June 7

Mr. Corpse got a facelift! Yes, The Sinister Mr. Corpse, one of my early novels, now has a fancy new cover by Lynne Hansen.

And there’s more! Excluding the German language edition, the book has never been available in paperback, only the 250-copy hardcover limited edition from Delirium Books. But that has changed! Yes, now you can proudly place The Sinister Mr. Corpse on your bookshelf in a place of honor, or set it in a pile on the floor because you buy too damn many books and don’t have anywhere to store them.

Get the paperback HERE.

Or, if this is the first you’re hearing of this book, get the Kindle edition HERE.

Audiobook coming soon!

June 1

Got a double-rejection today! Not two separate rejection letters–an editor brought two novel pitches of mine to the rest of the team, and the team vetoed both of ’em.

It happens! Even when you won a Bram Stoker Award last month!

My immediate reaction was to start writing a new query letter. Then I thought, no, wait, I’m busy as hell. Maybe I don’t need another deadline at this particular moment. So for right now these ideas are on hold, unless I change my mind in the next 15-20 minutes, which is entirely possible…

Welcome to Gleefully Macabre!

deathless_front_mediumWelcome 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!

I won a Bram Stoker Award!!! My novella Twentieth Anniversary Screening won in the Long Fiction category at StokerCon 2022! Available in Kindle and paperback editions!

Deathless, the sequel to Pressure, is now available in paperback and Kindle editions!

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

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

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May 30

Uncomfortably Dark interviewed me for the Icons & Legends series (or in my case, “Icons” & “Legends”). Check it out HERE

And their feature The Mort Report reviewed Deathless: “I have to say, I didn’t think Strand could match the darkness of the first book, but I was wrong.” Check out the full review HERE.

May 29

Often, the difference between cheap furniture and expensive furniture comes down to ease of assembly. This was not expensive furniture.

But the outdoor recliners are all put together now, and the back porch is a really nice, comfy area. That’s where I’m writing this, and where I’ll be writing for the rest of the day. (I’m writing at a table. Writing in the recliner is a good way to think, “Ahhhh, a nap sure sounds good right about now!”)

The mighty Lionel Ray Green did an interview with me for his website, and you can check it out HERE.

May 28

I’ve added another major project to my list, but you have to go to Necon this July to see it. I’ll be doing Necon Update, which is basically a half-hour comedy show Friday night. Do I have time for this? No, not really. Will it be a lot of fun? Hell yeah.

No, it won’t be recorded. What happens at Necon stays at Necon.

May 27

I’m back from StokerCon! Actually, I’ve been back from StokerCon for a while, but haven’t had a chance to update my blog. If you want to read the day-by-day recap of this amazing event, check out my most recent newsletter right HERE.

The fifth time was the charm. Yes, my Bram Stoker Award losing streak ended when Twentieth Anniversary Screening won in the Long Fiction category! (I have some cool plans for that book, so stay tuned…)

There’s actually lots of other cool stuff in the works, though much of it is out of my control! Here are some teasers…

  1. I wrote the screenplay adaptation for one of my books for a major Hollywood studio. (And earned my Writers Guild of America membership.)
  2. I’m waiting on major casting news for another film adaptation. If it happens, it’s massive.
  3. There are various things going on with various other movies.
  4. I’ve signed a two-book deal for a pair of middle-grade horror novels.
  5. I might be writing a comic book. Or I might not. Waiting for an answer…
  6. Working on my first-ever movie novelization. Brand-new movie…? Old movie…?
  7. I’m writing a trio of chapbooks for Death’s Head Press. This one actually isn’t a secret.

Meanwhile, I’ve updated my Appearances page, so check out all the places I’ll be this year and join me there!

2022 Appearances Upated!

Hey, I’ve just updated the “Appearances” page of this website. Virginia! Colorado! Texas! Florida! Kentucky! Massachusetts! (Ironically, nothing yet in Tennessee, even though I live there.)

Check it out here: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/appearances/

January 6th

Yesterday I got a third newsletter story done (“Quicksand”), so now I’m set through the February 8th issue. Today I reached the halfway point on my secret screenplay project.

I also got the gas fireplace in the new house to work. I’d messed with it before and couldn’t get it to light, and I wasn’t keen on the idea of blowing up the house, so I didn’t rush to return to the task. But today I was successful! Not as impressive as starting fire by rubbing two sticks together, or with flint and tinder, but nevertheless a decent accomplishment for somebody as incompetent as me.

January 5th

Today’s plans: more work on my secret screenplay project. And maybe another newsletter story.

Each issue of my newsletter has an original piece of flash fiction (short stories under 1000 words), and my goal is always to be a few stories ahead. That never happens. Usually the story is what holds up the newsletter being sent out on time. In November, I got three stories ahead for the first time ever, but that didn’t last.

But yesterday I wrote two of them: “The Frostbite Movie” and “The Man Without Nails.” That covers my January 11th and January 25th newsletters. Let’s see how far ahead I can get…

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