New Book On the Horizon!

In February, an idea was pitched to me about an anthology of stories set in the world of the Werewolf: the Apocalypse role-playing game. I was interested; previously, I’d written a story for an ebook called Darkened Streets (https://www.storytellersvault.com/product/294150/Darkened-Streets?term=Darkened+Streets) set in the same group of worlds that included the Werewolf setting, but focusing on stories […]

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REAL Religious Persecution

It’s almost Hallowe’en time again, and I’d like to take a moment to talk about one of my least-favorite Hallowe’en symbols: the Wicked Witch. Much-maligned in folklore, witches suffer from bad press at the hands of an aggressive and ruthless enemy. As far back as there have been humans, there were wise women (and men) […]

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Adventures In Paradise

I’ve always wanted to go to the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. For one thing, my dad and brother Tom had both been, and raved about it. For another, there’s a distant (very!) family connection to the place, so as soon as we could afford it, T and I made the journey. Since we live […]

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Hello – Is This Thing On?

Thank god it’s — wait, what day is it again? Eagle-eyed readers of this blog will no doubt have noticed that I’m having a tough time following through on moving New Blog Post Day to Tuesdays. Like everyone else, horror fatigue and cabin fever have both caught up with me, and, truth be told, I’m […]

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Drinking As a Hobby

When I was much younger, I discovered a fascination for beer cans and the brewing industry. Don’t ask me why: I don’t know. The fact is, I don’t even like beer, but following my dad through the liquor store to get a bottle of something, I stumbled across a refrigerated beer case with a dazzling […]

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Where’s My Blog Post, Dammit?

Observant readers will have noticed that this blog did not appear on schedule Monday afternoon. Several things conspired to prevent this, but first, I wanted to mention that I’ll be moving my regular blog day to Tuesday from now on. Getting up and running on a Monday morning can be a challenge, so I wanted […]

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A Geeky Holiday

Today, July 27, happens to be a monumental day in the geeky calendar. July 27 is the birthday of Gary Gygax, who would have been 82 today. It may seem a bit random – or possibly overblown – to celebrate the creator of a game, but let me explain why this is so important to […]

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Earworms

I was thinking the other day about songs and jingles that crawl into your head and usually don’t leave until forced out. There are so many it’s overwhelming. It doesn’t matter if the song is good or not – what matters is how catchy it is for your brain to remember. I’ve included a few […]

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Killing Time

With the likelihood of a nationwide quarantine being reinstated, a lot of people will be looking for things to do to pass the time. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately: there are now so many options for interesting things to do online that don’t require leaving the house that it’s embarrassing! That being […]

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Paper to Screen

In their search for new ideas to plunder, Hollywood has adapted numerous books into film treatments. Some of them work well, while others fell with a rather loud thud. Perhaps one of my favorite adaptations is the recent Good Omens, based on the novel of the same title by Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett. […]

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