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Worlds Connected: The Gaze of Destruction & The Blasphemer Series

Originally published in a collection of short stories called As The World Will Burn, released July 19, 2016, I introduced the world to something very special. It was a foreshadowing for The Blasphemer Series. It gave readers their first glance at the series and where it was heading while leaving it as a stand-alone story.

The vampire in this short story is unnamed. He represents all creatures in the series that will wake to the world being different. This is significant in the series, as all creatures have their lives changed as the planet continues on with a new face.

In this story, you’re introduced to a nameless vampire waking up from a deep sleep to find the world has entered an apocalyptic world. He searches the area he had left behind, discovering many things ruined that were once places full of splendid memories. He also comes across newspapers and hints at what happened while he rested.

You can only read this story now in my short story collection Little Lunacies, as the original book, As The World Will Burn, is no longer in rotation.


The Dredge Podcast

Coming soon, a new podcast format will go live on YouTube. This will be an all-encompassing cast with those in mind that may not have the time to watch a video or read one of the many articles here on the website.

Podcasting is something I’ve wanted to do for years, but didn’t know if I could do it alone. We’re going to go on this journey together! I will have an animated video, but it will be nothing you have to watch to enjoy these uploads. I’ve wanted to branch out as far as I could for a long time, but this has been a struggle for me as I stay busy with personal reasons.

What do you think? Let me hear your thoughts! Anything special you’d like me to cover on the podcast? Anything you’d wish I’d stop talking about? Perhaps some deep dives into current works? Let me know in the comments.

Worlds Connected: Human Ouija & The Blasphemer Series

Human Ouija published as a single short story on October 6, 2017. It garnered an award for ‘Best Horror Story of 2017’. The importance of this sixty page short story tells the story of a man that becomes possessed because he’s chasing after the chance to speak to his spouse who died while on the phone with him.

It speaks to the depths of where grief can send a person and how dabbling in practices you do not understand can lead to life-altering effects. This is a hard lesson he learns and his life will never be the same.

Possession is rare in the World of The Blasphemer, but it can occur, and this story is a beautiful introduction to this element in the series. For readers that are through book one and two, they are already of aware of how it comes into place with dialogue hinting at this very story.

Book three, Ghosts, which is almost finished with the manuscript portion of the process, goes deeper into this element of the storytelling and the world. If you would like to read this story to enjoy more from the series and its world, you can find it now in rotation within the pages of Little Lunacies.


The Blasphemer Series Mythos: The Lost Colony of Roanoke

In the world of The Blasphemer Series, book two Harvest, you’re introduced to the people of The Mythical Realm. Previously, it was known that Sophia Goodwich/Bishop lived there, but the world is expanded upon, and Sophia is brought back to the story. The story explains where the people come from and why they’re in The Mythical Realm. They are from the Colony of Roanoke. It, the book Harvest, explains deeper.


The main reason for me sharing this post is because real facts have come forward that were merely creative writing on my part. I had nothing to do with the real investigation and take no credit on any level for the genetic findings, but I am interested into the credible material that some of the people of the colony inter-mingled/were adopted by the local Native Americans. If you’ve read Harvest already, you will already know why this is interesting to me and maybe even you.


Before writing about the colony, I did refresh my knowledge. I dug through hours of articles and books to prop my creativity upon. Whether this was for inspiration or my usual style of mixing facts and fiction, a twist on history. At the time of my writing of this story the genetics ‘theory’ was not published yet. It only made the most sense to me that they would’ve made peace with locals or even had been adopted in my storyline.


Before I dig into the genetic articles and share them here, I would like to cover what is known. The colony was established by Sir Walter Raleigh in August 1585 (roughly). It was troubled with poor preparation and struggles with the local Native Americans. A trip led by John White occurred in which they returned to England for more supplies, but upon returning to the colony they discovered it was deserted and the word ‘Croatoan’. They believed this meant that they had moved to the Croatoan Island estimated to be fifty miles away. This led them to travel and meet up with the colonists but found none on the island. So, the mystery continued.


Studies have been done, speculations have endured, but no real facts came to the surface of what the colonists may have encountered until a tree was discovered that dated back to this time and was studied. Its rings told of droughts. The theory of the colonists being absorbed into the local Native American population begin to swirl. What is known that the results of the colony being ‘lost’ no doubt affected the colonies that came after as a lesson in preparation and a warning.


Now let’s speak to the genetics that has been discovered. Lost Colony Family DNA Project goal is to identify the ancestors of lost Roanoke colonists through DNA testing in hopes of shedding some light on the old mystery with scientific data. I highly recommend checking out this article entitled The Lost Colony of Roanoke: Did They Survive? – National Geographic, Archaeology, Historical Records and DNA on the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy website.

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You can begin reading the series and check out more information by following the link: Down the rabbit hole

What do you think? Let’s start a conversation.

Dark Poetry Submissions Open – Exit Device

I am not organizing this collection of poetry, just helping spread the word of this project for another. Some of you may be familiar with my work with Oliver Sheppard. Exit Device is his mastermind project.


