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Fossil Lake: Unicornado

March, 2016

Nickolaus Passionate has found the enclave of the miraculous beings known as the Children of Ereshkigal. There he experiences a greater love an acceptance than any he has ever known. What could possibly go wrong in this Edenic paradise of winged folk?

“Don't Let It End” is the conclusion of my erotic trilogy of stories featuring a happy version of everyone's favorite bigot, Chicago-based writer Nickolaus Passionate. Lake Fossil 3: Unicornado is available at Smashwords.

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I To Terrible Things from Thunderstorm Books

November, 2015

Donna doesn’t know the old man with the sad face and yet there she is, beating him to death with a shovel. Is suppressed rage making her murder people in horrifying ways, or is she some sort of latent psychopath? The more people she kills, the more desperate she becomes to stop herself. Can she find the key before she commits yet another gruesome murder?

I Do Terrible Things was issued in a limited, hardcover edition of sixty from the fine people at Thunderstorm Books.

It was an honorable mention in Brian Keene's top ten best horror novels of 2015.


New England Horror Writers Association Anthology III

May 2015

Odd Grimsson, called half-troll, lives an antisocial existence on Greenland with his wife and daughter, as far from other men as he can get. When men come to his farmstead and blame him for the plague in town, he is unmoved. Until his treasured daughter begins coughing up black tar, and then it's time to hunt the responsible sorcerer across Greenland's rocky outcropings and glaciers.


Lake Fossil II: The Refossiling, edited by Christine Morgan

February, 2015

Nickolaus Passionate has found love in the strange, winged figure that is Isaac. And while their relationship is intense and physical, Nickolaus wants more. Where did Isaac come from? How can he get to meet more of the reclusive Children of Ereshkigal?

“Nickolaus Passionate and the Children of Ereshkigal” is a homoerotic wingfic story the continues the adventures of the character first introduced in “Passionist of Chicago”. Lake Fossil 2: The Refossiling is available at Smashwords.


Hag, my debut novel

November, 2014

All David wanted was to rest and get better. He moved from Vermont to Boston to beat his cancer. Even before the boxes are unpacked, he and his best friend Sam notice an eerie presence in his new apartment building. The emaciated haunt is a roiling storm of fury with black iron claws and jagged metal teeth. She attacks David without reason or pity, and just when he thinks he knows her limits, she tears through them.

Hag is a dark, brooding novel set in a blighted personal landscape. A story of deathless rage and enduring hatred.

My debut novel Hag, with an introduction by Laird Barron, came out as a limited edition from Maelstrom Press as part of Maelstrom Wave V, a set that which also includes two novels from Brain Keene: Apocrypha, and King of the Bastards. This limited edition set has sold out. I'm currently looking for a publisher to give the book a paperback edition.


Steampunk Cthulhu, edited by Brian Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass

June, 2014

Air pirates Ernst Udet and “Wild Bill” Wellman have discovered a lead on desposed Queen Victoria's crown jewels. But John Douglass, the Marquess of Queensbury, tells a strange tale of the widow queen's re-marriage that makes the venture seem more dangerous than initially thought.

“Pain Wears No Mask” appears in Steampunk Cthulhu from Chaosium, edited by the able Brian Sammons and Glynn Barass. Other authors in the collection include Willie Mielke, Josh Reynolds, Thana Niveau, and Christine Morgan.

"A very good story centered around airships. But Britain is ruled by a poet not a king, oh and Oscar Wilde wrote the King in Yellow. Yeah things get crazy good really fast." Amazon Review


Dark Rites of Cthulhu, edited by Brian Sammons

March, 2014

R'lyeh has risen, and the festering remains of humanity scrabble to live amidst the broken reminders of past glory. But a mysterious man offers a young woman hope. Is she the chosen one who will defy the minions of Cthulhu and allow humanity to rebuild?

“The Dark Horse” appears in Dark Rites of Cthulhu from April Moon Books, edited by the ever-reliable Brian Sammons. Other authors in the collection include Willie Mielke, Sam Stone, Glynn Barass, Christine Morgan, and T. E. Grau.


