Learn how to make a living at writing AND earn undergrad credit! That’s right, it’s Preview Week for Writing for a Living, a practical look at the seamy business side of a writing career, taught online via UMASS. Free syllabus, sample reading and video lecture available. Registration is still open. Final online summer class start Read More…

It’s Preview Week for my online summer Classes – Writing the Graphic Novel and Writing for a Living. Check out the free lectures and drop me a line if you have any question. Writing the Graphic Novel begins Monday, May 16.

Yours truly with a just-arrived copy of CaptainAmerica: Dark Designs. On sale at comic shops April 13th!

The Dead Mann Walking audio book from Tantor – read by Gary Galone will be on sale March 1! Check out the sample! After Hessius Mann was convicted of his wife’s murder, suppressed evidence came to light and the verdict was overturned—too bad he was already executed. But thanks to the miracles of modern science, Hessius Read More…

Had a terrific time Skyping with Kris Janeway’s 8th grade class in Lubbock Texas on all things Ripper – lots of great questions from the students!

As usual, I’m a bit late to the party, but I don’t read as much as I’d like, and I’m seldom impressed enough to write about it. That said, A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay is wonderful, echoing in feel and structure, my two favorite horror tomes, Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in Read More…

Yeah, sounds like dozens of similar ads, but not only have I published a buncha books over the last few decades, and, heaven help me, know a bit whereof I speak — I’ve been developing this content for years at a real University with real students! (And they seem to like it!) Why? Well, I’m glad Read More…

It’s here! 20+ voice actors, music, sound effects, 6 hours of action and fun, fun, fun, topped off by a special incredibly brief guest appearance by yours truly! The Deadpool: Paws audio book from GraphicAudio is now on sale!

With the Hollywood Reporter exclusive, word is out! Like the headline says, my noir-zombie detective series (Dead Mann Walking and Dead Mann Running) is being developed for TV by the perfect guy for the job, Continuum creator Simon Barry. I am, as they say, having a pretty good week. More as it happens…  

I’m thrilled to death and beyond with the samples now up for the Deadpool: PAWS audio book! Michael John Casey is fantastic as Wade. Plus I’m counting a full cast of about 20 voice actors, with your humble author doing a brief cameo. All 9 hours will be available 11/16.  

This was a nice surprise – my book, The Rule of Won, one of my YA faves, is enjoying a bit of a rebirth on Amazon’s Kindle, hitting the #1 spot under Peer Pressure. Glad it’s getting new readers!

I dunno, sucks may be a bit strong – or not. I’m definitely getting a little sick of Game of Thrones. I was into it when the deaths and mutilations and castrations and rapes felt more connected to something beyond the moment. Now, with so many piled up, the same supposed *point* made over and over Read More…

To be clear, I adore Jon Ronson’s writing and will continue to read his books, but So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed was a big disappointment. It’s especially so given the brilliance of The Psychopath Test, which deconstructed and ultimately reconstructed concepts of mental illness, much in the same way Unforgiven did for Westerns or Galaxy Quest did Read More…

Finished the third season of House of Cards last night and found myself terribly irritated by the way all these strong, interesting female characters were reduced to blithering idiots. It wouldn’t bug me so much if they’d been idiots from the start, there’s plenty of that going around, but I’d come to expect different. I Read More…

My three online classes, taught via UMASS, are now open for summer registration. Click on class names below for more info. Hope to see you there! Writing the Graphic Novel A nuts-and-bolts look at comic books and graphic novels purely from the writer’s side, with Scott McCloud’s Making Comics as the basic text, supplemented with Read More…

The narrative will be first person, present tense – all Wade, all the time! And yes, he’ll know he’s in a book. I’m not sure this version of the cover is final, but it’s making the rounds, so here it is, above, along with some official words from Marvel, below: Sure, he’s got his own Read More…

Last week, Valley Advocate reporter Hunter Styles came by to do an interview with me. The results appear in their latest issue. Other than the photo, which makes me seem terribly confused by the comic in my hand, I think he did a great job capturing my day. Makes me nervous he was hiding in Read More…

Exciting news! I’ve just signed to write a novel for a major MARVEL character! (That’s a prose novel, as opposed to a graphic novel, you know, with words and everything!) That’s all I can say for now, other than… Yay!

A brain is a terrible thing to waste! Having attracted a few thousand followers a panel-a-day via Facebook and Twitter, College of the Dead, the free webcomic published by Adam Post, written by yours truly, with art by Javier Sanchez Aranda, can now be read in order on it’s very own website! Join our cast of Read More…

Every year someone comes out with a new book claiming they’ve finally proved the identity of Jack the Ripper – this new one, though is based on DNA evidence. There are lots of IFs remaining, and the results have yet to be peer reviewed, but if suspect Kosminkski’s DNA really is on the same bloody Read More…

There’s a story making the rounds about Patrick McClaw, a Maryland middle school teacher purportedly arrested and being held for psychiatric evaluation solely for the “crime” of writing a 2011 science fiction novel depicting a mass school shooting. No one, so far as I can tell, has done any original reporting, choosing instead to repeat the Read More…

Like it says, Fall 2014 registration for my online UMASS classes is now open: Writing for a Living! Writing Comics! Paranormal Thinking! Register now, register often! Details here.

