BLEED (2011)

When Walt Blackmore moves into an old gable front house on the outskirts of a small town, things are really looking up for him; he has an adoring girlfriend to whom he plans to propose, a new job teaching English at the local high school, and an altogether bright future. His outlook and destiny are irreparably changed, however, when an unusual dark red spot appears on the ceiling in the hallway. Bit by bit, the spot grows, first into a dripping blood stain and eventually into a grotesque, muttering creature. As the creature grows, Walt finds himself more and more interested in fostering its well-being. At first he only feeds it stray animals so that the blood-hungry monster can survive, but this soon fails to satisfy the creature’s ghastly needs. It is gradually becoming human again, and for that to happen it requires human blood and human flesh. And once Walt has crossed the line from curiosity to murder, there is no going back.

CONTROL (on submission)

Control is the story of Leon Weissmann, an introverted loner who has no control over his life. His only joy is in the menagerie of arthropods he keeps in the garage. When he acquires an illegally poached rainforest spider, he unknowingly contracts a rare strain of fungus that enables him to control people, to make them do anything he wants. As his power grows, Leon begins to abuse it until there are bodies in his wake and a coterie of brainwashed disciples under his influence. Soon he learns that the power is not his at all, but the thing growing on his brain. And it wants to come out, to reproduce. It wants to control everyone.

THE DEVIL'S CIRCUS (work in progress)

George "Jojo" Walker is a disgraced ex-cop who now works nights as the house detective in a run-down Southern flophouse in 1943. When an odd group of people representing a traveling roadshow come into town to exhibit a tawdry sex-hygeine picture, Jojo gets curious, then suspicious. People start to behave strangely. Others disappear. And when the bodies start stacking up, Jojo decides he's got nothing left to lose and delves into the bloody mystery of Barker Davis and his special midnight picture show...

Short Fiction

  • "Pearls" Dark Moon Digest No. 5 (September 2011) Originally appeared in Dead Lines No. 4
  • "Dog Will Hunt" Needle: A Magazine of Noir Vol. 2, No. 2 (Fall 2011; forthcoming)
  • "Roadbeds" Shotgun Honey (September 2011; forthcoming)