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In Production: Audiobook of THE DAMPNESS OF MOURNING

Dampness Spread


“The Dampness Of Mourning is taut, tough, and terrifying…” — Brian Hodge, author of Picking The Bones

“The Dampness of Mourning is a riveting thriller.” –Midwest Book Review

Very excited that the audio book of my Division Mythos novel THE DAMPNESS OF MOURNING is in production. Narrator Matthew Stevens has sent me the audio files and I’m in the process of listening to them and suggesting changes before the final version. Neat. It should be up for sale on Amazon and iTunes by the end of July. 

I have other exciting news but I can’t share it yet. :O 

I hope everybody is doing well! Thanks for the support!

2012 Year in Review

Well, it’s almost the end of 2012 and I’m having a hard time wrapping  my head around what an incredible year it’s been. I may post this early. I will just post it today. Frees up the rest of my year to just read, write and spend time with family. I’ll add any big developments before New Years. There are probably a bunch of things I’m forgetting.

Last summer/fall, when my first novel (Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children) and first novella (Iron Butterflies Rust) came out, was a very surreal time. I had been striving to learn how to write well enough to sell my work for almost a decade. It was a relief to sign the contracts, to get my author copies in the mail and see them, to mail copies to my readers, to dedicate the books, to get some feedback and strive to learn more.

This year has been even better. I had a ton of work come out.

The novella DOWN HERE IN THE DARK in Hardcover and digital January.

Down Here in the Dark HC spread

The novel THE DAMPNESS OF MOURNING in Hardcover, Paperback and digital in February.

TDoM front cover HC

The online serial novel THE COLLECTED SONGS OF SONNELION (being published print/ebook in 2013).

The novella IMMERSION in Hardcover, Paperback and digital in May.

Immersion AC pics

The novella WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL in Hardcover and digital in September.


The novella WITHIN THIS GARDEN WEEPING in digital in November.

Within This Garden Weeping cover spread

But it’s funny how we can roar but still feel like we aren’t doing enough. When I was talking to my buddy Shaun Ryan, which I do so much you’d think we were married, I remembered that I always feared dying young. Like I’d never make it to forty. I think it’s been in my subconscious, spurring me on to write every story taking up space in my heart as quickly as I can before the worms claim me, before the cold, damp earth is my pillow. I do want to leave something behind whether I die prematurely or whether I live as long as Ray Bradbury did. Something of substance, that has meaning for somebody other than myself. I don’t think it’s a lofty goal. I think all true artists, whether they’re successful or not, want to connect with other people and share the beautiful things they’ve seen, and the tragic times that have scarred them, and how the world has shaped them. As writers, or painters, or musicians we hold a mirror up to ourselves and the time we live in, and it’s not easy. We’re a very quiet voice that can easily be lost in a lot of white noise. But I see how important it is to try and keep trying. I’ve gained some wonderful fans. They might not know it but they know me through my work.

My buddy Peter Schwotzer, of Literary Mayhem and Famous Monsters of Filmland, designed a fantastic website for the Division Mythos. Thanks so much, Peter!

Narrator Matthew Stevens recorded my first audio book NURSERY RHYMES 4 DEAD CHILDREN. We’ll also be working on the audio for the sequel THE DAMPNESS OF MOURNING after New Years.


I also had a local paper interview me, which was neat. Thanks to reporter Bill Petzold! That was a lot of fun and I found I enjoy being interviewed much more than I ever thought I would.





Some other highlights this year were meeting John Connolly, Lee Child, Michael Sears, Stanley Trollip, Les Edgerton, Michael Connelly, Michael Koryta and Sabrina Callahan at Bouchercon (The World Mystery Convention.) I don’t know that I would be the writer, or even person, I am, if not for the books my heroes have written.

Me and my hero John Connolly



Me and the awesome Lee Child

Some of my heroes (Tom Piccirilli, Jack Ketchum, Brian Hodge, Robert Dunbar) read my work in 2012 and gave me blurbs. Having your heroes read something of yours is one of the greatest feelings there is. It’s fireworks in your head and a sudden jolt to your heart. It’s quite dreamy.

Reviews, which I never get very many of, have really taken off this year. Especially on Goodreads, which is one of my favorite sites. I get to talk to fans on there, too, which has been wonderful. And one of the groups (Horror Aficionados) has invited me to be the guest author for January 2013. They’ll be reading my brutal novella WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL and we’ll all discuss it. Very neat, yeah? Thanks to Jason and Tressa for the opportunity!

Sales grow as my audience grows. Thanks so much to everybody who has been buying the work and spreading the word about it! Word of mouth is vital. It helps me when I feel like I can’t write worth shit and then I find a stranger who enjoyed something I wrote, which leads to me  finding my balance again. To remember that, yes, I’m writing for me, but I’m also writing to connect with other people. It’s weird, but it’s good.

New novels… I wrote three novels this year (The Collected Songs of Sonnelion, The Lesser People, and The Wolverine) and got halfway through a fourth (Gossamer). I have ideas for  the next ten books that will range between 70-90,000 words. All I have to do is write them. Easy. My goal is to write four novels a year. I tell myself to take it easy, don’t work so much, but it’s part of my nature. I am an obsessive and the work gives me purpose that life would be too depressing without sometimes.

I signed a three-book deal with Darkfuse/Delirium Books in December. I’m very excited about it since Shane Staley has been awesome to work with and he publishes what he believes in. I’m writing and turning in a standalone novel every March, which works out great too because I have a ton of novel ideas and nothing for novellas or short stories lately.

