I won’t bury the lead. Some lovely folks are making my story, “Glaciers” into a short film. As a lifelong cinephile and former film student this is an exciting development. As a writer, it’s a humbling honor. Adaptations are, by nature, counterparts. They are their own works of art, but to be the catalyst for another work of art is all an artist can hope for.

Director Alexandra Craft and her Bering Sea Productions team have launched a Kickstarter to help fund the production. Go forth and help out if you feel so inclined!

Here’s a little bit I wrote about the project:

“Glaciers” was one of the first stories I wrote for what became the collection, Nothing but the Dead and Dying. Even now, more than eight years after writing that first draft, it remains one of my favorite things I’ve written. The story truly represents the collection and the themes I am most concerned with in my writing, primarily how people manage to deal with and (sometimes) overcome all the struggles that life brings. Having this story brought to life in a new medium is exciting, to see the characters whose pain feels very real to me come to life will certainly be an unforgettable experience for me and I hope all who see the film as well.

If you want to follow the progress of the project, I’ll be trying to post updates via my own social media accounts, but you should also check out BSP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

In other news, there was a fantastic new review of Nothing but the Dead and Dying recently. Check it out!


Link Round-Up

Check out a quick round-up of Nothing but the Dead and Dying related posts since the release in December!

I showed off my book shelves at The Quivering Pen

I talked about my first week in the Arctic at The Quivering Pen

David Abrams flattered me by including me in his Best Books of 2015

Tobias Carroll interviewed me at Vol. 1 Brooklyn

I talked about the role of music in my writing for Roz Morris’ Undercover Soundtrack


A Story of Stories


Today is the day. My new story collection, Nothing but the Dead and Dying is officially out. You can pick it up at Amazon, or many other places (I’ll be adding links to the book page).

This morning I was thinking about the odyssey that this book became. We all know the way time marches onward, and I hadn’t really thought about how long the process had been. Sure, it’s been about six years since I finished the first version of this collection, but it’s been nearly eight years since I wrote the first story, “Like Swimming.”

It’s hard to put into words the mix of thoughts and emotions that come with an eight-year labor of blood, sweat, and tears coming to fruition. Hemingway referred to feeling empty after finishing a story. In a way I feel that now. There is a profound sadness involved and maybe that’s not uncommon.

Though I often refer to the book as my baby (it is barely older than my younger son), I don’t mean it in the way some people refer to their pets. I say it because my hopes for it are not unlike those I have for my sons. I want them to grow up and be healthy, happy, and successful (by their own standards). Books can’t necessarily be healthy or happy, but we inevitably hope for their success.

In general, I don’t take compliments well. They make me feel squirmy. I’m a hopeless neurotic who has a hard time accepting anything I do as being “good” or “successful.”

That’s where this book is different. I feel it is good. I feel I have done my very best. So more than anything I’ve written before I want people to read this book, to notice it, to affirm that I have written something worthwhile. These are feelings that are nauseating, too. Who wants to want to be liked? Or admit to it?

There was a time when I thought this book was the one that would end up “making a splash,” that would somehow elevate me as a writer. That sounds egotistical as all hell. Now I’m seasoned enough to know just how hard it is to make a splash, to be elevated, for a book to be noticed. Especially for indie writers and publishers who have to hustle until they have no hustle left and then hustle some more.

Over the years that this book cycled through the hands of agents and editors I was asked several times to link the stories, to turn it into a novel. How I would possibly turn twenty-four separate stories into a single coherent novel is beyond me. I insisted it was a story collection and would stay that way. I believed in it for what it was, for what I had put into it as a writer. And I was equally aware that some of the stories had changed me as a person a bit, too.

So, here we are. Almost eight years since I wrote a story in my MFA that turned into five stories, then twelve, eighteen, and finally twenty-four. It’s everything I ever wanted to write and, in a way, everything I ever wanted anyone to understand. About me, my writing, and my connection to my first and true home, Alaska.

Is the hard part done? It certainly felt hard writing and crafting the stories, but it feels hard now, too. If nothing else, I hope that’s reflected in the work. That if you read it, you’ll be able to tell.


