Okay, it’s time for me to face the facts: I’m the worst blogger on the planet. I just don’t have time to do anything meaningful with the blog and still write the books and whatnot, let alone do important things like watch TV. So I’m doing this as a sort of placeholder post, because I’m probably not gonna be updating this thing much, if at all.

The best place to find me online is Facebook — I post something there almost every day, and you’ll get regular updates on whatever projects I’m working on, plus get to see lots of goofy photos. So if you’re so inclined, head over there and drop me a friend request:

Thanks! And the sequel to PETE, DRINKER OF BLOOD is coming right along, by the way.

Doorchick of Darkness.

My new story, Doorchick of Darkness, is available now for a mere 99 cents. Doorchick is a standalone spinoff of Pete, Drinker of Blood, featuring Pinball, the bouncer at Club Emoglobin. Here’s the back cover copy (so to speak):

Vampire hunters have been showing up in Hollywood looking for trouble — but Pinball, the vampire bouncer/doorchick at Club Emoglobin, has something far more stressful to deal with: her all-too-human sister is coming to visit. Can Pinball keep her lifestyle a secret and protect her nest at the same time? A stand-alone story set right after the events chronicled in PETE, DRINKER OF BLOOD.

The cover art is by Lili Chin, who also did the cover for the 2nd edition of Pete, and the cover design is by Nathan Long.


Doorchick of Darkness is available in all eBook formats from various sources (Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, etc).

Meanwhile, I’m nearing the finish on the 4th Boone Butters crime story, a little number called The Blind Assman. Barring anything weird, that one will be available within a week or two — and then it’s back to work on the sequel to Pete, Drinker of Blood.


As a secret fan of Arrow (although I’m a season behind — no spoilers!), I have to say, I’m really looking forward to this show.

Back to Blog.

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since my last post. I’m gonna make an effort to revive the ol’ Rattle and Blast, but as more of a news-and-updates sort of blog. The simple fact is, if I spend a bunch of time writing longer blog posts and telling stories here, I have less time for writing books.

Lots of stuff going on — I’m currently writing a short story spinoff of Pete, Drinker of Blood featuring Pinball, the female vampire bouncer from Club Emoglobin. Look for that soon. And I recently delivered my first-ever western story (and a “weird western,” to boot) to editor Axel Howerton for an upcoming anthology called The Horse Always Gets It First.

I’m also working on a sequel to Pete, tentatively titled Pete Has Risen from the Grave. Meanwhile, there’s a new edition of Pete, Drinker of Blood out in paperback and eBook, featuring a spectacular new cover by Lili Chin, co-creator of Mucha Lucha.

Beyond all of that, I’ve got a movie project cooking, but I’ll save that for my next post.


Zombie Hydration.

Just a quick post — with the 10th anniversary of shooting my li’l zombie movie The Stink of Flesh coming up in August, I’ve been nosing through the old photos. Here’s one from the first day of shooting, as Israel Wright gets some help with a bottle of water.

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Zombies in 3D at ACE!


It’s the 10th anniversary of The Stink of Flesh and the 10th anniversary of Tromadance NM! To celebrate, we’ll be screening the 3D version of Stink as part of the Albuquerque Comic Expo!

The Stink of Flesh recently made TotalFilm’s list of the 50 Best Indie Horror Movies (at #35, one notch behind James Gunn’s Slither).

The screening happens at 6:30 PM, Saturday, June 22, at the Albuquerque Convention Center, and is free to anyone with an ACE membership! Members of the cast and crew will be in attendance.

This 3D version of The Stink of Flesh is a UK-only release, so don’t miss your chance to see it! We’ve got 50 pairs of 3D glasses, but we don’t know how many people will attend, so if you’ve got your own pair of red/blue glasses, you might wanna bring ‘em along.

Get your ACE tickets now and help us celebrate 10 years of THE STINK OF FLESH and TROMADANCE NM — and check out Cody Hamman’s nifty writeup on the flick at Life Between Frames.

Albuquerque Comic Expo!

We’re less than three weeks away from ACE, the Albuquerque Comic Expo (you may have read my post about how ACE saved my life). The show happens June 21-23 at the convention center, and I’m pretty sure there’s still time for you to make your Space: 1999 costume and score a free book from me!


I’ve made this offer several times in the past, but nobody has ever taken me up on it. Y’see, because I’ve never seen anyone in a Space: 1999 costume at a con (despite a lifetime of con-going), I’m gonna give the first person who shows up at my table in a Moonbase Alpha uniform a free book of their choice (and yup, I’ll have paperbacks of Pete, Drinker of Blood with me). I’ll also accept a UFO purple-haired moonbase girl uniform.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention, Bob Vardeman will also give a free book to the first person who shows up in a UFO moonbase girl uniform. I’m guessing he’s got his fingers crossed it will actually be a girl in said uniform, but the offer stands no matter what.

Another cool thing happening at ACE: a screening of the 3D version of my li’l zombie flick, The Stink of Flesh! I ordered in a bunch o’ pairs of 3D glasses, so get ready for some low-budget zombie action in three entire dimensions.

Check out the ACE website for a list of all the guests, and don’t miss it!


In good company at Barnes & Noble.



I started a Tumblr page today. Like I have time for another social media site, when I can’t even stay on top of the blog thing. But I sort of hope I can update Tumblr a little more regularly — it seems easier, somehow. If you’re so inclined, you can find me right here.

Also, I started writing the sequel to Pete, Drinker of Blood last night. I’m excited about it — I think I’ve got some cool stuff in store for it.


You know you’re a truly terrible blogger when you have to click the “Forgot your password?” link every time you post something.

Same old excuse, though — I could write more blog stuff, or I could spend that time writing books and whatnot.

Speaking of which: Smoker, the new Boone Butters story, is out. This is the third in the series and things just keep getting crazier for ol’ Boone. If you like the oddboiled tardnoir crime, please check it out. You can get it for Kindle, Nook and in various formats at Smashwords.

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