'"The Dark Horse" by John Goodrich is set in an almost medieval/post apocalyptic version of New York after the rise of the Old Ones. Goodrich just nails it in terms of the bleakness and despair of being in a world ripped from reality and bereft of hope. As with all things, redemption and salvation may make an appearance. And in the case of this delightfully bleak story, appearances can be very, very deceptive.' George Anderson on Amazon.com

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Fossil Lake, an anthology of the aberrant, edited by Christine Morgan January, 2014

Nickolaus Passionate is the sort of man who lurks in dark alleys and corners. What strange aberration will he find amid the refuse of Chicago? My erotic tale “Passionist of Chicago” appears in Fossil Lake, An Anthology of the Aberrant.

Anthology 2: Inner Demons Out, edited by Johnny Morse November, 2013

A travelling peracher speaks with Eli Taff. Why does his pitch sounds so different from other preachers, and what must Eli do to stop the sinister itching of his hands? “A Poor Sinner's Hands” appears in Anthology 2: Inner Demons Out.

John Goodrich's "A Poor Sinner's Hands"... puts a fresh spin on the Old Gods mythos, —Errick Nunnally

Undead and Unbound, edited by Brian Sammons and David Conyers July, 2013

The Pharaoh Intef is dead, but it doesn't appear to be sticking. Trapped in a dead a dried husk, how can he rule as God-King of Egypt? “In the Temple of Millions of Years” appears in Chaosium's Undead and Unbound anthology.

“As for more serious fare, I've got to take a moment to extol to the skies “In the House of Millions of Years” by John Goodrich. Now THAT, kids, is how you handle mummies. There is an understated monstrousness to his style that reminds me of Gene Wolfe. So, yeah, I like.” Mason Ian Bundschuh at the Innsmouth Free Press.

The Lovecraft e-zine issue 22, edited by Mike Davis

March, 2013 (reprint)

It's the NSA against the forces of the Mythos as Agent Harrison Peel fnds himself in over his head in Marrakesh.

“The Masked Messenger” received a Year's Best Horror honorable mention when it appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and now it's available in the Lovecraft E-zine. The podcast version is read by my good friend Chaz Engan. He does a fantastic job with it, well worth your ninety-nine cents.


Urban Cthulhu, edited by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen

April, 2012

Most people complain about their upstairs neighbors having noisy parties or sex. Jeremy's pretty sure they're eating people up there.

“The Neighbors Upstairs” appears in Urban Cthulhu, along with stories from Joe Pulver, Ted Grau, and Glynn Owen Barrass, all edited by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen.


Epitaphs, edited by Tracy Carbone

November 2011:

Dudley Gerritson's guts have been bothering him for days, and it's not what he just ate. It's his history, his stress level, and the unnatural thing that's growing inside him.

“Not an Ulcer” is available in Epitaphs, the first anthology published by the New England Horror Writers Association in conjunction with Shroud Press.


Dead but Dreaming 2, Edited by Kevin Ross

June, 2011:

Neville is usually bored at occult parties. This one, though, is trying a summoning ritual out of the fabulous and rare Die Unaussprechlichen Kulten. What could possibly go wrong?

“N is for Neville” appears in Dead but Dreaming 2, from Miskatonic River Press, along with stories by such luminaries as Wilum Pugmire, Joe Pulver, Cody Goodfellow, Joe Pulver, Mike Tice, and Willie Mielke.


Midnight Echo 5, edited by Leigh Blackmore

March 2011:

Len and Jess have gone to spy on the strange Chicken Man who lives in the woods. But the truth about what lurks beyond the light of civlization is stranger and more terrifying than they imagined.

“God of Chickens” appears in Midnight Echo #5, published by the Austalian Horror Writers Association.


Anromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazing #52, edited by David Kernot

Feb 2011:

NSA Agent Harrison Peel has his hands full, and more than full, as he tracks down grotesque occult activity in Marrakesh. “The Masked Messenger” appears in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #52

“David Conyers and John Goodrich are the joint authors of ‘The Masked Messenger’ which features Harrison Peel in another Cthulhu Mythos story. The agent is in Morocco to investigate strange deaths where people end up being cut into thousands of pieces. Is this a conventional terrorist act or is it an act of a cult belonging to the Masked Messenger? There is a strange book, centuries old, which contains deadly secrets and there is also a portal in the Sahara Desert which leads on to another world completely different from our own. An excellent tale full of suspense and action, it's worth purchasing the magazine for this alone.”
Rod MacDonald at SFcrowsnest.com


Cthulhu's Dark Cults, edited by David Conyers June 2010:
Being a factory worker in the 1920s was difficult, even if your boss wasn’t part of an evil cult. “Captains of Industry” in the Cthulhu’s Dark Cults anthology is now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your local bookstore (probably by special order) and Chaosium’s website, featuring the talents of Dave Conyers, John Sunseri, William Jones and Cody Goodfellow.

In his Amazon review, Matthew Carpenter specifically mentions my story:
“Captains of Industry” by John Goodrich - Mr. Goodrich is just starting his career as a published author. “The Patriot” was among the many highlights of Cthulhu Unbound 1. Two impoverished immigrant factory workers, struggling to live and struggling in the battle for workers’ rights, infiltrate an industrialists’ dinner party to try to get some leverage. They run afoul of the Hermetic Order of the Silver Twilight. Once again Mr. Goodrich gives us a rousing story of superior quality. His characters come alive on the page and the action is actually heart wrenching.”


Cthulhu Unbound, edited by John Sunseri and Thom Brannan

March 2009:
A dying soldier receives a macabre history lesson in the corpse-strewn trenches of World War One. “The Patriot” has been reprinted in volume one of the Cthulhu Unbound double anthology.

Ellen Datlow singled out “The Patriot” for praise in The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 2:
Cthulhu Unbound and Cthulhu Unbound 2 are both edited by John Sunseri and Thomas Brannon (Permuted Press) and are entertaining volunmes of fifteen original Lovecraftian stories each. The strongest from the first volume are by John Goodrich, John Clause Smith, Kim Paffenroth, Kevin Lauderdale, and C. J. Henderson...”

The estimable Robert Freeman wrote in his review at Monsterlibrarian.com:
“The crowning achievement in the anthology goes to John Goodrich’s ‘The Patriot’, a ghoulishly creepy war story that was atmospheric and a delight to the end.”


American Exorcist, Critical Essays on William Peter Blatty, edited by Benjamin Szumskyj November 2008 (Out of Print):
“Lebanon, the Fightin’ Irish, and Billy Shakespeare; The Comic Novels of William Peter Blatty” appeared in Benjamin Szumskyj's American Exorcist: Critical Essays on William Peter Blatty. Before Blatty shocked the world with The Exorcist, he wrote comedies. Does a study of his earlier, lighter work presage the monumentally chilling book that changed American horror?

Dissecting Hannibal Lecter, edited by Benjamin Szumskyj February 2008 (and out of print):
My essay “Hannibal at the Lectern: A Textual Analysis of Dr. Hannibal Lecter's Character and Motivations in Thomas Harris's Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs” appears in Dissecting Hannibal Lecter: A Critical Anthology on the Writings of Thomas Harris (ISBN 978-0-7864-3275-2) from McFarland Books.

Consider this exchange from The Silence of the Lambs:

     "What does he do, this man you want?"
     "He kills —"
     Ah —" [Dr. Lecter] said sharply, averting his face for a moment from her wrongheadedness. "That's incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does, what need does he serve by killing?"

Did you ever wonder what need Dr. Lecter serves when he kills?

 

April 2007:
Champagne” took second place at the Horror World Gross Out Contest. Getting one of the judges to comment “Dude. You’re WEIRD” was a real bonus. Click on the story title to read my really gross story for free.


Two-Gun Bob, edited by Benjamin Szumskyj

November 2006:
“... From Acorns Grow: Robert Howard Revealed in Post Oaks & Sand Roughs” appears in Hippocampus Press's Two Gun Bob: A Centennial Study of Robert E. Howard (ISBN 0-9771734-5-3), edited by Benjamin Szumskyj. This essay is an attempt to apprehend some of the phenomenal mind of pulp writer Robert Howard by comparing his letters to a fictionalized autobiography he wrote between 1923 and 1926.


