I'm an editor and an anthologist who specializes in the fantastic, surreal, wondrous and macabre. What does that mean? I lead development of anthologies (books of short stories) from initial concept to pitch to production (art direction, story selection, contract negotiation, story editing and marketing). Along the way, I've had the pleasure of working with a number of talented writers, including a few I grew up reading. It's a good time and I'm a lucky guy. Learn about my award-winning work by clicking the images below.
Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories
Nominated for the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Fifteen short stories and one poem span nearly every twisted corner of the horror and dark fiction genres. Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories features the most celebrated voices in dark fiction, as well as a number of exciting new talents:
Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Tremblay, John F.D. Taff, Lisa Mannetti, Damien Angelica Walters, Josh Malerman, Christopher Coake, Mercedes M. Yardley, Brian Kirk, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Amanda Gowin, Richard Thomas, Maria Alexander and Kevin Lucia. Edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward.
With a foreword from Cemetery Dance Publications founder Richard Chizmar.
Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders
Winner of the 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Want to see something weird? Embrace the odd. Satisfy your curiosity. Surrender to wonder. Sixteen stories and two poems take you into the spaces between the ordinary--and the imaginations of some of today's masters of dark and thrilling fiction.
Featuring Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Brian Kirk, Hal Bodner, Stephanie M. Wytovich, John Langan, Erinn L. Kemper, John F.D. Taff, Patrick Freivald, Lucy A. Snyder, Brian Hodge, Kristi DeMeester, Christopher Coake, Sarah Read and Richard Thomas. Foreword by Josh Malerman. Illustrations by Luke Spooner. Cover art by John Coulthart. Brought to you by Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Doug Murano and Crystal Lake Publishing.
We all know the old cliché: Sex, drugs and rock and roll. Now, add demons, other dimensions, monsters, revenge, human sacrifice, and a dash of the truly inexplicable. This is the story of the (fictional) San Francisco music venue, The Shantyman.
In Welcome to the Show, seventeen of today's hottest writers of horror and dark fiction come together in devilish harmony to trace The Shantyman's history from its disturbing birth through its apocalyptic encore.
Featuring stories by Brian Keene, John Skipp, Mary SanGiovanni, Robert Ford, Max Booth III, Glenn Rolfe, Matt Hayward, Bryan Smith, Matt Serafini, Kelli Owen, Jonathan Janz, Patrick Lacey, Adam Cesare, Alan M Clark, Somer Canon, Rachel Autumn Deering and Jeff Strand.
I was thrilled and honored to accept the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology (they're like the Oscars, but for horror literature) at the 2018 StokerCon in Providence, Rhode Island. Fun fact: The company that makes the Stokers (Society Awards) also created the statuette presented at the Golden Globes and the MTV Moonman. Photo by Karen Iacobbo.