Getting in the Halloween spirit (plus Splatterpunk lives!)

Hey y’all,

It’s been a spell (a couple months) since I checked in on the blog and offered an update. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube I’ve been just as gabby as usual.

Project: Black T-Shirt has been going strong, with weekly video uploads and this week’s is one I’m particularly proud of. It’s a list of 6 great books to get you in that Halloween state-of-mind. Authors like Paul Tremblay, Gillian Flynn, and Bracken MacLeod show up, so please go check it out here. If you’ve got titles of your own you’d like to share: please speak up in the comments.

Speaking of Bracken MacLeod: we’re going to be selling books next weekend at Rock and Shock in Worcester, MA. Author Patrick Lacey will also be joining us at the table, so if you’re going to be at the con: please come by the table and say hi. Maybe even buy a book, both Pat and Bracken have new ones (Dream Woods and Stranded, respectively).

Rock and Shock is always a great time (I’ve been going since the second year, and even though I now live in Philly it’s a great excuse to go sip Dunkin Donuts in New England once a year). It’s a special show: if you’re in the area I guarantee you’ll be happy you went.

Also, if you’re tracking my movements: I’ll be reading at KGB Bar in NYC on October 26th along with Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, Nick Cato, and Christoph Paul (who’s also hosting). If you’re a New Yorker or are willing to travel: I’d love to see you.

In keeping with the Halloween theme: Sinister Grin Press has put All-Night Terror (my collaborative collection with Matt Serafini) on sale for 2 bucks. That’s cheap as hell! If you pick up the book: please consider leaving a quick review when you’re done.



Lastly but not leastly: if you’re looking for a NEW Halloween treat from me I’ve got a story in Jack Bantry’s new collection Splatterpunk’s Not Dead! There are a ton of great authors in here, and it’s all new stories, so you don’t have to worry about getting skunked with a reprint. My story “Please Subscribe” has already been selected for next year’s Year’s Best Hardcore Horror from Comet Press. So I’m happy with it.


Other than that, no big publishing news. I’m slowly chipping away at a number of projects, all of them still secret at this point. While you’re waiting for the new stuff: have you read The Con Season? If so: leave a review and then go check out some of the authors in the video at the top of this post.

I’ll have new scares for you soon.





I Love the Dead: A Visit to the Mütter Museum

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the Mütter Museum takes the “classiness” of a science museum and fuses it with exhibits that would look right at home behind the curtain of a sideshow. The museums collection is comprised of medical oddities and arcane surgical equipment (birthing forceps anyone?). Although it takes up only three large rooms the walls are packed with thousands of specimens. Some are skeletal remains, some are in formaldehyde, and some are dried and dyed, but all are intriguing and many are profoundly disturbing.

Among the many highlights are dried ovarian cysts the size of beach balls, intricately detailed wax sculptures of various diseases and growths, a ceramic cast of Chang and Eng the famous conjoined twins, a myriad of what carnies would call “pickled punks”—deformed dead babies preserved in formaldehyde, hundreds of skulls (many rotted and pocked from syphilis and one with a bullet stuck in its forehead), and, the piece de resistance, a 9 foot long enlarged colon…dried and preserved for your “educational benefit.”

The brochures and literature tout the museum as “disturbingly informative” and stress that even though the original intent of collecting these pieces was for physicians to get acquainted with different afflictions the present day mission of the museum is to “raise questions about life, death, and conceptions of beauty.” I think you’ll agree that’s not as much as a draw as: “We’ve got a two headed baby skeleton!”

There are informational placards accompanying each specimen so a visitor can choose to learn as much or as little as they want. This makes the museum perfect for both Cannibal Corpse roadies and medical students alike.

So if you find yourself in Philadelphia and you have a strong constitution there is no better place to kill an afternoon than in the hallowed halls of the Mütter Museum.