Since I am quite prolific when it comes to novels, and I write more than just Dark Fantasy, I’ve decided to use several pseudonyms. I’ll keep the Dark Fantasy under my name. Have the name Thomas Morgan for Heartbreaking Coming of Age tales with a Historical Thriller slant; James Logan for suspense fiction that is very tightly plotted but has more hopeful endings than all my other work; Julian Vaughn for novels that are more big-concept with a lot of heart/more touching than horrific.

I had a writer I met at the World Mystery Convention (Les Edgerton) refer me to his agent for the pen-named work after he read WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL. That was really nice of him and whether it works out or not, him trying to help me counts for a lot. I’m really not worried about it since all of my worry is that the books are what I want them to be.

I got to interview a bunch of my favorite writers here. They are amazing.

I sold a couple of short stories. The River to my favorite mag Shock Totem. It will be in issue #6 along with Jack Ketchum and interview with me! And The Most Mysterious Silence sold to Nameless Magazine, owned by Jason V. Brock who made a great documentary about Charles Beaumont.


Not the Final Cover


Tuesday’s Training, my weekly writing advice essays for novice writers, has been a lot of fun. I know it’s helped a few people. That’s nice. I had help too: from things I’ve read, questions I asked answered by people far busier and far more experienced than I am, and help just through the encouragement that comes in something as simple as a smile.

Thanks to the publishers who have put their faith in me, the writers who encourage me, the pre-readers who help so much by offering feedback I can’t come up with on my own, the fans who help pay my bills and continue to come back for more of my work. 2013 is going to be an even more incredible year, which is really hard to fathom. But it will be. What a life. Thanks for helping me live my dream! Now go buy all my books for your friends for Christmas!



Bunch of News


I’ve been invited by Jason and Tressa as January’s Featured Author for the Horror Aficionados Goodread’s group. The group will be reading and discussing my novella WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL. I’m very much looking forward to interacting with those passionate cats and answering questions anyone might have! Thanks to Jason and Tressa for the invite! If you’re on Goodreads join the group. I’m hardly ever there because I’m a workaholic but I’ll be checking in everyday in January!

Also saw the covers for Shock Totem #6, which is my favorite speculative magazine! I have a Division story (The River) in this one that takes place between NURSERY RHYMES 4 DEAD CHILDREN and THE DAMPNESS OF MOURNING. I like it and they bought it and you can read it! Everybody wins! Looks like a fun group of authors (plus one of my heroes, Jack Kethcum!) in this issue and I can’t wait to read it.

Ken Wood from Shock Totem will also be interviewing me, too, in issue #6! I’m very much looking forward to that because I’ve had so many exciting things happen, and have learned so much, in the past year.

And author Brett J. Talley recently read my novella WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL and made a post called “Does Good Horror Have to be Depressing?” Check it out. 



I recently interviewed the fabulous duo Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip who write the Detective Kubu series. These are great books and you have three days to enter the giveaway for one of their novels! Enter here…

I signed a three-book deal with Darkfuse/Delirium Books. I’ll be handing in a standalone novel every March for the next three years. Fun! I’m working on the first now (Gossamer) and think it’s going to be a freaky novel. Gotta get back to work on it so I bid you adieu.

The Dampness of Mourning paperbacks


Received my author copies of The Dampness of Mourning. Sweet looking paperbacks! If you haven’t snagged one yet, you should. They’re a big part of the Division Mythos pie. Thanks to everybody who has dropped their cash and written reviews on Goodreads or Amazon!

Order a copy from Darkfuse, Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


And the crazy-talented Peter Schwotzer is working hard on a Division Mythos website! It’ll be the only spot on the web to find out all about the series I’ve created and will be fricking awesome!

Hope everybody has a great week!



Midwest Book Review

Just got a thingamagiggie about The Dampness of Mourning. Here’s a snippet. I like the part that says ‘riveting’ a lot. 😀

Midwest Book Review: The Dampness of Mourning” is a riveting thriller from Lee Thompson, channeling the bizarre horror of old for the modern day.”

Neat. Thanks to whoever it was that reviewed it!

Me in the local paper

Bill Petzold, a reporter for The Tuscola County Advertiser, interviewed me recently. It was a lot of fun because we had music and writing in common, plus it was my first time being interviewed for the paper so that made it special. Here’s a little pic of part of it!



And if you missed my interview with the awesome Brian Hodge. Check it out here.

Chapter Five: Collected Songs of Sonnelion

All right! The first five chapters of my Division novel THE COLLECTED SONGS OF SONNELION are up on Darkfuse’s website. Give them a read, let me know what you think, and spread the word to anybody who enjoys well-written dark fiction.

Also had an interview about the Division Mythos and Publishing go live on Blu Gilliand’s October Country. It’s a good primer for what will be coming up next Thursday night on the Live Event. They’ll be giving away some of my hardcovers and a 24 bundle of Delirium novellas by fantastic writers like Cate Gardner, Brian Hodge, Greg F. Gifune, and Jeffrey Thomas.

And my latest novel THE DAMPNESS OF MOURNING is now available in all digital formats. It ties in directly to all the other Division stuff.

Darkfuse is also having a huge sale and I wish I had a bunch of money right now because I’d buy most of these.

Thanks to everyone who has been buying the work, reviewing it, and spreading the word! It’s going to be an extremely exciting year!

New review on Famous Monsters of Filmland

Peter Schwotzer reviewed my latest novel THE DAMPNESS OF MOURNING on Famous Monsters of Filmland.

Check it out and spread the word!

If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, the hardcover release is today!!! And these early limited editions are going to be highly collectible!

You can also grab the digital at the same link above and see what all the hoopla is about!