DragonCon 2022!

I’m excited to be an Attending Professional at DragonCon, September 1-5 in Atlanta! I’m on 8 panels and events this year, on the Horror Track, the Urban Fantasy Track, and the Writers Track. Here’s where I’ll be:

Thursday 7:00 pm, Westin Peachtree 1-2 (Horror Track)
Gothic Literature: Ruin and Evil
An examination of Gothic themes in literature and how they continue to inform modern writers.
Gail Z. Martin (Moderator), Beth Dolgner, Leanna Renee Hieber, Tony Sarrecchia, Darrell Z. Grizzle

Friday 1:00 pm, Westin Peachtree 1-2 (Horror Track)
Foundations of Fear: Building Haunted Houses in Fiction
A roundtable of authors discuss making the haunted house archetype relevant for modern readers.
Gail Z. Martin (M), Leanna Renee Hieber, Marie Whittaker, Hank Schwaeble, Darrell Z. Grizzle

Friday 7:00 pm, Westin Peachtree 1-2 (Horror Track)
Harvest of Dread: Conjuring Folk Horror in Fiction
Authors on incorporating themes of folk horror into fiction.
James R. Tuck (M), Gail Z. Martin, Jessica Nettles, D.J. Butler, Aaron Michael Ritchey, Darrell Z. Grizzle

Friday 10 pm, Westin Chastain 1-2 (Urban Fantasy)
Things That Go Bump in the Night (or Day): Ghosts & Spirits in Urban Fantasy
Ghosts in Urban Fantasy take many forms & have a variety of goals & purposes. Our panel will discuss those they employ in their work, as well as others they admire.|
Carol Malcolm (M), Delilah Dawson, Beth Dolgner, Leanna Renee Hieber, Stuart Jaffe, Darrell Z. Grizzle

Friday 10 pm, Westin Chastain 1-2 (Urban Fantasy)
Spooky Tales and Haunting Music
Our group of authors will each read a scary story, followed by a short concert of atmospheric music by Victorian Chamber Metal virtuosos, Valentine Wolfe.
Beth Dolgner, Leanna Renee Hieber, Valentine Wolfe, Darrell Z. Grizzle

Saturday 11:30 am, Westin Peachtree 1-2 (Horror Track)
Shattered Mirrors: Writing Human Monsters
It has been said that humans are the most dangerous animals of all. This panel will examine writing killers and other terrifying human evils.
Jessica Ann York (M), Jessica Nettles, Clay Gilbert, Delilah S. Dawson, D.J. Bodden, Darrell Z. Grizzle

Sunday 10:00 am, Westin Peachtree 1-2 (Horror Track)
Sinister Forces: Invoking Supernatural Horror
Authors discuss incorporating supernatural elements into horror fiction.
Darrell Z. Grizzle (M), Jessica Ann York, Bill Mulligan, Hank Schwaeble, Trisha J. Wooldridge

Sunday 2:30 pm, Hyatt Embassy EF (Writers Track)
Horror? Soft Horror? Things that make you jump out of your skin?!
Readers of horror vary in their tastes greatly. Some love a psychological tale while others look for the most blood-thirsty novels available. Where do you, as a writer, fit into this popular genre?
Nancy Knight (M), Gail Z. Martin, James R. Tuck, Erika Lance, David Boop, Darrell Z. Grizzle



A Community of Readers and Writers

I was truly honored when my friend Carmen Acevedo Butcher wrote about me recently in her blog. Carmen is an author, teacher, poet, and award-winning translator of spiritual texts. I fell in love with her dynamic translation of the Middle English classic The Cloud of Unknowing when it was first released back in 2009. Carmen wrote about our friendship in her blog post, Red Dirt, Rilke, & The Sidney Psalter:

“Thankful for these poets, I reflect. I also do not consider myself writing alone but in the company of others, readers and writers, present and past, connecting these diverse strands: Grizzle, Rilke, VanderHart.”

This is the first time I’ve ever been mentioned in the same sentence as the poet Rainer Maria Rilke! I’m grateful for my community of readers and writers, past and present, a literary “cloud of witnesses” that enrich my life as well as my writing efforts.

I’m looking forward to reading Practice of the Presence, Carmen’s upcoming translation of the classic text from 1692 by Brother Lawrence. You can pre-order it here.

DragonCon 2022

I’m very happy to announce that I will be an Attending Professional at DragonCon this year, September 1-5, 2022, in Atlanta! Look for me on the Horror and Urban Fantasy tracks!


Moderating a vampire panel (V-Wars authors) on the Horror Track, DragonCon 2018.
L-R: me, James Tuck, Dacre Stoker, Scott Sigler, Keith DeCandido, Larry Correia

From Nightmare to Story to Movie

My short story “Moonlight Sonata, With Scissors” is being made into a short film by award-winning filmmaker Chris Ethridge and producer Dayna Noffke (shown here, obviously up to no good). Filming starts next month, in December 2021! This story, which is about lucid dreaming, began as an actual lucid dream, a nightmare I had a few years ago. I originally sold the story to an anthology, “Death Dances in the Moonlight,” but the editor died and the anthology didn’t happen. You can read the story in my collection, “I Never Meant to Start a Murder Cult and Other Stories,” which features an awesome cover by James R. Tuck and a foreword by Jeff Strand in which he calls me a son of a bitch in my own book.

