Shadows Over Main Street 2

Artist Luke Spooner created this rich and evocative illustration for my story in the forthcoming anthology, Shadows Over Main Street 2. Much of my tale, “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills,” is grounded in research I did in my hometown, Northport, and mixes a fair bit of fact with its fiction regarding the time Jack Kerouac spent here in the 60s. I went out on a limb with this one narratively as well so it’s very close to my heart. Edited by D Alexander Ward and Doug Murano, Shadows should be published later this year.

Art by Luke Spooner for “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills,” forthcoming in Shadows Over Main Street 2.

“Little Sisters of the Hourglass” in The Awakened: Modern

Recently released by eSpec Books, The Awakened: Modern includes my short story “The Little Sisters of the Hourglass.” Set in the world of the Awakened role-playing game created by Hal Greenberg, the anthology includes a mix of modern fantasy stories influenced by super-hero themes. Published by eSpec Books.

Get Ready To Be Awakened…

The sudden appearance of a second moon in Earth’s sky awakens latent abilities in humanity…a link to a familiar, control of the elements, and so much more become possible as the second moon takes effect. What impact will this sudden change have on society? Only time will tell.

With stories by Drew Bittner, Ty Johnson, Torah Contrill, Walt Ciechanowski, James Chambers, Hal Greenberg and Kenneth Shannon III, Erik Scott de Bie, Jennifer Brozek, and Ed Greenwood

 

Horror at the Fort! September 16

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be appearing in person to read from my work and sign books at Horror at the Fort! This paranormal event at haunted Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia takes place on Saturday, September 16. I’ll be reading alongside Meghan Arcuri-Moran, John C. Foster, T. Fox Dunham, Peter Giglio, Shannon Giglio, and Phil Thomas. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be taking part in my first ever ghost hunt!

Come join your hosts from popular internet radio station Para-X as they bring you the first Philadelphia Ghost Fest at Fort Mifflin!

Walk old Fort Mifflin and explore its haunted history and meet & greet hosts of your favorite Paranormal podcasts. Hear stories from some of Philly’s top horror authors and even experience the ghosts of Fort Mifflin AT NIGHT! The Paranormal View will be broadcasting live and What are you Afraid Of? Podcast will be recording. Meet the hosts of The Shadows Radio, Dark Sun Rising, The Paranormal View, and What are you Afraid of? The Fest runs from 12pm to 2am.

More information is also available on the Facebook page.

 

Kolchak, Poe, and Bram Stoker!

The cover updated to feature the official Bram Stoker Award Winner badge!

The Bram Stoker Award for Graphic Novel, 2016

I promise a more detailed post when I catch up with myself, but I am thrilled to announce that my original graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Graphic Novel from the Horror Writers Association at the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards on April 29. Such recognition is an honor and a wonderful experience. I share this with the book’s outstanding creative team: Luis Czerniawski, Felipe Kroll, Jim Fern, Bernie Lee, E.M. Gist, and publisher Joe Gentile and Moonstone Books. Many thanks to all of you who have supported and read the book! (Click the image below for a larger pic.)

The HWA’s Silver Hammer!

It’s with great honor I announce that I will be this year’s recipient of the Horror Writers Association’s Silver Hammer Award! Many thanks to Lisa Morton and the board of the HWA.

From the HWA:

The Horror Writers Association announces James Chambers as the 2016 Silver Hammer Award recipient. Chambers will receive the award at StokerCon 2017 held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. “I enjoy the work I do for the HWA,” Chambers commented, “and I appreciate the opportunity to pitch in and help out the group and other writers.”

HWA presents the Silver Hammer Award in recognition of extraordinary volunteerism by a member who dedicates valuable time and effort to the organization. The award is determined by HWA’s Board of Trustees. Chambers has a long history of offering his time, services, and industry expertise to the international writers’ organization. He committed a tremendous amount of time to HWA in 2016, then took on a further role as co-chair of 2018 StokerCon. HWA President, Lisa Morton, stated: “I just can’t imagine the HWA without him.”

For the full press release, click here!

Kolchak Nominated for Bram Stoker Award!

Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe recently made the final ballot for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel! I’m thrilled to see the book continue to receive such a great response. Feedback from readers has been terrifically positive, and this is a wonderful bit of recognition. Congratulations to our entire creative team: Luis Czerniawski, Felipe Kroll, Jim Fern, Erik M. Gist, and Bernie Lee as well as Moonstone Books! If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the comic, it’s still available directly from Moonstone Books as well as Midtown Comics. You can also see previews and news at our Facebook page. We’ve gotten a tremendous amount of support and interest from fans of Kolchak, fans of Poe, and readers in general, for which we are eternally grateful. It’s great to know these two icons of American horror still have so many fans.

“Father of War” Returns in Dogs of War

DTF_Dogs_rawOriginally published by Dark Quest Books, Defending the Future, Volume 5: Dogs of War has bee re-issued by eSpec Books. This volume includes my story, “Father of War,” about a scientist taken prisoner, and the cybernetically enhanced dogs he created who attempt to rescue him. Researching military working dogs (MWDs) proved fascinating. The ability of these dogs amazed me as much as their connection to their handlers. These brave canines have saved many lives in battle over the years, though they haven’t always been treated with the respect and appreciation they earned. That situation has improved significantly in recent times, but there’s still a ways to go. This collection honors their efforts and those of their trainers and handlers. “Father of War” is the most emotionally taxing story I’ve written for DTF–but there’s a fair amount of fun to it as well, especially for those who enjoyed 1970s war comics and the artists and writers who created them. More info and the full table of contents is posted on eSpec’s website. Amazon has the book for sale in print and e-book.

“Mother of Peace” Reprinted in The Best of Defending the Future

Defending The Future is a long-running, award-winning series of military/science fiction, comprised of six volumes. I’ve been fortunate to have contributed stories to all but one volume, with special thanks to series editors Mike McPhail and Danielle Ackley-McPhail whose confidence in me allowed me the opportunity to take a crack at writing this kind of s/f. It’s a challenging genre to write, demanding of meticulous research, and I’ve turned in at least one or two “weird” stories along the way when ideas led me to strange places. Mike and Dani accepted them along with the more conventional ones, much to my great excitement. Editors aren’t always able to allow their writers that kind of freedom. For authors, it’s invaluable because it opens up opportunities to flex different writing muscles, explore new ideas, and play with genre conventions.

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I’ve seen plenty of sci-fi movies that fit into this genre, with Aliens, Enemy Mine, and Starship Troopers springing to mind. But my inspiration for writing these stories lay firmly with the works of Joe Haldeman, Robert Heinlein, Larry Niven, Fred Saberhagen, and the other s/f masters I read growing up, with perhaps a dash of DC Comics’ Weird War Tales thrown in (especially for my contribution to Dogs of War). So it strikes me as a great honor that my story, “Mother of Peace,” originally published in DFT3: By Other Means has been selected for the recently published The Best of Defending the Future. The stories, chosen based on reader reaction and requests, individual reviews, and editorial judgement include a fantastic cross-section from the series and work by some of the best military/sf writers working today. More information and the full list of table of contents can be found here. The Best of Defending the Future is also available on Amazon.

“The Many Hands Inside the Mountain,” in Dark Hallows II: Tales from the Witching Hour

Earlier this year, Mark Parker, publisher at Scarlet Galleon Publications, kindly asked me to send him a story to consider for his Dark Hallows II anthology, a follow-up collection of dark Halloween stories to last year’s Dark Hallows. After mulling it over for a few days, I sent Mark a quick pitch for a story about sex, betrayal, and horror inspired in part by the classic E.C. Comics horror stories and then set out to write it, finding in it some grim and twisted turns I hadn’t even anticipated. It’s a trip into a weird, Halloween-inflected world, a story about a love triangle, about ritual and riches, love and betrayal, the conflict between rich and poor, and the sacrifices people make (or force others to) to preserve their way of life. It’s called “The Many Hands Inside in the Mountain,” and you can read it in Dark Hallows II, along with tales from Lisa Morton, Richard Chizmar, Ronald Malfi, Annie Neugebauer, Brian Moreland, and many other terrific writers. Now on sale at Amazon.com.

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