Special Coffeehouse Tonight

The Shangra La Coffeehouse at Windber Pennsylvania’s famed and fabulous haunted hotel, the Grand Midway will be open tonight, from 6 PM till Midnight. As usual, it’s only $3/person for all the coffee you can drink. Plenty of used books, videos (including copies of the locally produced movie ZOMBIE DREAM), T-shirts and assorted odd gift items […]

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REVIEWED: Nevertheless: A Memoir

Nevertheless: A Memoir by Alec Baldwin. (Memoir, 2017). While never quite rising to the level of a “bankable” movie superstar, Alec Baldwin has had an enviable career. He’s won multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, along with being nominated for the Oscar and Tony Awards. And his previous nonfiction book, A Promise to […]

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REVIEWED: Before the War

Before the War by Fay Weldon (Historical Novel, 2016/2017). This bitingly satirical romp of a novel details a wildly dysfunctional English family’s misadventures from 1922 up to the day in the autumn of 1939 when the slow simmering background tensions in Europe finally boil over in open war with Hitler’s Germany. There’s plenty of fine period […]

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REVIEWED: Island of Glass

Island of Glass by Nora Roberts (Fantasy Novel, 2016). It’s hard to keep up with the enormously prolific and overwhelmingly popular Nora Roberts. This one is the concluding book in The Guardians Trilogy. I missed the first two volumes while sampling several of other books (including the crime stories she writes as JD Robb).  But as […]

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REVIEWED: Dead and Breakfast

Dead and Breakfast by Kate Kingsbury (cozy mystery novel, 2017). For once, I pick up the FIRST in a new series of mystery novels! Kingsbury, of course, is a veteran and highly successful writer with a bunch of popular series to her credit. But this one is the initial offering set in the Merry Ghost Inn. […]

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Story & Poem Accepted for Publication

I’m very happy to report that I’ve sold reprint rights to a short story and a poem to the supernatural horror magazine Bloodbond (Alban Lake Publishing) for their November 2017 issue. “Unnatural Balances,” a story involving flesh-eating ghouls ‘thinning the herd’ of over-populated vampires (who in turn are preying on regular mortals) puts a supernatural spin […]

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