DragonCon Programming Schedule

I’ll be a Programming Guest at  DragonCon (Atlanta, GA) Sept 1-5, 2016. Please feel free to stop by and chat. Better yet, bring your books for signing AND chat! 

Here’s my current programming schedule:

Murder, Mystery, and Monsters
Combining the elements of mystery and crime fiction with the imagery of horror.
Fri 11:30 am Location: Peachtree 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

Frayed Ends of Sanity: Asylums in Horror
An exploration of the role of sanitariums in horror.
Sat 05:30 pm Location: Chastain I – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

Genre-Bending–Making it Work for You
Great ideas sometimes splatter across genre divisions. How can it work to your benefit? How can you turn that great idea into a great novel?
Sun 05:30 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Short Shocks to the System
The art of crafting unforgettable short horror fiction.
Sun 08:30 pm Location: Chastain I – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

The Writing Process
We know writers write. But how do they write? What process do they follow to generate the wonderful stories we love to read? 
Sun 10:00 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Influences of Myth and Legend on Today’s Fantasy
How to use myths and legends to enrich your fiction.

Mon 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

SHERLOCK HOLMES: My Roc-Con Guest of Honor Talk

I’ll be Writer Guest of Honor at ROC-CON (Rochester, NY) Sept 9-11, 2016.

My talk is currently scheduled for 2 pm.



Lois H. Gresh, author of three forthcoming SHERLOCK HOLMES novels, discusses why we can’t get enough of Holmes, Watson, Moriarty, Mycroft, and Mrs. Hudson. Is our current obsession with Holmes due to Benedict Cumberbatch? Or is it something else? Lois’ SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS will be available in April, 2017, from Titan Books, England’s premier publisher of all things Holmes, with Random House distribution in the USA.

BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR: Honorable Mentions

Thanks to Ellen Datlow for choosing two of my stories for Honorable Mentions in BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR (Volume 8, 2015):

  • Lois H. Gresh, Werewolf Root Canal, MARK OF THE BEAST (ed., Scott David Aniolowski)
  • Lois H. Gresh, Of Queens and Pawns, THAT IS NOT DEAD (ed., Darrell Schweitzer)

To sample my short fiction, grab a copy of CULT OF THE DEAD.

“Gresh’s elegant and mellifluous prose, the imaginative power of her weird conceptions, and her skill in leading the reader step by step to a terrifying denouement make every one of her tales a well-crafted jewel of weird fiction.”
— S.T. Joshi

(CULT OF THE DEAD, Hippocampus Press, July 2015)
Available at Amazon.

INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES: Best Horror of the Year



INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES – now available as a $5.49 e-book!

Three stories are in top BEST OF THE YEAR 2015 anthologies:

  • –Steve Rasnic Tem’s excellent INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES story, Beneath the Pilings, THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR 2015 (editor, Ellen Datlow)
  • –John Shirley’s excellent INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES story, Windows Underwater, THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY & HORROR (editor, Paula Guran)
  • –Tim Lebbon’s excellent INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES story, Strange Currents, YEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION 2015 (editors, Michael Kelly & Simon Strantzas)

Six stories received Honorable Mentions in THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR 2015 (editor, Ellen Datlow)



I’ll be at three conventions in September.  Please stop by, chat, and get your books signed!

As soon as I have my schedules, I’ll post them on my website and blog.

DragonCon is always trippy, with 65,000 people or so attending. It’s one of my favorites. I love the costumes, shows, parade, masquerade, music, and panels: i.e., everything

Alicia Lurye always does a fabulous job at organizing and running Roc-Con, which attracts 3-5,000 people. Last year, I got to hang out with Brent Spiner: Data from TNG! This year, Alicia’s bringing in Lou Ferrigno, The Incredible Hulk. I hung out with him once before, way back in 2000 at the Grand Slam Star Trek Convention in CA. Returning again this year is J.G. Hertzler, General Martok from DS9 – he’s a GREAT guy & loads of fun! 

This will be my first time as a Programming Guest at BoucherCon World Mystery Convention. Heather Graham, who is SUPER, is bringing in Harlan Coben, R.L. Stine, and David Morell, among others. 

PHOTOS & FUN STUFF! Click here to read all the dirt about me and see some cool photos.

Malice Domestic – this weekend!

I’ll be at MALICE DOMESTIC (Bethesda, MD) this weekend. My panel is SHERLOCK LIVES! (Sunday, May 1, 10-11 am) with John Betancourt (moderator), Lois H. Gresh, Laurie R. King, Bonnie MacBird, and Michael Robertson. I’m psyched to be on a Holmes panel with Laurie R. King – wow! We also have a signing on Sunday at 11 am, directly following the panel.


