Posted: October 31, 2014 in Uncategorized
Tags: horror, short fiction
[Happy Hallowe’en everyone! Here’s a story for you — enjoy! Some of you who’ve known me for a long time might recognize the origins for this one…]
The joke rose. It bubbled up from the dark heart of the earth. It gathered cruelty as it climbed to the surface, drawn by a land blood-soaked in caprice and malice. It reached the surface and expanded. The joke leaped into the air, then fell back to earth, drenching the soil, spreading contagion, setting up the punchline. When it was done, there was the metallic click of an opening switchblade. Read the rest of this entry »
A discussion I had on the other day — with, among others, Rachael Acks, Thane-Dominic Carr, Abhinav Jain and Paul Weimer — has me thinking about the increasing — and perhaps inordinate — weight movie stingers are acquiring. The point of departure for the discussion was the stinger for Guardians of the Galaxy. It appears to be generating a wide variety of reactions, and the reasons for them, and the strength of these reactions, strike me as interesting. (Spoilers endemic to what follows, obviously.) Howard the Duck was an important figure to me as a comic-reading child in the 70s, and seeing him done right, if only for a few seconds, was a treat, and a salve on the still-burning memories of that awful 1986 adaptation. I read the scene as a quick joke, and no more, and walked out happy. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 27, 2014 in Uncategorized
I’ll be at CONvergence in Minneapolis next week. I’m looking forward to meeting up with fellow Skiffy & Fanty Show co-hosts Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer and Mike Underwood. I hope to meet some of you then too! Here is my schedule: Read the rest of this entry »
My Jen Blaylock series — Crown Fire, Kornukopia and The Valedictorians — is now available in ebook form, with the first book on special at a deep discount. Check out the details here, along with a Blaylock micro-short, then come back here for a little follow-up tale. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
In 1994, I tried my hand at a seasonal ghost story to share with friends and family. I thought I would post it here for anyone who would like to read it. It is certainly the work of my younger self, and I wince at some of the rough edges. Still, rather than revise it, I’ve chosen to present it in its original form, as a PDF of the little chapbook I created back then. (You’ll want to rotate it clockwise.) I hope some of you will have some fun with this. Read at night, beside a fireplace, if you can.
Feel free to share, but not, of course, to sell.
I know, I know, you see what I did there. I’m so funny, how do they even let me out of the house?
I’ve been a neglectful blogger again, and this is going to be short, but at least there’s a glimmer from me, yes? And I had to shuffle my corpse around a bit on Halloween. Read the rest of this entry »
That’s the title of a guest post I’ve done for Shaun Duke of The Skiffy and Fanty Show, over at his site. Read it here. It’s all about why giant monsters smashing everything to hell is A Good and Joyous Thing.
Meanwhile, you can also check out my semi-coherent contributions to the panel discussions about the marvellous Pacific Rim and the abominable World War Z.