New release day, status updates, and miscellaneous shenangians

You know Shenanigans, right? The restaurant with all the stuff on the walls?*

I’m proud to be a part of Silver Empire’s latest release, the horror anthology ‘Secret Stairs.’ As it stands, ‘Stairs’ is the #1 new release best seller in its Amazon category! Go team!

If you’re even somewhat familiar with Reddit and/or Creepypasta, you’re probably familiar with the 21st Century urban legends that have sprouted up around those discussion boards. Slenderman is probably the most famous example. As far as I’m concerned, the digital campfire stories that have cropped up around the idea of mysterious staircases in the wilderness where strange things happened were just as good.

From the back cover:

You mustn’t talk about the stairs.

There they stand, surrounded by nothing but forest, pristine as the day they were built. No sign remains of any other structure around them, no ruins of long forgotten buildings. They look… wrong. They feel wrong. Bad things happen if you get too close. Horrible things.

You must never, ever ever talk about them.

Thirty-four of today’s best up and coming writers provide wonderfully unique interpretations inspired by the urban legends of the Internet age. Tales range from science fiction to fantasy, horror to mystery, and one writer even penned a romance!

But you must never tell anyone about the stairs!

Secret Stairs

I’m <knock on wood> going to be done with ‘Night’s Black Agents’ this week. Should have some interesting (cough, ahem, GREAT) news regarding it and the rest of the Paxtonverse going forward, soonish.

Once I’ve got everything shipped off to the editor, I’ve got a stack of research materials to go through for ‘Tombstones.’ I’ve had the seed of this idea in my noggin for a long, long time, and I’m excited to finally start putting it down on paper. And, not to spoil anything, but if you had any nagging questions about some of the mysterious secondary characters in ‘Fade’, this will begin filling in the backstory just a bit.

I’ll probably put up another chunk of the #FreeAwfulNovel in the next day or two. Even if it’s terrible and eye-roll worthy, digitizing is allowing me to get rid of a six-inch stack of paper. It’s a win-win!


* Obligatory ‘Super Troopers’ reference.

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