Thursday, September 11, 2014

Something Pretty Amazing Happened to Me this Week

Tony Gwynn passed away on June 16, 2014 (you can read my reflections about that here). He was only 54 years old.

Almost exactly seventeen years earlier, I attended the only Padres game I've even seen in San Diego. There were two players I really hoping to see that day--Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman--my two favorite players of all time. Neither of them ended up playing that day. Instead, Rickey Henderson filled in at RF for Tony Gwynn, and the Padres lost 8-4, meaning Trevor didn't get a chance at a save.  It was still an amazing experience though, and being at Qualcomm with all of those other Padres fans meant the world to me. I've lived in Connecticut and Massachusetts my whole life, and seeing a Padres fan in the wild out here is about as likely as seeing a unicorn.

That season, Tony Gwynn batted .372 and won his eighth batting title. Trevor Hoffman saved 37 games for a Padres team that finished last in the division. Four days after I saw the Padres play, Trevor Hoffman passed Rollie Fingers as the Padres all-time saves leader.

The following year, they would beat the Braves in the 1998 NLCS and go on to World Series. This will forever be the greatest sports moment of my life:

On August 30th of this year, Trevor Hoffman was inducted in the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame. He joined the likes of Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Jerry Coleman and others as someone who will forever be remembered as a Padre. And when 2016 rolls around, he'll be a first-ballot MLB Hall of Famer as well.

I happened to Tweet about Trevor being inducted into the Padres hall of Fame:

And then a few days later, this happened:

And then after a couple emails, this happened today:

Now, the picture is mine from my last trip to SD, but those two baseballs there--they're signed by Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman. The two greatest San Diego Padres of all time, and my two favorite players of all time. Those arrived in the mail today.

I want to thank Major League Baseball, Pepsi (who sponsored the giveaway) and especially Mike Gendreau of Genesco Sports Enterprises who, after hearing how much of a Padres fan I was, sent along that Tony Gwynn ball in addition to the Trevor Hoffman one. I cannot begin to tell you what that means to me, especially with Tony passing away earlier this year.

Thank you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

See Brian Write--Episode #21: Joe Caramagna and D&D

In the twenty-first episode of See Brian Write, my good friend Joe Caramagna joins me to to discuss writing comics and fiction. Joe's collection of horror stories Halloween Double Feature has just been re-released, and you can get it here.

In the Writer's Toolbox I talk about using the character rules of Dungeons & Dragons to create interesting characters for your fiction.

You can listen to the entire episode right here in the player below, or head over to to download the MP3. You can also subscribe to the podcast with these feeds:


iTunes: itpc://

Pen and Muse Dark Carnival

Pen and Muse Haunted House Writer and Illustrator Showcase

Joe Caramagna

Halloween Double Feature

Further Travels of Wyatt Earp

Writer's Toolbox
Dungeons and Dragons Basic Rules (Free Download)

NOTE: If you are a writer and want to be on the podcast, either email me (, or DM me on twitter: I am now scheduling new interviews!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MO STACHE is Back!

The final chapter of the amazing saga that is Mo Stache begins today! Entitled "Hair on Earth,” the chapter opens with Jill fighting to keep her humanity  a citywide alien invasion.

I don’t want to spoil any more in case you haven’t had a chance to catch up. And for those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, Mo Stache is the story of Dave Reynolds, a regular guy who wakes up one morning with an alien mustache living on his face.

His girlfriend Jill and his boss AJ both get sucked into the craziness that becomes Dave’s life. And when I say craziness, I mean things like mustachioed robots and ordinary people turning into Sasquatch-like, mind controlled monsters.

If any of that sounds interesting to you, that you’ll be happy to know that you can read every single page of Mo Stache absolutely free over on (Click HERE if you want to go to the first page and not have anything spoiled). We put up a new page every other Wednesday, and we’ve now started an Instagram account (, where artist John Cordis will be posting old sketches, works in progress, and other cool stuff.

Stay tuned!

Oh yeah--and go catch up on Mo!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Get Ready to be Haunted!

Last year I had the distinct pleasure of participating in a great event through the awesome Pen & Muse blog. It was called The Dark Carnival, a month’s worth of short stories and artwork created around a carnival theme.

My story was called Exposure, and it featured an old time photo booth and four friends who get a lot more than their picture taken when they put on some old costumes. You can still read Exposure, as well as see all of the other stories and artwork over on the Pen & Muse Dark Carnival page.

I’m bringing this up again because I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be participating in this year’s event over at Pen & Muse, the The Haunted House Writer and Illustrator Showcase. Like The Dark Carnival, this event will feature a month’s worth of short horror stories and illustrations involving haunted houses.

I just submitted my short story this past weekend. It’s called Love’s Grove, and it’s a tale of a little place in northern Vermont where true love is held in high regard, and anything less can be downright deadly.

Stories and illustrations will be going up throughout the month of October, so I'll let you know when you can check out Love's Grove. There's people a lot more talented than me who will be participating as well, so you should just bookmark the page and get ready for a month's worth of creepy goodness.

Oh! I almost forgot--if you enjoyed the Dark Carnival event, most of the stories and illustrations are being collected in an digital anthology that will be releasing in October as well. If you're a Goodreads user, you can add the book now.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Connecticut Horror Fest Was Amazing

I can't really think of a better way to spend a Saturday than hanging out with hundreds of horror fans. That's what I got to do at the first annual Connecticut Horror Fest yesterday in Waterbury, CT, and I'm already looking forward to next year.

This was actually the first time I had set up at a horror show to sell books, as most of the shows I go to are comics shows for the Secret Identity podcast. I was hopeful that my books would sell decently at a show for their intended audience, and I'm happy to say I was right. By the end of the day, I'd covered the cost of my table and then some. That aspect of the show was very validating for me, and it's hard to describe how great it feels to have someone be genuinely excited about reading something you wrote. It's a pretty amazing feeling.

But the real joy for me yesterday was meeting fellow horror fans and talking about the genre we love all day long. I met a bunch of Lovecraft fans, and we talked about everything from his legacy in horror to the idea that he may have been a time traveler (seriously, how did he come up with those cosmic ideas a hundred years ago?). I also met several Chambers fans who were well versed in the King in Yellow, which I could talk about for hours on end. And of course, almost every conversation I had with a congoer involved a list of our favorite movies, franchises, authors, etc.

Anyone who knows me also knows I'm a diehard heavy metal fan, and there's a lot of crossover between horror and metal, so many great conversations about music were had as well.

In fact, I talked more during that show yesterday than I do at most three-day shows. This morning I can hardly speak, and it's a great reminder of just how many awesome people I talked to yesterday.

I want to thank each and every person who came by the table yesterday, whether you bought a book, or just stopped by to chat with a fellow horror fan. I am immensely grateful to those who did by books--it means the world to me that you'd spend some of your hard-earned money on something I made.

And last but not least, I want to thank Christine, Rob, Larry, Stephanie and all of the crew at the Horror News Network for putting on a fantastic show. Everyone I saw had a great time, and I had an absolute blast. I'll be there again next year for sure.

P.S. Special shout out to my con neighbor Jenn, who took the goofy picture of me above.