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Five Stories Ya Gotta Read – July 2020

It’s time for another Five Stories Ya Gotta Read! ‘Welcome to the Reptile House’ by Stephen Graham Jones from his collection After All of the People Lights Have Gone Off. I have read Stephen Graham Jones before; a novella called The Night Cyclist. The novella was good, but it does not hold a candle to the stories in this collection.… Read more →

Just an Update

Wow. Life is crazy right now. Isn’t it? I’ve had less and less time to create content for my blog as of late. Too many projects. Too much anxiety. Sometimes I need a break where I binge watch some series over a weekend with my family. And, unfortunately, my blog is the first thing to suffer when I need to… Read more →

Five Stories Ya Gotta Read – June 2020

This is the start of a brand-new series of blog posts. Each month I will share with you five stories that I’ve read recently that you should look into. ‘Wilderness’ by Letitia Trent from Exigencies ed. Richard Thomas Recently I took a course on contemporary dark fiction, and this is the first short story we read for discussion. Letitia does… Read more →

What I Learned from Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

This book blew my mind the first time I read it. I finished the whole thing while on flights for work in December of 2019. I’d never read anything quite like it. Warning: minor spoilers ahead. Before reading this book, I was convinced that there was an unspoken law that authors were not allowed to create strange new worlds with… Read more →

Writing in the Time of Covid

I don’t know about all of you, but since the Covid-19 pandemic has engulfed the world my writing output has suffered. I want to write. I really want to write. But, some evenings, all I accomplish is staring at an empty page. In the last month, I’ve finally started to come out of my productivity slump, and I wanted to… Read more →

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20 Short Stories That Inform and Influence My Fiction

Occasionally, someone will ask me what stories and authors influence my writing. That is a difficult question. Really, everything a writer reads in some way influences our writing. It all pushes or pulls our work in some direction. When I read a story that doesn’t work for me, I learn that I should not attempt something similar in my own… Read more →

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What’s It Like To Take A Long Intensive Writing Course?

My Contemporary Dark Fiction writing and reading class is finally over. Well, almost over. I still have a couple assignments to turn in and I owe critiques on my classmates’ stories. Want to know what it was like? Is a class like this something for you? Read on to find out. I will have 4 brand new stories after everything… Read more →

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Intensive Writing Class Update

My writing life is a bit crazy at the moment. The reason? I’m on week seven of a sixteen-week intensive course on Contemporary Dark Fiction. It is an online course taught by Richard Thomas through Storyville Studio. And, boy, it is a lot of work. Most of last year I made monthly payments as my personal anxiety about the course… Read more →

Bird Box with lots of post it flags

Lessons Learned from Josh Malerman’s Bird Box – An Essay

The first time I attempted to read Bird Box I did not like it. I made it only a couple chapters in, and the thriller style pacing turned me off. Over the months, the story bugged me until I picked it back up. That time I finished the full story and loved it. But, for this class, I slowed down… Read more →