Sunday, November 11, 2012

Elizabeth Massie Visits Wright State University

The English Department Visiting Writers Series
Author and Activist Elizabeth Massie
November 13 and 14, 2012
(Sponsored by the Creative Writing Programs and Visiting Writers Committee, and co-sponsored by Women's Studies, the Women's Center, the GLBTQA Resource Room, and the College of Education and Human Services)
Two events are open to the public:
·         November 13, 12:30-1:50, in 033 Rike Hall:

a “brown bag” lunch (bring your own!) discussion and activity on charity work and bullying activism

·         November 14, 3:35-5:00, in 286 Millett Hall:

a fiction reading and discussion by Elizabeth Massie. Books will be for sale (cash only), and Elizabeth will be happy to sign them!

Elizabeth Massie's bio: A Waynesboro High School graduate of 1971, Elizabeth Massie attended Ferrum Junior College and Madison College (now James Madison University) and earned a degree in elementary education. She taught in public schools in Augusta County, Virginia, from 1975-1994.
Elizabeth's novella, Stephen, was awarded the Bram Stoker Award and was a World Fantasy Award finalist. She has published numerous novels, including the Bram Stoker-winning Sineater, as well as Welcome Back to the Night, Wire Mesh Mothers, Sundown, and Homegrown. She has also had several short story collections published, including Southern Discomfort, Shadow Dreams, and Naked, On the Edge. Some of her Young Adult fiction work includes the Young Founders series and the Daughters of Liberty trilogy.

In addition to teaching (Elizabeth still does workshops in various places) and writing, she is actively involved in various charities and is a hard-working activist. In January 2011 she launched and continues to manage Hand to Hand Vision — Fundraising and Sharing With Others. This project, based on Facebook, auctions off quality hand-made items and then gives the money directly to those who could use some help during these tough economic times. In the same year she started and maintains Circle of Caring — Standing Up and Speaking Out Against Bullying, also on Facebook. This ongoing project brings attention to the problem of bullying by sharing information and encouraging people to be active in standing up and speaking out against it. Members receive free Circle of Caring bracelets that represent their willingness to come to the aid of those who are bullied.

Learn more about her at 

For more information on the events, contact Brady Allen at 


Thursday, October 4, 2012


Back Roads & Frontal Lobes is available in the following ways:

Post Mortem Press

Amazon, as a trade paperback or Kindle

Barnes and Noble, as a trade paperback or Nook

Or, everyone is reading it--just kick someone's ass and steal it from 'em.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Context 25 Schedule -- Get BACK ROADS & FRONTAL LOBES!

Context is the big little speculative fiction convention in Columbus, Ohio, that I love to attend. It appears that I'll be attending with a pretty painful toothache for the second year in a row, so if my behavior is a little more "off" than normal, at least part of it is the drugs.

My short story collection, Back Roads and Frontal Lobes, will be available at the Post Mortem Press table in the dealer room all weekend. I'll spend quite a bit of time at the table when I'm not doing panels or fighting my toothache.

I'll arrive Friday evening. Here's my schedule, for those interested in finding me:

SATURDAY, September 29
-10 a.m., "Maybe I Am Too Normal to Enjoy This Book," in Pickaway (room)--with Gary Braunbeck and Tim Waggoner
-1 p.m.-2 p.m., Meet the Authors autograph session on the Upper Terrace
-2p.m., "Overlooked Books and Overrated Novels," in German Village--with Christopher Shearer, Geoffrey Landid, and David L. Burkhead
-7 p.m., "Fantasy: High, Low, and In-Between," in German Village--with Steven Zimmer, L.E. Modesitt, and Evan Dicken

SUNDAY, September 30
-1 p.m., "Don't Ever Let Me Catch You Doing This," in Pickaway--with Gary Wedlund, A.J. Scudiere, and Tim Waggoner
-2 p.m., "Why Short Stories Are Still Worth Writing," in Arena District--with Marian Allen, T. Lee Harris, and Nicole Cushing


Tuesday, September 18, 2012


You can pre-order my collection of 23 short stories, Back Roads & Frontal Lobes, now on the Post Mortem Press website, well in advance of its being available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble on its October 2 release date. It ships right away, and there is a $2.00 discount:

Read below what some other authors have said about it. Thank you for ordering or even considering it!

