Archive for June, 2011

COBWEBS and DEAD SKIN: A novella excerpt

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22, 2011 by nikkorpon

No Morrissey today, just grit. I’m stoked to have an excerpt of my upcoming novella By the Nails of the Warpriest up at Dirty Noir. This novella has taken a long and circuitous path and I’m glad it’ll soon see light. Big thanks to Doc O’Donnell for publishing the excerpt.

Over at The Nervous Breakdown, Richard Thomas reviews Jessica Anya Blau’s Drinking Closer to Home. I read with Jess over the winter and she is a lovely woman and a fine writer. My wife kept me up a couple nights while she was reading Drinking, pointing out passages. Check out the review, then buy the book.

Oh, and did I mention I’m giving away two copies of Stay God?


Hairdresser on Fire

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2011 by nikkorpon

It’s got nothing to do with anything, but it’s on the radio now. Busy week, but here’s what I remember of it:

-I reviewed Chris Holm’s excellent collection 8 Pounds over at Spinetingler. You should buy it. Like, now.

-Speedloader, the first anthology from Snubnose Press, is now available at Smashwords. The Kindle edition should be up soon. I know I’ve said it before, but I’m really excited to be a part of this, around such fantastic writers, and with such a visionary press. And it’s only 99 cents! While you’re picking up 8 Pounds, grab that, too.

-I just got word from Laura and Pickney Benedict that my story ‘Eyes that Melt Wings’ will be included in the next edition of Surreal South alongside such writers as Jed Ayres, Anthony Neil Smith, John Hornor Jacobs, Sophie Littlefield, Brad Green and a whole rack of other great writers. Aside from being stoked to be in such a great anthology, it’s also the first time I’ve been called Southern (albeit only by 60 miles) without fighting it. Baltimore ain’t really southern, but my inclusion of ain’t in that declaration might contradict the declaration itself.

-I’m doing a couple readings with Jesus Angel Garcia in July. Sunday 10 July we’ll be at Farley’s in New Hope, PA from 1-4 then Saxby’s (I believe) in Doylestown around 6. Don Lafferty and Dennis Tafoya will join us in crashing the joint at Saxby’s. Many thanks to Buffy at Farley’s  and Don for helping us out with the second reading. Once I get back to Baltimore, I’ll be reading with Jesus again at Cyclops Books on 23 July. Not sure on the time, but it should be awesome.

More news I can’t yet talk about, coming next week or so. So instead, a sweater:


Interview with The Goat

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2011 by nikkorpon

Mourning Goats, the excellent (sort of) new bi-monthly interview site, was kind enough to talk with me. We discuss giving away work for free–“I have no illusions about my future as a writer. I highly doubt (and Universe, feel free to make this statement look dumb in a couple years) I’ll ever be able to stay home and write books all day.”–my undying love for Ben Whitmer’s Pike–“I had the same reaction as the first time I read The Postman Always Rings Twice and DermaphoriaThe Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti, too.”–and of course, Shaun of the Dead and Spaced–“I’m hopelessly mired in pop culture and I think it comes through regardless of what I’m writing. Kind of like Spaced, but way more fucked up.”

I think I’m just going to keep talking about Shaun and Spaced until Simon Pegg or Edgar Wright write me a letter saying my level of nerd-dom makes their dorky hearts proud. New contest: Anyone who can swing that gets a free copy of anything I put out for the rest of my life.

Anyway, big thanks to Sean Ferguson for the questions and Goat for having me.

And again, don’t forget to enter the Stay God giveaway.


Six in the chamber: SPEEDLOADER

Posted in Uncategorized on June 14, 2011 by nikkorpon

That top-secret anthology I was talking about a couple months ago? It ain’t a secret no more. Speedloader is an anthology of six short stories from Snubnose Press, an imprint from the good baddies at Spinetingler Magazine. I’m super stoked to be included among such great writers as my homeboy Richard Thomas, Nigel Bird (Dirty Old Town,) WD County, Jonathon Woods (Bad Juju and Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem) and Matthew C Funk (Spinetingler-award winning author of a whole bunch of stuff.) The cover was designed by the always awesome Boden Steiner, who did the art for Old Ghosts and my upcoming novella, By the Nails of the Warpriest. Snubnose will be publishing a short-story collection by the awesome Patti Abbott and Sandra Seamans. The antho should drop next week.

-Also, Ben Tanzer wrote very nice things about the dread in Old Ghosts over at This Book Will Change Your Life. Ben’s new book, My Father’s House, will be out this summer from Main Street Rag.

-Don’t forget the Stay God giveaway at Goodreads.


A Million in Prizes: The STAY GOD Giveaway

Posted in Uncategorized on June 9, 2011 by nikkorpon

In the lead-up to the August-ish publishing of my new novella, By the Nails of the Warpriest, I thought I’d give away some stuff. Over at Goodreads, I’m giving away two signed copies of my novel Stay God. I’ll also throw in some extra stuff in those copies. The contest runs from now ’til 15 July and it’s free to enter. I should have some kind of Stooges tie-in, but didn’t think of it soon enough.

Anyway. As an added bonus, for those who don’t win one of the copies, I’ll be posting a free collection of shorts, sort of like a thanks for paying attention thing. There’s an origin story of Damon and Mary, another story featuring Christian, and some more goodies. More deets on that later.

Finally, once this Stay God giveaway is finished, I’m going to do the same thing for Old Ghosts. Again, more deets on that later.

Stay tuned for more. If you wouldn’t mind spreading the word, I’d be wildly appreciative. Stay gold, peeps.