Thursday, October 18, 2018

Truly the Best Time of the Year

The Long Halloween season means getting art cards in the mail from talented friends like Becky Munich (who you may remember from my Krevborna book), spooky beers everywhere you turn, and deals on horror novels at fall book sales.

This fall I also decided to try my hand at home-brewing. Pictured here is a very simple half-gallon of hard cider that I made for about four dollars. Surprisingly, it turned out really well. Not just drinkable, but actually delicious. I've got a gallon each of cherry and orange mead that will be bottled this weekend; stay tuned to see how they turned out.
Speaking of things that will be finished in the near future, check out the cover for the forthcoming Umberwell: Blackened Be Thy Name. Cover art by Tenebrous Kate. Coming soon to DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.


  1. I miss living in Ohio where I could drink Great Lakes all the time. I also miss pumpkin beer. I guess we're on the other side of peak pumpkin. New Belgium's "Pump-kick" was really good, and had a hint of cranberry, but I don't think it's available anymore.

    Super excited to see Umberwell! And Kate's art is spooky!

  2. @ Anne

    Wait, there are places without a surplus of pumpkin beer? Inconceivable!

    I think you'll get a kick out of the Umberwell book. At the very least you're in the dedications and your character gets mentioned in the text.

  3. “I miss living in Ohio,” are words I’ve never seen together in sequence.

  4. & Aos

    Once you Cleve, you never really leave.

  5. @CJK

    I think I'd be excited for Umberwell regardless, but I'll admit, my personal connection to the campaign is like icing on the cake.


    I know it sounds strange to other people (you're not the first to have that reaction!) but I really miss living in the Midwest. I miss having real seasons, I miss winter (again, many people find it strange when I say this), I miss pumpkin beer.

    People around here sometimes ask my partner and I if we're sisters (even twins!) and I don't think it's because we actually look that much alike, I think it's because there's a certain je ne sais quoi to our Midwestern-ness that we have in common with each other, and that makes us different from everyone else around here.

  6. @ Anne

    I love having a proper winter. Gives me a reason not to leave the house.

  7. Wanna know what makes cheep hard cider better? Jacking it! Stick it in the freezer, and as it gets slushy pour it thru a sieve. Do it as many times as you like to get a harder cider.