“Stick to your weird guns.”
Dave has worked as an editor for over 25 years, including a decade at the University of Chicago Press. He has written fiction for most of his life, with a particular fondness for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, J.D. Salinger, Michael Moorcock, Flannery O’Connor, Shirley Jackson, and C.M. Kornbluth.
He’s published the hipster-hounding werewolf novel, SAAMAANTHAA, and its sequel THE HAPPENING, the Lovecraftian horror-thriller, CHOSEN, the cheeky-chic vampire novel, SUCKAGE, the creature-feature novellas, RELICT and SUMMERVILLE.
His short stories have appeared in Albedo 1, Ireland’s premier fantasy and science fiction magazine, and he won second place in their Aeon Award in 2008 for his short story, “Aegis.” He also received in 2009 Honorable Mention, “Best Horror of the Year,” edited by Ellen Datlow for both “Aegis” and “Rotgut.”
He was Runner-up, 2013 Best New Novel by a Chicagoan, Chicago Reader, for “Suckage”, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Aeon Award for “Day of the Nightfish.”
Dave loves horror movies, Westerns, Venetian masks (and Venice, in general). He adores New Orleans and Southern Gothic in particular. Where music is concerned, he’s a human jukebox, and knows or can talk about almost any musical genre (excepting Country music, which he does not like). Dave loves to cook, and often sneaks in details of fine cuisine into his fiction, particularly when he’s writing while hungry, and he does great Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger Joker impressions.