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Jagged Edges & Moving Parts: Available Now!

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

It’s been a winding road, folks, but I’m delighted to inform you that my new collection, Jagged Edges & Moving Parts, is now available as both an eBook and a paperback (click/tap the cover image, or here, for purchasing options; you might also be able to order the paperback from your favorite bookstore). This is the first publication under my Other Kingdoms Publishing banner, and it marks the beginning of a promising run of titles. In fact, I might as well make you the first to know that I plan to release my debut novel early next year. It’s a little early for too many details about that, but I will say that it’s a global thriller written in kind of a literary pulp style. You can also expect future books in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and crime. And yes, more horror. Definitely more horror.

But back to Jagged Edges & Moving Parts. It’s unapologetically a horror collection, but not strictly of the supernatural variety. It includes stories in that vein, but it also includes tales that point in the crime-oriented direction of my next collection, which will consist entirely of crime stories. Look for that one sometime after the aforementioned novel.

Back story: In 2016 I published my debut collection, None So Deaf. If you missed out on that one, it might be because it suffered an unfortunate fate. The publisher’s plan was to put it out first as an eBook and then follow up with a physical release, but they closed their doors before the print edition ever saw the light of day. The world of publishing is filled with similar stories, but as with everything, when it becomes personal, it takes on a certain depth of meaning. And let’s be honest, for it to happen with my maiden effort really sucked. In other words, I was a little devastated.

I didn’t stop writing, though. If anything, I saw an increase in my productivity, but for a couple of years I eschewed the publishing side of things. Suddenly it held no allure for me. But the writing took on a new kind of heat, and by 2018 I was submitting my work once more. This has led to some satisfying placements, and there are still a number of irons in the fire. Now that I’ve added a self-publishing arm to my approach to all of this, I look forward to submitting a lot more work to publishers while continuing to put out titles on my own. When the editors and publishers of the world realize what they’re missing out on, maybe my indie days will be numbered. Until then, I plan to enjoy the hell out of calling all the shots.

With any luck, this will have benefits for you, dear readers, as well, for there’s no reason for me to impose lengthy waiting periods between publications, except that I don’t want my publishing schedule to outpace my writing output by too much. I have a number of books more or less raring to go, but I also plan on doing a lot more writing.

Thank you for taking an interest. I’ll do my best to make it pay off for you. And of course I would appreciate anything you can do to help spread the word about Jagged Edges & Moving Parts, whether it takes the form of an Amazon or Goodreads review; a retweet; a recommendation to reviewers, podcasters, and literary organizations like the Horror Writers Association; or simply some good old-fashioned word of mouth. I know we don’t all have the same communication habits, so anything you can do is appreciated.

But first things first. I truly hope you enjoy the book. It represents a significant investment of passionate hard work over the past twelve years, and it’s honestly the best I can deliver. I promise you the same of every book I write and release through Other Kingdoms Publishing. Beyond that, all judgment is in your hands.

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