I should probably go and write these books

Folks, Down and Out Books and I have come together and made twin babies. They’ve agreed to reprint my 2012 novel The Subtle Art of Brutality in July of this year, and in October follow it up with the sequel Warpath. Both follow the private investigator exploits of Richard Dean Buckner, my go-to guy for kicking ass. You can go here and read the press release.?????


It Attacks! premiers to worldwide acclaim… or not.

I wrote a long short story titled It Attacks! for the Dark Corners magazine, volume 1 issue 2, a start-up operation that is becoming the one stop shop for all genre pulp. I began it way back in… 2012? 2011? Something like that. then I finished it for DC. I’m glad I did. It’s one of my favorites. (They published another story of mine in volume 1 issue 1. It was a lyrical sci fi piece that was cool just to get out there.)

This one is a little slapstick-ish, and features two alien walker-type saucers that land near NYC and travel all over the island hunting another alien invader. It’s goofy, jumps around, wrecks the whole city, and was a lot of fun. Check it out; it’ll be spread across the next three issues. But DC is worth checking out anyways. These guys do it all, and they do it well.

Get your copy here.

New story acceptance

Well, soon enough I’ll be back at the Gutter. Joe Clifford and Tom Pitts, custodians of Out of the Gutter’s Flash Fiction Offensive, have accepted a story of mine entitled “Some Solid Dick.” Now, I know you’re thinking and you’re way off. I hope. I don’t know. You might very well be on target.

Anyhoo… more stuff in the works. Standby for heavy rolls.Some Solid Dick

That Escalated Quickly! has hit the stands

TEQ cover copyIt’s here. My first collection of short stories. From the back cover:

Flash fiction doesn’t leave a lot of room for build-up, so it’s best to start by going for the throat and seeing where it leads. In these eighteen stories Ryan Sayles does just that. He turns on a dim light and leads the reader down an already claustrophobic path.

Active shooter event? Check. Ugly, failed relationships? Check. Dope fiends making smart decisions? Check. People seeking out roadkill because that’s the deepest relationship they can handle? Check. Putting on a soiled Easter Bunny costume to say goodbye the hard way to your former office colleagues who all foolishly thought they had the last laugh? Check and double check.

Each story is like an unmarked pill; just swallow it and see what happens. C’mon. It’ll be fun.

Grab it here.

Junk is out!

Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to inform you that the humor collection of the frickin’ century has arrived. Junk. Awhile back Chris Rhatigan had the idea to do a humor collection, and Chris Leek and I signed on. We got a few other folks, David James Keaton, Andrew Hilbert, Eric Beetner, Danger Slater and Jason Armstrong. Boom. It happened.

My story, “Invasion of the Demon Ninjas, or How a Modern Day Bathhouse Saved Our World,” features some familiar names (Brian, Chris, Chuck and Isaac *cough cough*) as they “finish up” at a roadside glory hole when evil ninjas from another dimension attack!

What more could you want? Get it!