Happy Halloween

October 31st is horror fans’ official holiday. This year I’m celebrating by dressing up as my favorite screen character, Baby Jane Hudson. I guess I’ve entered my Grande Dame Guignol years. I embrace it. I look forward to scaring the children on my doorstep this year. Below are a few of my favorite Grand Dame’s,Continue reading “Happy Halloween”

Autumn Reads

The other night my heart thrilled at the sight of an enormous harvest moon making wavy gold streaks on the river’s surface. I smelled the crisp scent of burning leaves in the suddenly chilly air and knew my favorite season had returned at last. In Pennsylvania we get the weather extremes, and as much asContinue reading “Autumn Reads”

Anatomy of a Sequence

The Exorcist The Exorcist’s opening Iraq sequence is a masterclass in visual metaphors. By using only images and sound (the brief dialogue is in Arabic), a portending evil is introduced. The scenes taking place in an ancient arid land (you can feel the heat) slowly lull the viewer into a hypnotic trance with its starkContinue reading “Anatomy of a Sequence”

Guilty Pleasures – The Craft

All of them bitches… While channel surfing last night looking for something “dumb but fun”, I was thrilled to see that The Craft had just started. I grabbed some popcorn (not really, I’m dieting) and sat back to enjoy one of my favorite teen flicks.

Pure Joy Straight from Hell

Paperbacks From Hell – Book Review It was with great anticipation that I pre-ordered Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix after seeing it mentioned on one of my favorite blogs Too Much Horror Fiction (webmaster Will Errickson writes the afterword and provided a lot of the spectacular cover art from his personal collection). I dedicatedContinue reading “Pure Joy Straight from Hell”

Autumn Ghost Stories

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James The Fall Equinox may be a few weeks away, but once my birthday arrives in late August (and perhaps as a consequence of receiving school supplies for presents as a child along with my many years of teaching), it’s a signal that the summer is officially over;Continue reading “Autumn Ghost Stories”

Misty Daydreams

The days have been cool and misty. Fall is my favorite time of year, and this year feels like an early one. I don’t miss those balmy September days. Summer is over (perhaps not officially) and so is summer reading. Done are those cheap romance and horror novels I love so (well, maybe not completely).Continue reading “Misty Daydreams”

‘Black Magick’ is Live!

Hey horror (and occult thriller) fans! My new book Black Magick is LIVE! Please follow me on Amazon and Goodreads. For those who received a free copy, I will be shipping those out soon.  About Black Magick: Beware the devil woman…. Small town music legend, Rob Sweeney, had everything a man could wish for: money,Continue reading “‘Black Magick’ is Live!”

New Novel Giveaway

A New Occult Thriller As a thank you to my blog followers, I’m giving away TEN advanced paperback copies of my new occult thriller novel – BLACK MAGICK  (first come basis – US only). Reserve your copy now by sending me an email at exlibrisregina@gmail.com (subject: black magick) About BLACK MAGICK  Beware the devil woman…. SmallContinue reading “New Novel Giveaway”

Fostering Creativity – Part 4

Embrace Randomness The surrealists believed in the power of randomness to invoke the muse. Automatic writing can clear the detritus built up on the brain after weeks of editing as much as a (I’m hoping) War of the Apes will. It’s also a channel to new (sometimes ancient) ideas uncomplicated by the burden of consciousContinue reading “Fostering Creativity – Part 4”