More Dead & Dying

December 2nd is getting so close, which means Nothing but the Dead and Dying is almost here! After years of working on the book I couldn’t be more excited, yet it’s also a little surreal that it will finally be out in the world. Here are a couple little updates:

Blackstone Audio has shared the story “Haul Road” from the audiobook edition of the book! Listen to it HERE

I was very humbled to receive this incredible blurb from David Abrams, author of Fobbit:

Just like the State of Alaska itself, in which they’re set, the stories in Ryan Bradley’s Nothing But the Dead and Dying are beautiful, dangerous, hardcore, and strong enough to break your ice-brittled bones. Here are the losers and the strivers, the broken and the just-fixed, the down-but-not-out and the ones crawling back for forgiveness on hands and knees. These are the people of Alaska, yes, but they are also all the citizens of the world. They are you and me in our best and worst hours. Ryan W. Bradley goes full throttle down an icy road with these stories. GodDAMN, can he ever drive a story!


A New Story

I haven’t written many new short stories in the last year, so I’m very excited that one of the few I have written has found at home at the incomparable Vol. 1 Brooklyn! It’s an eerie little number called “Graves” and it’s accompanied by a piece of art by my friend, Alan R. Engstrom!

Go read “Graves” at Vol. 1 Brooklyn!


Tiny Letter

For those who don’t read long-ish posts: SIGN UP for my Tiny Letter email that will launch in November. For the rest of you, read on:


There are a lot of email newsletters in the world, and I’ve been hesitant to do one myself, but every week I read Warren Ellis’ newsletter, Orbital Operations (if you don’t subscribe to this, DO SO NOW) and can’t help thinking about all the things that make me open it each time it arrives in my inbox. Ellis covers a lot of ground, he talks about what’s happening in his life, what he’s reading, what he’s listening to, and yes, what he’s working on. I love this mix, it combines the things I like about social media posts from writers I know and enjoy. It comes in on Sunday evenings and I save it to read with my coffee at work on Monday mornings.

As I begin to craft concrete goals for myself as a writer, as I start to look at my time in terms of projects I want to work on and how to accomplish them, the more I think that committing to a newsletter could be a good thing. Anyone who knows me knows I have a lot of ideas and many of them get left by the wayside, but at its best this newsletter could help keep me on task, and maybe be a bit of fun for my like-minded friends and any readers out there, too.

In addition to writing about what I’m working on, reading, listening to, and watching I plan on including odd features like a 1 question interview series called Situational Reading (which I almost turned into a blog about a year ago, and “art breaks” where I provide a link to some piece(s) of art I find inspiring (this is something I’ve done on my social media accounts and in random emails to friends for years). There might also be occasional exclusive elements *cough* like a preview of an upcoming book *cough*

This will be at the most a weekly email, so you won’t grow to hate it too much.

If this sounds interesting, SIGN UP

If not… sign up anyway.


Recent Reviews

It’s been nearly a year since Winterswim came out and the new one, Nothing but the Dead and Dying is only a little over a month from landing, but in the last couple weeks a couple new reviews have come in for the former. New books don’t always stay in the consciousness of readers for very long, so it’s very humbling that people are still picking Winterswim up and taking the time to talk about it.

At Green Mountains Review, Marcus Proctor says the book should be able to “rake in the dough.”

And over at Change Seven, Priscilla Bourgoine says, “Bradley demonstrates finesse with both his lyrical sentences and his artful suspense.”


An interview with Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr’s latest novel, All This Life is a fully realized ensemble story that weaves together perfectly and in a taut, fast-paced story no less. Recently I got the chance to talk to him about the book for the Downpour Insider.

Go read The New Intimacy: A conversation with Joshua Mohr


Moose League Audio


My baseball story, “Love and Death in the Moose League” has been around for a few years now. It came out as a standalone ebook, and last year I sent 50 printed and bound copies to friends to celebrate the start of the baseball season. In December it will appear within the covers of my long-awaited (by me at least) collection, Nothing but the Dead and Dying.

I’m excited to say that while you wait for December you can listen to the audio version of the story! You can download it at Downpour for 99 cents and spend half an hour of your time with a washed-up ball player who just doesn’t want the game to end.

Personally, my favorite part of the story was getting to have a character nicknamed “Peaches.” I once spent nine months working in a call center and gave that very nickname to a coworker. By the time I left that job even his mother was calling him Peaches.

Anyway, go pick up the story, it’ll cost you less than a cup of coffee and last you longer.

“Love and Death in the Moose League” at Downpour

Nothing but the Dead and Dying is out December 2 in paperback from Civil Coping Mechanisms and various audio formats from Blackstone Audio.


An interview with Christian TeBordo

I’ve known Christian TeBordo for some time now. I published one of his stories in a literary journal I used to edit. Heck, I was kind of a character in one of his stories. It’s always been a pleasure to read his work and an even bigger one to talk with him, so I was excited to interview him about his latest book, Toughlahoma for Electric Literature.

Go read The Problem of Language: A conversation with Christian TeBordo