One Year of Newsletters
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One Year of Newsletters
I launched my newsletter about a year ago when Anne Rice died. At the time, I was making loose plans on what to write about, but it wasn't fully formed. Then the news broke of her death, and I was compelled to write because she greatly influenced me over the years. I didn't exactly know where I was going with the newsletter, so I threw the best name I had on it at the time, and so "Into Horror History" was born. In the past year, I've written and published a new exploration of dark and strange every week without fail. It's been fun researching and writing about my interests.
My writing is balanced between the nonfiction of my newsletters and fiction. In fiction, I've only published one novella so far because I've been working on a novel, and those take a lot of time. I stopped tracking quite a while ago, but my best guess is that I've put somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000 or so hours. There's more to do, but it's one of my favorite things to work on.
A lot has happened in the past year or so. I started and finished writing an entire novel. I started, finished, and published a Christmas horror novella called Night of the Living Cake Monsters (that updated cover is now out!), and a friend of mine did a cosplay photoshoot of the main character from the novella. I published my first audiobook—the novella I just mentioned. Tae and I experimented around with film horror (and sometimes comedy, dark humor, and parodies that got me in trouble with Instagram). I moved 900 miles (almost 1,500 km) from Denver, Colorado, to Tucson, Arizona. I was interviewed for a magazine about ghosts that made it to shelves all over the place, like bookstores and even Target. Weird. I published the retelling of an immersive horror story I made for my friend Zarina, titled Absolution. I started and finished the second draft of my novel. And I started on the third draft of my novel. There's been a lot more, but those are some highlights. It's amazing looking back to find all that has happened in such a short time. This whole thing started because Tae told me I should write to get the stories out of my head and into the world.
During all of this, I've been surprised by just how many of you, dear readers, have found me. Each and every one of you means a lot to me. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in my writing journey.
- I'm in a documentary on YouTube about the Oklahoma Octopus. Fancy.🎩
- Next Week: A museum in New York with recorded ghost sightings from over one hundred years ago.