Strange Weather by Joe Hill (Short Horror Novel Collection, 2017). As per the title, each of the four long stories/short novels here make reference, to one degree or another, to abberant weather conditions. All are, of course, horrific in nature and treatment. But there’s nothing repetitive about them. Each tale has a different setting, tone and […]Read more "REVIEWED: Strange Weather"
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 […]Read more "Assorted Writing/Publication News"
Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar (Dark Fantasy Novella, 2017). Richard Chizmar, a multiple award-winning author (and editor and publisher) has teamed up with the incomparable Stephen King to produce one of the most evocative, insightful and powerfully humane short novels of dark fantasy/contemporary horror in recent memory. The book opens in the […]Read more "REVIEWED: Gwendy’s Button Box"
Here’s the front and back covers of issue #3 of Skelos, a print magazine of weird fiction and fantasy. I’m proud to say I have work here–though my contribution is a mere book review article. But this one is chocked full of a wide range of fiction, poetry and nonfiction from such respected and award winning […]Read more "Skelos 3: Now available from Amazon Books!"
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"
Devils & Demons edited by Marvin Kaye. (Horror Anthology, 1987). Putting myself in a Halloween mood, I checked this thick (586 pages) anthology out of my local library. The book contains 52 works–mostly short to medium-length horrific fiction, but with a sprinkling of poems and even one short play script. The contents range from old classics […]Read more "REVIEWED: Devils & Demons"
If you haven’t seen an image from last weekend’s guided tours, here is the unholy “Brother James” (me) holding forth beside a photo of the Midway’s most famous ghost, Dear Tragic Martha… A chess match between costumed ghouls rages, as a tarot card reading takes place and the night’s 3rd movie is the (intensely) […]Read more "October 27th at the Grand Midway, Part 2"