Happy New Year!

I’d like to take this moment to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. 2017 was a hell of a grind for nearly everyone I know. Yet, most of us made it through.

On the writing front, 2017 was outstanding. “Black Friday” has been incredibly well received by both the science fiction and horror communities, and my first short fiction collection, “The Gloaming” was released. I also had my first audiobook released by Tantor Media (“The Invasive“), and it’s available worldwide.

My debut novel “The Puller” came out in mid-2015, so I’m surprised and happy at how things are moving so quickly. Not to mention I’ve been contacted by at least a dozen producers the last year on various projects. It’s been exciting but also a little nerve-racking. It’s a crazy business, so I’m only going to focus on what I can control-and that’s the writing. For 2018, my writing goal will be aimed at producing two new high concept novels, which I’m really excited about.

In other parts of my life, I couldn’t be happier. I’m still living in my dream place, the great state of Montana. And my girlfriend Rachel recently moved in.

In a way, Montana tends to isolate you from the rest of the country. That has its good and bad points. But it’s been fantastic for my photography and well-being overall.

Wishing you and yours the best possible 2018.

– Michael

Redwood National Park campsite

Anyone who reads this website, or my novels knows I’m a huge fan of the outdoors, especially camping. While hotels can be great, nothing is better than a remote campsite on public land. Usually, these sites have the best location, and are unburdened by crowds.

This particular site was in Redwood National Park. My girlfriend Rachel and I literally had the entire beach to ourselves. A perfect campsite nestled between the Pacific, and groves of ancient redwoods.

California never ceases to amaze me. And I live in Montana, so that’s saying something.

Campsite, with miles of empty beach in Redwood National Park.

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Hiking *through* a tree in Redwood National Park.

I recently had an AMAZING trip along the California coast. It started out with business at the Beverly Hilton, then on to see a great friend in Santa Cruz, and finally the ridiculous Redwood National Park. In this video, my girlfriend Rachel and I are hiking in the backcountry of Redwood National Park.

Hiking *through* a tree in Redwood National Park.

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Snow Grizzly

A large grizzly bear, patrolling a lake shore for food before hibernating. Glacier National Park.