Christmas Cheer; Sweet, Weird, and Dark

Twenty-seventeen is almost gone. The bright days are behind us, the dark days in front of us. The time has come to huddle around the fireplace–or the Christmas tree, the Yule log, the Menorah, or, in extremis, a can of sterno–with a good book or ten and savor the darkness …

Free Fiction: The Open Source Woman

Every month, you will find a new free short story here for your reading pleasure–after which, it will diminish to a sample. For April 2017, I’m proud to present you with The Open Source Woman, the first in what may become a series of hardSF tales examining life in a …

Pick a Card Available in Audio!

The first of many new audio releases for me this year, last month’s Lombard Alchemist story Pick A Card is now available as an audiobook. On a trip to visit his ailing grandfather, 17-year-old Peter meets a magician who claims to know how to grant Peter’s dearest wish: to perform …

Free Fiction: Pick A Card

During the first week every month, you will find a new free short story here for your reading pleasure–after which, it will diminish to a sample. For March 2017, I’m proud to present you with Pick A Card, my newest Lombard Alchemist tale. Creepy, dark, and filled with macabre laughs …

Free Fiction: Funeral Hats

A Lombard Alchemist Tale J. Daniel Sawyer IT WAS ALISTON HAYES’S considered opinion that there were very few occasions that the right hat could not improve. Hats added a sense of festiveness to any occasion, even if the occasion was solemn. Once in high school someone had explained to her …

Free Fiction: The Shoes I Wore This Morning

During the first week every month, you will find a new free short story here for your reading pleasure–after which, it will diminish to a sample. For October 2016, I’m proud to present you with The Shoes I Wore This Morning, a truly horrific alternate history of the Victorian rubber …

Bundle Announcement: Not Only Humans

For a limited time, get one of my weirdest and chewiest mysteries along with eleven other forays into the realm where the human meets the inhuman in the Not Only Humans bundle at BundleRabbit. From galaxy-spanning alien cultures to the discovery of Bigfoot, these page-turning novels feature gripping stories where …

Released: The Empty House (Lombard Alchemist)

The Lombard Alchemist Tales is a series I’ve been working on for a few years now. Beginning with At The Edge of Nowhere, these stories center around a creepy pawnshop in a gambling town on the edge of a nuclear wasteland, and the artifacts it sells–all of which are more …

The Resurrection Junket

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m back in the game with a new book, and several more scheduled right after this (I’ve been writing a LOT over the last year. You can see the current release schedule here). This first book takes place in the Antithesis Universe, about a hundred years …

Antithesis Live!!!

So, the illustrious Chris Lester of The Metamor City Podcast has graciously invited me to piggyback on his novel’s launch party to do a full-cast reading of a brand new Antithesis short story, Colombian Dark. Join us from 8pm to 10pm in Parlor 1026 for the fun. Chris will do …