Archive for October, 2019

“In Love with the Dead”- Spirits Unwrapped. An in depth review at Notes from an Eclectic Reader

Posted in Uncategorized on October 31, 2019 by bloodandstardust

SPIRITS UNWRAPPED is a very diverse selection of stories both in the viewpoints the authors take toward their tales, their tone, and their writing styles. Some of the tales are told in a straight-forward manner. Some are more ambiguous. One story has enough purple prose and overwrought similes and metaphors (purposefully written or not) to have most mummies pulling their bandages off in frustration. As Braum states in his Introduction, the stories do not feature “a slow-moving figure, wrapped in frayed bandages, motivated by ancient curses and vengeance.” Thus, readers need to approach SPIRITS UNWRAPPED with an open mind or desire for something different or prepare to be disappointed. Based upon the reader’s tastes, there is bound to be something for everyone in SPIRITS UNWRAPPED with different stories being picked as favorites by various readers.

The full review can be read over at Notes from an Eclectic Reader.


My appearance on the Between the Covers local television show.

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2019 by bloodandstardust

On October 23, 2019 I was one of the guests on Between the Covers the show for readers, writers, and lovers of books on the Strong Island network.

My segment begins at the 37 minute mark. I talk about the great Lucius Shepard and my first novel The Serpent’s Shadow.

Fall Into Reading – October 23, 2019


My appearances on the Ink Heist podcast with Rich Duncan

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2019 by bloodandstardust

It was a pleasure to talk with Ink Heist co-host Rich Duncan about the Spirits Unwrapped anthology, my first novel the Serpent’s Shadow and a number of fun and interesting topics.

Wishing co-host Shane Douglas Keene a get well soon. I’m looking forward to coming back to the show to talk with both of you next time.

Rich announced that Ink Heist will be the podcast home for the Night Time Logic recordings. Night Time Logic is the NYC-based reading series I founded in 2015.  I am very excited to be a part of Rich and Shane’s endeavor, thank you guys !

Here are the links to the episodes. In the first one I read an excerpt from the Serpent’s Shadow. And the second one closes out with the reading of an entire short story “How to Stay Afloat When Drowning.” which appears now in the PAREIDOLIA anthology edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth from Black Shuck Books.


Episodes 1.12.1 and 1.12.2 – A Conversation and Live Reading with Daniel Braum

“How to Stay Afloat When Drowning” gets a rave review from UK review site This Is Horror

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2019 by bloodandstardust

“Arguably the top jewel in a crown studded with them is Daniel Braum’s ‘How to Stay Afloat When Drowning’. The second long story in the anthology, it’s an absolutely beautiful, heart-breaking tale of loss, grief, and a man’s uncertainty of his place in the world. It’s a pitch-perfect mix of the literary and unique mythological horror, introspective when it needs to be, visceral and grim at other times. Deeply moving and the mark of a huge talent.”

-This Is Horror

from their review of “Pareidolia” edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth

The full review can be found here.

Book Review: Pareidolia, edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth


Announcing Underworld Dreams. Summer 2020

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2019 by bloodandstardust

My third short story collection is titled “Underworld Dreams” and is coming from Lethe Press in the summer of 2020.

I am pleased to be working with Steve Berman of Lethe Press on this project and I am looking forward to sharing these stories and this book with you all.

Spirits Unwrapped edited by Daniel Braum launched on October 1, 2019

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1, 2019 by bloodandstardust

The trade paper back edition of Spirits Unwrapped was released on October 1, 2019 by publisher Lethe Press.

Spirits Unwrapped is an anthology of mummy stories set around the world. It includes a roster ranging from best selling and award winning industry veterans to exciting new comers to the field.

It has been a pleasure working with Lethe Press publisher Steve Berman on this project.

It has been an immensely rewarding experience to be the editor of this book and to have had the privilege to work with such a talented line up of authors from around the world whose names adorn the cover. Thank you to Karen Joy Fowler, John Langan, Michael Cisco, Lee Thomas, Joanna Parypinski, John Crowley, Rhodi Hawk, Thana Niveau, Leanna Renee Hieber, Casilda Ferrante, Inna Effress, David Wellington, Rudi Dornemann, and Marissa Lingen.

The book can be ordered direct from Lethe Press, at Amazon, and all booksellers. It can be order from your favorite local and independent bookseller.