Tag: novel

Blood Standard by Laird Barron

Joe Reviews: Blood Standard by Laird Barron

I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned sometime in the past that Laird Barron is one my favorite authors. He’s up there in my top five, fighting for the number one spot with Livia Llewllyn, China Mielville, Clive Barker, and Thomas Ligotti. I was leery of reading something not cosmic horror by Mr. Barron. Everyone else in the community seems to… 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 →

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 →

ballpen and journal on desk

The Update – September

Wow, my blogging habit is really dropping off. But I’m okay with that. If only there were another few hours in the day. But enough on that. Let me fill you in on the latest of stuff and things! First, some exciting news. I’ve collected a few rejections on a couple stories recently. But I didn’t let that get me… Read more →

Typewriter with a screaming skull on top of it.

September 2019 Patreon Preview – Fire and Feathers: Chapter 1

I’ve been talking a lot about this new story I’m working on lately. It started as a short story, but it quickly grew beyond that and is becoming a novel. For September I will be sharing chapter 1 from this new novel which I’m currently calling Fire and Feathers. It is about a woman recently graduated from college trying to… Read more →

Go Towards the Light at the End of the Hall by J. W. Donley

August 2019 Patron Story Preview – Sort of

Okay, so here’s the deal. I don’t have a preview ready yet. I have a draft but it is not yet ready to share. But don’t despair! It will be worth the wait. Trust me. Here’s the gist of the story. A recent college graduate is struggling to pay rent on her portrait studio. She needs to land a paying… Read more →

Cover for We Have Always lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Joe Reviews: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Shirley Jackson is a legend. Just like every other teenager in high school English, and well before I ever had serious aspirations for writing, I’d read her short story, The Lottery. At the time I didn’t thing much of it. It was just another thing I had to read for class, and I made it a point to not enjoy… Read more →

Cover for My Best Friend's Exorcism

Joe Reviews: My Best Friend’s Exorcism

I recently finished his next novel, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, and it was a pile of nostalgic fun. I never did get around to reading Grady Hendrix’s other book, Horrorstor, and now I regret that a lot. 80s nostalgia is the ‘in thing’ at the moment, especially in horror. It has been going for a few years with movies like… Read more →

Typewriter with a screaming skull on top of it.

January Writer Update

Happy New Year! New Groups Since last time I’ve joined a little writer group. Once or twice a week we get together and just write. It’s a wonderful group of fun writer folks, most of whom I met going to write-ins during NaNoWriMo. I’m thinking about trying out another local writer workshop group as well. I like the workshop group… Read more →