"Pete Mesling's None So Deaf gave me a serious dose of the creeps. Herein lies an assemblage of horrors that, when it isn't reminding you of Bradbury at his grimmest, will have you double-checking the locks and turning on all the lights. Wonderful stuff indeed."—Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy, Kin, and Sour Candy

It feels like a long time ago that I published my first collection of short horror fiction, but dig this, good people of the web: it was only last January. Isn't that the way it is with momentous occurrences? They have a way of making time run a little fast, or a little slow.

Well, it was momentous to me, anyway. Years of toiling away at my craft had finally paid off. I was about to lunge past a significant milestone on the path to the evasive writing career that had been in my sights for years. It had taken me a little longer to catch that first lucky break (not counting my first sale) than it does for some, but t…

The Tree Mumblers

"The Tree Mumblers" represents its own kind of milestone for me. I first sold it to Mort Castle for Doorways Magazine, which he was editing at the time. Not only was he someone whose judgment and talent I had come to admire greatly, but my story ended up appearing in the same issue as a reprint of Clive Barker's "Midnight Meat Train.” It was a big deal for me, in other words.
Jump ahead a few years, and I was able to cajole Mort (not really; he’s un-cajole-able) into snatching up "The Tree Mumblers" a second time, now as a reprint to appear in his acclaimed anthology, All-American Horror of the 21st Century, the First Decade: 2000 - 2010. That anthology is currently enjoying a second printing and is slated for translation into Italian later this year.
To hear me reading "The Tree Mumblers," as well as All-American Horror selections from F. Paul Wilson and Norman Prentiss, give a listen to episode 22 of my Bare Knuckle Podcast.

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