All Things “Dark Faith”

As the promotional efforts for Dark Faith begin in earnest, Apex Book Company has been running a series of mini-interviews with some of the contributors called Dark Faith: DEVOTIONS. I’ve been loving the responses and want to collect the links to them here. And take a moment to appreciate how much my friends love and respect me…

[Here is the Dark Faith Blog]


Alethea Kontis – “The God of Last Moments”

Mary Robinette Kowal – “Ring Road”

D.T. Friedman – “Paint Box, Puzzle Box”

Wrath James White – “He Who Would Not Bow”

Tom Piccirilli – “Scrawl”

Jennifer Pelland – “Ghosts of New York”

Nick Mamatas – “The Last Words of Dutch Schultz Jesus Christ”

Ekaterina Sedia – “You Dream”

Lucy A. Snyder – “Miz Ruthie Pays Her Respects”

Linda D. Addison – “The Story of Non-Belief”

Rain Graves – “Lilith”

Richard Dansky – “The Mad Eyes of the King Heron”

Lavie Tidhar – “To the Jerusalem Crater”

Geoffrey Girard – “First Communions”

Kelli Dunlap – “Good Enough”

John C. Hay – “A Loss for Words”

Matt Cardin – “Chimeras & Grotesqueries”

Richard Wright – “Sandboys”

Chesya Burke – “The Unremembered”


Catherynne M. Valente – The Days of Flaming Motorcycles


SHORT STORY: “The Last Stand of the Ant Maker” by Paul Jessup

SHORT STORY: “City of Refuge” by Jerry Gordon

AUDIO FICTION: “City of Refuge” by Jerry Gordon (read by Maurice Broaddus)

DARK FAITH Roundtable: Gary A. Braunbeck, Jay Lake, Nick Mamatas, and Catherynne M. Valente

Related Posts

DARK FAITH: Introduction by Maurice Broaddus

Maurice Broaddus – The Big Idea

Flames Rising – Dark Faith Preview (including my introduction to Dark Faith) – Have a Little (Dark) Faith

Alethea Kontis – God of Last Moments

Kelli Owen – “Dark first, Faith second”

Jason Sizemore – “The Ups and Downs of an Anthology”

Matt Cardin – Narrative Frames and perceptive reviewers

To Breathe Underwater – Through Faith Darkly

Nick Mamatas – Kazzie Contemplates Secret Wisdom and Wise Secrets…

Adventures in Reading – Ghosts of New York and Other News

B&N Community – Give Me Something to Believe In: Spiritual Quests and the Search for Truth in SF and Fantasy


On my end, I have the unprecedented (in my career thus far) problem (and hopefully this will be a recurring “problem”) of promoting two projects at a time. Thus, the latest bouts of interviews (though King Maker was mentioned in Publishers Weekly all on its own):

Fantasy Magazine – Editing Dark Faith – Maurice Broaddus has ‘Dark Faith’

Random Musings – Interview with Maurice Broaddus

Innsmouth Free Press – Interview: Maurice Broaddus

Horrow Web – Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon

Omnivoracious – Jeff Vandermeer – King Maker Maurice Broaddus on the Anthology “Dark Faith”

The Occult Detective – Soul Searching with Maurice Broaddus

SCN Book Review: Dark Faith anthology

Publishing Dark Faith: An Interview With Jason Sizemore


The Dead Robot Society’s Podcast – Episode 132 – A Discussion of Dark Faith

The Funky Werepig:  Mo*Con V live!


B&N Community – Give me Something to Believe In:  Spiritual Quests and the Search for Truth in SF and Fantasy

Shroud Magazine

Publisher’s Weekly

Suvudu – Looking at the Shadow Side of Belief with “Dark Faith”


