It’s a Date!
It’s officially official! The release date for In the Dark of the Grove will be October 29th. That means in no time at all you’ll be able to get this slice of small-town (but big-time) horror in your hands, or on your favorite device’s screen. The book will be available as an ebook, paperback, and hardcover. Crossing my fingers that all the versions will be available on launch day, but there’s the chance the general slow-down of the world might get in the way of that. But be assured, all the versions are coming. You’ll be able to order from Amazon or your favorite local book shop. I’ll have a special landing page dedicated to the book on launch day, with all the options laid out! For now, if you’re on Goodreads, you can add the book to your “Want to Read” list now.
Also, if you haven’t subscribed to my Psychochronograph on Substack please do so! Every month you’ll not only get a newsletter from me (full of fun stuff) BUT you’ll also get (in a separate post) a monthly piece of fiction! This is available as text or you can listen to it as a podcast. This month will be somewhat unique. On October 29, I’ll release the prologue and first chapter from In the Dark of the Grove on there.
What, Me Worry?
This is all very exciting, of course. And it’s been a long road getting here, I can tell you. I honestly have no clue how many times I’ve read this book—tweaking and correcting and trying to make it the absolute best I can manage. As I said in the last Psychochronograph newsletter, the book is really personal in some ways. There’s honestly not much I’ve written that wasn’t personal in some way. It’s just a byproduct of writing, at least for me. But I did put a lot of my own history, blended up and mixed and matched with a lot of fiction, in here. The most important thing I want the book to do is be a good, spooky horror read. But there’s a lot of me in there, working through anxieties and fears new and old.
One weird side effect is that I have been much more anxious as the publication date nears. I’m sure this is not a new feeling, especially for writers who haven’t had a lot of published work out there. The other day, it all came to a head and resulted in a mini-meltdown in front of my very patient partner. Perhaps in the future I can write something more up about this feeling, but I’d like it to be further in my rearview mirror, I think, before diving into that. I think every creative person must go through this—that deep-seated worry that you’re going to throw a party no one will come to. October 29th, all the places will be set, music will be playing, and I’ll throw open the doors. I do hope you’ll come enjoy the prepared feast and find it filling.