Vamp Lit

October is the month for all things horror, but since that is generally most (not all) of what I read, I like to focus on one specific sub-genre. This time around it’s vampires. I read Dracula last year. I recently finished, and reviewed, Twilight  so that’s out of the way, thank God. So next upContinue reading “Vamp Lit”

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”

For Entertainment Purposes Only

It was my desire to escape the clinging neuroses of the dour Ms. Tyler that made me reach for a purgative in the form of a trashy 80’s horror novel I found at my local used book store. Enter The Dragon by William Schoell. Aside from the fact that the image appears more like an iguanaContinue reading “For Entertainment Purposes Only”

Indie Horror Fiction Review #2

A Sinister Six by Steve Boseley A few months back I sent out a random tweet announcing I was looking for indie horror books to review and Steve Boseley (a nice English gent) sent me his collection of A Sinister Six: A Collection of Six Darkly Disturbing Stories. It took me awhile to get throughContinue reading “Indie Horror Fiction Review #2”

Why I Write (horror)

I’ve never been good at tooting my own horn; in fact, I suck at it. But I have to share how pleased I am to see positive reviews for my horror novel Unmasked. The development of this book has had a long history. Inspired by my youth spent reading trashy horror novels and watching TVContinue reading “Why I Write (horror)”

I wrote a novel. Now what?

It’s finished! It’s done! It’s on Amazon! Hurrah! Open the champagne! Does all that red wine I drank while I was writing it count? There is no celebration. I don’t throw a party, and no one surprises me with one. Cue violins… After much, much work, the damn thing is done. I finally hold theContinue reading “I wrote a novel. Now what?”

Rosemary’s Baby

Beware the chalky undertaste… Continuing  with my Gothic Literature Reading Challenge (no particular order) I reread Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, chowing it down in a few days. I enjoyed my Franklin Press leather bound edition (trying to collect all of the Gothic volumes). Good lit deserves quality bindings. This is one of those books I wishContinue reading “Rosemary’s Baby”

The Castle of Otranto

Faint of heart… Continuing with my Gothic Literature Reading Challenge 2017, I head for the granddaddy of Gothic literature The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (try to say it fast).  After reading some of the Goodreads reviews, I expected this to be a real chore, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much IContinue reading “The Castle of Otranto”

Dracula Sonnet

Peasants fear the mention of his name, Grown men tremble at the setting sun, O’er the Carpathian mountain range Along the forest where wild wolves run. An elegant Count who charms everyone, Whose soul’s as foul as dirt where he lays, Garlic and mirrored reflections he shuns, Symbols of Christ, the sun’s golden rays. ForContinue reading “Dracula Sonnet”