Tag: horror

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 →

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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 →

The Secret Name on Kindle

Joe Reviews: The Secret Name by Eve Harms

Howdy! How are all of y’all doing out there on the interwebs? I hope well. I’m doing great! Do you know why? Because I had the pleasure of reading The Secret Name by Eve Harms! “Haven’t heard of it”, you say. Well, let me fill you in. If you’re like me and love libraries and stories involving demonic possession, then… Read more →

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Preview for December Patron Story: The Pigeon Lied – Part 2

Howdy! It’s almost that time again. Time for another Patron exclusive story! And here, to entice you to consider becoming a $3+ patron, is a sample from next month’s story. This is part two of my current short story in progress: The Pigeon Lied. In it, Rob is a small time thief involved with the Hell-adjacent criminal underground. In part… Read more →

Joe Reviews: Come Closer by Sara Gran

Come Closer by Sara Gran – a book review It is time for my review of Come Closer by Sara Gran. Are you ready? Okay. Let’s go. This is another one that I only read due to an upcoming class I’m taking (like Bird Box). And it was a ton of fun. It’s not the sort of stuff I usually… Read more →

Stack of Recommended Horror Books

My Primer for Modern Horror Fiction

All of the time the people say to me: ‘Joe. Your stories are crazy spooky. They’re the bees knees! What else should I check out? I need to know!’ And I always tell them: ‘Well, this and that. These and those. You should read more horror because romance blows.’ Or something like that. (P.S. I’m sure romance doesn’t always ‘blow’,… Read more →

Joe Reviews: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

My Thoughts on Bird Box It is time for my review of Bird Box by Josh Malerman. To start things off, I need to let you all know that Bird Box took me a couple tries to get through. On my first attempt, I gave up only a few chapters in. It may have been my mood, but terseness of… Read more →