A Year of Writing Dangerously

As another birthday roles around this August (Virgo,not Leo) and I do my habitual yearly self-assessment, I observe the following: I got healthier (sobriety, meditation, diet & exercise do work), learned to filter out (some) lingering negativity in my life (about time, eh?), grew out my natural hair color for the third time, read 78Continue reading “A Year of Writing Dangerously”

My First BookCon

I’ve finally recovered from last week’s whirlwind weekend at BookCon in New York City. It was my first time at BookCon, and I had a blast. I will be back. In fact, next year I hope to have a booth with my YA book series (three, maybe four books in) on display. Attending BookCon helpedContinue reading “My First BookCon”

A Good Fantasy

There was this hippie dude back in the early 80s when I was in college, one of many older guys (anyone past twenty-seven) who pursued philosophy degrees part-time and tried to hook up with each new crop of freshmen girls. I doubt if this particular guy had much luck in that department considering his BilboContinue reading “A Good Fantasy”

Summer Reading & Writing

Beach Reads I took myself on a little beach holiday last weekend (and returned with a nasty summer cold). I did some editing for the new book. One more pass and I think I’ll be done. It’s difficult to edit your own work, but that’s where I’m at. It’s time to move it on downContinue reading “Summer Reading & Writing”

Indie Horror Review #5

Blue Meat Blues by Joshua McGrath In my quest for finding indie (self-published) horror novels to review, I consulted a list on Goodreads and deliberately chose the book with the least reviews and the weirdest cover–I’ve always had a soft spot for the underdog. I checked out the author’s profile page and see that hisContinue reading “Indie Horror Review #5”

Frankenstein

Do you share my madness? The spark that lit the imagination of an eighteen-year-old girl during a bleak summer on Lake Geneva gave life to the Gothic novel. The Castle of Otranto may have started it, but Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is without doubt the genre’s seminal work. Scanning (with amusement) some of the one orContinue reading “Frankenstein”

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”

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”