Bryan Smith leads nominations for Splatterpunk Awards

One of my all-time favorite horror authors, Bryan Smith, led the nominations for the second annual Splatterpunk Awards with three works on the list, according to a February 4th press release by Wrath James White and Brian Keene, founders of the Splatterpunk Awards. Smith's novel Last Day and his two novellas, Dead Stripper Storage and Kill …

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2018: My Year in Writing

The final hours of 2018 are nigh, and the first year of my website/blog is complete. This column is more for me as a way to look back on my year and keep track of my writing, but you're welcome to read on if you like. I'll start with my favorite joke I heard in …

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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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