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Hey everyone, sorry I've been neglecting to update this blog. Lots has been happening!


First, the good news: THE INDIGO VOLUME is now available! This pay-what-you-want anthology contains fresh new stories by the Clarion Class of 2012. All proceeds are donated to the Clarion Foundation. It includes my new story DIRECTIONS TO THE HOLLOW OF SOULS!


Full blurb:

“The students from Clarion 2012 (a.k.a. “The Awkward Robots”) have pulled up a collection of stories and poems from the depths of imagination.


In the years since they left San Diego, the Awkward Robots have amassed publications in Lightspeed, Asimov’s, The New Yorker, Strange Horizons, Granta, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Nightmare, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy.


Table of contents:

SOME QUEER SUNLESS PLACE by Lara Elena Donnelly A QUARANTINED MIND by Eric Esser DIRECTIONS TO THE HOLLOW OF SOULS by Jonathan Fortin THREE LITTLE PIGS by R.K. Kalaw GREEN LIKE STARLIGHT by Chris Kammerud A RIVER WITCH'S GUIDE by S.M. Mack HEALTHY WILDS by Dan McMinn THE INDIGO MUSEUM: TWO POSTCARD STORIES by Sam J. Miller LOLA'S GAMBLE by Luke R. Pebler”


You can grab it here: https://gumroad.com/l/indigovol


The not so good news: LILITU: THE MEMOIRS OF A SUCCUBUS has been delayed until early 2020. We'll have pre-orders and the cover art up by Christmas. I, for one, cannot wait.


Finally, I was interviewed for HorrorAddicts' Finale and Halloween Special: https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/horroraddicts-net-176-finale-and-halloween-special/


Wishing everyone a happy holiday weekend!

My blog tour has zoomed back to HorrorAddicts. Here's a list of movies that aren't *about* metal but still FEEL metal (at least to me).


https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2019/10/06/guest-blog-25-of-the-most-metal-films-that-arent-about-metal/


My thinking here was, other lists of "Most Metal Movies" only ever feature movies that are explicitly about metal. My own criteria was, "Do the images in the movie feel like they could be metal album covers? Could you put metal on the soundtrack and have it feel right? Does the story feel like it could also be that of a metal concept album? Does it feel powerful and meticulously constructed in the way that good metal does?" Hopefully that makes this a more interesting, if controversial, list.

If you want to read the opening of REQUIEM IN FROST before committing to buying it, now you can!


Naching T. Kassa has been kind enough to host this excerpt on her blog:


https://nachingkassa.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/guest-blog-an-excerpt-from-jonathan-fortins-requiem-in-frost/


Naching was one of my competitors in the Next Great Horror Writer Contest, whose work was so consistently amazing that she held first place for most of the competition. (I only won by making it into the Top 3 and then winning the final challenge, which was for our novels.) Naching is now Head of Publishing for HorrorAddicts and an intern for Crystal Lake Publishing. Indeed, she was one of the editors for REQUIEM IN FROST! I highly recommend checking out her work.

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