Christ of the Abyss Released

The wheels of publishing turn slow, but grind exceedingly fine. 

Christ of the Abyss is now available for kindle via ResAliens Press, with print and other formats coming soon.

This one means a lot to me, not only because it is is my first stand alone story to get published, but also because of its personal significance. For this story I really had to envision living through the worst possible tragedies. These situations, combined with one of my favorite pieces of art, along with trying to explore patterns of deeper significance, all wound up to form what is for me an important story.

I hope you like it.

Lot’s Crawlers

One of my horror stories is now available in issue 7 of Big Pulp. They even drew up a cover for it!

Here’s the blurb: “A string of grisly murders and missing persons cases puts a young police officer at risk of becoming food for worms in ‘Lot’s Crawlers’ by Joel V. Kela, the featured story in the Winter 2012 issue of Big Pulp (cover art by Ken Knudtsen). This issue also features Michael Andre-Druissi’s alternative history ‘Hitler’s Hollywood’, in which Rita Hayworth’s career takes a strange turn and alters the course of WWII, and ‘Children of an Angry Sea’, a horror tale set in the aftermath of a major Pacific tsunami, by Michael D. Turner. In all, this issue features more than 25 stories and poems, including work by Patricia La Barbera, David Birch, KJ Hannah Greenberg, L.B. Sedlacek, William Doreski, Gerri Leen, Terrie Leigh Relf, Brian Trent, Walter Giersbach, Emanuele Pettener, DeAnna Knippling, F.J. Bergmann, Sean McGrath, Benjamin Kensey, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Holger Nahm, Catherine Boyle, Tony Haynes, and Frank Skolnik.”

The story is available at amazon both in digital and print formats. If you read it, let me know what you think! Here’s a sample:

Lot’s Crawlers, by Joel V. Kela

Their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. –Isaiah 66:24

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The old man had been strangled, that was for sure.

He lay sprawled face down in the dinghy, his fishing pole gone and the dirt from his worm container scattered all over the bottom. The two inches of rain they’d gotten overnight had turned this to muddy water, and it sloshed back and forth like coffee as Josh put one foot on the gunnel for a better look. Continue reading

Cover Art Achieved

So last summer I wrote a horror story set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan about a guy whose fingers turn into bloodthirsty worms. It’s one of my favorite stories that I have written, and it got accepted by a magazine called Big Pulp (my issue comes out in winter 2012).

Today I saw that art inspired by my story was chosen to grace the cover. Click on the picture to read what the artist, Ken Knudtsen, has to say about how hard it is to draw worms…