Chipping Off the Old Block

The annual Shotgun Honey anthology is out in paperback and Kindle, featuring my short story “Chipping Off the Old Block.” Check it out for a hefty dose of good old-fashioned mayhem and murder; stick around for 24 other great crime-fiction stories.

Over on Dice News, my story about the recent Yahoo layoffs (CEO Marissa Mayer made the mistake of referring to them as a “remix”) was picked up by Business Insider and BoingBoing; the latter piece, by Cory Doctorow, rather picturesquely refers to corporations as “immortal, transhuman artificial life-forms and humans are their gut flora.” Never a dull moment around here, kids.


In this quarter’s North American Review: “Sandhogs,” a poem about life underground; in an accompanying blog post on the NAR’s Website, I talk about the poem’s background (with illustrations by Anthony Tremmaglia).

And over at Dice News: What it took for SFX experts to animate Chappie, the eponymous robot of Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi film (spoiler alert: a lot of processing power).

A Brief Update

‘allo, droogs: It’s been awhile.

In the winter issue of The Adirondack Review: my poem, “Elvis Presley Retires.” Over at Cleaver Magazine, there’s also my short (short) story, “Little Orestes.” Revenge, rebirth, murder, and similarly lighthearted stuff.

On Dice News: articles questioning whether the shortage in tech professionals really exists; what your car will look like in 2030 or thereabouts; and a bit about Obama’s immigration overhaul.

More soon, I promise.

Sales! Flappy Birds! Tsunamis!

Flappy Bird

In Cleaver Magazine, a new piece of flash fiction: “The Great Wave Carries You Forward.” Death, reincarnation, Hokusai woodcuts.

This week only: my latest collection of short stories, Afterworld, is on sale. (Which means: post-apocalyptic adventure and zombie comedy for a low, low price.)

On Slashdot: more Bitcoin “bank robberies,” Facebook just bought a drone-manufacturing firm, tips on not becoming a Glasshole, and the enduring mystery of Flappy Bird.

Afterworld (and Other Stories)


So we’re trying a little experiment: a Kindle e-book that collects several short stories into one convenient volume: Afterworld (and Other Stories). Featuring a couple pieces published in Carrier Pigeon and other venues that have never been released in a digital format. From the Amazon description:

A man fights for survival after a rising sea turns New York City into a watery wasteland. A teenage boy realizes he can start fires with his mind… and decides it’s time for a little payback. A French philosopher confronts a zombie invasion. And a washed-up writer saves his soul by building a bar in the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy. These characters (and many more) star in nine stories of revenge and redemption.

All yours for a mere $3.99.

Shotgun Pigeon Drone

Carrier Pigeon

Some new bits for your pre-holiday-reading pleasure:

In Shotgun Honey: “How Jules Left Prison,” a (short) short story about throwing a big middle finger to The Man.

In the latest issue of Carrier Pigeon (Vol. 3, Issue 3): “The White Whale,” a much longer story about redemption in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with illustrations by Rachel Burgess.

On Slashdot: Bank of America says this Bitcoin thing could be big; Amazon flying drones versus Google robots; and how Spotify’s royalty structure continues to royally hose most musicians.

5Pointz Bled White

5Pointz, the unofficial name for a decaying warehouse complex on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, once hosted a good deal of graffiti and spray-can art, much of it oversized and gorgeous, like so:


Yet despite its international reputation as a temple of street-art, 5Pointz also stood in the way of progress, if by “progress” you mean luxury condos without much local character but certainly a whole lot of amenities, and so its current landlord decided to send in a couple of crews to whitewash every wall, ahead of ripping down the whole thing in December:


Now artists are screaming on blogs and Twitter about how New York City is becoming a sterile shadow of its former self. And at moments like this, it’s hard to disagree.

Anyway, on Slashdot: an unfunny run-in with Her Majesty’s Secret Service; the continuing disaster that’s; and Elon Musk finally snaps over that whole Tesla-cars-catching-on-fire thing.

In The Washington Independent Review of Books: Jeff Bezos as e-commerce tyrant in Brad Stone’s “The Everything Store,” and a lightly fictionalized version of Google in Dave Eggers’ “The Circle.”