The Right Hand of Doom

October 2006 (Out of Print):
“Mr. Boy: Hellboy & The Struggle to Adulthood”, a study of father-son issues in the Hellboy graphic novels, appeared in Benjamin Szumskyj’s Right Hand of Doom: A Critical Study of Michael Mignola’s Hellboy. The limited edition of 333 has sold out.


Cthulhu Express September, 2006:
“The Patriot” appeared in Rage Machine Books’ Cthulhu Express anthology (225 pages, ISBN: 1-8970-8417-X). After selling eleven copies, this book has gone out of print.


Arkham Tales, edited by William Jones August, 2006:
“Arkham Rain” appears in the Arkham Tales anthology (ISBN 1-56882-185-9), published by Chaosium. The story received an honorable mention in the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 2007.

Matthew Carpenter writes in his said in his Amazon review:
“Mr. Goodrich is active on the mythos scene but I don't recall seeing his work before. I'll have to remedy that! ‘Arkham Rain’ was a terrific story about the Innsmouth taint visiting an unwitting family. An old mythos trope? You bet! But this was a wonderfully original take.”

Another review from Nancy Oakes on Goodreads.com:
“Arkham Rain*, by John Goodrich: Very well done story in which the protagonist discovers some unsettling news which takes him to Innsmouth. I really enjoyed this one -- a new take on the Innsmouth legends.”


The Keeper's Companion 2 2002: The Keeper's Companion 2 (ISBN 1-56882-186-7) is a collection of articles on Prohibition, Firearms, Tomes & Creatures for the Call of Cthulhu game. I edited "The History Behind Prohibition", a lengthy article by Adam Gauntlett bringing anti-alcohol advocates, law enforcement, gangsters, rum-runners, and consumers into focus. This article fills more than a quarter of the book's 168 pages.

The Unspeakable Oath 16 March 2001:
“That Horrid Book!” in The Unspeakable Oath's double 16/17 issue. It details many ways for the unholy books of the Cthulhu Mythos to haunt seekers into the unknown without resorting to game mechanics.

Ticklebritches and the Cowboy 2000:
I helped to edit Ticklebritches and the Cowboy (ISBN 0-9700464-0-5), a collection of humorous and insightful stories, musings, and poems spanning all decades of the 1900s. Part One (1900-1947) recalls Lois McClurg's early life in the San Joaquin Valley, California foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Through her unique eyes, she vividly describes life as one of ten children being raised by a Catholic mother/teacher and a pack-train guide/father; becoming a teacher; marriage to a cowboy/rancher and bearing children during the first half of the 20th century. Part Two (1947-1999) records her life in the Flathead Valley, Montana foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Glacier National Park.

Written over a fifty year span, we share Lois's amazement on life and societal changes from the early, rugged 20th century pioneering days to growing old in the 1990s. Ticklebritches was a nickname given to Lois by her father, because she loved to laugh and found fun in so many things. These recollections reflect that sense of humor that she still had at the age of 91.

The Doomtown Epitaph Winter 2000:
Stranger and Stranger” in Doomtown Epitaph #2 as part of an ongoing series of stories or Alderac Entertainment Group's Doomtown Card Game. I have collected this and many other Doomtown stories, primarily those connected with the eldrichly inbred, degenerately evil Whateley clan in the Whateley Family Bible.

Beyond the Mountains of Madness 1999:
Beyond the Mountains of Madness, (ISBN 1-56882-138-7) The Origins award winner for best roleplaying adventure of 1999, included my 12,000 word completion of Edgar Allen Poe's Narrative of A, Gordon Pym, linking it to HP Lovecraft's novella At the Mountains of Madness. In addition, I supplied articles on the history of Antarctic exploration, Antarctic flora and fauna, and created more than fifty characters for both the Starkweather-Moore and Lexington Expeditions.

The Unspeakable Oath #13 1995:
"The Gentle Art of Slaughtering Investigators" in The Unspeakable Oath #13.

“As for the unsavory Mister Goodrich, his commentary on how the Keeper should serve as the channel for the uncaring universe is among my favorite pieces that we've published in TUO.” —John Tynes

Quanta December 1992:
Green”, my very first e-publication, appeared in the Quanta, the Electronic Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy.


Irons in the Fire



Updated on June 2, 2016