I just got cover of my forthcoming horror novella from the publisher.

Cover for <i>The Taint</i>

I really love the lettering in the title. The graveyard is not precisely as I pictured it (the tomstones should really be wooden crosses), but given the limitations of stock photography, I’m more than happy to live with it.

Publication is expected in August, my editor tells me. More news forthcoming.

Now that the contracts are in the mail, I feel like it’s time to announce it: The Taint has been accepted for publication by Lyrical Press! Here’s the teaser that I included in my query, for the interested:

St. Anne’s State Penitentiary is home to of all sorts of monsters: drug pushers, rapists, pedophiles—and Dimitris Spiridakis, convicted of slaughtering his wife and children. He insists he didn’t do it. But with no memory of the event and a plethora of evidence against him, he has no hope of ever going free again.

Until he meets other, more dangerous monsters.

First Dimitris meets the Wizard, a voodoo-practicing inmate that runs the prison from within. The Wizard carries on a feud with Edwin McHenry, an immortal killer who’s been lurking in the prison since the Civil War. Dimitris sees his opportunity. He plays Edwin and the Wizard against each other to discover the truth about what happened to his family, then sets about securing his freedom. But he doesn’t realize the chaos his actions will unleash.

It’ll be a while before the book is up for sale, even at the accelerated pace of e-publishing, so expect updates on the process here.