Upcoming Events & Other Things

Hey, folks. It’s been a while. I’m still active, mostly over at Patreon.

That said, I wanted to drop in and write a post with several events I have coming up this summer:

I think I’m forgetting one but I’m not sure. If so, I’ll update the post.

ANYWAY…

Hi. I’m still alive. Still unemployed and still freelancing. I’ve had a number of gigs since I posted last–mostly interior layout gigs, a couple of cover designs, and even a pair of actual art commissions–so I suppose Dullington Design Co. is doing okay. Not “quit your day job” money, but definitely “ease the stress” money.

Alongside all that, I’ve been working on Project Willoughby for Bloodshot books. Phase One is done, and I’m about halfway through Phase Two. Phase Three will be the longest, but I hope to have it completed by the end of the year.

I’ve had a few story acceptances–Vastarien, Tales from the Lake: Volume 6, and Hatchet Job–and I hope to hear back on some others later this month.

I expect to have news on DEVIL’S CREEK in the coming days. I’m excited. You should be too. That’s all I’m going to say at the moment.

And that’s all I’ve got for you right now. If you can make it to one of the events this summer, please do say hello!

Take care of yourselves, folks. See you later.

TK

 

Now on Patreon!

Yes, it’s true. I’m now on Patreon, offering a number of rewards in exchange for your support. I’ve accumulated a wealth of information over the last decade when it comes to indie publishing, book design, and writing horror, and I’m now offering it up on a monthly basis.

Why am I doing this? It’s really simple: Insurance. My severance runs out in mid-June, and my health benefits expire at the end of that month. Mine and Erica’s prescription costs are going to run about $500 a month without our prescription plan. Not to mention the cost of health coverage through the ACA. Yeah. That really sucks.

I’m going to try and bring in some extra cash by offering insight and consultation. $500 is my initial goal. If I can somehow pull in $4k a month (which is astronomically insane, but a guy can dream), I’ll be able to do this full time. That means more stories, more books, and peace of mind.

So if you’re a constant reader or fan, consider dropping $5 in the hat for regular insider access to my ongoing projects. And if you’re a writer or indie publisher, there’s a number of reward tiers which might interest you. Regardless of what you choose–even if it’s just to share the Patreon link–I’m grateful for your support.

Thanks for your time and support, folks.

TK

Dullington Design Co. Is Open For Business!

I’ll get to the point: I’m now offering book design services! You can read more about it here in this interview with Brian Kirk and I at InkHeist. Many thanks to Shane and Rich for hosting us!

You can get in touch here, and my portfolio is available here. Check ’em out.

Special thanks to Mr. Kirk for pushing me in this direction. I’ve been dabbling in design for years, but he gave me the confidence (and opportunity) to pursue it as a side-hustle as well. His excellent novel, WILL HAUNT YOU, is my professional debut as a designer. Same goes for his OBSIDEO marketing campaign. I had a blast with both, and I’m eager to work on new projects.

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My goal with this is to earn some extra cash and to help improve the quality of book designs in the indie publishing space. My rates are not set in stone; they are extremely flexible, and I will work within your budget.

So! Do you have a book in the works? Need someone to design the cover or the interior? Let’s talk.

I hope to hear from you soon!

TK

Unemployment Sale!

Well, it finally happened.

Last week, the Powers That Be over at the Smile Factory informed me that my job was being eliminated and that my employment would be terminated. I was with that company for twelve years, which was about seven years too long, and I’d been looking for alternative employment for a while. The layoff wasn’t entirely unexpected–I just anticipated it would happen a little later this year. So, the bad news is I’m unemployed for the first time since high school.

The good news is I’ve got approximately four months of paid time off to write and find another day job. And because I’m neurotic and like to plan ahead, I’m going to try and pay down some debt just in case I can’t find employment before the severance runs out.

So! That means I’m having an Unemployment Sale in the Precipice shop!

Did you miss out on a premium hardcover edition of The King in Yellow last year? Now’s your chance to order one! I’ll be taking orders all through March, and expect to fulfill them by late April. Want a signed copy of The Final Reconciliation or The Smile Factory? How about a paperback edition of Anthony Rapino’s Greetings from Moon Hill? Yep, they’re all in the shop, along with some leftover Moon Hill goodies from the Kickstarter campaign.

You can find the shop right here.

All sales are greatly appreciated, folks!

THANK YOU!

TK

A New Year, A New Partnership, A New Project

Hey, so, this last week was kind of crazy so I didn’t get a chance to post this news until now. On Monday, I signed a book deal with Bloodshot Books and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve known the publisher, Pete Kahle, for a few years now, going all the way back to 2014’s Widowmakers anthology, and he immediately came to mind when I started thinking about this project.

