(#6) Suddenly July and we're halfway through 2020

What a year it has been.

Well, welcome to my second monthly newsletter of 2020. I had high hopes I would get this out regularly but in my defense the world has been awful. A lot has happened since March, but I’ll have a lot more to share regularly coming up!

I was extremely touched to win two of the NoSleep community’s annual awards for 2019. My story “There is a Serial Killer That Everyone Else Thinks Is Dead” won the award for Best Story With Under 500 Upvotes and my story “Forever, A Drug” won the Best Single Part Story of the Year. It meant the world to have so many people enjoy these.

Speaking of that particular serial killer tale, The HeroAskew recently narrated the story for his youtube channel and it’s one of my favorite narrations ever. Check it out and subscribe to his channel while you’re there.

Have I been publishing much? No. Have I been reading much? Also no, but I’m hoping that is going to change. This stretch of summer has brought four books I’m very excited to read. Laird Barron continued his Isaiah Coleridge series with Worse Angels, Paul Tremblay recently released his “zombie” pandemic novel (with incredible timing) Survivor Song, Silvia Moreno-Garcia released the (now New York Times bestselling) Mexican Gothic, and Stephen Graham Jones will release his eagerly anticipated The Only Good Indians on July 14th. I’d recommend grabbing all four even without having had a chance to read them yet, these are all top notch writers.

For next month I am also eagerly reading a review copy of S.H. Cooper’s upcoming collection: All That’s Fair, and hope to have my thoughts on that too.

Finally, if you’re looking for something to read right now, I recently got to finally read “The Eight People Who Murdered Me (Excerpt from Lucy Westenra’s Diary)” by Gwendolyn Kiste. It’s an incredible short story (read it for free) featuring a new direction for the story of Dracula, and deservedly won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Fiction.

I hope you’re all safe. Please make healthy decisions for yourselves and the people around you (wear a mask). See you next month.

-NM

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