Welcome to Gleefully Macabre!

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!

The Kindle edition of Slice and Dice is now available! Contains my novella “Twentieth Anniversary Screening,” along with slasher-themed tales by Jeff Menapace, Iain Rob Wright, and William Malmborg!

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!

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October 23

It’s here! The hardcover limited edition of Deathless (the sequel to Pressure) from Earthling Publications!

Only a few copies remain, and there’s usually a surge in orders after a collector’s edition starts shipping, so get your copy HERE!

October 22

“Hostile,” the short film I wrote, directed by Brett Kelly, is now on YouTube! It had its world premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse in Houston in February 2020 as part of “An Evening With Jeff Strand,” which I didn’t know at the time would be my last live event for the rest of the year. It played at a couple of other film festivals, including Buffalo Dreams and Grindsploitation, but for the most part went unseen…until NOW! Check it out!

Hide your neck! The anthology An Unholy Thirst: Fifteen Vampires Tales is now available. One of those vampire tales is mine: “Turn Me.” It’s a more serious story than my usual anthology appearance, but after sending editing Charles Rutledge “Devil Powered-Death Train of Doom” for Fright Train, I thought I’d give the poor guy a break.

Get it HERE.

October 19th

I spent this past weekend at Multiverse and had a blast. The convention has nine (!) tracks of programming, so attendance at any one event was often sparse, but all of my panels went well and everybody seemed to be having a great time. My team was VICTORIOUS!!!!! at the Monster Mash competition, in which teams were assigned monsters and had to explain why theirs would beat the other team’s monster in a fight. Gremlins vs. Krites! Zuni Fetish Doll vs. Chucky! Moorlocks vs. The Creatures From The Descent. Gobs o’ fun!

After my Friday night panel, I sped off with Lynne Hansen, Bridgett Nelson, Rena Mason, and Jessica Ann York to visit Netherworld, the greatest haunted attraction of them all.

Meanwhile, the hardcover edition of Deathless exists! I haven’t seen it yet, but a copy is on its way to me, so in a couple of days I’ll be posting a picture and letting you know to act NOW NOW NOW if you haven’t ordered it yet. You can get a head start on that at http://earthlingpub.com/js_deathless.html

Had a meeting today about a top-secret project. This is not the same top secret project as the other one I’ve mentioned, or that other one, either. I’ll probably be able to blab about the other two soon(ish), but this one will remain a dark secret for a good long while, so I apologize for bringing it up.

October 12th

Though some of my fall events were cancelled (right now I’d still be recovering from the drive to the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival, which was 1097 miles each way) I still have three left. And Multiverse is this weekend! After the Atlanta Writers Conference the first week of November, I don’t have any events scheduled until April 1st, but I’m sure the move to Chattanooga will help fill that free time.

Had a meeting yesterday that ended the way everybody wanted, so I now have a new project to tackle soon. It’s a book, and I think my readers will be delighted and amused when they hear what it is. I’ll share it as soon as the contracts are signed.

Copies of the hardcover edition of Deathless are on their way to Earthling Publication at this very moment, and will be on their way to YOU (because I’m sure you bought one, right?) within the next couple of weeks. The paperback and digital editions probably won’t be out until early 2022.

September 29th

Hey, I was interviewed on Episode 501 of the Reading and Writing Podcast! Did I say anything insightful, or did I just babble? Listen and find out! http://readingandwritingpodcast.com/jeff-strand-interview/

September 28th

Hey, I wrote two short stories today! Yes, “short” is accurate, but they weren’t flash fiction.

Very often I’m required to STFU about stories until the projects are formally announced, but editor Matt Shaw has already announced Battered, Broken Bodies: An Anthology of Body Horror. The story for that one is called “Cherry Tree.” If he rejects it, I’ll be sure to report back so you can all bask in my shame.

I haven’t been in Splatterpunk Zine for the past few issues, but I was invited to return, so I wrote “Insufficiently Splattery.”

Tomorrow is Laundry Day, so I won’t get as much writing done.

Halloween Nights

Halloween Nights: Tales of Autumn Fright is now available! It was supposed to debut at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Festival, with every author in the anthology in attendance, but with Merrimack cancelled there was no reason not to publish the book early. It contains my story “My Favorite Halloween Memory,” and is packed with spoooooooky stories by spoooooooky authors!

Get your copy HERE.

September 25th

I got my official schedule for Multiverse, which is in Atlanta October 15-17th. As of right now it’s still an in-person event, with masks and proof of vaccination required.

I’ll be doing a reading, and I’ll be on the following panels:

“Quintessential Horror Movies.”

“Writing the Horror Short Story.”

“Writing in the Plague Age.”

“Writing Horror For The Screen.”

“Horror Realism.”

“Monster Mash 2.0.”

Be there!!!

September 20th

Look at that! It’s the Halloween issue of The Southwest Review. My work doesn’t appear very often in literary journals that were established in 1915, so I’m honored that “Mouthy” was included in this issue’s lineup. It was guest edited by the mighty Andy Davidson, and features all kinds of cool people, so check out the table of contents and order your copy HERE.

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