With Blair Murphy on a ‘secret mission’ (of a literary nature, possibly leading to something big–and yes, that is all that Our Glorious Leader would tell any of us), I was in charge of the weekly coffeehouse at the Grand Midway Hotel. I was ably assisted by Synthia (in a black promotional t-shirt dating back […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: 14 September 2019"
First an apology: I fully intended to post this recap of last Thursday’s coffeehouse within 24 hours of the event. Other factors intervened, some writer related (like the June 1st deadline on my bimonthly column for the PennWriter newsletter) or other more general life issues. Anyway……. The first coffeehouse of 2019 was, on the whole, […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 30 May 2019"
Blood Communion by Anne Rice. (Vampire Novel, 2018). Okay, here’s another installment of another long-running book series–the fifteenth novel in Rice’s famous Vampire Chronicles. As is so often the case, Lestat, the recently crowned Prince of the Vampires, narrates yet another epic undead adventure. Following hard on the heels of the game-changing Prince Lestat and the Realms […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Blood Communion"
The owner/operator of the Grand Midway, Blair Murphy, had business that kept him from being on hand for much of this Thursday’s coffeehouse. Accordingly, he asked yours truly to pinch-hit for him. I agreed, of course–I mean, why not? Being paid a bit to attend my favorite place, where I’d be spending the evening regardless! […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: September 6, 2018"
This installment of the Grand Midway Hotel’s weekly coffeehouse featured mostly familiar faces, plus one actual newcomer, a couple quirky films on DVDs (both comedies, though otherwise quite unlike one another), one regular’s persistent smartphone frustrations, another visit by two psychic researchers, and yours truly conveying good writing news (polite way of saying bragging) even […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: July 12, 2018"
This morning got an email from Jesse Dedman, online publisher/editor, concerning my story “Appraised Risk.” It seems I’m about to receive a royalty payment via Paypal for this erotic horror tale, which appeared in November 2016 in his online/wordpress publication Deadman’s Tome. It’s a rather modest, but very welcome and very gratefully acknowledged sum and many, […]Read more "New Royalty Statement–A Most excellent Surprise!"
A quiet night so far at the coffeehouse of Windber’s fabled Grand Midway Hotel. Blair had to work till 6 PM (which is when it was to open–so I was drafted to come in early and do the prep work). Our lead movie tonight was the great Tim Burton epic Ed Wood–Johnny Depp, the wondrous Martin […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: October 19 at the Grand Midway Hotel"
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (Supernatural Horror Novel, 2009). Yep, picked up another one. Reading these in no particular order (but I’m weird and bounce around so much between genres/favorite authors, etc.). This one is the 9th novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series (basis for the True Blood TV series) with human telepath and fun lead character […]Read more "REVIEWED: Dead and Gone"
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 […]Read more "Story & Poem Accepted for Publication"
The Kindred of Darkness by Barbara Hambly. (Historical Horror Novel, 2017). A while ago I reviewed one of Hambly’s Benjamin January crime/adventure series set in the pre-Civil War deep south. now I want to take a look at the latest in her other series–the fifth James Asher vampire novel. It’s 1913 and the latest in a series of […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Kindred of Darkness"