Welcome to Gleefully Macabre!

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Welcome to my website! Whether you were brought here by interest in my work or a Google search gone terribly wrong, I encourage you to hang around and start clicking away!

My first non-fiction book, The Writing Life: Reflections, Recollections, And a Lot of Cursing, is now available in Kindle and paperback editions!

The Kindle and paperback editions of my new short story collection, Candy Coated Madness, are now available!

The Kindle and paperback editions of my latest novel, Autumn Bleeds Into Winter, are now available!

The long-awaited fifth installment of the Andrew Mayhem series, Cemetery Closing (Everything Must Go) is now available in a Kindle and paperback edition! And the first four books of the series are available in brand new paperback editions!

The Odds, is now available in a Kindle and paperback edition!

Allison is now available in a Kindle and paperback edition!

(P.S.: People who leave reviews on Amazon deserve great big hugs!)

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April 4th

Happy Easter, everybody! If you like black jelly beans, I hope you got lots of them. If you don’t, I hope you got lots of them and are looking for somebody–perhaps an author–to send them to.

I redid the “Short Works” page on my website. Stories that appear in collections no longer have descriptive paragraphs about them. It made the page unwieldy and it was extremely unlikely that somebody would try to track down the individual stories that appeared in, say, Everything Has Teeth instead of just buying Everything Has Teeth. Recent stories that haven’t been collected appear at the top of the page.

With that done, my next step in this long-term project is to go through each individual book page and make sure everything is up-to-date. A couple of years ago I’d started adding personal essays to replace the standard back cover description, but I didn’t get very many of them done. It’s time to fix that!

Welcome to April!

My latest newsletter went out yesterday, and I had to apologize for the long delay between issues. Keeping this website updated has also fallen behind. But having completed three back-to-back projects that people were waiting on (Deathless, Twentieth Anniversary Screening (to appear in the collection Slice & Dice) and the screenplay for Kutter) I’ve suddenly gone from “overwhelmingly busy” to “pretty busy.” So I can return a bit of focus to the website.

I’ve updated the “Appearances” page with an actual live appearance! Though StokerCon and KillerCon are both virtual (but guess what–I’ll be a Guest of Honor at KillerCon!) Scares That Care is currently scheduled to be an in-person event in Williamsburg, Virginia. I’ll be fully vaccinated by then, so I’ll be there!

Will more events follow….?

BLISTER on Readict

Have you wanted to read my novel Blister on your phone, but you were all like “I wish I didn’t have to pay for it! I’d rather it be supported by advertisements instead, like the good ol’ days of network television!” Well, your wish has come true!

Blister is now available on Readict, an app where the books are all free. The ads will give you a chance to appreciate those chapter-ending cliffhangers even more! Get thee to your App Store now!

Cheap Pretties!

For the next few days, the Kindle edition of My Pretties is a scant 99 cents! That’s a savings of two dollars, giving you more money to invest in the stock market!

Get it HERE.

A Special KUMQUAT

Rory Mills ordered a copy of my novel Kumquat for his girlfriend Breanna. He asked if I could accommodate a special request, and I said sure, so here’s what I sent…

OMG!!! I wonder how it all turned out???

Congratulations, Breanna and Rory!!!

Welcome to 2021!

We made it!

From a writing standpoint, 2020 was an extremely productive year. From a reading perspective, it was disastrous. I mean, flat-out embarrassing. For 2021, I want to change that in a big way.

And though “watch more horror movies” seems like a weird-ass New Year’s resolution, I’ve gradually moved from “see everything that comes out” to “watch most of what comes out” to “have a decent working knowledge of what’s out there” to “often being completely out of the loop.” I want to fix that, too.

Watch for exciting once-a-week updates to see how well I’m achieving these goals!

New Book: The Writing Life

It happened. Yesterday I turned 50. But more importantly, my new book, The Writing Life: Reflections, Recollections, And a Lot of Cursing came out! It’s available in Kindle and paperback editions!

I also ate a lot of sushi.

My First Non-Fiction Book

December 14th is my birthday. One of the big, monumental ones. Number fifty. Yep, on Monday I’ll have half a century behind me!

I’ll be celebrating with the publication of my first non-fiction book, The Writing Life: Reflections, Recollections, And a Lot of Cursing.

Here’s the description:

Jeff Strand, whose work Publishers Weekly has called “wickedly funny” and Kirkus has called “ridiculously stupid,” has had one of the least meteoric rises to success in the publishing industry. But he eventually got there, even if he should probably put “success” in quotes.

He’s been at it a long time, and has learned a lot of lessons along the way. And he shares them with brutal honesty in this very book, along with plenty of hilarious (and sometimes painful) anecdotes about his career. 

This is not a book that will tell you how to format a manuscript or write a compelling query letter. It’s a book about how to cope with rejection and bad reviews. Book signings where nobody shows up. Helplessly watching your peers go on to greater success than you. He’s been through all of that and so much more, and in these pages you’ll have a bunch of laughs as you commiserate and figure out how to get through it all.

There won’t be pre-orders for the paperback edition (though it should be available on the 14th) but you can pre-order the Kindle edition right HERE.

Candy Coated Madness Available Now!

My latest short story collection, Candy Coated Madness, is now available in Kindle and paperback editions! Twenty-six insane tales!

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