Horror Web

Black Static

Innsmouth Free Press – Dark Faith

365 Short Stories – Dark Faith

Wings Lifting Wide – Review:  Dark Faith Customer reviews

Book Rec- Dark Faith

SFRevu – Dark Faith

Black Gate – Short Fiction Review # 28: Dark Faith

Eyesore Times – PDS Friday:  New York, New Psalm

Postule Oozings – Dark Faith

Stem Shots – Apex Publications Brings the Goods

Dylan Fox – Review of Dark Faith

Horror Fiction Review

TJ McIntyre – July Book Reviews

Horror World

I Have An Opinion On Almost Everything

Critical Mick – Insert Clever Faith-Related Title Here

Choat Road

Booklist:  What questions would you ask Jesus if he returned on the eve of an apocalypse and granted every surviving human a personal audience? If a Zen Buddhist were consigned to Hell, would he suffer the torments of the damned or remain blissfully serene? These are some of the questions explored in this distinctive collection focusing on philosophical conundrums presented by religious faith. Thirty-one tales and poems from some of the horror genre’s most talented writers cover quite a spectrum of inquiry. Jennifer Pelland’s “Ghosts of New York” finds the World Trade Center jumpers on 9/11 endlessly reliving their terrifying plummets to earth. An autistic girl who becomes miraculously lucid in Chesya Burke’s “The Unremembered” spurns the priest who mistakes her miracle for a Christian one. A saintly boy found murdered in Ekatarina Sedia’s “You Dream” haunts a woman’s nightmares. While the overall quality is mixed, and the selections lean heavily on shock value rather than subtlety, there are enough provocative scenarios here to provide hours of faith-challenging entertainment. –Carl Hays


Rounding out this “All Things Me” post, I’d like to point to two more items:

1) Zoe E. Whitten, hysterically funny writer and tweeter, was wrestling with my novella, Devil’s Marionette in this moving piece.

2) My story “Hootchie Cootchie Man” was listed as an Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s list of notable stories for the year.

Oh No She Di’int – Kelli Strikes Back … Again (Mo*Con Updates)

Guest Blog by Kelli Owen

Maurice asked me to write a little something regarding Mo*Con. Or as it’s being called this year, Kelli*Con. So let’s start there. Why “Kelli*Con”? Well, let me tell you a story…

There are a variety of conventions for writers to choose from. There are the publishing cons, the writer cons, the genre cons and then there’s Mo*Con. It’s got panels, books for sale, writers and publishers to talk to and the icing on the cake—Maurice makes everyone steaks at 1am. Unlike other cons, it’s not all at a hotel. The panels and main meals are served at the official location, but then everyone goes to the Broaddus household and this convention becomes a backyard barbeque from hell. The atmosphere is relaxed but business it discussed. In many ways, it reminds me of a smaller version of Necon.

And near the end of Mo*Con two years ago, Maurice said that the next one (2009) would be the last one.

“The hell it will! You have to have one more, so I can be guest of honor—my book will be out!”

Let me tell you now children, never tease your friends when they’re wielding their mighty scepters of power…

“Okay, we’ll have Kelli*Con and then that will be the last one.”

Of course, I figured he was just humoring me. He wasn’t. And over the next year he would bring it up and ask silly questions like “do you want to be in charge of the panels? Not be in charge in the sense of scheduling or staffing, but topic…”

A. Con-Goers. Dream.

“Hell yes!”

I’ve been to many cons over the years. Many. And I’ve always had a complaint or two regarding panels, not because I know everything (I really don’t) but because I have opinions and people know it. And they know if they ask me, I’ll tell them. (No, don’t ask me if those jeans make your ass look fat unless you really want the truth.) How would I change panels? Well, my chief complaint has always been that we seem to do the same topic over and over and over and over and, oh yeah, OVER and only change which con or who’s speaking. Time for something new!

Now of course, I have to keep with the themes of Mo*Con: Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll. No wait, I meant Spirituality, Art, Race & Gender. Or, if I’m allowed to tweak them just enough: Gawd, Sex and Blogging. The panel titles and basis are as follows for Kelli*Con, er Mo*Con V, er the last Mo*Con ever…

“Oh no you di’int” – aka, Why Maurice shouldn’t be allowed to blog, er I mean, blogging dos and don’ts.

“We don’t need no steekin’ gawd” – Spirituality and writing about religion from an atheists point of view

“Elbow, knee, penis” – because if you can’t call it what it is, you have no business writing about it!

Of course, the other reason he agreed to this crazy notion of me taking of his convention is because my first novel was coming out right before the con. Note I used the word “was.” The novel, “In the Shadow of Darkness,” has changed publishers—don’t worry, it’s a good thing—and will still be coming out, just not until December of 2010. Meanwhile, I do have stories in Dark Faith, Dark Futures and an online guilty pleasure at Choate Road as the March spotlight scribe.
So why should you go to Mo*Con? Steak at 1am, we’re talking about penises IN A CHURCH, it will be the last time Sally ever lets Maurice gather this many people in her house and call it “working,” (she ain’t lying! -MGB) and I’m sorry, but have you seen the guest list? Brian Keene, Wrath James White, Alethea Kontis, Gary Braunbeck & Lucy Snyder, Alex McVey, Jason Sizemore, Chesya Burke… and people NOT listed on the official page: Bob Ford, Michael Knost, Kyle Johnson, Doug Warrick (Kim Paffenroth, D. Harlan Wilson and many more –MGB) … oh just show up, or you’ll be lost when it’s discussed down the road.

