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WolfHunt3-2019Welcome 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!

The Kindle edition of Wolf Hunt 3 is now available in a Kindle edition!

My latest novel, Clowns Vs. Spiders, is now available in a Kindle and paperback edition!

My compilation Five Novellas is now available in a Kindle and paperback edition!

My novel My Pretties is available now in a Kindle and paperback edition!

My novel Ferocious is now available in a Kindle and paperback edition!

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December 10th

I used “November” on my last two posts, presumably because I’m in denial about the end of the decade.

The Kindle edition of Hark the Herald Angels Scream is currently only $1.99. It contains my story “Good Deeds,” which is one of my most popular (and most demented) short tales. I have no idea how long this sale will last; get it right HERE.

Hark the Herald Angels Scream

It’s a little maddening when a limited edition ALMOST sells out, but then those last couple of traitorous copies stick around, mocking you. I prefer the scenario where people are wailing in misery because they missed out. Anyway, you can still get the Thunderstorm Books hardcover collector’s edition of My Pretties right HERE.

Also Ferocious right HERE. And Bring Her Back right HERE.

I finally got to see Knives Out last night and loved it. I was worried that I wouldn’t avoid somebody blabbing whodunnit before I made it to the theater, but aside from a friend who should know better eliminating two of the suspects by saying he wished the performers had more to do, I was able to see it unspoiled. Huzzah!

December 8th

My Pretties Thunderstorm

Ooooh, it’s the Frank Walls cover to the Thunderstorm Books hardcover limited edition of My Pretties! Usually these collector’s editions go up for pre-order first, but this one EXISTS and is ready to ship!

They’re already down to the last few copies, so if you’re a book-collecting gourmet, get your copy right HERE.

On the opposite end of the pricing scale, despite being a brand-new full-length anthology, the Kindle edition of Tales of the Lost is only 99 cents. It contains my story “Lost Gator,” and also stories by F. Paul Wilson, Tim Waggoner, Lisa Morton, Yvonne Navarro, David Wellington, Lee Murray, Stephen Graham Jones, Jess Landry, John Palisano, Chris Mason, Paul Moore, Eric J. Guignard, Ben Monroe, Christina Sng, and Kevin J. Anderson.

Order it HERE.



December 7th

I haven’t stopped working for the day, because I’m a full-time writer and concepts like “It’s Saturday night!” are meaningless in my world. But I did take time off working on the screenplay to add two more behind-the-scenes essays to the website:

Dead Clown Barbecue Expansion Pack: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/order/dead-clown-barbecue-expansion-pack/

Clowns Vs. Spiders: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/order/clowns-vs-spiders/

I’m not expecting my website traffic to go up as a result of these, but I hope it gives people a reason to poke around here a little more. It’s entirely possible that nobody actually CARES about the origin of something like Dead Clown Barbecue Expansion Pack, but hey, it’s there if you wanna check it out!

December 6th

First things first: I’m planning to start posting here much more frequently. And I’ve certainly been in that situation where I subscribe to somebody’s blog, and then suddenly I’m getting e-mails every day and I’m thinking, “I didn’t want THAT much of my life to be devoted to this person!” So if you’re a subscriber and the notifications are annoying, you won’t hurt my feelings if you click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the e-mail.

I’ve been waiting to hear back news on a very cool project I’m not allowed to blab about (hint: movie adaptation) and today I heard back: it was a pass. But that update came with a surprising and exciting piece of news, and the project is still very much alive…though, odds are, I won’t get any further updates until 2020.

I’m only indirectly involved in the project above. There’s another one where I’m writing the screenplay myself. I put a great big dent in it today, but I switched my standard process. I am NOT a “Just get the words down and worry about fixing it later” type of author, but this time, that’s what I’m doing. Looking at how little of the book I’ve covered and how much of the script I’ve written, I know that I’ll have to cut out a lot, but I’ll worry about that later.

My long-term goal is to update every book page on this website with a behind-the-scenes essay. I’m not doing them in any particular order, but today I finished two of them and updated a third.

Kutter: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/order/kutter/

Disposal: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/order/disposal/

How to Rescue a Dead Princess: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/order/how-to-rescue-a-dead-princess/

No Snow Here

I did not get stranded in Minnesota, though it was actually pretty close. The snowplows didn’t reach my mom’s street until shortly before they were scheduled to quit on Monday, and we needed to head out early Tuesday morning. (There are, of course, much worse fates that being stuck at my mom’s house with its plentiful supply of post-Thanksgiving food and beverages. I could’ve probably survived for a couple of extra days just on the gummi bears that my sister brought me from Germany.)

Today I finished up a short story called “Ghetto Blaster” for an upcoming anthology. Excluding stuff for my newsletter, that’s the last short story I owe until March 1st. FREEEEEDOM!!!

Instead of multi-tasking as planned, I think I’m gonna focus entirely on the screenplay until it’s done, with time in the evenings for my long-long-long awaited website updates, and catching up on the backlog of books I’ve promised to read for blurbs. (Currently reading Johnny Walker Ranger: Demon Slayer by Ezekiel Kincaid, which is wildly entertaining.)

Fun With Blizzards

I hope you’ll be pleased to discover that I survived the Duluth, Minnesota blizzard of Thanksgiving 2019. I tried to take pictures and video as it was happening, but the falling snow didn’t really show up, making it look like a peaceful scene instead of the apocalyptic doomscape. But here’s the fence.

Fence in Snow

The roads are still completely covered in snow, so if you needed anything from the grocery today, you’ll have to ask somebody else.

Russian Love

In The Trunk With Love Russian

This is one of my hardcover copies of From The Trunk With Love. The publisher swears to me that this title sounds very sinister in Russian, and I’m trusting her. It is, in fact, a Russian-language compilation of Cold Dead Hands, Stalking You Now, and Faint of Heartpublished by Poltergeist Press. I think you should buy it even if you can’t read Russian. I mean, imagine the fun looks you’ll get if you pretend to read that book in public!

It’s my first Russian edition. Many of my books are available in German-language editions, but other translations have been elusive. There’s a Japanese edition of Draculas. There’s a Dutch edition of A Bad Day For Voodoo. My story “Eight-Legged Vengeance” was translated into French. And that’s it…so far…

Later today I’m driving up to Birmingham, Alabama for Noir At The Bar, my final author event of 2019. It’s supposed to be a 5-7 minute reading. Coincidentally, every issue of my newsletter has a brand-new flash fiction story, which takes about 5-7 minutes to read out loud. So I have lots of options in the story-selection process. I’m either going with “Fresh Fish” (which I’ve read a couple of times to great reactions) or “Clicking the Heart” (which is untested terrain).

Next week I’m going to Minnesota for Thanksgiving, so you can expect a “Gaaaahhh!!! It’s freezing!!!” tone to future blog posts.

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