Hello there, weird readers! My name is Carl E. Reed and I am a writer of weird fiction. You may have found some of my writings on Penguin’s late, lamented Book Country and Amazon.com before Book Country pulled the plug on their own site. Shortly thereafter Amazon delisted all such Book Country material on their site. I suspect, however, that you have never heard of me—and why would you, really, given that there are now 10,000 agented writers for every active reader in North America? (Or so it seems these days!)
So, then—a word about my writing. What is my primary objective in practicing (as Norman Mailer has termed it) “the spooky art”? It is simply this: I write to entertain you, the discriminating reader of weird tales. And by entertain I mean that I intend to grab your eyeballs at the opening line of story and keep you amazed, amused, enthralled and enthused until that final closing sentence rings out like a gunshot. Which is not to say that the themes with which I wrestle are unimportant or irrelevant to the world-at-large—I write genre fiction with a decidedly interpretive literary bent—merely that plot, dialogue and action are written to suit the tale-at-hand. If you are looking for an easily pigeon-holed “voice” (whatever the hell that is) or cookie-cutter, mannered style that reliably and monotonously tick-tocks away story-after-story—please understand that I am not your particular cup of midnight-moon abattoir blood. Also: I don’t write down. I know that you, weird reader, are amongst the most literate, omnivorously well-read and intelligent of all reading audiences. You are the smartest one in the room, not the author, and will always be treated as such by this humble hard-scribing servant of tales weirdling and wild. (In this endeavor I have ofttimes found my voice silenced by editors who, behind your reading back, O Peruser of Tales Eldritch & Eerie, send out rejection notices that sound something like this: “too literate for our audience”, “challenging material that will be hard to publish here”, and “we publish genre horror and fantasy, not stylized literary fiction”.)
This site is very much a work-in-progress. I ask for your patience and indulgence as I fumblingly erect the scaffolding of my warm and welcoming home to all readers of weird tales.
See you down the road a bit!