I haven’t had a chance to read John Claude Smith‘s novel RIDING THE CENTIPEDE yet, but Laird Barron had great things to say about it and Laird’s always a good resource. In addition to that, it made the Stoker prelims so maybe you should check it out. I know I will as soon as I get control of my TBR pile.
What I can tell you is that I’ve been reading his short story collection THE DARK IS LIGHT ENOUGH FOR ME in between review reads and it’s left me speechless several times. So far, there are no filler stories in this book, nor even any merely good stories. Every single one is a dark and flawless gem.
If you haven’t done so, you should be reading the work of John Claude Smith.
About John Claude Smith:
John Claude Smith is a writer of dark speculative fiction, everything from hardcore horror to magic realism, weird fiction, and a few unknown off-ramps along the way. He has had two collections published, The Dark is Light Enough for Me and Autumn in the Abyss, as well as two limited edition chapbooks, Dandelions and Vox Terrae. His debut novel, Riding the Centipede, was published in June of 2015 and is gathering stellar reviews. He is currently working on a new collection and a stand-alone novella, while he revises another novel…or two. Busy is good. He splits his time between the East Bay of northern California, across from San Francisco, and Rome, Italy, where his heart resides always
His blog, The Wilderness Within, deals with writing (of course), music, art–whatever strikes his fancy. http://thewildernesswithinbyjohnclaudesmith.blogspot.com/