Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Last Blog Of The Year

Adios, 2011, you ball-breaking beeotch. And good riddance.

Ah. Feels good to get that out of my system.

This year has not been the best I've ever had. Most everybody who cares to know why already does, so there’s little need to belabor the point.

I’m planning on a better 2012. Healthier, happier and more productive. I have several writing projects lined up that I’m excited about.

I’m starting a new weekly column in a local paper. I’ll link to when the first one appears.

Two new books should be out in the new year, and a few short stories, if I get them finished.

I realize January 1 is just an arbitrary date, but I’m in need of a fresh start and new beginning. I plan to embrace it. I hope you do the same.

Enjoy the new year. Hold your loved ones close and tell them how much you care about them. Don’t put off your dreams for another minute.

Goodnight, world! Sweet dreams.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pod of Horror #66

Pod of Horror is back to wrap up 2011 and prepare for Mayan destruction in 2012.

On PoH #66, Cullen Bunn discusses his award-winning series The Sixth Gun and his new young adult horror novel Crooked Hills.

In Scary Words, we review the second series of Maelstrom books from Thunderstorm Books and Brian Keene.

We have a winner in The Tomb of Trivia. Nanci delivers all the news that fits, and we announce the return of a member of the PoH family.

Get it at iTunes or download it here. Pod of Horror is hosted and produced by Mark Justice. And visit our Facebook page.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Free E-Book. But Hurry!

Just got this from Graveside Tales:

First 100 people, who send their name and preferred digital format to will receive. Looking At The World With Broken Glass In My Eye by Mark Justice.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

This is just a quick note to wish you happiness during the holiday season, whatever your beliefs or non-beliefs.

As I've said here and elsewhere, I had a massive realignment of priorities this year. Life's everyday aggravations, once the source of quite a bit of agony, now seem very insignificant.

I hope you get to spend time with those who are most important to you. I know I will.

That's all, folks!

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Here’s a cool bit of news.

As a holiday gift to you, Permuted Press is offering the e-book of Dead Earth: The Green Dawn for free. You can download it for Kindle, Nook, iPad and iPhone and ePub. Here’s the link. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find our little book.

I had a great time writing this with Dave Wilbanks, and I’m happy it’s now available again to anyone who would like to read it.

By the way, look for the third book in the series, Dead Earth: Sanctuary, sometime in 2012 from Permuted Press. The manuscript has gone through the stringent Mark & Dave revision process and is in the hands of the editor.

Thanks to everyone who has picked up a copy of my collection Looking at the World With Broken Glass in My Eye. I appreciate the feedback.

Speaking of feedback, if you would leave a brief review at Amazon, I'd be grateful.

I still don’t have a firm release date for The Dead Sheriff, but Evileye Books assures me it will be sometime in Spring of 2012. Work proceeds on the sequel.

Friday, December 09, 2011

New Column At Horror World

My new Horror World column--titled "The Three Scariest Words"--is up now. You can read it here.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Here's a mini-episode leading into this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Slow Writing Week, Pulp Fiction, Balls

It's been a crazy week, with very little writing and little to report.

But wait! Donovan Pike and the City of the Gods has been updated at Pulp Nocturne. Go there now and read it.

This week has been heavy with wacky videos here at the ol' DOJ. That's partly because I have been updating the blog so infrequently and wanted to offer new content.

Also, I believe the world could use more wackiness. Or, hot chicks talking about how much they hate balls:

Thursday, December 01, 2011

25 Signs You Spend Too Much Time on the Internet

1. Whenever you find a penny or dollar bill, you hear that “Congratulations! You’ve won!” voice inside your head.

2. The prospect of any phone conversation provokes an unreasonable level of anxiety.

3. You just steal sh*t when you’re bored.

4. You know where your high school best friend’s former roommate’s gorgeous ex-girlfriend goes for the summers (Nantucket. Her cousin Becky is kind of terrible though, you can tell).

5. You find the concept of paying for pornography endearing.

6. You’ve had multiple conversations with friends speculating about the sexuality of someone you haven’t seen since you were six.

7. You’ve forgotten that watching TV on the TV used to be, like, a thing.

8. You have a legit panic attack when you can’t reconnect to your WiFi network.

9. You’ve seen all of “Felicity” despite never enjoying a single episode.

10. You hate Jeff Dunham way more than he even deserves.

11. Going to the movies counts as having a “break from technology”.

12. The phrase “follow me” does not even remotely invoke thoughts of physical movement.

13. You send emotionally complex, romantically tinged messages by “Like”-ing sh-- on Facebook.

14. You know far less about the Mayor of your city than you do about the Mayor of your local Panera Bread on FourSquare.

15. You think a beautiful sunset lighting up the New York skyline on a November evening just looks like a crappy desktop background.

16. You treat people who say they don’t have Facebook as if they have a horrible illness that you have to do your best to appear optimistic about.

17. You haven’t been on a date in months, but you do have a really messy, emotional “friends with benefits” situation going on in SecondLife.

18. The words “LiveJournal” or “Xanga” bring up far more nostalgia than any old home movie could.

19. Your reading responses for classes often just say: “TLDNR”.

20. You’ve gotten past the tenth page of comments on the YouTube video of that little British girl rapping with Nicki Minaj on Ellen.

21. You can name more celebrities with leaked nude photos than American presidents.

22. The last family argument you had was over Gchat.

23. You haven’t read a whole book in a year, but you have read the entire Wikipedia pages for “Sleep”, “Jon Voight”, and “Yo momma (maternal insult)” today.

24. Your day is completely made when you get a “what up my brother!!” tweet back from @mark_mcgrath from Sugar Ray.

25. You know what (insert 90s rapper/or one-hit wonder/Da Brat) is up to these days.