Because this one WILL be discussed…

…For years to come!

Kelli Owen
~The Artist Formerly Known as Kelli Dunlap

There will be a silent auction of rare books and art. Books for sale, starting with THE LAUNCH OF DARK FAITH. Artists and authors on site to collect autographs. Steve Gilberts will be leading a special interactive art seminar for kids. There’s a thread on my message board home for those looking for roommates, you can post your queries here (register on Brian Keene’s board). Remember, THE CUTOFF DATE FOR THE ADVANCE RATE OF $50 IS APRIL 1ST!!!

Most importantly, you do NOT want to upset these ladies. You better show up!

Mo*Con Web Site … LIVE!!!


We will be continuing to add footage from previous years’ discussions. Authors who are debuting books at Mo*Con, drop me a line and we will put your book up on a dedicated page.

So make with the clicky-clicky and check it out.

*Special thanks to my Dark Faith co-editor, Jerry Gordon

For the clicky impaired, here are the relevant Mo*Con details

April 30th – May 2nd

What is Mo*Con?

Brought to you by the Indiana Horror Writers, Mo*Con is a convention focused on conversations revolving around horror literature and spirituality (two great tastes that taste great together!). If you enjoy writing, horror, fantasy, poetry, and food, you’ll find plenty to enjoy at this convention. Basically, imagine a room party held in a con suite, and that’s Mo*Con.

Who Will Be There?

Kelli Dunlap
Kelli spends her free time pounding on the keys with the bloody nubs that used to be her fingers. She has sold several short stories to both online and print magazine, and even dabbled in a poetry sale here or there. Her first novel will be available in 2009 through Morning Star, an imprint of Bloodletting Press. She has a family and pets, but more importantly, a website–where you can stay up to date on the novel or other output from the bloody nubs: Visit her and she’ll refrain from shaking her nubs at you, thus splattering you with bloody goo.

Brian Keene
Brian Keene is the author of over twenty horror, crime, and dark fantasy novels and short story collections, including Castaways, Dead Sea, Unhappy Endings, Dark Hollow, Urban Gothic, and many more. He also writes comic books for Marvel, DC and others. The winner of two Bram Stoker Awards, as well as several other literary awards, Keene’s work has been translated into German, Polish, French, Spanish, and Taiwanese. His novel, The Rising (published in early 2003), is often credited (along with Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later) as ushering in the current resurgence of zombies in pop culture. Several of his works have been optioned for film and other media. His short story The Ties That Bind was released on DVD in July 2009 as a short independent film. Also in 2009, his novel Terminal debuted as a limited release stage play.

Gary Braunbeck
Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications.

Lucy Synder
The author the author of a trilogy of novels that are set be published by Del Rey starting in 2009; the first book in the series is entitled Spellbent. Also the author of Sparks and Shadows, a cross-genre short story collection from HW Press, Lucy A. Snyder may be most known for her humor collection Installing Linux on a Dead Badger (And Other Oddities). With over 70 short fiction sales and over 20 poetry sales, her fiction goes all over the road, although she does tend to write genre stories (science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, etc.) more often than straightforward mainstream fiction. She also writes a column for Horror World on science and technology for writers.

Wrath James White
Succulent Prey marks his first mass-market release from Leisure Books. If you have a taste for extreme fiction with socio-political and philosophical messages that push boundaries, break taboos, and leave you thinking long after the book has ended then check out Teratologist co-written with Edward Lee, Poisoning Eros co written with Monica O-Rourke, The Book of A thousand Sins collection, His Pain novella, Orgy of Souls with Maurice Broaddus, Hero novella with J.F. Gonzalez, and Population Zero. If you have a weak stomach, a closed mind, rigid morals, and Victorian sexual ethics, than avoid his writing like the plague.

