Might you enjoy an appetizer for the upcoming spooky season? Consider GATOR HOUSE, my new terrifying novelette, now available in kindle/paperback on Amazon. Beware, this tale of just eighty pages has teeth — sharp ones!
I had a great deal of fun writing his tale of beasts and men (which are worse? I cannot truly say), and can only hope my readers will have just as good a time reading it.
The temperature is dropping, leaves are changing color, and before we know it, it will be Halloween night. In honor of the ‘spooky season’, many people enjoy reading horror books — either re-visiting classics they know and love, or reading something entirely new. I’m delighted to bring to your attention something of the latter: my novelette, GATOR HOUSE, will be published on October 1st in celebration of Halloween. At only 80 pages, it will provide you a tasty treat which you may consider an ‘appetizer’, before moving on to the delicious brain-meals that are Bram Stoker’s Dracula or Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.
If you enjoy reading about characters you can root for, and if you enjoy monsters, GATOR HOUSE is for you. For a better idea as to what you may be getting yourself into, here’s the backcover blurb:
Samantha and Amy are a happy couple on a honeymoon road trip. They can hardly wait to arrive at the Gulf of Mexico and dive into the sea for a refreshing moonlight swim.
Their rosy ideals are crushed when an unexpected detour in South Texas leads them to the GATOR HOUSE: an ancient, decaying farmhouse converted into a bar & restaurant. Strange, backwoods characters work and drink at the establishment. Muddy, sticky, mosquito-infested swampland surround the old house on all sides. Enormous alligators lurk in the dark with red eyes, waiting for the perfect moment to strike . . .
Will Samantha and Amy escape the threatening patrons of GATOR HOUSE? And if so, how will they defend themselves against the hungry alligators who have not tasted human flesh for nearly a month?
Time for the gators to feed. Time for Amy and Samantha to find out what they are truly made of.
If this sounds like a good time to you, feel free to hit the pre-order link below for the kindle version, or eagerly await the October 1st release of the paperback.
Wishing you a most happy October season,
PS: The incredibly talented writer/artist, Terry M. West (author of The Devil’s List, What Price Gory, among many other excellent horror books) designed the utterly wild cover art for GATOR HOUSE.
Fellow readers, writers, and Friends of the Macabre,
Consider the following an informal newsletter as to what I’ve been up to, writing/publishing-wise.
The very first review for my new book, MATTERS MOST MACABRE, is now in and it’s overwhelmingly positive. Talented writer/reviewer, Candace Nola, has awarded it a full five stars, as well as interviewed me for her excellent website, Uncomfortably Dark. We talk about writing, creative influences, horror fiction, and more.
I’d like to inform you that as of today (4/23/21) my best and latest book, MATTERS MOST MACABRE, is available in paperback and kindle, with a hardcover option on the way shortly.
I wrote this book “on the clock” during 2020, back when I worked as a security guard at a shut down cheese factory out in the middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin. The thirteen strange and bizarre tales featured in Matters Most Macabre will amuse, disturb, provoke thought, and just plain weird you out!
Thank you, fellow friends, readers, writers, and Aficionados of the Strange, for your continued support. I’m hoping that you enjoy the book . . . as far as I’m aware, there will be many more to come in the years ahead.
Just wanted to bring to your attention that I’ll have a new book out near the end of April! By my estimation, this is my very best work yet, and I’m hoping you’ll even consider nabbing a copy. What we have here are thirteen tales of the strange, the grotesque, and the macabre.
Here’s the wonderful cover design by Greg Chapman:
Here are the contents/stories:
The Day the Stories Died
Independence Day in Holebrim, Texas
Box of Chocolates
When the Joke Grows Sharp Teeth
Helga’s Helping Hands
The Thing in Gregory Thornton’s Basement
Order of the Wolf
Everything is Broken
Concluding Essay: The Stories Behind the Stories
I’m hoping fellow readers of dark/horror/weird fiction will enjoy this collection immensely. If you’re interested in reading some tales of mine, yet perhaps not invested enough to buy this book, I recommend reading WEIRDSMITH: Issue One, a very slim book containing just two stories of mine. It will give you a quality sampling of my work. Weirdsmith: Issue One is available on amazon for just .99 cents on Kindle, and $7.99 for paperback.
In other news, I’ve got tales popping up soon in April issues of The Periodical, Forlorn, Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine, and a future issue of Cosmic Horror Monthly.
It’s a lovely feeling when an author whom you highly respect compliments your work. Here’s what Jasper Bark, cult novelist and all-around literary Renaissance man, graciously had to say about WEIRDSMITH: Issue One:
“In the space of these two stories, Tylor James puts the reader through an emotional wringer. Starting with a Roger Corman style, radioactive, body horror that is genuinely gruesome and highly chilling, Mosquito Summer left me wheezing on the floor holding my guts after the last line. Whereas the gentle lyricism of Old Dance Hall left me full of the sorrowful nostalgia that was once Rod Serling’s stock in trade. Be warned, if you pick this Weirdsmith up, you’re likely to find yourself hunting down everything else Tylor James has written.” — Jasper Bark, author of ‘Quiet Places’
Fellow dark fiction fans should know that WEIRDSMITH is a brand new series of novelette-length books from Too Much Weird press. Each issue features a talented author from the dark fiction/horror community. I’m fortunate enough to have two of my macabre tales selected for the first issue, available on kindle for 0.99 and in paperback for $7.99. Can’t beat those prices, eh?!?!