What This Maliciously Macabre Writer Has Been Up To . . .

Fellow readers, writers, and friends,

I’ve been quiet lately, but I assure you it’s only because I’ve been up to no good.

First, a few successes I’d like to share:

My utterly strange and fun tale, “Billy’s First Haircut”, will appear in the June 2022 issue of COSMIC HORROR MONTHLY. In addition, my tale, “Out Beneath the Jack O’ Lantern Sky” has now been published in the gruesome new anthology book from Hellbound Books, titled, Madame Gray’s Vault of Gore. Many more short story publications are on the horizon as well, I hope.

Now, as to why I’ve been silent — All through October and November, I’d written a gigantic gothic novel of 114,000 words. I’d never written a novel before, only stories, poems and essays. Is my first novel any good? I’m honestly uncertain, although it served as excellent writing practice. Now, I know better than ever what it takes to write an epic novel.

However, as soon as I completed that first draft, an entirely new novel-idea emerged, as they do, from the recesses of my subconscious. I’ve now begun writing it, believing this novel will be shorter, tighter, and better. I won’t give anything away, save to say that it’s a Halloween-themed novel that takes place in the very strange Midwest town of Sweet Hollow.

In the meantime, what might readers expect of me? Fans of my story collection, MATTERS MOST MACABRE, will be pleased to know I’ve compiled an entirely new book of short stories featuring a strange, eclectic nature — to be published, I hope, sometime late next year (2022). I also have a marvelous book of dark poetry and essays in the works, as well as this novel I’m just now delving into.

Before these exciting books will hit the shelves, however, my books MATTERS MOST MACABRE, and two novelette-length works, GATOR HOUSE, and WEIRDSMITH: NUMBER ONE, are all available for purchase on Amazon in paperback/hardcover/kindle.

Wishing everyone a merry, and most macabre, holiday.

Best,

Tylor James.

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