With Back Roads and Frontal Lobes (a title I wish I'd thought of), Brady Allen has unleashed a dense, thoroughly satisfying collection of tales that range from the whimsical to the macabre and every combination in between. The word 'quirky' is often used in a faux-derogatory manner, but, man, does it apply here, and in the best sense of the word. You don't know what's coming from one story to the next, and, personally, I love that sort of cornucopia-like unpredictability. His narrative voice is assured, his prose is right on the money, and there's a plethora of brand-new material here that will make your head spin and tie your nerves in knots. Can you tell I liked it? I guarantee you will, as well!
  —Gary A. Braunbeck, 6-time Bram Stoker Award-winner and author
      of To Each Their Darkness and A Cracked and Broken Path

In Back Roads and Frontal Lobes, Brady Allen conjures from the dust and dirt of Americana both the horror and the pathos of life on the edges. Each story spins out a heightening dread, the prose swinging from brutal to beautiful and back again. A stellar collection!
   —John Hornor Jacobs, author of Southern Gods and This Dark Earth

Brady Allen's dark, finely-crafted tales take you on journeys that make your heart and gut clench and set your teeth hard against each other; they drive you headlong into irresistible worlds of insanity and horror. Buckle up, readers!
   —Elizabeth Massie, Bram Stoker Award- and Scribe Award-winning author
      of Sineater, Wire Mesh Mothers, Homegrown, and Naked, On the Edge

Authentic, gritty, and eerie, Brady Allen's tales grab one's brain while lining up a kick in the pants. Diverse, strange, and disturbing, and churning with a power as primal as it is intelligent, Back Roads and Frontal Lobes delivers the goods but leaves some bloody footprints. After several helpings of his work, you'll want more and would probably kill to get it.
    —Steven L. Shrewsbury, author of Overkill, Thrall, and Hawg

Brady Allen demonstrates an astonishing breadth of imagination in this collection, along with memorable characters and a style that’s as clear and crisp as it is hard-hitting. Back Roads and Frontal Lobes is a master class in fiction writing, wildly entertaining and highly recommended!
    —Tim Waggoner, author of Like Death and The Harmony Society

Brady Allen's stories truly got me to flinch. While reading this excellent collection, I was put into the vibe of horror giants such as Robert Bloch, Joe Lansdale, and Robert McCammon. Outstanding, blood-drenched, and heartfelt work from a writer you will instantly add to your list of favorites.
    —David Whitman, author of Harlan and co-author of
       Scary Rednecks and Other Inbred Horrors



Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Back Roads and Frontal Lobes will be released by Post Mortem Press around the end of September. The collection is a mix of previously published work and new, never released stories. Here's a sneak peek at the book description and a look at the entire table of contents:

"These 23 short tales take you along dark, unlined roads and into dark minds less traveled. Held together by themes of isolation and loneliness, existentialism and hope, and choice versus fate, and at turns both disturbing and darkly comical (while often tinged with sadness), this collection of stories explores both speculative fiction and realism: horror and dark fantasy, road stories and crime, dark drama and soft sci-fi, and surrealism and magical realism."

Slow Mary
Not Over Easy
Devil and Dairy Cow
Back Roads and Frontal Lobes
The Last Mystical Vendor
The Taste of a Heart (a Rose Holmes Story)
Six Miles from Earth (a Rose Holmes Story)
Bear Hogan Walks the Sky
Small Square of Light
As It Lives and Breeds
Mama’s Boy Blues
The Ballad of Mac Johnstone (a Bluesmen Story)
Blues Bus to Memphis (a Bluesmen Story)
Road Kill (A Love Story)
Shits and Giggles
There Are No Hills
Porno Psalmody
The Bag is Empty, the Bag is Full
The ’Ists after the Apocalypse
Rounding Third
Remembering Grambo


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mock-Up Cover Art for Back Roads and Frontal Lobes

The amazing artist Gary McCluskey is doing the cover for Back Roads and Frontal Lobes. Here's his mock-up/draft for the cover: