Tag Archives: horror

Haunted Hawleyville: Visits From Jason and Freddy

There’s something about us cluster-dwelling humans that makes us want to leave our cities and sprawling suburbs behind. Whether we head off for a hike in the park or an overnight camping trip, many of us seek out the woods … Continue reading

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First the Poe Toaster. Now the Baltimore Poe House in Peril?

In Baltimore, even those who aren’t aspiring writers or horror fans like myself feel a unique attachment to Edgar Allan Poe.  In the early 1830s, the writer lived briefly in Baltimore with his cousin and wife-to-be Virginia and his aunt. … Continue reading

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Around the Words in 365 Days

This coming Saturday is my 41st birthday, which also means I’ve hit the one-year mark on my writing journey. It was on my 40th birthday that I finally decided that I was a writer. I jokingly refer to that moment … Continue reading

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A Plea for the Cube Zombies

A while back, I was perusing the submission guidelines of a horror magazine, and stumbled on an instruction that made me a little sad. The editors informed authors in no uncertain terms that if they wanted a shot at publication, … Continue reading

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New Markets for the Short Storyteller

Of course, the long Memorial Day weekend found me going to cookouts and hanging out at the pool. But I also spent some time working on the writing I knew would get a little neglected over the next two weeks, … Continue reading

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A Story Was Born When A Spider Saw Me Naked

I wish I could say there was rhyme and reason to where my story ideas come from. But the truth is, every now and then my brain just plays a random game of “connect the dots,” grabbing a series of seemingly … Continue reading

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Re-Reading “The Regulators”

Over the weekend, I finished re-reading Stephen King’s “The Regulators.” As I read these days, I look not only to be entertained, but to learn from those I consider masters of my craft. I took quite a bit of learning … Continue reading

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