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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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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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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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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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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Horror at the Beach! (or Attack of Pale Pasty Man!)

On Saturday, I returned from a week at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the one place I feel comfortable walking around without my shirt. Despite being an Alabama boy, I suffer from Pale Pasty Syndrome. My upper body is a fish-belly-white mass covered with patches of wiry, black fur. It’s not a pretty sight ... unless …

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