Dog Day Writer.

Stella the WriterThere’s always more to write, huh? The very first Henry Carlson novel is coming along nicely. Wrote something frightening and set it in a lake not far from here, so fishing that particular dock will come with some creepy fictional baggage. I’ll have to watch where I’m walking . . .

The July 21st release of Orphans is getting closer. As the final pieces fall into place, I’m more excited than ever to see this book released into the wild. Rereading a moment from the end of the book made me shiver all over again, even though I knew what was coming.

Like the Cenobite with the fierce growl says, Roy and I have such sights to show you. For example, bookmarks and cover cards! You’ll be seeing them out and about, promoting the arrival of Orphans. Soon, you’ll be hearing more information on the paperback edition, autographed copies, and author appearances.

If you know of a place you’d like to stock with cover cards and bookmarks, or if you yourself have a fever for Orphans swag, email me at


After all, you deserve something nice and scary.

— Axel

Fargo Core Con.

The path to Orphans July 21st publication led north up I94 to Fargo, ND. Fargo Core Con graciously offered me the opportunity to speak with co-author Roy C. Booth and fellow Minnesotan writer David Stegora. I spoke on two panels – “Horror Anthologies 101”: and “How to Become a Published Horror Writer.” 

Between sessions, Roy and I schemed up plans to make sure every horror reader, living or undead, knows that Orphans is coming their way.

Core Con, if you get the chance to go, is a remarkably friendly placed to be. It’s like visiting a friend for dinner and finding yourself symbolically adopted and asked to stay for the whole weekend. I regret not getting a room in the convention hotel, because it looked like those crews were partying to dawn, and I would’ve needed a nap break or three to keep up.

I send my thanks to the hard-working people of Fargo Core Con for a wonderful trip. They were so easy to work with. If someone needed help, they seemed to psychically sense distress and then they swooped in to help. Zero bad attitudes, too. Good folks.

— Axel Kohagen