X-FilescoverI’m thrilled to have a story in THE X-FILES: SECRET AGENDAS, edited by Jonathan Maberry and slated for 2016 publication by IDW.

Included are all-new X-FILES stories by Andy Mangels, Bryan Thomas Schmidtt & Kate Corcino, George Ivanoff, Jade Shamess, Jeff Mariotte & Marsheila Rockwell, Jim Beard, Joe Harris, JT Gilstrap, Lauren A. Forry, Lois H. Gresh, Lucy A. Snyder, Nancy Holder, Ryan Cady, Weston Ochse, and Yvonne Navarro.

Many thanks to Jonathan!

INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES: $5.49! FOUR stories reprinted in top BEST OF THE YEAR 2015 anthologies!

IN_front_smINNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES (Lois H. Gresh, editor) – now available as a $5.49 e-book!

FOUR stories are reprinted in top BEST OF THE YEAR 2015 anthologies:

  • Steve Rasnic Tem’s excellent INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES story, Beneath the PilingsTHE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR 2015 (editor, Ellen Datlow)
  • John Shirley’s excellent INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES story, Windows UnderwaterTHE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY & HORROR 2015 (editor, Paula Guran)
  • Tim Lebbon’s excellent INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES story, Strange CurrentsYEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION 2015 (editors, Michael Kelly & Simon Strantzas)
  • Richard Gavin’s INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES story, The Barnacle Daughter, in BEST NEW HORROR 2015/#27 (editor, Steve Jones)

SIX stories received Honorable Mentions in THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR 2015 (editor, Ellen Datlow)

INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES is now available as a $5.49 e-book!


IN_front_smI’m delighted to report that Ellen Datlow has selected Steve Rasnic Tem’s excellent INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES story, Beneath the Pilings, for THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR 2015.

Congratulations to Steve for writing such a wonderful tale! Also, thanks to Ellen as well as Pete Crowther and his  crew at PS Publishing. Editor’s obligatory plug: INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES is a superb read. If you like weird fiction, pick up a copy here. 

THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR 2015 Table of Contents:

We Are All Monsters Here by Kelley Armstrong
Universal Horror by Stephen Graham Jones
Slaughtered Lamb by Tom Johnstone
In a Cavern, In a Canyon by Laird Barron
Between the Pilings by Steve Rasnic Tem
Snow by Dale Bailey
Indian Giver by Ray Cluley
My Boy Builds Coffins by Gary McMahon
The Woman in the Hill by Tamsyn Muir
Underground Economy by John Langan
The Rooms Are High by Reggie Oliver
All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck by Kate Jonez
Lord of the Sand by Stephen Bacon
Wilderness by Letitia Trent
Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma
Descent by Carmen Maria Machado
Hippocampus by Adam Nevill
Black Dog by Neil Gaiman
The 21st Century Shadow by Stephanie M. Wytovich
This Stagnant Breath of Change by Brian Hodge

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses / Beat Sheet

I reported in December 2015 that I’d turned in SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS to editor Steve Saffel at Titan Books. In manuscript form, the novel is 526 pages long and approximately 105,000 words.

sherlock_forweb3For the past month, I’ve been working on a detailed outline for the second novel in the series, SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ADVENTURE OF THE NEURAL PSYCHOSES. 

Commonly known as a BEAT SHEET, here’s the process:

Put each “event” (for convenience, I call them “scenes” though they sometimes span more than 1 actual scene) on an individual note card.

When done, put all note cards on my dining table. Arrange them until a fairly concrete and detailed outline emerges. This enables me to juggle the various points of view, scenes, and plot/mystery elements in a visual manner.

Directly from the cards, type what I call a “detailed running outline.” As I create this version in Word, I modify various elements, as needed. This phase takes awhile, as I want to hammer out as solid a foundation as I can before I actually start writing the novel.

Map word count onto my calendar. I put myself on a rigorous writing schedule, making sure I map at least 2000 words/day onto my calendar.

Stick to the calendar schedule. Try to get ahead of schedule! If I can pump out 3,000 or 5,000 words, it’s been an excellent writing day. But I’m happy with progress that keeps me on target to hit my deadlines.

I wrote SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS using this technique, and it worked very well. So I’m doing the same thing for SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ADVENTURE OF THE NEURAL PSYCHOSES.