Tag: Short Stories

New Chapbook: “The Sniper” by Richard Chizmar

Hi Folks!

I thought we might try something a little different for the next Patreon Supporters exclusive chapbook.

A few years back, Richard Chizmar and I collaborated on Darkness Whispers, a novella that was published as a beautiful signed Limited Edition hardcover by Scarlet Galleon Publications and later as a trade paperback and eBook by JournalStone.

Here’s a little secret, though: Darkness Whispers is actually based on the very first short story Richard ever sold, way back in the 1980s, called “The Sniper.”

In early 2016, he was going through some old files in his office when he stumbled upon the original manuscript, as well as an acceptance letter and a contract — but a contributor copy was nowhere to be found, and he realized he had no memory of the story ever being published.

A comic adaptation of “The Sniper” had been included as a bonus item in Midnight Promises, his very first short story collection, but the prose version appeared to be unpublished after all these years.

Richard asked me if I would be interested in doing a rewrite and expansion of the story. I quickly agreed, and we traded it back and forth for a few weeks and came up with the novella that would become Darkness Whispers.

In this new chapbook I’m publishing exclusively for my Patreon Supporters, you will find Richard’s original draft of “The Sniper,” so you can experience the story as he originally intended it way back in the day.

All copies will be signed by both Richard and myself, and this reward will ship in December to all supporters who are on Level Two or above as of November 2019, so now is the perfect time to sign-up if you’re interested in what I’m doing over on Patreon!

New trade paperback of WEAK AND WOUNDED shipping now!

I’m really pleased to report there is a new revised and expanded trade paperback edition of Weak and Wounded, which has already shipped to Level Six and higher supporters on Patreon!

Orders can now be placed through Cemetery Dance Publications and they will have free US shipping and the books will be signed for a limited time only.

Orders via Amazon won’t be signed, but on the other hand Amazon can have a copy of the book with the amazing Vincent Chong cover artwork in your hands in two days or less, so that’s pretty tempting, eh?

As you might recall, this new edition of Weak and Wounded follows the revised and expanded edition of More Than Midnight. Between now and the end of the year, Dreamlike States and Lost and Lonely will also all receive the same treatment: revised, expanded, and with new Vincent Chong covers for their first appearance in trade paperback.

Here are my advance copies of all four trade paperbacks, so you can see what the complete “set” will look like once completed:

New Covers

Thank you again for all of your support!

New trade paperback of MORE THAN MIDNIGHT shipping now!

The new trade paperback edition of More Than Midnight is shipping to Level Six and higher supporters on Patreon this week, and orders through Cemetery Dance Publications are being fulfilled as well. Orders via Amazon won’t be signed, but on the other hand Amazon can also have a copy of the book with that amazing Vincent Chong cover artwork in your hands in two days or less, so that’s pretty tempting, eh?

More Than Midnight trade paperback

As you might recall, this is actually a newly revised and expanded edition of More Than Midnight. Between now and the end of the year, Weak and Wounded, Dreamlike States, and Lost and Lonely will all receive the same treatment: revised, expanded, and with new Vincent Chong covers for their first appearance in trade paperback.

Here are my advance copies of all four trade paperbacks, so you can see what the complete “set” will look like once completed:

New Covers

Thank you again for all of your support!

First Photos of PATREON STORIES: VOLUME ONE Lettered Edition!

Shipping early next month to qualifying Patreon supporters is the hand-bound Patreon Stories: Volume One Lettered Edition, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out! These are hand-bound in real leather and my binder used imported hand-marbled endpapers, etc, to take them to the next level. Here are some photos I took real quick yesterday:

Please visit my Patreon page to learn about the different rewards I’m publishing exclusively for my supporters. I’d love to see you there!

Thank you, as always, for your continuing support!

Newly Revised & Expanded Trade Paperback Edition of MORE THAN MIDNIGHT!

I’m very pleased to report the newly revised and expanded trade paperback edition of my collection MORE THAN MIDNIGHT is being announced today and will ship later this month. This new edition features creepy cover artwork by the awesome Vincent Chong, stories that weren’t in the original hardcover, and story notes as well — plus anyone who orders in the next week or so from Cemetery Dance Publications can get their copy signed for free!

Just a reminder: my Patreon supporters at Levels Six and Above as of the end of the day TODAY will automatically receive a signed copy of the book with their Patreon membership, so they don’t need to place an order.

Thank you again for all of your support!

Update on “An Unusual Proposition For a Mountain Man” Chapbook

Good news about the “An Unusual Proposition For a Mountain Man” chapbook I’m publishing next month for my supporters over on Patreon:

I’ve sent the final files to the printer, so I should have the actual chapbooks in about two weeks!

Because there were a few extra blank pages at the end, I included an “alternate ending” for the story. It’s a small change that is also kind of a big change in terms of how you might interpret the preceding events.

My first readers were torn over the possible endings, so I thought it would be fun to include both of them for your perusal. Future printings of the story will only have one ending, although I cannot say for sure yet which one since I have no clue which one I like better.

More news soon… Thank you again for all of your support!


New Chapbook: “An Unusual Proposition For a Mountain Man”

“An Unusual Proposition For a Mountain Man” is the second chapbook I’m printing exclusively for my Patreon supporters, and Glenn Chadbourne contributed five interior pieces of artwork to make the chapbook extra special. This reward will ship to all supporters who are on Level Two or above as of January 31, 2019, so now is the perfect time to sign-up if you’re interested in what I’m doing over on Patreon!

About the Chapbook:
When he heard the polite knock on the cabin’s wooden door, Buddy “Bud” Williams was certain another pretty face had arrived to represent the developer who wanted his land to build a neighborhood of godawful McMansions.

Bud was right on one of those counts, but very very wrong about the other. The person at his door came with a life-changing offer, but the life that would be changed the most was not Bud’s… it was his son’s life, probably the only person Bud actually cared about.

What will Bud do when it’s time to make the most important decision of his life, and what will the true consequences of that decision be?A


First Photos of PATREON STORIES: VOLUME ONE

Shipping later this month to qualifying supporters on Patreon will be an exclusive short story collection, Patreon Stories: Volume One, and here are my first photos of the signed trade paperback edition! I’ll post photos of the signed Limited Edition hardcover as soon as I have those, too.


Please visit my Patreon page to learn about the different rewards I’m publishing exclusively for my supporters. I’d love to see you there!

Thank you, as always, for your continuing support!

Read “A Mother’s Love” by Brian James Freeman Today!

A Mother's Love

This was one of the original stories I wrote just for Walking With Ghosts, but I also ended up sending it to Lilja for his Shining in the Dark anthology because I couldn’t say “no” to being part of that line-up and I had nothing else ready. The story has now been translated into 6 or 7 languages for other markets thanks to Lilja’s anthology, and seeing your name and story in another language never gets old (at least to me!).

“A Mother’s Love” can be read over on Patreon where readers can access more than a dozen of my stories immediately for a pledge of just $1 or more.

Please visit my Patreon page to learn about the different rewards I’m publishing exclusively for my supporters. I’d love to see you there!

Thank you, as always, for your continuing support!