Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Fool's Run Gets A Positive Review from Publisher's Weekly

 



In happy news, Publisher's Weekly reviewed my upcoming novel Fool's Run, and they liked it. I was a little nervous about that when it was submitted, but they summed it up by saying: "This thriller-cum-caper will keep readers eagerly turning the pages."

I was trying to play with traditional mystery, detective and thriller conventions a bit, and it was nice to see what they called out. 

It's also validating. As I was saying on Twitter, a good review's a crucifix against my imposter syndrome, should keep it at bay at least a little while. 

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Biblioholic's Bookshelf: The Sorceress by

Haven't done one of these in a while. Manor Books, 1977. 

The Sorceress by Tony Destefano

The Sorceress back cover

Inside, other books by the same author are noted: Mondo No. 1, 2 and 3 and Dachau Treasure

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Flash of Fear - Foolish Fire - A Bit of Flash Horror Fiction

Friction rises among friends on a night drive to check out reports of a will-o'-the-wisp in this tale called "Foolish Fire."



The most recent Flash of Fear was very brief, so this once come quicker than usual. It's an all-new story,  a tad longer, 1,500-words or so.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

A Clip from Silverline Live - Bloodline Comic

Reading loglines for upcoming comics projects on the Silverline Live show May 6.



https://www.twitch.tv/silverlinecomics/clip/GlutenFreePopularEyeballGivePLZ


Still Gone



Still Gone 

The sun hits the blinds
Bright, white, blinding.

I can’t quite see the tree,
But the leaves are green again.

The leaves have gone and returned.
Only Ollie is still gone. 

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Flash of Fear - A Check-in from Lockdown's Confines

I'd decided to post a new Flash of Fear story reading every six weeks or so, aligning with haircuts. Lockdown put the kibosh on haircuts, but I thought I'd check in with a few words and a new, brief reading, a piece that originally appeared here on the blog.

I hope all are hanging in during this tough time. May it pass quickly. 



  

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse and Tales From My Dark Side

Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse Cover

For a while yesterday (April 18, 2020, in the time of quarantine), Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse edited by Lyn Worthen, which includes my story "Witch of Washington Park," had the Hollywood Squares spot right below Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, and we were on a diagonal from collected stories of Theodore Sturgeon, all in the Science Fiction Anthologies category. Or maybe it was the Zoom spot right below them. Or the Alice below Carol and Marcia.

I know, I know, new things climb into the Top 100 and stay a while, like the fog in a Carl Sandburg poem, and then move on, but it was still a thrill for me anyway. In good ways. Bradbury and Sturgeon are deservedly perennials in those slots. BUT STILL!!!! "...once there was a spot/ For one brief shining moment...Camelot..."

READ ALSO: My Interview with Ray Bradbury

And sorta there's bad in me related to this...
Or a dark side, and the placement soothes an old contusion, I'll confess... When I was a kid in junior high I gave a buck-twenty-five copy of The Martian Chronicles as a Christmas gift at school. It was the cool orange one with the sketch of Bradbury on the cover. You drew a name, you had to buy for a $1 or so in those days. It was a while back.

When my present went to the guy, who was actually happy to get it, a look of disgust crossed this other kid's face. "You always give books," he muttered, spitting the word "books" with about as much contempt of a word as is humanly possible.

READ ALSO: Ray Bradbury - The October Game - Major Spoiler 

Yeah, I gave books, and I still do...
...some of them direct from my brain to yours if you choose. Probably says more about me that I recall that dis, that utterance of contempt. But, uh, I guess I hold grudges sometimes. You know, for, uh, decades. Several decades. So that little thumbnail was fun!
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