The Grave Stompers: Six Tales from the Southern Earth
There’s blood in the Southern Earth. Meet twin brothers bound to the sacred rite of grave stomping and a young girl indebted to a darkness in the woods. Visit a small town where pro-wrestling takes the place of human sacrifice and an alternate reality where meteorite-born mutations rend the fabric of society. It’s a world where giant catfish roam the man-made depths of Kentucky Lake, racial horror haunts the shadows of small-town life and all we can do is wonder at our own twisted roots in the soil.
This one’s been coming for a while. “The Grave Stompers” itself is a very personal tale, initially conceived prior to my father’s death and then rediscovered in strange months after his passing. The others all deal with at least some portion of the American South, ranging from bizzaro alternate realities to something resembling the world as we know it. These tales needed out. Two publishers went belly up before they could publish it, so I decided to push it out myself before such a fate could befall yours truly. These stories need to breathe. They need to live. So I invite you to let them in.
You can read this collection as an e-book on Amazon Kindle, or as a physical paperback. The e-book is also up for grabs on a number of internatonal Amazon sites: UK DE FR ES IT NL JP BR CA MX AU.
Oh, and that lovely cover illustration is the work of the highly-talented Zelda Devon. I think she captured the beauty of it perfectly. You can explore more of her work right here.
I haven’t touched this website in a spell, so I thought I’d provide a few updates. I’ve had a few stories lined up with publishers only to see the publications fold — and I haven’t been that great about finding the stories new homes. The main one I want to share with the world is “Delia on the Leviathan Sea” — and I have another story in the works titled “Kreiga” that I’m excited about.
The big news, however, is that one of my older tales is set to take on new life as a fiction podcast. I’ve spent the last few months revisiting the tale, stripping it down to its essentials and removing anything that didn’t work — which was basically all of the characters. It’s been a riveting experience and I already feel like script is far closer to the tale’s ideal form than anything I did with it eight years ago. There’s still some editing left to do on it, and I’m lucky to be working with a team of talented collaborators to help make it as solid as possible. If everything goes as planned, you can look for it in 2019.
As far as my nonfictional endeavors go, I continue to write for HowStuffWorks.com and Atlas Obscura. I’m also working on an article that I hope to submit to Tor.com in the near future.