I’m looking forward to seeing my nightmare come to life on the movie screen!


Author Interview: Benji Carr

As a child growing up in the South with cerebral palsy, Benji Carr developed an eye for the bizarre and quirky, which provided all of the stories he told his friends and family with a bit of flavor. Working as a journalist, storyteller and playwright, his work – whether the stories be personal tales of struggle and survival or fiction about cannibal lunch ladies, puppet romances, drag queen funerals, and perverted killer circus clowns – has been featured in The Guardian, ArtsATL and Pembroke Magazine. Onstage, his pieces have been presented at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Alliance Theatre, and as part of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival in Manhattan. He lives in Atlanta and helps run the online literary magazine, Gutwrench Journal
IMPACTED is his first novel.

What’s new and exciting in your life as an author?

IMPACTED came out over the summer, and it’s been doing pretty well. I have a story called “Marthasville” coming out in the Georgia Gothic anthology this year. Blood Bound Books published my story “Nougat” after I performed it at KillerCon. 

What is your connection to the American South?

I grew up in Buford, and I live in Atlanta. I’m a UGA grad and a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society. And I’m a fan of the culture, its music and its literature. 

How has that connection to the South informed your work as a writer? 

I grew up around natural storytellers, the gossips and the smart alecks. In the South, the stories are all soaked in Baptist shame, which gives them a different, darker flavor. And there’s a touch of the wild in them. Even though I was a fairly dainty kid, I still have stories of running through kudzu, getting poison ivy, getting run over by a Big Wheel and accidentally burning my face on an electric fence. There are a million different layers in every story, from the tacky to the genteel.

What can we expect to see from you in the future? 

I’m trying to write another book for my publishers at The Story Plant.

Benji Carr is online at: benjicarr.com
https://linktr.ee/benjicarr
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56777668-impacted




Author Interview: Milton Davis


Milton Davis is an award winning Black Speculative fiction writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a publishing company specializing in Science Fiction and Fantasy based on African/African Diaspora history, culture, and traditions. Milton is the author of twenty-one novels and short story collections and editor/coeditor of ten anthologies. His short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines, most notably Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda, Obsidian Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora and Tales from the Magician’s Skull. Milton’s story ‘The Swarm’ was nominated for the 2017 British Science Fiction Association Award for Short Fiction, and his story Carnival was nominated for the 2020 British Science Fiction Association Award for Short Fiction.

What’s new and exciting in your life as an author?

Well, I released the sequel to my Ki Khanga story collection, Eda Blessed, titled Eda Blessed Two. I’m also about to drop the paperback version of Fallen, a sword and soul story collection that takes place in the world of Changa’s Safari.

What is your connection to the American South?

I’m born, raised and bred in the South. I was born in North Carolina, grew up in Columbus, GA and currently reside in the Metro Atlanta area. While I’ve traveled throughout the U.S., I’ve lived in the South my entire life.

How has that connection to the South informed your work as a writer? 

They say we Southerners are storytellers, so I guess I’ve inherited that by proximity. On a personal level, I’ve only recent begun to tap into my personal experiences as a Black person growing up in the South as a source of my imagination. Some say those are my best stories.

What can we expect to see from you in the future? 

Working on a number of novels right know. The ones closest to fruition is Destiny, a Cyberfunk novel set in my Utopia universe and The Curious Cases of Martha Perrywinkle, a Steamfunk novel from my Freedonia universe.

You can all my books via my publishing company MVmedia and anywhere books are sold. You can also read excerpts from my books at my vanity website, www.miltonjdavis.com






Author Interview: Bobby Nash

Bobby Nash is not a man of action, a detective, or a hero, but he loves writing about characters who are all those things and more. Bobby is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, screenplays, and more. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. When not writing or vegging in front of the TV, he tries his hand at acting and has appeared in several movies and TV shows, usually standing behind or next to your favorite actor. From time to time, he puts pen to paper and doodles, usually on envelopes. For more information on Bobby Nash and his work, please visit him at www.bobbynash.com, www.ben-books.com, and across social media.

What’s new and exciting in your life as an author?

2021 has been a busy year. Who knew how productive I could be by staying home? Freaky, huh? I’m a hybrid author, which means I write for publishers as well as publish my own books. That keeps me busy and have learned to juggle projects as a result. I also started publishing other writers this year through BEN Books as I’ve invited authors to be part of my Snow series with Snow Shorts. This has been a fun experiment for me and I’m thrilled with the stories that have come in so far from writers Gary Phillips, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Mark Bousquet, Brian K. Morris, and Charles F. Millhouse, and there are more on the way. There are more Snow Shorts on the way. My most recent releases are In The Wind – A Tom Myers Mystery (book 1) and stories appearing in the Occupied pulp anthology and Pulp Reality #2 magazine (featuring a Snow Short).

