Welcome to Gleefully Macabre!

FerociousFrontLG3LetterWelcome 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 brand-new novel Ferocious is now available in a Kindle and paperback edition!

My novella Cold Dead Hands is available now in a Kindle edition.

My novel Bang Up is now available in a Kindle edition. (Most of my books are not for kids. This is REALLY not for kids.)

My novel Bring Her Back is available in a Kindle and paperback edition.

My new YA comedy, How You Ruined My Lifeis available at your local bookstore or from the online retailer of your choice!

Sick House is available in Kindle and paperback editions.

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

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Gourmet FEROCIOUS

The Thunderstorm Books hardcover limited edition of Ferocious is now available for pre-order (it’ll ship in June). Wraparound cover art by Frank Walls. Limited to 68 copies.

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StokerCon!!!

Woo-hoo! It’s almost time for StokerCon! This year it’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 9-12. I’m driving from Atlanta, which isn’t exactly a short road trip, but at least I don’t have to stand in airport security lines.

Here’s my official schedule:

Friday, May 10

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Reading time! I’ll be sharing the hour with J.L. Gribble and Peggy Christie. My story selections are subject to change, but right now I’m planning to go with “Captain Pistachio’s Charming Rampage” and “The Douchebag Who Reneged on the Death Pact.”

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Panel: “How to Start a Regional HWA Chapter.” Andy Davidson, Crystal O’Leary-Davidson, Brian Kirk, David Powell, Jessica York, and I will discuss the formation of the Atlanta chapter of the Horror Writers Association.

5:00 – 6:30 PM: The mass signing! A giant room full of authors, PLUS it’s an ice cream social. Ice cream and books! Your opportunity to spill chocolate syrup all over a copy of Ferocious. 

Saturday, May 11

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Panel: “Bloody or Creepy: Can It Ever Be Too Much?” Asher Ellis, Nicole Cushing, John F. D. Taff, John Skipp and I will discuss this important topic. Most likely we’ll say “Nope!” and then stare awkwardly at the audience for the remainder of the panel.

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Panel: “Married and in the Business.” Brian Matthews will moderate this discussion with horror power couples, including Yvonne Navarro/Weston Osche, Crystal O’Leary-Davidson/Andy Davidson, and me/Lynne Hansen. Hopefully there will be no bickering.

8:00 – 10:00 PM: The Bram Stoker Awards! I retired as Master of Ceremonies last year, so this year I’ll be watching the show from the audience! Same tux, though. Gotta look snazzy.

 

Ferocious Paperback!

At long last (actually, it hasn’t been that long unless you’ve been frantically clicking “refresh” hoping for an update) the paperback edition of Ferocious is available. It’s actually been around for a few days, but I was a) waiting for the reviews of the Kindle edition to feed over, and I’m b) sometimes slow to update my website.

You can get your copy right HERE.

This past weekend I was at the Outer Dark Symposium On The Greater Weird, where I read my story “The Douchebag Who Reneged On The Death Pact.” It was extremely well received. I can say this because it was recorded and will appear on a future episode of the Outer Dark podcast, so you can hear it being extremely well received. (I hope. In one of the videos of me emceeing the Bram Stoker Awards, the microphone didn’t really pick up the audience, so it sounds like I’m delivering jokes to stone cold silence.)

A few months ago I wrote about how these days I really only submit short stories to anthologies if somebody says, “Yo, will you write a short story for my anthology?” But I heard about a horror/comedy one, and figured I should probably submit to something like that. I’m pleased to say that “Mr. Pistachio’s Charming Rampage” was accepted by this still-untitled project. This spared me the need to scream “DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM???

Speaking of anthologies, I finished a story called “Ivan’s Night Out” for a book that’ll be out in October. Is that the Ivan you think it is? Yes, unless you’re being a smart-ass and coming up with a different Ivan. It’s a mean and nasty story about a mean and nasty guy.

I was interviewed at More2Read right HERE. They created a graphic with 25 of my book covers and it’s a thing of beauty.

I’m up to almost 4000 followers on Twitter, which is low by Kim Kardashian standards but high by Jeff Strand standards. If you wanna help push me over the top, I’m @JeffStrand.

 

 

 

March Newsletter & Interview

The March issue of my newsletter went out today. This issue includes a brand-new feature, “Made-Up Interviews With My Writer Friends,” where I completely fabricate conversations with Brian Kirk (Will Haunt You) and Kenzie Jennings (Reception). As always, there’s an original story. This time it’s “After,” which has a different tone than what regular readers might expect.

You can check it out right HERE.

Even better, you can subscribe to future issues right HERE

And there’s a fun, Ferocious-centric interview with me up at Horror Addicts, conducted by the lovely and talented Lionel Ray Green. Read it HERE.

 

Vaguebookin’

It’s been a crazy busy last several days. First I was at the Atlanta Writers Workshop, where I did a comedy writing workshop in the morning, a suspense writing workshop in the afternoon, and manuscript critiques in-between. I’ve never been a teacher and critiques are far from my area of expertise, so it took a lot of prep time to come up with (hopefully) helpful insight. Sadly, I didn’t make any aspiring authors rush out of the room in tears.

Then I drove down to Florida for back-to-back school visits. Not to brag or anything, but in a room full of middle school students, I am a GOD!!! At least in a school where the kids have been forced to read my books. I did Q&A’s all day, signed lots and lots and lots of books, and soaked in the adoration before returning to my life of obscurity. (Also, one kid found a typo, and another kid said that Sinister Seamus’ desire to murder our hero in Stranger Things Have Happened lacked credibility.)

THEN I was back for the Broadleaf Self-Publishing Seminar, an all-day event done as a series of panel discussions, with the same five authors on each. We got to know each other very well. Many knowledge bombs were dropped.

Ferocious has been out for almost three weeks now and sales have exceeded expectations. I don’t get to say that very often. Usually my sales are “as expected” or “Aw, crap.” Since this follows the way-below-average sales of Bang Up, and since my ability to purchase goods and services is entirely dependent on people buying my books, I’m very happy that the zombie animals are a success.

Had a very cool call with some movie people that I can’t really say anything about. In fact, there’s lots of movie stuff going on that I can’t say anything about. EIGHT different books are at some stage of being adapted for film, though seven of these can be described as “really, really early in the process.”

(The eighth is Mindy Has To Die, the half-completed movie version of Stalking You Now. The first half, which screened at the Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival in Ireland, is awesome. The second half of that version of the movie is just the lead actor reading the second half of my book to the audience. Obviously, it’s not releasable in that form–though it’ll be a fun Blu-Ray special feature–but there are plans afoot to complete the film this year.)

The latest update on one of them was pants-pooping news, but I am at liberty to say nary a word. For another, I’m actually writing the screenplay. One is a micro-budget production in the midwest. One is a big Hollywood production. No cameras have been turned on.

There’s a zero percent chance that all of these will get made, but with eight different movies in the works, you very well may get to see an adaptation someday soon. Or not soon. But someday….

 

 

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