My Horror Selfie for HWA

Here’s my contribution to the wonderful Rocky Wood‘s Horror Selfies for the Horror Writers Association. Anybody can submit a photo, whether you’re a member of the HWA, a horror writer who’s currently an aspiring member, or just a crazy rabid horror fan like myself. The deadline to get yours in is November 6, 2014, and first prize is a ton of signed books by some noteworthy authors. So what do you got to lose? Like they say, you can’t win if you don’t enter.            ... Read the Rest →


It’s Good To Be King

I knew I wanted to write when I was seven. Around nine or ten I was reading Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke, just to name a few. I still wanted to write, and was constantly holed up in my bedroom pounding out weird stories while my brothers played outside. I emulated all my favorite writers, but was still looking for my own voice. Carrie was released in 1974, but it would take another eight years before Stephen King even registered on my radar. I happened to... Read the Rest →



This story is a little off my beaten path. There are no monsters, or time travelers, or space aliens. But it is dark. And that, my friends, is most definitely up my alley. Hope you enjoy it.   Airplanes and elevators. I hate them both. And it seemed no sooner had our stressful four-hour flight on the one ended (our brief cab ride through the dark, silent city being my only respite) than we found ourselves being hoisted aloft on the other. I’d left my stomach somewhere over Kansas. Figured... Read the Rest →


They’ll Soon Walk Among Us

FEMBOTS!! I think we all know where this is going. Remember Westworld? And of course, there’s Blade Runner. Seriously, though, this is very cool. Kinda creepy, but cool nonetheless. I had no idea that the technology had advanced this far. Watch this robot, notice her mannerisms. Yes, I said “her.” My head keeps trying to remind me that it’s only a machine, nothing but wires and circuits. But after all, isn’t that what we’re made up of for the most part? Where is this leading? Will robots one day be... Read the Rest →


So Long, Robin Williams

So Robin Williams is gone. Goddamn it. We lose him while soulless pricks like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Rush Limbaugh keep right on going, sucking up the oxygen and spitting out vitriol. I know my left leanings are showing here, but those are simply the first worst that came to mind. I’m going to miss Robin Williams. He was one of those people whose humanity shined through so brightly, it was easy to see that better angel within. It’s sad to think of all the films and appearances... Read the Rest →


The Art Of Being Human

I wasn’t a very good father. I could use the excuse that my own father wasn’t a very good one either, that I had no example to follow, so therefore I didn’t quite know how to go about it. And maybe there’s some truth to that. But it’s not the whole truth. My first marriage was a dreadful mistake. We “had” to get married. But we were desperately young and didn’t even know who we were yet. And it became immediately clear that whoever we were (or whoever we were... Read the Rest →


A Character In Real Life

While eating dinner with some friends in a restaurant last night, I was having trouble keeping track of the conversation. For one thing, the place was loud and my days as a musician have left me saying “what?” a lot. But that wasn’t really it. There was an odd little woman sitting at a table a few feet away. She looked to be in her mid-to-late thirties. But she was as small as a child. Her feet didn’t even touch the floor. And she was blind. A pair of dark... Read the Rest →


Matthew Mather, Author of Cyberstorm, Offers Some Advice on Self-Publishing

I’m personally not a big fan of serials, with a few exceptions (Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series and Hugh Howey’s Wool Trilogy being two), although I may be adding Matthew Mather’s Atopia Chronicles to the list. Mather gives some solid tips here on self-pubbing, which he calls his SHAKESPEARE system. I’m currently reading his novel Cyberstorm and I gotta say, it’s a damn engrossing story. So without further adieu, I give you Matthew Mather:   I get a lot of requests from new authors looking for tips and advice... Read the Rest →


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