Right. The project. I can’t tell you what it is. Pete can’t tell you what it is, either. It’s a little something I’m calling PROJECT: WILLOUGHBY. This post is the last time I’m going to talk about it here until it’s done. It’s likely that when the project is done, you’ll have forgotten all about the project, as it’s not expected to be complete until 2020–but for now, I’m telling you it exists so you don’t think I’m not working on anything of substance. I am. It’s just going to take a while to finish.

So! That’s the big news. We can talk about it again in a year to 18 months. Until then, keep calm and carry on.

TK

P.S. Sharing this photo of me & Pete at Necon 2018 because it makes me laugh:

2018: Ash, Cinders, Flame.

Got a new face and it feels all right / Power and strength and appetite / I eat your loathing, hate and fear / Should probably stay away from here

I usually write a recap earlier in December but I was busy writing more important things, so this post comes a little late in the game. 2018 was…yeah, that was a year, wasn’t it? Or maybe it was ten years. Certainly feels like it lasted ten years.

I wrote a lot last year, folks. Finished Devil’s Creek, wrote a novelette, several short stories, a non-fiction piece. As I posted on FB last week:

2018 in numbers (approx.):

  • Fiction:Devil’s Creek (Parts 4&5): 76k
    The Smile Factory: 9k
    The Black-Eyed Boy: 2k
    So Delicious the Dreams of Man: 4.5k
    Tommy the Destructo-Bot: 7k
    Happy Pills: 4.5k
    We’ve All Gone to the Magic Show: 6k
  • Non-Fiction:
    They Grow in the Shadows: 4k
  • Submissions: 12
    Acceptances: 3
    Rejections: 7
    Pending: 2
  • Art:
    Commissions: 2
    Book Covers: 5
    Book Interiors: 2

Like I said, I wrote a lot, and some of it’s carrying over into 2019. I started working on something new, probably another novelette, that I intend to submit to Nightscape’s Charitable Chapbooks line. And I’ve got several solicitations to consider. On top of that, Italia will be shopping Devil’s Creek to publishers, and I suspect I’ll begin work on my next book at some point this year. I’ve also got something else to unveil in the coming months, but I’m waiting on some other pieces to fall into place first.

So. 2018 was busy. But as I also wrote on FB last week:

Also in 2018: chronic anxiety and depression, a twisted ankle, a bruised coccyx, gout flares, tendinitis, short term disability, and three funerals.

I’m not posting this to say “Yay me!” I’m posting it to say that if I can do it, so can you.

So I want you to get up, go to your window, and scream into the void, “I’m going to do this and you can’t fucking stop me.”

Because no one is going to do it for you.

And that’s really the long and short of it, friends. 2018 kicked my ass to the curb, but I kept crawling back for more because I’m a tenacious son of a bitch and a glutton for punishment. Maybe it’s the writer in me. Or the Keisling stubbornness. Maybe it’s a bit of both. Either way, I went to the brink last year. I looked down and took some time to think about things. It was terrifying and rejuvenating. I lost people last year. I lost myself. And somehow I found my way back in time to pick up where I’d left off.

Now it’s 2o19 and I’m ready to do it all again, a little wiser, a little older, with scars and sores and blood on my knuckles.

Last night I proclaimed my slogan for the year is “Write or Die.”

Time to put that into practice.

TK

Hey look what’s staring back at you / Caught reflecting in your eyes / I’m becoming something new / It’s getting hard to recognize

O Unholy Night in Deathlehem!

I’m proud to announce that my story “Black Friday” will be published for the first time in O Unholy Night in Deathlehem, a holiday-themed charity anthology published by Grinning Skull Press. All proceeds will be donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, so I urge you to consider picking this one up when it’s available.

“Black Friday” is my one and only zombie story, the first draft of which dates all the way back to 2007. I considered including it in ULT, but found the tone didn’t quite fit with the rest. It’s a long one, approximately 9k words, about a group of retail workers stranded in an office supply store during a zombie outbreak on the biggest shopping day of the year.

There’s no release date yet–I’ll update here once it’s announced.

More soon.

TK

Tales to Terrify #356!

I meant to post this sooner! My story “The Darkness Between Dead Stars” from ULT was produced in audio for last week’s episode of the Tales to Terrify podcast, alongside none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I must say it’s quite the honor. I’ve been listening to Tales to Terrify for a couple of years now, and they do excellent work. The narrator for Darkness, Drew Sebesteny, gives an amazing performance in his reading, and I encourage you all to check it out!

 

IT’S ALIVE!

I’ve finally been given the green light to announce this. My essay, “They Grow in the Shadows,” will appear in IT’S ALIVE: BRINGING YOUR NIGHTMARES TO LIFE, edited by Eugene Johnson and Joe Mynhardt, from Crystal Lake Publishing. The book is due out next month, and I can’t wait to see it in person. Oh, and some of the other announced authors for this book? Chuck Palahniuk. Michael Bailey. Lisa Mannetti F. Paul Wilson. Joe & Kasey Lansdale. Trust me, the full TOC is going to blow your mind.