New essay on InkHeist

I wrote a number of articles and essays last year for the ULT promotional blitz, and only one of them didn’t find a home. It’s a brutally honest piece about my dealings with depression and relating it to my experience reading Kathe Koja’s brilliant-yet-unsettling novel THE CIPHER.

Fast forward to last week. Shane Douglas Keene (Shotgun Logic) and Rich Duncan (The Horror Bookshelf) joined forces recently to establish the new review site, InkHeist. Shane reached out and asked if I had anything to contribute, and as fate would have it, I did have something they could use…

My essay, Placing Your Hand into the Void, went live on InkHeist last Wednesday. Since then, it’s received a fair bit of attention (all of which, I’m pleased to note, has been positive). Kathe herself even read it, retweeting the article on Twitter, which pretty much made my week.

Here’s an excerpt:

Reading Koja’s book was a weird turning point for me on a personal level. I enjoyed the book, but I don’t think I can read it again. It was claustrophobic and frantic, revolving around two hopeless people who were caught in a debilitating relationship like two planets destined to collide and obliterate one another. In all honesty, I don’t think I should’ve read it while being depressed—but that’s part of the point I’m trying to get at here. I didn’t realize I was depressed until I read the book.

You can read the full article here.

Expect more news soon.