Binge Watching, My New Reading

Posted in Day in the Life with tags , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2016 by SeanMDavis

About a year ago, a sneaking suspicion crept up on me. I wasn’t reading as much as I used to.

At first, I put it off to my busier schedule. I was made full time at work. I was living with my partner, Kate. I was a captain for my neighborhood soccer team. And various other hobbies. As many possible explanations existed, still none of them felt like THE reason and I struggled to figure out why I wasn’t reading as much.

Don’t get me wrong. I was still reading and when I found a book I got into deeply, I tore through it like my life depended on how much I read each day. Otherwise, I’d read a chapter or story or two before bed every night.

When I moved back home in my early twenties, my mom had cable. The problem with cable is that there’s always something on. Always. It didn’t matter if I’d seen the movie a dozen times, I hadn’t watched it in years. Or my favorite TV show, played in four hour blocks. It became a huge life suck. I finally got a handle on it but it took much more effort than it should have.
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When my partner and I moved in together, we decided not to get cable. But I still wasn’t reading as much I had or thought I should be.

Finally, it dawned on me.
We hadn’t gotten cable, but we decided to try out a then-new service, Hulu+. The experiment didn’t last long because they didn’t have the specific show we’d heard about and were hoping to watch. But soon after, we got Amazon Prime. Then, a friend of ours added us to his Netflix account. Another friend shared his Hulu+ information with us. That’s basically to say, if it’s On Demand, we got it.
There have been days that I’ve gotten out of bed, ready to show my To Do List who’s boss, but then decided I’d watch an episode of something while eating breakfast.
Four hours later, “It’s time for lunch. I’ll just watch one more episode.”
Five hours later…
Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with watching shows or movies. I love and appreciate Malcolm Reynolds in the same way that I love and appreciate Roland Deschain. But reading engages more and different regions of your brain. That’s what I miss.

So I think I’m going to go read a book now.
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Borderlands 6

Posted in Fiction, News, Published, Writing with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2016 by SeanMDavis

B6 coverI am proud to announce that my story, “In God’s Image,” is in Borderlands 6, available for pre-order now from Borderlands Press as a signed limited edition. The full Table of Contents is as follows.

“Anton” – Michael Louis Dixon
“Eye of the Beholder” – John M. McIlveen
“Those Rockports Won’t Get You to Heaven” – Jack Ketchum
“The Last Plague Doctor” – Rebecca J. Allred
“Stinkers” Dan Waters
“Time is a Face on the Water” – Michael Bailey
“Summer Gullet” – John Boden
“Dead Letter Office” – Trent Zelazny & Brian Knight
“Cocoa” – Bob Pastorella
“The Dress” – Peter Salomon
“The Dishes are Done” – Carol Pierson Holding
“Red Rabbit” – Steve Rasnic Tem
“Miracle Meadows” – Darren O. Godfrey
“Lockjaw” – David Annadale
“Window” – Anya Martin
“Shattered” – G. Daniel Gunn & Paul Tremblay
“Mise en Abyme” – Gordon White
“In God’s Image” – Sean M Davis
“Special Delivery” – Tim Waggoner
“The Palace Garbage Man” – Bradley Michael Zerbe
“Consumers” – Gary A. Braunbeck
“The Architecture of Snow” – David Morrell

I am humbled to be a part of this Table of Contents. Thank you, Tom!

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Interview, JD Horn

Posted in Interview with tags , , , on May 7, 2016 by SeanMDavis

JD Horn
Chimerical Dark: Hello, and welcome to The Chimerical Dark.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.

JD Horn: I’ve been writing for over 20 years, but my first published book didn’t come out until 2014. I was an official nominee in the category of best debut author in the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards. I only came in 16th place, but that still isn’t too shabby. My books have now been/are being translated into eight languages (Russian, Polish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Turkish, Romanian). I’m a member of the International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. You can find out far more than you care to know about me at
CD: What’s your newest project?

JDH: My new release, Jilo, came out on April 26th. Jilo, the prequel to my Witching Savannah Series (The Line, The Source, The Void), is set between 1932 and 1960, and focuses on the early life of the series’ breakout character, Jilo Wills. While Jilo is technically the fourth book in the series, a reader can, without too many spoilers, begin the series with this book.

CD: What are you working on next?

JDH: I’ve got a few different ideas I’m floating, some paranormal series and a straightforward mystery series as well.
CD: What’s your favorite thing you’ve written, and how can we read it?

JDH: Honestly, Jilo was the hardest book to write, and maybe for that reason, it stands as my favorite. I’ve also got a short story (“Pitch”) I’m fond of. You can find “Pitch” as part of the Phantasma anthology and as a standalone short out on Amazon.

CD: What lurks in the dark that scares you?

JDH: You know, what lurks in the dark doesn’t scare me. I can handle the boogeymen. On the other hand, bigotry terrifies me.

CD: How does that influence your stories?

JDH: The monsters—at least the human ones—in my books are all motivated by the belief that something about themselves—their race, their class, the privilege into which they were born— entitles them to disregard the essential humanity and equality of those not like them. My heroes strive to nurture others; my villains to control.

CD: Thank you for taking the time to swing by The Chimerical Dark.


Posted in Interview with tags , , , , on April 14, 2016 by SeanMDavis

My mentor, JD Horn, hosts a short interview series on his blog and he asked me to participate. Click the image to read.

