My new book, a story collection called Death Don’t Have No Mercy, comes out in March from Broken River Books. There’s a Kickstarter (already fully funded and into stretch goal territory now) that serves as a way of pre-ordering it and the other great books being released by Broken River, King Shot, and Ladybox. Dead End Follies gives you ten reasons to back the Kickstarter here–My book is one of them, and I’m really grateful for that.

Here’s a picture of the printed PDF galley:


And here’s Matthew Revert’s brilliant cover art:




My Favorite Movies of 2014

Still catching up on movies from 2014. Updating this as I go. Really want to see Memphis, Birdman, A Most Violent Year, Actress, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Goodbye to Language, The Babadook, and Maps to the Stars. I’m ashamed that I still haven’t watched 20,000 Days on Earth. Oh well. Life and death slow down dumb movie addictions. Anyhow, here are my favorite movies of 2014 that I’ve seen so far:

1. Inherent Vice
2. Calvary
3. Boyhood
4. Nightcrawler
5. The Immigrant
6. Go for Sisters
7. Blue Ruin
8. Only Lovers Left Alive
9. Enemy
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
11. Cold in July
12. Life Itself
13. Snowpiercer
14. Ida
15. Jodorowsky’s Dune
16. Under the Skin
17. Joe
18. Night Moves
19. Foxcatcher
20. Happy Christmas/The One I Love

*updated 1/26/15


My Favorite Songs of 2014

List-making is a victimless crime. Forgive me my transgressions.

My favorite songs of 2014:
15. “Eyes to the Wind,” The War on Drugs
14. “Mahogany Dread,” Hiss Golden Messenger
13. “I Won’t Come Back Again,” Jim Mize
12. “Do It For Johnny,” Tyler Keith
11. “Stateline,” The Delines
10. “Dirty Cigarettes,” Beach Slang
9. “Tarifa,” Sharon Van Etten
8. “Windows,” Angel Olsen
7. “My Wrecking Ball,” Ryan Adams
6. “Head,” Lydia Loveless
5. “The Promise,” Sturgill Simpson
4. “My Little Man” and “Razor of Love,” Sean Rowe
3. “Swannanoa,” Water Liars
2. “JM,” Strand of Oaks
1. “Dogs,” Sun Kil Moon