The Grave Stompers


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.

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Music for Grave Stomping


Music is an important part of my writing process. It helps me check out of one world and into another. It helps me find a tale’s vein and sink the needle home. So just as I did with “Eight Black Offerings,” I wanted to take a moment to recognize an influential track for each short story collected in “The Grave Stompers: Six Tales from the Southern Earth.”  Here we go…

The Grave Stompers -> “Tomorrow’s Harvest” by Boards of Canada

Thy Father’s Hands -> “The Hamburger Lady” by Throbbing Gristle

The Meat Wagon -> “Why is the Night Sad?” by Orenda Fink

Vreck Stone’s Last Match -> “Lying on a Death Bed” by Jape

No video available, listen to it here.

Buried Rivers, Sunken Heartlands -> “On Teasing” by Nina Nastasia

The Catfish Milkers -> “Burning Feet” by Banjo Consortium

There were others to be sure, but these really stood out. Listen to them. Support the artists if you like what you hear. Naturally, you can also obtain my book “The Grave Stompers” right here.

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