The Song That Tormented Me For Nearly 30 Years

The song tormented me for nearly three decades. But I found it (or rather it found me) on Sunday, and I cried when I realized the torment had ended. Oh, I'd forget about the song for years at a time, but it always reared its torturous melody in my brain during random moments in my …

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2018 World Fantasy Awards Presented

The 2018 World Fantasy Awards were presented during the World Fantasy Convention held November 1-4 in Baltimore, Maryland. Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim won Lifetime Achievement Awards. Victor LaValle's The Changeling and Fonda Lee's Jade City tied for the win in the Novel category. Ellen Klages won in the Novella category for Passing Strange. …

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Horror Writer Penning Romantic Comedy for NaNoWriMo

I finally took the plunge and started participating in NaNoWriMo, the popular month-long novel-writing program to celebrate November as National Novel Writing Month. The goal is 50,000 words, and I topped 2,200 the first day while listening to Electric Light Orchestra. As a horror writer, I figured my NaNoWriMo novel would be one of a …

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WriterWriter inspires my trip down ‘Scarecrow Road’

WriterWriter's mission is spreading stories by promoting and inspiring authors using resources and exposure via its website, writer-writer.com. Founded by talented writers in their own right, David Collins and Morgan Wright, WriterWriter provides a wealth of published fiction in the fantasy/SF and horror genres plus interviews, articles on writing, and contests for writers. I discovered …

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Horror Author Jeff Strand Does BANG UP Job in New Comedic Thriller

One of my favorite horror authors, Jeff Strand, released a filthy comedic thriller titled Bang Up on October 21st. I'm sad to report my 5-star Amazon review of the hilarious novella made Strand "cringe." That's one of the tidbits I learned in my exclusive 5-question email interview with Strand. A couple of other nuggets I …

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Horror Movie Review: HALLOWEEN (2018)

The title of the new Halloween film now in theaters should've been Laurie Strode vs. Michael Myers. That sums up this sequel set 40 years after the original 1978 classic. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie, the victimized teen prey of the original. Four decades later, Laurie is an agoraphobic prepper waiting for …

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Why I Love Chapter Forty-Two of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

The Girl Next Door by the late Jack Ketchum is the most depressing and devastating horror novel I've ever read. Published in 1989, the book is loosely based on the 1965 torture and murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens in Indiana by her caregiver Gertrude Baniszewski, Baniszewski's children, and other neighborhood youths. Reading details of the actual …

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Horror Movie Review: THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT

Ten years between films is too long for a horror sequel, which may be why THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT tanked at the box office when it was released in March. By every metric, the original tops the sequel. THE STRANGERS more than doubled PREY AT NIGHT's ticket sales ($52.5 million vs. $24.5 million); received …

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Winners of 2018 Splatterpunk Awards

The winners of the inaugural 2018 Splatterpunk Awards, co-founded by Wrath James White and Brian Keene, were announced August 25 during KillerCon in Austin, Texas. I compiled the list from the announcements on Twitter from #SplatterpunkAwards. Click on the book titles for the Amazon links if you want to purchase the winners. David J. Schow …

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The 5 Most Hyped Horror Novels of 2018 (Source: My Twitter Feed)

I follow several professional book reviewers in the horror genre because I learn a lot from their passionate and pinpoint critiques. I also get a lot of recommendations for my towering to-be-read pile. As I’ve scrolled my Twitter feed this summer, I’ve seen the hype for various horror novels, and some have received noticeably more …

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