention, Best Horror of the Year, Volume 8.
  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

Dirt Land - 2015, Black Static, Issue 49.

  • 2016, nominated for Best Story of 2015 by the British Fantasy Society.
  • Reprinted 2016, You Can Never Spit It All Out novelette collection.

Trying to Get Back to Nonchalant - 2016, Black Static, Issue 52.

  • Honorable Mention, Best Horror of the Year, Volume 9.
  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

Not Everything Has a Name - 2016, Black Static, Issue 54.

  • Honorable Mention, Best Horror of the Year, Volume 9.
  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

55 Miles to Tucson - 2016, Ghost Highways, anthology edited by Trevor Denyer

Hoodelay - 2016, Ghost Highways, anthology edited by Trevor Denyer

  • Honorable Mention, Best Horror of the Year, Volume 9.

Nearness - 2016, Nightscript Volume II, anthology edited by C.M.Muller

  • Honorable Mention, Best Horror of the Year, Volume 9.
  • Reprinted 2017, Behind You story collection.

During the Time I Was Out - 2016, You Can Never Spit It All Out novelette collection.

Boyfriend - 2016, You Can Never Spit It All Out novelette collection.

Imperfect Boy - 2016, You Can Never Spit It All Out novelette collection.

  • Honorable Mention, Best Horror of the Year, Volume 9.

Will You Accept These Flowers From Me? - 2017, Black Static, Issue 57

Before the Storm - 2017, Hellfire Crossroads 6

Beast - 2017, Behind You, story collection.

Pickle Juice - 2017, Behind You, story collection.

Zombie Betrayal - 2017, Behind You, story collection.

Occult Life - 2017, Behind You, story collection.

The Goldfish Trick - 2017, Behind You, story collection.

Born with the Deaf - 2017, Midnight Street, September, 2017.

Hold My Hand and I'll Take You There - 2017, Imposter Syndrome, anthology edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth.

The Pond Behind the Trailer - 2017, Road Kill, Volume 2, ed. E.R. Bills and Bret McCormick.

For Whom the Dogs Bark - 2017, Black Static, Issue 61.


bibliography
anthology appearances

Sex on Sheets - 1992, Ten Years of the Best of Sign O' the Times, anthology edited by Mark Stephen Souder.

The Woman in the Walls - 2005, Darkness Rising 2005, anthology edited by L.H. Maynard, M.P.N. Sims.

Visibility - 2006, Revelation III, anthology edited by Brian A. Dixon.

The Machine of a Religious Man - 2006, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, anthology edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant.

The Little Girl Who Lives in the Woods - 2006, Read By Dawn, anthology edited by Ramsey Campbell.

Red Boat - 2008, Dark Distortions, anthology edited by Molly Feese.

Grappling with Urine - 2008, Chimeraworld Number 5, anthology edited by Mike Philbin.

Fleeing, On a Bicycle with Your Father, from the Living Dead - 2009, The World is Dead, anthology edited by Kim Paffenroth.

The Bad Boy - 2011, Serial Killers, anthology edited by Chris Bartholomew.

Tiny Doorways - 2011, Cover of Darkness, September 2011, anthology edited by Tyree Campbell and Herika R. Raymer.

Our Island - 2012, Where Are We Going?, anthology edited by Allen Ashley.

Daddy's Glad Hands - 2012, Writings on the Wall, anthology edited by D.G. Sutter and Anthony Laquerre.

The One Who Always Gets to Sit in a Chair - 2013, Postscripts to Darkness 3, anthology edited by Sean Moreland and Aalya Ahmad.

The Yellow Fruit - 2013, Astrologica, anthology edited by Allen Ashley.

Dogs Want to Eat You - 2013, Horror Society Stories, Volume One anthology edited by Michael DeFellipo.

The Space Between (with Ray Cluey) - 2014, Shadows & Tall Trees 2014 anthology edited by Michael Kelly.

The Middle Leg - 2014, Of Devils & Deviants, anthology edited by Adam Millard and Zoe-Ray Millard.

When They Come For You, They'll Look Normal - 2014, Journeys into Darkness, anthology edited by Trevor Denyer.

After Here - 2014, Unconventional Fantasy: A Celebration of Forty Years of the World Fantasy Convention (Volume 3), anthology edited by Sapienza, Ward, Campbell and Lubell.

Bang, Bang, Thud - 2015, Sensorama, anthology edited by Allen Ashley.

The 18 - 2015, Darkest Minds, anthology edited by Ross Warren and Anthony Watson.

Even the Cops Didn't Make Jokes (originally published as "Learning Not to Smile") - 2015, Nightscript, Volume 1, anthology edited by C.M. Muller.

You Dry Your Tears If They Don't Work - 2015, Creeping Crawlers, anthology edited by Allen Ashley.

Men Wearing Makeup - 2016, in French translation by Christophe Cuq, in Tenebres 2016, anthology edited by Benoit Domis.

55 Miles to Tucson - 2016, Ghost Highways, anthology edited by Trevor Denyer.

Hoodelay - 2016, Ghost Highways, anthology edited by Trevor Denyer.

Nearness - 2016, Nightscript Volume II, anthology edited by C.M. Muller.

Hold My Hand and I’ll Take You There – 2017, Imposter Syndrome, anthology edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth

The Pond Behind the Trailer - 2017, Road Kill, Volume 2, anthology edited by E.R. Bills and Bret McCormick.


bibliography
black static column: into the woods

The Perishability of Metaphors - January-February 2017

Misunderstanding Ears - March-April 2017

New World, Searching - May-June 2017

Six Words - July-August 2017

I'm Someone Else - September-October 2017

Down on Paper - November-December 2017


bibliography
other

Film Review - 1980, The Los Angeles Times Calendar Magazine, June 29 [fake review of a non-existent film]

Deep Shrimp - 1999, Conjuring Dark Delicacies, anthology edited by "Gomez" and "Morticia" [essay/recipe]

God - 2004, Songs of Innocence (And Experience), Issue 5 [essay]

Sein und Werden - 2007 - Various online venues, such as Mad Hatter's Review [review of third print issue of Sein und Werden]

Pornography and Martial Arts Movies - 2007, Sein und Werden, online Issue 12 [essay]

Like Landing a Man on the Moon - 2017, Aging: An Apprenticeship, edited by Nan Narboe [essay on turning fifty]


bibliography
dramatizations

Big Inches - podcast on Cast Macabre (castmacabre.org), episode 42, July 7, 2011, performed by Alasdair Stuart.

The Little Girl Who Lives in the Woods - podcast on Cast Macabre (castmacabre.org), episode 47, October 31, 2015, performed by Rish Outfield.


bibliography
unpublished novels

Always Again

The Angry Red Planet


bibliography
unpublished short fiction

Beaten Up By Girls (3,400)

Stopping for Lunch on the Way to Heaven (24,500)

The First Shorts of Spring (9,500)

Permission to Come On Board (6,600)

Mice Take Tiny Bites (4,900)

Rattlesnake in a White Envelope (4,800)

Any Ant Finds Sense (4,800)

Freedom From Want (7,500)

Paige Reese is Burning (9,300)

The Job (11,400)

The Dead Leave Small Bones (4,700) SOLD

Lam (8,000) SOLD

Broken Hands (8,300)

The End of the Sentence (8,350)

Prodigal (8,800)

Nothing But This Too (9,000)

The Salt on the Steak (9,300)

The Best Thing About Her (3,700)

Career Opportunity (9,600)

The Right Way (17,300)

My Doll Likes to Eat (7,450)

Wishing They Were God (8,000)

(waiting in the hole) (3,000)

Monkeys on the Beach (7,000)

How I Beat the System (4,000)

My Vegetarian Girlfriend Finally Gets to Ride Toby the Talking Elephant (9,600)

Peelers (5,900)

State of Emergency (8,000)

The Only Magic Left in the World - co-written with Steven Dines (10,500)

Pudge in the Mirror (5,900)

Thursday (4,500)

Same Thing for Breakfast (7,800)

Headless Woman (2,500)

The Smell Comes Through the Paint (6,600)

The Patience of the Middle-Aged (6,700)

The Final Fuck (9,500)

We Who Have Sacrificed So Much (3,700)

China (12,150)

The Night I Almost Died (4,600)

Looking Up (1,000)

Blurred Like the Ghost It Was (11,800)

It Could Be Cancer (7,700)

Calamities (7,000)

When There Are So Many Boys Around You (7,900)

Confusion Requires Firetrucks (11,500)

Do Not Pet (13,200)

The House of Bodily Fluids (13,000)


bibliography
unpublished plays

Duck Eggs