Artist Guest of Honor

Alex McVey
Alex McVey is an award-winning, Chesley-nominated illustrator whose work has been published internationally, ranging from album art to graphic design to book illustration. He has illustrated the works of Stephen King, Joe R. Lansdale, Gahan Wilson, Brian Keene, Ramsey Cambpell, and Richard Matheson, among others. His clients incl
ude ad firms, gaming companies, film studios, bands, and book and magazine publishers.

Editor Guest of Honor

Jason Sizemore
A young writer and editor from Appalachia Kentucky, Jason has seen his fiction appear in nearly two dozen books and magazines. He’s a prolific non-fiction writer, having dozens of essays, reviews, and editorials published in print and on the web on varied subjects such as gaming, geek culture, and politics. He earned his college degree from Transylvania University, making him an ideal candidate to head a horror magazine. He was a 2006 Stoker Award nominee for his work on the Aegri Somnia anthology. In 2007, he published his first chapbook (under the newly formed APEX BOOKS division of Apex Publications) titled Webs of Discord. He appears in Writers Workshop of Horror and has a collection of Appalachian horror titled Irredeemable from Shroud Publications coming out in the spring of 2010.

Featured Guests Include:

Chesya Burke
With more than 40 publishing credits to her name, including the acclaimed Chocolate Park, Chesya Burke has been making her mark in the horror and fantasy worlds. She has several articles appearing in the African American National Biography published by Harvard University and Oxford University Press, received the 2003 Twilight Tales Award for fiction and an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Science Fiction: 18th Annual Edition.

Alethea Kontis
Alethea Kontis is the New York Times bestselling author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion, as well as the AlphaOops series of picture books. She has done multiple collaborations with artist Janet Lee including A is for Alice, The Umbrella of Fun, and the illustrated Twitter serial Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Alethea’s most recent work can be found in the Apex Publications anthologies Harlan County Horrors and Dark Faith.

Steven C. Gilberts
Steven and his lovely wife Becky now live in a spooky Queen Ann cottage within a small Dunwich-esk village of southern Indiana, near the now abandoned ammo plant of his youth. While hiding from the townsfolk, Steven concocts odd illustrations for the small press industry. His work has graced magazines from Apex Digest to Cemetery Dance, Dark Wisdom to Shroud Magazine.


Trinity Church
6151 N. Central Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Attendees are encouraged to book their rooms at the Quality Inn & Suites (where we’ve negotiated a special rate):

Quality Inn & Suites
5011 North Lafayette Road
Indianapolis, IN 46254
Phone: (317) 297-8880
FAX: (317) 297-8765
(mention Mo*Con)

Cost: $50 in advance/$75 at the door

There will be several debut projects, not the least of which will be our anthology DARK FAITH (each fully registered attendee will receive a copy as a part of their membership fee)

Dark Faith Up for Pre-Order (Plus Bonus Offer)


So much of our reality is determined by what we believe, and it can so easily become … undone.

Editors MAURICE BROADDUS and Jerry Gordon have created an anthology that explores the dark side of faith and what it may mean. These twenty-six stories and five poems (130k+ words of content) may make you cry, may make you laugh, and will certainly terrify you. You may never look at the light the same way again.

Cover art by Edith Walter

“The Story of Belief-Non” by Linda D. Addison (poem)
“Ghosts of New York” by Jennifer Pelland
“I Sing a New Psalm” by Brian Keene
“He Who Would Not Bow” by Wrath James White
“Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch’s Damnation” by Douglas F. Warrick
“Go and Tell It on the Mountain” by Kyle S. Johnson
“Different from Other Nights” by Eliyanna Kaiser
“Lilith” by Rain Graves (poem)
“The Last Words of Dutch Schultz Jesus Christ” by Nick Mamatas
“To the Jerusalem Crater” by Lavie Tidhar
“Chimeras & Grotesqueries” by Matt Cardin
“You Dream” by Ekaterina Sedia
“Mother Urban’s Booke of Dayes” by Jay Lake
“The Mad Eyes of the Heron King” by Richard Dansky
“Paint Box, Puzzle Box” by D.T. Friedman
“A Loss For Words” by J. C. Hay
“Scrawl” by Tom Piccirilli
“C{her}ry Carvings” by Jennifer Baumgartner (poem)
“Good Enough” by Kelli Dunlap
“First Communion” by Geoffrey Girard
“The God of Last Moments” by Alethea Kontis
“Ring Road” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Unremembered” by Chesya Burke
“Desperata” by Lon Prater (poem)
“The Choir” by Lucien Soulban
“Days of Flaming Motorcycles” by Catherynne M. Valente
“Miz Ruthie Pays Her Respects” by Lucy A. Snyder
“Paranoia” by Kurt Dinan (poem)
“Hush” by Kelly Barnhill
“Sandboys” by Richard Wright
“For My Next Trick I’ll Need a Volunteer” by Gary A. Braunbeck


There’s an Apex Store exclusive offer: pre-order now and receive the limited edition promotional chapbook Dark Faith: Last Rites. Only 500 chapbooks will be produced!

