Assorted Writing/Publication News

This post is all about my latest publishing efforts/news. This time out, there’s two book reviews and a short but emotional SF story to discuss. The image shows the front and back covers of the 3rd issue of Skelos, a print magazine of weird and dark fantasy literature. Its almost 200 perfect bound pages are chocked […]

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Coffeehouse Recap, the Day After: November 2, 2017 at the Grand Midway Hotel

My cranky laptop somehow refused accept an offered Wi-Fi signal last night at the Grand Midway, so I’m forced into another day-after report. November 2 was, of course, the last day of the 3-day-long Day of the Dead observance down in southern Mexico (did you know it’s only the last few decades that the tradition […]

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Coffeehouse Nights! September 28 at the Grand Midway Hotel.

For the first time in ages, I’m online at the fabled Grand Midway Hotel of Windber for a coffeehouse evening–all courtesy (and thanks!) to a fellow regular–Amber–and her PORTABLE Wi-Fi thingy from Verizon. Just had my first coffee of the evening (Dunkin Donuts Regular Blend). Several other attendees also online (or in one case, simply […]

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REVIEWED: A Game of Ghosts

A Game of Ghosts  by John Connolly (Supernatural Thriller, 2017). This novel, the latest in along line of books centered around a private detective named Charlie Parker, expertly blends multiple genres to very pleasing effect. Parker sees ghosts (including that of his first daughter) and regularly has to deal with other supernatural threats. Meanwhile, he’s […]

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Not Gagging On It, Tonight!

Random Fun Fact of the Day: Fake movie blood tastes worse than real blood. Much worse. I know this from personal experience, for indeed that is yours truly: chomping down on rubber prop intestines and said unpalatable liquid in my role as a zombie in Blair Murphy’s Windber-centered low-budget movie, Zombie Dream. For addition poignant, […]

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REVIEWED: Bryant & May: Strange Tide

Bryant & May: Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler. (Detective/Mystery Novel, 2016). The latest book in this long-running series finds the allegedly elite team known as the Peculiar Crimes Unit headed for disaster. For all their past successes, they’ve always depended on aging detective Arthur Bryant’s eccentric brilliance, tempered by his steady partner John May, to solve […]

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Alfred Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd. (Critical Biography, 2016). Hitchcock is, of course one of the most famous and most written-about figures in the history of the film industry. You needn’t take my word for it, either. Merely check out 4-page bibliography lurking at the back of this new book! Naturally, some are books about movies in […]