Writing Update, Spring 2023

The Atlanta-area premiere of Moonlight Sonata, with Scissors, the short film by Chris Ethridge based on my story, was awesome! The film was very well received, and the audience laughed at the right places and gasped in horror at the right places. You can read my original short story in my collection, I Never Meant to Start a Murder Cult. Chris made several changes in adapting the story to film, including making the main character female instead of male, but all changes were made with my approval and they all worked out well.

It was such an honor for the film to be screened at the Renegade Film Festival on March 4, 2023! The film is still making the rounds in the film festival circuit, with several screenings in other states still to come. Here’s a photo from the red carpet:

L-R: artist Lynne Hansen, authors Bridgett Nelson and Jeff Strand, me, filmmaker Chris Ethridge

Also, I’m honored to announce that I will be an Attending Professional at DragonCon 2023 (August 31 to September 4) and I’ll be an Author Guest at Multiverse 2023 (October 20-22), both in Atlanta!

I’ve also had several publications since my last update:

The Werewolf and the Vampire Priest, a flash fiction story in the anthology Clarity from Queer Sci Fi

Ghost Child of the Creek, a poem in the horror anthology Georgia Gothic

Squatch and Behr: Not a Love Story, a homoerotic crime fiction tale in Pink Triangle Rhapsody, an anthology of pulp fiction by gay writers (this was especially cool since I was on the same Table of Contents as David Gerrold, one of my literary heroes!)

Selfie in the courtyard of Cool Beans Coffee Roasters on Marietta Square, during the Renegade Film Festival, March 4, 2023. Behind me is the Kennesaw House, one of the most haunted buildings in all of Georgia.

Moonlight Sonata, with Scissors

Tickets are now on sale for the Atlanta area premiere! Moonlight Sonata, with Scissors will be shown at the Renegade Film Festival, March 3-4, 2023, in the “Southern Discomfort” block of short films, Saturday, March 4, at 7:00 pm. You can buy a ticket to that block or for the whole festival. It’s at the Strand Theatre on Marietta Square, north of Atlanta. Join us! Here’s the link to buy tickets: 
https://earlsmithstrand.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F3m000014iNqrEAE

Coming soon to a film festival or horror convention near you: Moonlight Sonata, with Scissors, a short film based on my story from “I Never Meant to Start a Murder Cult and Other Stories.” I’m now in IMDb, thanks to filmmaker Chris Ethridge and producer Dayna Noffke! (And featuring Jeff Strand as Dead Body Under a Tarp in Back of the Truck!) Click here to read the IMDb entry!

Murder Cult! Now on Mastodon and Tumblr

Here’s a pic of Leonidas the Cat with my short story collection, “I Never Meant to Start a Murder Cult,” available on Kindle Unlimited and in paperback from Amazon. Graverobbers, vengeful ghosts, reluctant killers, dead bodies in trunks, and monstrous entities abound! Check it out! Perfect for holiday gift-giving!

Also, I now have author pages on Mastodon and Tumblr. I’m new to both sites. I followed Neil Gaiman, George Takei, and my friend and fellow writer Jessica Nettles to Mastodon, and so far I’m really loving it. Here’s an open invite to join Mastodon (if you join through this link, you’ll automatically follow me), or if you want to go directly to my page on Mastodon, here’s the direct link: https://mastodon.social/@DZGrizzle

To join me on Tumblr, here’s the link: https://www.tumblr.com/dzgrizzle
My focus on Tumblr will be promoting other writers, as well as posting about my own writing, folk horror, Gothic literature, dark academia, queer academia, and mysticism.

See you on the interwebs!

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!


The Curse of the Spider

UPDATE: My story did not win the contest, but it was an honor to be a finalist. You can read my story “The Curse of the Spider” here, in the Facebook group Con-Tinual: The Con That Never Ends.

Original post: I’m very proud to be a finalist in the August flash fiction contest. If you are a Patreon supporter of Crystal Lake Publishing, you can read my story “The Curse of the Spider” and vote on it this month! Here’s the Patreon link: https://www.patreon.com/CLP/posts

Looking Ahead to 2021

The big news for me as a writer: I sold the film rights to one of my short stories, and it will be made into a short film in 2021 by an indie filmmaker whose work I love. The story is “Moonlight Sonata, With Scissors,” and you can find it in my chapbook, I Never Meant to Start a Murder Cult and Other Stories. The filmmaker is Chris Ethridge, whose previous features include Attack of the Morningside Monster (which has long been my all-time favorite indie horror film) and the more recent Haven’s End, starring Catherine Taber. The plan is for the film to travel the film festival and horror con circuit, hopefully winning awards along the way. Filming and production will begin soon, and I’ll post details as they become available.

Leonidas the Cat is also a fan of Chris Ethridge’s movies

Other Highlights of 2020:

My creepy graveyard story “Under the Blood” was favorably reviewed by Anthony R. Cardno. You can read the review here. 12 year old me, who worshipped Ray Bradbury, would be very happy to read that my story feels “reminiscent of Bradbury.” You can read the story in Skelos 4: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy, where I’m proud to share a Table of Contents with several of my writer friends: Amanda DeWees, Charles R. Rutledge, Cliff Biggers, Milton Davis, Dacre Stoker, Anthony Taylor, and Cynthia Ward.

My flash-fiction story “What My Family Should Know in the Event of My Demise” was adapted into audio form for the Planet Raconteur podcast in March 2020.

Looking ahead to 2021, I have several other story projects in the works, including a possible collaboration with another author on an action-thriller novella. And I will continue working on the thriller/mystery novel I started in late 2019, a project that ground to a halt when the Covid-19 crisis hit. For updates, follow me on my Facebook author page, on Twitter, on Goodreads, and on Instagram.

Best wishes for a safe and healthy New Year!