July 28th at the Grand Midway

Tonight at the Grand Midway’s Shangri-La Coffeehouse: Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks Coffees, assorted teas and hot cocoa. 1st movie: “Knocked Up”–just because… Rain outside. Folks on the porch comparing auto breakdown experiences. One soon-to-move-away Midway resident organizing going-away ritual (hint: rum is involved); another retiring early cause he’ll have to get up at 3 AM […]

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New Crime Story Published

My new crime story “Playing the Race Card” has been published in 9Crimes, an e-book anthology from Bride of Chaos, Inc. Available for only 99 cents from the Kindle store, it can be read on any electronic device with the free Kindle app. Click on the following link to check the book out and/or buy […]

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Review: A Man in Full

A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe. Novel, 1998, 787 pages. I’ve heard of Tom Wolfe for years, of course. I’ve seen a movie based on one of the big (make that BIG) books he likes to write (The Right Stuff—about the early batch of astronauts). But this is my first time actually sitting down and […]

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In The Night Room by Peter Straub. Supernatural novel, 2004 Straub is known as a writer of ghostly books–in fact the work often considered his signature masterwork is entitled Ghost Story. This one also deals with spirits of the dead, while incorporating Straub’s take on the trope of the author’s fictional creations come to life (a […]


New Erotic Horror E-Book Anthology

Here’s an advance look at the cover for Deadman’s Tome: Horrgasm–an e-book anthology collecting six sex-horror stories originally published in the word-press-based e-zine Deadman’s Tome. The editor describes my contribution (“The Vampire Nymph”) as “sizzling vampire sex served with a cold dish of irony.” Other contributors to the book include Ken Goldman, Marc Shapiro, Bob Freville, […]

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July 21 at the Grand Midway

Halloween in July tonight at the Grand Midway’s Shangri-La Coffeehouse. Hot as hell tonight, but tonight’s coffees are Pumpkin Spice and Starbucks regular. And it’s all horror movies–all night long! The first movie? The Haunting in Connecticut–  a low-budget effort from 2009. But Blair didn’t seem that happy with it and quickly went to the Jeff […]

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REVIEW: Pegasus Descending

Pegasus Descending by James Lee Burke, crime/mystery novel, 2006. I really like James Lee Burke’s work. His crime novels are always filled with interesting, complex and three-dimensional characters, and great atmosphere/vividly realized settings. He can be by turns sweet and lyrical, sardonically amusing, and brutally honest–not to mention honestly brutal. I’ve just read this, one […]

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