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The Dark Fantastic

April 11, 2017

While not an overly complex subject, overwriting is a common issue I come across in edits. However, it’s often invisible to the author, the words they use appearing as necessary to get the point of the sentence/scene across. Often, this isn’t the case.

What makes it wor...

April 9, 2017

Something I see regularly in edits is a lack of consistency in the work on several levels. I mean, I get why some of it happens. Authors tend to write in sections, chapter one removed from chapter fifty by days, months, and sometimes even years. It’s understandable tha...

April 7, 2017

This is the first essay in what is intended to be a series of short editorial/writing guides to help authors get the most out of their writing time. In this piece, my focus will be on visualization and telling. One of the biggest issues I see in the editing jobs I take...

March 1, 2017

New Orion Outpost
Sector 008, Allied Space 


Flashes of energy erupted outside the viewscreen of the Excalibur, filling the bridge with dancing shadows as Captain Marek Albion watched the battle unfold ahead. His...

November 5, 2015


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The zombie apocalypse arrived without warning.


And Ashford Dane fucking loved it.


Well, not exactly without warning. Anyone with a brain could have seen it coming miles away. That meant the...

October 29, 2015

While the book isn't out until December 1st you can get an early preview right here. Check out the first page of Seven Tongues, my Tales of the Prodigy story in UNBOUND through Grim Oak Press. Every story features a piece of artwork designed specifically for it.



October 17, 2015

I have been writing horror and paranormal stories for years now, and I love venturing into dark and foreboding territories. What I love most, though, is the traditional ghost story. Since I was a child, I have been obsessed with stories of visitors from the other-side....

September 27, 2015

No other genre of music draws inspiration from literature as often as metal. It is unfortunate that most think of Poison or Bon Jovi, screaming or unlistenable music, whenever the style is mentioned. For those who have been immersed in the music since the 80s, this is...

September 4, 2015

I recently commented on Facebook about some of the formatting snafus prevalent in the publishing business and ended up getting a ton of responses. It was suggested I create a blog post detailing how best to format manuscripts for publishers so that's exactly what I did...

July 16, 2015

Here's your chance to get Eyes Deep, the introductory novella in the Clandestine Daze series, for absolutely FREE. All you have to do is purchase a copy (from any vendor) of Clandestine Daze Influx, the first full length novel in a new urban fantasy series by me, and E...

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