Hello, my friends. It has been awhile, but I’ve got some good stuff for you tonight. But first, the bit of bad news. My biological father died. I won’t go into it further at the moment, but for now I’ll just say it has been a strange time. How’s that for oblique? In better news… […]Read more "99-Cent Books, a New Audiobook, New Reviews, and One Bit of Bad News"
My kids are young, which means they watch shows intended for younger audiences. And while that wasn’t an extraordinarily deep statement, it does set the stage for a major issue in the world of kids’ entertainment: Many folks don’t go above and beyond to make the best product possible. Come on. We’ve all seen them. […]Read more "Potatoland (and Why You Should Be Watching Classic Mickey Mouse)"
Hey, friends. You guys know by now what a complete and utter cheeseball I am. I’m an unabashed fan of books, as well as a writer of them, and I’m not skilled at feigning aloofness when talking about the stuff I love to read. Which explains why I sound like a blathering lunatic on the […]Read more "Pod of Horror is BACK (featuring interviews with Bev Vincent and Me!)"
Hey, Friends. In an ecstasy of playing with my kids and editing here, so I’ll make it short: Two new reviews. Bookgasm reviewed Savage Species (the entire novel). Wag the Fox reviewed Night Terrors (the free first section of Savage Species. Here a couple excerpts: “This is for the fans. And, for us fans, it’s […]Read more "Bookgasm and Wag the Fox Take on SAVAGE SPECIES"
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As long time readers of my blog and chain know, October – renamed Horrortober by yours truly – is my favorite month of the year. Over the past 11 months, I’ve been stockpiling horror books, movies, mags and places to go, so every day of Terrortober is nothing but horror,…
Hello, Friends! Busy times as usual around the ranch here. With school starting up again and writing deadlines coming due, I haven’t been able to blog as much, but hey, you all know about being busy, right? And it’s not like your life hasn’t been complete without reading my review of some obscure 1940s horror/science […]Read more "Some Things You Might Not Know That I Love: Part Two"
This is one of my favorite books. It has its detractors, and of course, your mileage might vary, but here are a few quick observations about Cormac McCarthy‘s brilliant The Road. 1. This book made me cry. You’ve heard of the iceberg technique of storytelling? The one Hemingway championed? This book is the textbook example […]Read more "Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD"
Okay, let me begin (as I often do) by saying that these are just my opinions. Feel free to disagree, argue, or toss my thoughts out the window like twice-used bacon grease. I can only speak from personal experience. And my personal experience is this: I once spent a great deal of time—a disturbingly immense […]Read more "Writing Advice #3: The Time-Sucking Query Letter (or The Importance of Speaking Portuguese)"
By now you know I love my wife and kids. You know I love Stephen King. But here are some things you might not know that I love… George Strait The Brothers Karamazov The smell of Iams Weight Control cat food Jimmy Stewart The change of seasons Patricia Arquette in True Romance (especially her imperfect […]Read more "Some Things You Might Not Know That I Love"
Last week, after making the foolhardy decision to open my mouth and share some advice about writing and publishing, I wrote this post about The Danger of Knowing Everything. While my intent is never to discourage, I want these posts to match my personality and my mindset. I’ve always been an optimistic realist. I have a […]Read more "Writing Advice #2: Some Wisdom from RATATOUILLE"