All-New Historical Ghost Story for Halloween!

After appearing and reading at a book signing event at haunted Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, I penned an original, short ghost story for T. Fox Dunham, one of the event coordinators, for his podcast, What Are You Afraid Of? The podcast covers horror fiction and all things paranormal. In honor of Halloween, Fox and his partner Phil Thomas have been conducting broadcasts and shows from other haunted sites. Written in honor of their Gettysburg Ghost episode, “Out Of Devil’s Den,” tells a ghostly tale of one of Gettysburg’s most notorious and sinister locations. Fox did a wonderful reading of this, recorded for the program, marking the first ever public presentation of the story, which comes at right about 1:02:00 mark of the recording. The entire broadcast is well worth listening to with an in-depth interview with Gettysburg ghost expert and Licensed Battlefield Guide, Mark Nesbitt.

NEW RELEASE: Small-Town Lovecraftian Horror!

I’m pleased to announce the publication of Shadows Over Main Street 2, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward, which includes my story “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills.” In small-town Knicksport on the Long Island Sound, an iconic American author encounters a Lovecraftian reality, an experience that resonates in the life of a local painter.

 

You know this place. Seems normal enough. But you know better, don’t you? You’ve heard rumors of strange histories. You’ve seen hints of dark deeds. Turns out you can go home again, and the shadows will be waiting for you. Bram Stoker Award® nominated editors Doug Murano and D. Alexander Wardbring you the next installment of their best selling, critically acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian anthology series: Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2. Within these pages, you’ll discover: * America’s pastime awakening dark secrets buried deep within the earth. * Vietnam War heroes who glimpse something worse than war and return home to discover a new kind of hell waiting for them. * The music of a generation—of many generations—revealed as something older, hungrier and more insidious than a bad acid trip. * A war-widow who rediscovers love and passion… only to cultivate the world’s end. Featuring stories by: Joyce Carol OatesJoe R. LansdaleGary A. BraunbeckJohn F.D. TaffLucy A. Snyder, James Chambers, Erinn L. Kemper, Michael Wehunt, Suzanne Madron, William MeikleRonald MalfiDamien Angelica Walters, Max Booth III, C.W. LaSart, Eden Royce, Jay Wilburn, and Douglas Wynne. With a foreword by Laird Barron and stunning illustrations by Luke Spooner. Every turn you take leads back to Main Street. We’ve been waiting. Welcome home.

A Fear of Crossing Bridges

I’m happy to announce that my story, “Right of Crossing,” will soon be published in The Pulp Horror Book of Phobias, coming soon from Lycan Valley Press. In this anthology of horror stories, which includes pieces by Michael Bailey, Richard Chizmar, Chad Lutzke, and Tim Waggoner, each author wrote a pulp horror story inspired by a real-life phobia. My tale follows a cold-blooded but superstitious Norwegian hitman as he tries to escape from Brooklyn with the help of the Russian mafia. More info soon!

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.