Cover(c)Oliver Sheppard

Project Details:

  • Deadline: September 10th
  • Submit to:exitdevicezine@gmail.com

Words From Oliver:

I hope to get Issue No. 1 out by Halloween. The deadline to submit is September 10th. EXIT DEVICE will be an old school, photocopied, saddle-stapled, black and white DIY zine. It will have no web or social media presence save for the email address above. Right now I cannot afford to pay contributors anything save for contributor’s copies. Looking for dark, weird, bizarre, etc poetry. Avant-garde and experimental stuff is welcome, as is traditional verse. EXIT DEVICE will probably come out once per year.

The name “Exit Device” is from jargon used in the euthanasia/assisted suicide community; the term refers to any mechanism or apparatus that ends its user’s life. The cover image of issue 1 is “Daguerreotype of Nothing” from 1850, an image held by the Getty Museum. I’ve gotten permission from the Getty Museum to use the image for the cover of the zine.

So far, about 20 poems have been accepted. I’ll probably include no more than 50. If you submit and I’ve hit that limit, it may be considered for Issue No. 2.

THIS IS CLOSED NOW

The Memoir Project Canceled

For those that have been following me on social media for some time you may have noticed me talking about a memoir I’ve struggled to write for years. This memoir is one that has been difficult for many reasons, the biggest reason being that it deals with some very personal things from my childhood. This is a story I feel is important to tell, it’s one I want to tell, but sadly it is one that will currently to be canceled on my projects list.

I’ve been open about the childhood trauma and abuse I have survived. From living with a narcissist parent to my journey coping with a very abusive sibling, these are difficult topics for me to tackle. I work everyday on self-care to help me cope with the things I’ve endured, but I’ve realized, though the story is very important for raising awareness, it is one I cannot bring myself to continue at this point in time.

These struggles and my survival stories are hard to understand, at times, for those I have told them to. As a writer, I have often found that I cannot find the right words to express my life or my emotions while truly believing that all that I have endured have given me strength through surviving and passing on the wisdom I have gained through my traumas.

I shared some of my stories here under ‘story-time’ articles, but those, I have come to realize, only highlighted my personal beliefs of my life and family through a ‘nicer’ filter. Though my life had what felt like brief moments of general ‘goodness’, those are the moments I would like to hold closest to me. The good times got me through a lot of the darkness, which seemed around every corner I turned growing up and even into my adult life.

I also believe this memoir or set of memoirs would upset some of my family upon publication. I may live a more open lifestyle and life many of my family prefers privacy and out of respect to those that would want this I will grant it to them, for the time being.

One day the story/stories will be released for readers, but now is not the time to do it. I apologize. The closest readers will get to see into my life is through my dark poetry. Two collections are currently out, but plans of a third is in the works.

Catching up w/Random Evolved’s Richard Pruitt

Bachman: We’ve known each other for a long, but much has changed in that time. What can you tell us that has changed for TBK in the past couple of years?

Pruitt: Well, the TBK name is being dropped in a few weeks to be replaced with our main company name Random Evolved. Outside that we are the same random people who will post about anything each day.

Bachman: Covid has changed the landscape of publishing, podcasting, and conventions. How have you adapted to the lockdowns and recording of podcasts?

Pruitt: The pandemic changed a lot for me in terms of everything. Last year was our first-year publishing books and damn, it was like being thrown to the wolves. We had plans to do book signings with a local author signed to us, but our local bookstore was destroyed by a tornado right after places started to close. It was a weird first year. As for podcasts, I like to record in person. The dynamic is so fun but last year that had to change.

Bachman: You became a publisher with Random Evolved. How has that been for you? Everything you expected or worse?

Pruitt: Not withstanding the happenings of the pandemic, I have loved everything about it. I learned how to format, design covers, come up with marketing campaigns. A lot of which we didn’t get a chance to use…yet. You can feel the excitement throughout our staff.

Bachman: You’ve built a successful empire, is there anything you’d wish you’d learned sooner or anything you wish you could’ve changed?

Pruitt: Not to let negative comments get to me. Also, it is a marathon and not a sprint.

Bachman: What made you want to even start ‘the buzzkill magazine’?

Pruitt: This story is the main reason why the name is completely changing. When I was in high school before the days of fast internet, I was an editor with my high school newspaper “The Canine Courier.” And outside theater, journalism became my favorite time of the day. And it was not due to having those cool colored MACs from the early 2000s. I wrote the entertainment section for the paper. And when I hated something, I called it ‘The Entertainment Buzz Kill’ and decided to run with that name. As I have aged, I realized the name just does not fit us anymore. We cover a wide variety of subjects and changing it to Random Evolved Magazine just makes sense.

Bachman: When did you know you wanted to strengthen by branching out into novel publishing, podcasting, and all that readers can enjoy at your website?

Pruitt: Podcasting just came naturally as I have a background in radio. As for everything else, it just felt like the right move.

Bachman: Is there anything you haven’t done yet and looked forward to doing or have been wanting to do?

Pruitt: Soon. I can’t give more details just yet. But soon.

Bachman: Anything currently you’d like to share with my readers?

Pruitt: We have some great titles coming out this summer. The release of The Book of Roland by James Master with all new content. So, if you read this the first time it dropped, this is a brand-new book. Unbreakable Mind by Bryan Tann and Kindra Sowder. Third eye by Cindy Johnson. A book of poetry from Chelsea Hays and so much more. A few surprises. Plus, a launch of the company that started last year. We try to do something new each day, that is why I chose the name Random Evolved.


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