New Short Story

I am honored and thrilled to have a new short story, “Zwillingslied,” included in this amazing lineup, announced today by editor C.M. Muller.

Twice-Told: A Collection of Doubles Table of Contents:

“The Last Salvador” — Tim Jeffreys
“Details Which Would Otherwise Be Lost to Shadow” — Clint Smith
“Zwillingslied” — Patricia Lillie
“Static” — Chris Shearer
“Stuck With Me” — Shannon Lawrence
“The Fifth Set” — Charles Wilkinson
“Murder Song” — Craig Wallwork
“The Final Diagnosis of Doctor Lazare” — David Peak
“Endangered” — Jason A. Wyckoff
“The Half-Life of Plastic” — Esther Rose
“Eidetic” — Steve Rasnic Tem
“They Are Us (1964) : An Oral History” — Jack Lothian
“Birds of Passage” — Gordon B. White
“The Half-Souled Woman” — Nina Shepardson
“Released” — Timothy B. Dodd
“As With Alem” — Farah Rose Smith
“The Fall Guy” — Tom Johnstone
“Scordatura” — Jess Landry
“Stringless Puppetry” — C.C. Adams
“The Bath House” — Tim Major
“Picky Yunn” — J.C. Raye
“One Last Mile” — Erica Ruppert

Twice-Told: A Collection of Doubles will be available February 22, 2019. Find more information here, or keep up to date by following the Twice-Told Facebook page.

You can go home again—but it might be murder

My much nicer alter ego, Kay Charles (she doesn’t use the f-word), is pleased to announce that the Kindle edition of Ghosts in Glass Houses, her cozy-ish mystery novel, is now available for pre-order! Ghosts, published by Kindle Press, will be released on September 5th.

A little about the book:

Marti Mickkleson sees ghosts. No one believes her except her great-grandmother. Since Grandma Bertie died the day Marti was born, her support isn’t worth much in the world of the living.

Ten years ago, Marti ran away from her wealthy family and the small town where she was known as “Marti Cray-Cray.” When she wakes up in a compromising position and sees her father standing over her, she thinks he owes her a big apology. After all, he’s dead and talking to her—and she talks back.

He doesn’t apologize. Instead, he claims he was murdered and demands she go home and do something about it. If she does, he’ll move on to the afterlife and leave her alone. If not, he’ll haunt her forever. With her life going downhill fast and nothing to lose, she agrees.

In Bicklesburg, she finds her once formidable mother in the throes of dementia, her perfect-prom-queen sister now a lawyer married to a not-so-perfect man, and her bad-boy high school boyfriend a private security guard watching over the family fortress.

Before Marti can decide if staying is worth it, her mother wanders away and is found cradling a bloodstained garden gnome. Marti is the only one who sees the ghost of her father’s former girlfriend hovering beside Mom, but it’s not long before the body is discovered.

With the help of Grandma Bertie, Marti must make peace with her family, deal with old friends and enemies and new scandals—and uncover a murderer without ending up a ghost herself.

Pre-order Ghosts in Glass Houses here.

Or, read a sample here.

“A Lineage of Shadows”

The Outer DarkScott Nicolay‘s podcast The Outer Dark features an excellent interview with Nightscript editor CM Muller. In the final segment (last half-hour-ish), Scott is joined by reviewer Justin Steele, and they say wonderful things about the volume—including some kind words for my contribution, “The Cuckoo Girls.” (I think C.M. should be particularly proud to have Nightscript called a “spiritual successor” to not only the much missed Shadows & Tall Trees, but also the late Charles L. Grant’s Shadows anthology series.)

Listen here:
CM Muller: A Lineage of Shadows in the Nightscript | The Outer Dark: Episode 17

More Nightscript reviews (to read):
Dark Musing’s 2015 Review
M R Cosby’s Blog: Books of 2015
Book review: Nightscript Volume 1, edited by C.M. Muller, Chthonic Matter (Teleread)
Reviewing: Nightscripts, An Anthology of Strange & Darksome Tales (Old Style Tales Press)
Nightscript 1 at Dark Musings
A review of Nightscript: Volume 1 (edited by C. M. Muller) at Risingshadow