Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THE BEST BOOK SIGNED TO ME AND THE BEST COVER BLURB by JAY BONANSINGA

Jay Bonansinga and I have been friends for twenty years, going back to his first novel, THE BLACK MARIAH. He is currently writing the THE WALKING DEAD novels (co-written by Robert Kirkman) and is knocking it out of the park, as they say. Before I show you the photo of the book Jay signed, let me put up the quote, which pertains to my novella FOR YOU, THE LIVING.

“Chicago has its share of treasures – deep dish, the Bean, Kingston’s blues, and Wayne Allen Sallee.  Toiling in the stubborn vineyard of short fiction for most of his career, Sallee reaches a sort of a literary apogee with his brilliant and brutal horror novella “For You, The Living.”  Ostensibly a plague tale, told in classic Lovecraftian diary form, Sallee’s yarn manages to deftly mingle the deeply personal with the gruesomely Grand Guignol.  Riveting, ghastly, hilarious, creepy, and unforgettably Wayne-like, “For You, the Living” is at once a wholly original take on the zombie apocalypse genre while at the same time a heart-wrenching love story.  This one will haunt you forever, folks.  Highest recommendation!”
- Jay Bonansinga, national bestselling author of THE WALKING DEAD: RISE OF THE GOVERNOR and THE WALKING DEAD: THE ROAD TO WOODBURY


 How can you not beat that? Maybe with the book and the signature, ha ha.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BAD GRAMMAR THEATER, 17 OCT 04

Let's keep it going, shall we? Brendan Detzner started BAD GRAMMAR THEATER a few years ago when he lived over dere by the viaduct on 17th & Halsted. He has moved to the suburbs now, and so BGT still exists, only now in the back room of Powell's Books at Roosevelt & Halsted.

On 17 Oct 14, I read "Ghost Rider In My Eye" to a group of about forty people, but I was also able to meet up with Harold Holt, a fantastic writer I hadn't seen in a decade. A DECADE. There was the usual band of idiots, too. Mike Penkas. Jude Mire. Eric Cherry.








Monday, October 27, 2014

THE BRICK FROM THE RED LION








Tina Jens started the reading series TwilightTales, which was held every Monday night at the Red Lion Pub across from the Biograph Theater on Lincoln from 1993 until 2006, when it closed for renovations. Two years ago--seven years later--they demolished it, and of course I took the train up north to A/steal some bricks and B/throw some crappy old X-Men comics into one of the freshly dug holes on the site.

It has been awhile since I was able to get to any public readings, so earlier this month I was finally able to give Tina a brick as a return favor for the many times she allowed me to headline during those Monday night readings.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

04 OCT 14: GUMBO FICTION SALON

Here I am reading at the Galway Arms, on Clark north of Fullerton, last month on a wonderfully rainy Thursday night. I read from I CAN'T COME CLEAN, my poetry collection, including portions of DESMOND'S INFERNO, a long poem I wrote in 1983 and never bothered to get published. Honestly. Also in attendance, Brendan Detzner, Michael Penkas, Alexei Collier, Kate Starling, and Tina Jens, the host. The photos of me (including the close-up) were taken by Eric Cherry.)







Friday, October 24, 2014

JAMES LELAND SALLEE: 16 MAR 31-01 SEP 14

Here is the reason I have not kept up with my own website. I've been too damn depressed. I am going to post some photos. Dad's two brain operations, one just after Christmas, he came home on Valentines Day. The second they removed part of his skull. He recovered, his dementia worse, broke his hip in April, and was in a hospital bed in our living room from May until August, and he went for an endoscopy and was dead from esophageal cancer nine days later. After everything else he survived this year.

I'll be damned if I complain about me neck or back or fingers hurting me when I'm writing or typing ever again in my damned life.









Friday, April 4, 2014

I CAN'T COME CLEAN


Roger Trexler at Annihilation Press has just published my first poetry collection, I CAN'T COME CLEAN. Roger published my last fiction collection, FIENDS BY TORCHLIGHT, and one of the stories, "High Moon", was selected to appear in ALL-AMERICAN HORROR of the 21st CENTURY.

My poetry collection includes "esmond's Inferno" in its' entirety for the first time in thirty years.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

ALL-AMERICAN HORROR OF THE 21st CENTURY: THE FIRST DECADE




Thanks for the patience any repeat visitors to my website had while there was radio silence from this end. My father had two brain surgeries and was hospitalized for 51 days. He's missing part of his skull. I'm going to try posting regularly now that he is home and in stable condition.

Mort Castle accepted a story of mine, "High Moon", to be reprinted in a Best of... anthology, published by Wicker Park Press. (I just noticed the repeats in photos, my apologies. It was great to be included in the book, alongside other brilliant writers like Jay Bonansinga. I'm saddened that Walter White never had a chance to read any of the stories.