It’s always nice to interact with readers, but I had some particularly great experiences at the Denver Comicon this year. One came during the Young Adult panel, when an audience member’s eyes lit up at the mention of Ripper, and her friend announced her as an incredible fan of the book. A second came soon Read More…

Authors all over are eyeing the developments in the war twixt Amazon and Hachette (rather like Godzilla vs a smaller monster, say, Mighty Joe Young…). I wound up posting my own thoughts over on Facebook, and figured, hey, this is long enough for a blog entry!  So, my thoughts. Sure, Amazon uses strong-arm tactics, and Read More…

I was back from a few days in NYC, sleepless, with a hacking cough and some weird twisted muscle in my leg, sitting at my desk, feeling terribly sorry for myself, when I received this from Power Rangers publisher and old friend, Jim Salicrup (other names redacted since I haven ‘t asked permission). JIM: A Read More…

Much as I love writing for adventure and mystery lovers of all ages, I’m very pleased to announce my return to writing comics with a slightly older horror crowd in mind. To that end, introducing College of the Dead, a new webcomic, published by Adam Post, written by yours truly with art by Javier Sanchez Aranda! Read More…

So, not only did the first issue of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hit the stands, not only is Papercutz having trouble keeping up with the orders, but this Thursday I’ll be hopping a jet or two to get out to Colorado, where I’ll be attending the Denver Comic Convention June 13-15! Hope to see you there.

Looking to learn? Summer Registration is now open for my three online classes taught via UMASS: Writing for a Living Writing the Graphic Novel The Paranormal: Ways of Thinking About the Unknown Sign up early, sign up often! Session 1 Summer classes begin May 19 and run through June 27, 2014. Session 2 classes begin July Read More…

There’s a very nice roundup of the publishing scene at Forbes this week potted by one of my students – I said some similar things in a blog post a while back…

Been so busy teaching classes and writing all sorts of stuff, honestly, updating this blog has been the last thing on my mind. I do want to alert folks to this recent interview, in which I discuss all things Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and  the newly announced Nancy Drew Diaries, reprinting my early Drew tales Read More…

Back in the nineties, I had the pleasure of working with Charlie Adlard on Topp’s The X-Files comic and later, The Bandy Man.  Ages later, the man who draws The Walking Dead was kind enough to spend some time catching up on Skype.  The interview was originally published in two parts at Boomtown, but here Read More…

[Doing something a little different this time and turning over the reigns to guest-blogger Debbie Fletcher (@Debbie_Fletch18).  She continues our Zombie theme with info on some really cool rotting corpse costumes. And don’t forget to head over to Works and click on Zombie to see my sundry tales of the walking dead.] With Halloween looming Read More…

It’s nearly October, the dead are getting restless.  The Z’s are coming, signaling not only the end of the alphabet, but also the end of the world, shambling their way into our hearts and viscera. To celebrate (or perhaps mourn?), and yeah, promote my own books, over the next few weeks, I’ll be reprinting a series Read More…

Recently, I learned though Twitter that the parent of a middle school student has refused to return my novel, Ripper, to the school library. I don’t want to name the school, but it’s somewhere in the US. From what I understand, she objected to the contents. This was partly because of a severed ear reference in Read More…

Adjunct Prof. Petrucha here. From today through Sunday, September 1, interested students can check out sample material from my three online classes, listed below. I’m particularly pleased to be adding Paranormal Thinking to the list for the first time. And yes, Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown (by Ryan Buell and yours truly) is Read More…

My walking dead dick Hessius Mann (Dead Mann Walking) wasn’t the first private eye I penned. In the nineties, artist Barry Crain and I did a wildly satirical four-issue mini-series for Marvel’s Epic line about a hapless detective who wound up cutting the wrong wire and ending the world. Lance Barnes: Post Nuke Dick was nearly a Read More…

Check it out! A complete site revamp by Jason Mark, project Wrangler Kyle Mendes, and the fantastic sock-puppet loving folks at Gravity Switch, a company I highly recommend for all your website needs. As you may know, I write books and comics for a variety of audiences – lots of different stuff for lots of Read More…

A major revamp of this website is in the works, and I hope to be unveiling that soon. Meanwhile, there are still spots open for my summer online writing classes, Writing the Graphic Novel and Writing for a Living, both taught via the University of Massachusetts. Classes start July 8! Any questions, drop me a line!