What is your connection to the American South?

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I have been told that I am a rare beast, someone born in Georgia who still lives here, though a little further outside of the city than I used to. I just turned 50 so it seems doubtful I will ever leave, although there are times that moving to a beachside community tempts me.

How has that connection to the South informed your work as a writer? 

There’s definitely a southern voice to my writing. It’s hard to escape it. I have set a few of my creator-owned books in the South, including creating my own fictional Sommersville County and the town, now city of the same name. Evil Ways, Deadly Games, the Snow series, and the Tom Myers series all have ties to Sommersville as characters live there, work there, or just pass through. The South is where I grew up so I feel a kinship with the place. That rich history, both positive and negative, impacts the stories I tell. There’s a lot of story potential in the South. Sommersville feels like a real place because it is, or at least the amalgamation of a few real places.

What can we expect to see from you in the future? 

There are several projects in the hands of publishers that will be released sooner or later. I don’t always know when, but there will be more Domino Lady stories from me, a Secret Agent X novel, a Lone Ranger story, more Snow, Evil Intent novel, and more Sheriff Tom Myers stories on the horizon. In fact, I plan to have Snow Down (Snow book 6) and Such A Night (Tom Myers book 2) out in September/October along with the Snow Series 1, Vol. 2 collection. Both are currently running as serialized releases on my Patreon page (www.patreon.com/bobbynash). I’m also working on Hunter Houston: Horror Hunter, a 4 book series coming soon from Falstaff Books. I still have one more of those to finish. There’s a horror novel and a pulp adventure also in the works. There’s other stuff in the pipeline as well. There’s always more ideas. I need to learn how to type faster. Oh, and I wrote two full cast audio dramas based on short stories of mine that will be released this year. The first will be “Midway” and the second is “Just Another Saturday on Outpost Nine.” I am so excited to hear what the cast does with them.


You can find me and my work all over the internet. Here are a few links: Bobby Nash author page at Amazon; www.bobbynash.com; www.ben-books.com; Facebook; Twitter; Goodreads.

Author Interview: Jordan Rothacker

What’s new and exciting in your life as an author?

Well, my most recent novel, The Death of the Cyborg Oracle, came out last November (2020) and this November the French translation will come out in France from Les éditions du 38. It is my first work in translation, and it is very exciting, especially with my love of French and French literature. Also, this December, an anthology I’ve edited will be released from Kernpunkt called The Celestial Bandit. It is a collection of tributes to a late 19th century French writer named Le Comte de Lautréamont. He was a brilliant, precocious weirdo who wrote two earthshaking books and then died mysteriously at twenty-four.

What is your connection to the American South?

I was born in New York, and I got to Georgia at age seven after four months in Spain and France (long story; memoir-type stuff), and even at that age there was some culture shock. I then lived in Atlanta until I was nineteen and went back to New York for my undergrad at Manhattanville College. So, I got here accidentally and wrestled with it and tried to make the best of it. I came with a real Northern snobbery. 1980s Atlanta was constantly trying to prove itself to the world. I tasted New Coke as a sample in Piedmont Park. This was the New South. But I have this distinct memory of being twelve in middle school and making a friend whose favorite book was Gone With the Wind. I asked him why and he said he liked the chivalry of the Old School. I was twelve in 1989 and guffawed. Those assholes owned slaves, I remember thinking. The most polite thing I could say was, “I’m not interested in any of that; the only good about the South is the Black South.” This is over twenty years before I’d teach Black Diaspora Literature at UGA. After high school I went back to New York for seven years, then came back to Georgia for a two-year MA in Religion at UGA, finished on time, and never left. It’s been eighteen years in Athens now.

How has that connection to the South informed your work as a writer? 

Well, living in a ragingly red state—until recently—but in blue enclaves like Atlanta and Athens has helped fuel the battle against political complacency I might have if I lived somewhere like Berkley or Burlington. Like anywhere, the South has given me a sense of place. And like Faulkner wrote of Mississippi, living here has helped me understand that we love not because of, but in spite of. When I think of Hawthorne or other early New England writers dealing with the shame and guilt of Native genocide as well as slavery, the South gave that to me: a more recent connection to the dark shame of America. In high school in the early 90s Flannery O’Connor and Southern Gothic was huge here. It still is it seems. So many hipsters naming their kids Flannery or Atticus these days. But to return to Faulkner, this is my home. It is the setting for three of my novels and several stories in my collection, Gristle.  I met my wife here. My children were born here. To me, the South, Georgia, Atlanta and Athens specifically, is home and a truly multi-cultural, international, globally-connected place.

What can we expect to see from you in the future? 

Next year will see the reissue, second edition of my first published novel, The Pit, and No Other Stories. It is my wife’s favorite of all of my books so I’m glad it will have a new second life. I’m also working on some plays and getting close to finally writing some screenplays. Maybe soon I will get to a sequel to The Death of the Cyborg Oracle. That world of Atlanta in 2220 has many more lives, stories, and mysteries to explore.

Visit Jordan Rothacker’s Amazon Author page here.