Much talk of dog breeds, Pokemon Go vs. Geo Caching, and home remodeling techniques were among the subjects various people discussed here tonight. Meanwhile, Jeter the dog got a quick walk around Werewolf Park (as we call it) between rain showers. Alas, the lettuce Blair generously put out for area rabbits has gone untouched as […]Read more "July 28th at the Grand Midway, Part 2"
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 […]Read more "July 28th at the Grand Midway"
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 […]Read more "New Crime Story Published"
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 […]Read more "Review: A Man in Full"
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 […]Read more "REVIEW: IN THE NIGHT ROOM"
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, […]Read more "New Erotic Horror E-Book Anthology"
The original Men in Black was the night’s 3rd movie at the Grand Midway’s coffeehouse night. Multiple chess matches in progress; free Wi-Fi getting a workout (I’m not the only one!) and lots of small groups chatting about this and that (including the advantages in having a best friend on the football team when you’re a […]Read more "July 21 at the Grand Midway, Part 2"
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 […]Read more "July 21 at the Grand Midway"
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 […]Read more "REVIEW: Pegasus Descending"
For the coffeehouse’s 3rd movie of the evening, Blair went off the (intentional) comedy theme with 300. Attendance was pretty thin tonight (owing to the hot humid temps, no doubt), mostly regulars. I’d been playing with the denizens of the Maison De Meow (the outdoor, 2-story feline play area on the side of the Grand Midway)–or trying […]Read more "July 14th at The Grand Midway, Part 2"