Penguicon 2016

Posted in Appearances, Conventions, Presentation on April 10, 2016 by SeanMDavis

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, mostly because I’ve been busy working on things to be able to post about. I’m going to start with Penguicon 2016!


Yes! I am back at Penguicon, one of my favorite weekends of the year. Here’s my schedule as of right now. Although I haven’t been given a reading slot yet, rest assured I will be somewhere, sometime.

Speculative Poetry Starter Kit:Who to read, where to look and exactly what the heck IS speculative poetry.  Speakers include: Jim Leach, Sean M Davis – Friday April 29, 9p Executive Meeting Center IV

Speak Your Words: We are all made of stories and sharing them can be powerful and life changing. Come and share our version of an open mic night. Bring your poetry, personal manifesto, or short-short story.  Speakers include: Jim Leach, Matt Betts, Sean M Davis, Jessica Roland – Saturday April 30, 8p Executive Meeting Center IV

Self Editing Tools: Before you expose your precious words to others, you want them to look their best. Clif will discuss a few of the off-the-shelf tools for grammar checking your work with emphasis on checkIt, a tool written by a writer for writers to make their prose stronger.  Speakers include: Clif Flynt, Sean M Davis – Sunday May 1, 12p Algonquin D

Reading in Traverse City

Posted in Appearances with tags , , , , on November 11, 2015 by SeanMDavis

Horizon BooksOn October 24, I had the great pleasure of doing a group reading with some of my fellow Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

I read two unpublished poems, “The Leaf Pile Monster,” which is a Shel Silverstein-style poem about the dangers of raking leaves, and “The Moment Before,” which is a tie-in poem to Clean Freak.

Shad Kelly read “Sounds the Trumpet” from Erie Tales: 666.

Cassie Carnage read “Cancer’s Requiem,” which will be available in an upcoming anthology that will be released in November. The current working title for it is “Nightmares and Demons.” Cassie is the editor-in-chief of, and the producer and writer of the Carnage Cove podcast. Her debut horror science fiction novel, “Symbiosis” will be available at the end of October.

Peggy Christie read “We Were Here First” from Erie Tales VII and “Too Soon” from her collection, Hell Hath No Fury (currently out of print).

Montilee Stormer read “Bloody Run” from Erie Tales IV, which is collected along with Vol. I – III in Erie Tales: Omnibus, “Lost … If Found” (unpublished), and “Who’s There” from the upcoming Quick Shivers, #4, expected in 2016.

David C. Hayes read a chapter from his novel, Keeping Molly, available from Splatter Theatre Press.

Michael Cieslak stole the show, reading “Greetings of the Season,” an audio story released by Nightmare Fuel 2: Silent Nightmares (currently unavailable). You can visit him at

What Is Your Writing Routine/Process?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26, 2015 by SeanMDavis

Flint Horror ConContinuing with questions from my afternoon at the mercy of the Flint Horror Collective, I’ve rolled two into one, since they ask almost the same thing.
The hardest thing about being a writer is finding the balance. I’ve got a day job with a fluctuating schedule, so it’s next to impossible to establish a permanent writing schedule. I have a partner whom I share my life. I have cats and a dog. I have divorced parents that are getting on in years. I have a brother who’s married with children. I play soccer, commute by bike, play the bass, have a house to work on, books to read, TV shows and movies to watch, friends to see.
All of those things are excuses not to write. It’s time to start making excuses to write.
Take yourself seriously. Make it a priority. Do you eat a Thanksgiving dinner every day? No. So why do writers feel that they need to write for three hour stretches? You might stuff your face in the car going from one job to the next. You can write the same way.
I carry a notebook 90% of the time. I have Polaris Office on my phone. I also have a Voice Recorder for those times I can’t write, but still feel creative.
When I’m not writing, it’s because I’m doing all those things I mentioned before. But I’m still thinking about stories and characters. But that’s not really enough, is it?
Writing is like exercising. You need to do it regularly to get any benefit from it. That being said, you may come out of the corner swinging in the first round, but it’s important to push yourself through second day drag (or third, or thirtieth day drag).
Couple pieces of advice:
1) Make a goal. If it’s a page, or a paragraph, or a sentence, whatever it is, make it a goal. Make it a priority.
2) Don’t stack goals. You’re on your way to bed, feeling guilty because you didn’t write your page for the day. That’s okay. Stuff happens. Saying you’re going to write two pages tomorrow is the worst thing you can possibly do. First off, it’s like saying you didn’t bench your 100lbs. today, so you’re going to do 200lbs. tomorrow. It’s not likely to work and you may hurt yourself. Second, what happens when you psych yourself out of writing two pages the next day because… whatever. Now you need to do three pages to catch up and you’re more nervous because you’ve never written that much all at once before and is this story actually good and doubts, doubts, doubts. Just do your one page. That’s enough.
I give the advice but I don’t always follow it. I’m not perfect. No one is. Don’t beat yourself up about it.
As for process…?
Writing gurus (usually with advice books to sell you) are always talking about developing your voice. I’ve talked about developing my voice as a writer. But I recently read an article that gave a compelling argument saying that writers must have many voices. These are the voices of your characters, which are in turn the voices of your stories.
So I don’t have any one process. I’ve drafted long-hand. I’ve written on my computer. I’ve written with and without outlines and notes. I’ve recorded myself doing character voices. I’ve acted out scenes. I’ve written poetry for character thoughts. I’ve written in crayon. I’ve written with my left hand. I’ve scripted out dialogue, then written the narration around it. It all depends on the story and the character and how it speaks to me.


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