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The Eye

I revisited one of the earliest horror movies I’d ever seen this morning, 1958’s “The Trollenberg Terror” (released here in the US as “The Crawling Eye”), and it was an enjoyable blast from the past. I was 3 when this came out, and although I don’t recall exactly when I saw it, I do know I was quite young at the time. This creature was very effective in my growing imagination, a huge, veiny, bulbous thing with that single malevolent eye scanning back and forth as it glides forward in a cloud. The tentacles seemed to be used more for …

October…

This will be an October to remember for me. Despite the pandemic affecting Halloween celebrations, there is still a great deal for me to celebrate and to be grateful for. First, I’ve released a novella titled “The Shopkeeper; Curios, Curiosities and Rarities” to introduce my newest antagonist, a rather unpleasant fellow named Aleister Prince. In the reviews I’ve received so far, it seems my readers want more, that it could have gone further. My mental image of Aleister is very close to Peter Cushing’s role as Arthur Grimsdyke in 1972’s “Tales From The Crypt”, directed by Freddie Francis. I suspect …

Stoker Nod?

Wow. That’s it, just… Wow. Feeling down after a couple rejections made their way through, I decided to rebound by pushing my novella “The Shopkeeper” in the Horror Writer’s group on Facebook. I posted in accordance with the proper etiquette and had a couple folks request a PDF copy to read. In the meantime, some early sneak peeks were earning reviews: And those made me feel a lot better, as both these ladies are accomplished authors and know their stuff. The icing on the cake, however, came with a direct message I received on Facebook this morning… O M G …

Trick or Treat?

That verdict will be in the beholder’s eye, and we’ll find out in due time. I spent some quality time this morning preparing a new release for Amazon Kindle that will drop on October 31st. The perfect day, don’t you agree? I had a rejection last night that disappointed me, as I was optimistic about the story in question. That left me with two choices – call it a day, stop submitting and write for my own enjoyment… or… Screw it, we carry on and keep going! We continue to write, knowing that there ARE those readers who enjoy the …

We Be Busy

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity here in the dungeon. I’ve written a few new short stories and then shipped them out to the most promising active calls for submissions. Now, we wait for the responses. I’ve also had a bout with a bothersome cold, severe enough to justify going and being tested for COVID. Fortunately, the test result was exactly as I thought it would be: Now that we’ve put that concern to rest, I’ve been deep diving into re-reads and edits on my novella, titled “The Shopkeeper”, hoping to get it ready to release. …

Influential

I envy Stephen King. His wife, Tabitha, reads everything he writes and offers her thoughts and opinions on it, which I’d think is an invaluable resource for him. After all, it was Tabitha that rescued the first few pages of “Carrie” from the trash and encouraged him to keep going with it. My wife, however, is afraid of those things that go bump in the night, and the only work of mine she’s willing to read are those stories that are influenced by the Twilight Zone. Respecting her feelings, I gathered a collection of work, especially the more recent stories, …

Memories

It saddened me to learn that Dame Diana Rigg passed on the other day. She was an accomplished actress, but more than that, she was an early TV crush of mine when The Avengers reached US television screens in 1966. She was beautiful, an eclectic mixture of high class and bad ass. She dropped the bad guys without breaking a sweat. Thinking back to those long ago episodes got me thinking about the nature of memories. I first considered them to be kept neatly stored away in little rooms along a long corridor, eventually leading to that special room, the …

Weird Rhody

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, as we know, and it also serves as the gateway to New England by virtue of neighboring Connecticut, part of the New York Tri-State region. While it may be small, it still has its fair share of weird. You can count on that. After all, the capital of the state was where H.P. Lovecraft called home. Weird is as much a part of our heritage as the beaches and lighthouses that adorn the shoreline. I’ve joined with four other local authors and we’ve provided a peek at our little state, things …

Stunned

Something that happened today left me speechless, a rare state of being for a wiseguy like me. I went to the bank to deposit a rather healthy check, the largest I’ve ever received in fact, from a gentleman that will be using one of my short stories in an anthology he’s putting together. While I was there, my wife went to the grocery and did a large shopping, one of those where you’re surprised at how many bags can fit in the back of a compact sedan. We dutifully lugged all those bags in, and as she set about putting …

Didja Know?

Had the headphones on, listening to some old tracks, and came across one that had me laughing my ass off. Why is that? Well, I wonder how many writers have named a collection of their short stories after a song they wrote once upon a time? (In fact, another song on the same album is titled “Once Upon A Time”, but we’re not talking about that one right now) Yep, this new collection (available at Barnes & Noble) was named after a song I wrote for the last album I did with my friends before arthritis took away the flexibility …

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