“Taste of Memories” by Nate Southard
“That Singing Sea” by Toiya Finley
“The Taste of Our Indiscretions” by Robert Ford
“Little Gods” by Sara Genge

Order here, order often!

Dark Faith: The Table of Contents*

POEM: “The Story of Belief-Non” by Linda D. Addison
“Ghosts of New York” by Jennifer Pelland
“I Sing a New Psalm” by Brian Keene
“He Who Would Not Bow” by Wrath James White
“Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch’s Damnation” by Douglas F. Warrick
“Go and Tell It on the Mountain” by Kyle S. Johnson
“Different from Other Nights” by Eliyanna Kaiser
POEM: “Lilith” by Rain Graves
“The Last Words of Dutch Schultz Jesus Christ” by Nick Mamatas
“To the Jerusalem Crater” by Lavie Tidhar
“Chimeras & Grotesqueries” by Matt Cardin
“You Dream” by Ekaterina Sedia
“Mother Urban’s Booke of Dayes” by Jay Lake
“The Mad Eyes of the Heron King” by Richard Dansky
“Paint Box, Puzzle Box” by DT Friedman
“A Loss For Words” by John C. Hay
“Scrawl” by Tom Piccirilli
POEM: “C{her}ry Carvings” by Jennifer Baumgartner
“Good Enough” by Kelli Dunlap
“First Communion” by Geoffrey Girard
“The God of Last Moments” by Alethea Kontis
“Ring Road” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Unremembered” by Chesya Burke
POEM: “Desperata” by Lon Prater
“The Choir” by Lucien Soulban
“Days of Flaming Motor Cycles” by Catherynne M. Valente
“Miz Ruthie Pays Her Respects” by Lucy A. Snyder
POEM: “Paranoia” by Kurt Dinan
“Hush” by Kelly Barnhill
“Sandboys” by Richard Wright
“For My Next Trick I’ll Need a Volunteer” by Gary A. Braunbeck

For those keeping track at home, that makes 5 poems and 26 stories by 17 men and 14 women. Coming May 2010 from Apex Books. Debuting at Mo*Con V

*Barring any issues regarding the dotting of i’s and crossing of t’s. And this isn’t the final, final cover.

Tales from the Slush Pile

I’ve always imagined what life would be like for an editor. I imagined that editors reading a slush pile probably do sound a lot like Simon Cowell from American Idol. Faced with mountains of slush, sifting for gold among the lumps of rocks; each writer, myself included, convinced of their own story’s greatness, sometimes presuming to tell the editor so (uh, I don’t do that).

I know I left the guidelines for my Dark Faith anthology purposefully vague to allow writers room to interpret as they need to, but I’ve been a little bothered by those who, I don’t know, didn’t read them at all. The most egregious offenders have:

-pitched me a novel
-submitted a comic book
-passed off thinly disguised fanfic
-sent stories that are on the front page of the sender’s website (yes, we do look you people up)
-submitted the “white woman gets raped by a black guy then goes on a killing spree” stories

And though I have appreciated the go-getter spirit of some of the artists (the cover and interior artists have already been lined up, thanks).

Some cover letters have made me laugh and caused their stories to jump to the top of the TBR stack. Others have intrigued me enough with their personal story to do the same. This is not an encouragement to do likewise. Others have put me off just as much.

For the most part, folks have been extremely professional. If I do say so myself, the competition is VERY stiff (though I’m sure that won’t stop the eternal writer’s grouse: “my story was better than that one” when the anthology comes out).

Wait, this just in which certainly qualifies at unprofessional behavior: if you’re going to simultaneously submit to us (which I’m on record as saying that I don’t mind), be sure to let us know if you sell the story elsewhere. At least before we read said story in the magazine of, I don’t know, the same company publishing the anthology. That’s not a way to make friends across the board.

If nothing else, this is another take home lesson: editors talk to each other.