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The Merchant, the Witch and the Christmas Tree

The Merchant, the Witch and the Christmas Tree

December 25th, 2016

The Merchant, the Witch and the Christmas Tree (or the origin of the Blue Spruce) an original [...]

Of Smoke and Snowflakes

Of Smoke and Snowflakes

December 17th, 2016

Of Smoke and Snowflakes   Phil snapped a twig in half and fed the pieces to his fledgling[...]

Tricks and Treats - Halloween stories from Connecticut Authors

Tricks and Treats - Halloween stories from Connecticut Authors

September 1st, 2016

“Tricks and Treats” is a Halloween anthology written by Connecticut authors, both contemporary and h[...]

The making of Reunion

The making of Reunion

August 3rd, 2016

I did it again, neglected to post anything here for over two months (June & July). A lot has hap[...]

Abandoned

Abandoned

May 1st, 2016

Abandoned, my next novel is set for release on June 1, 2106 from Books and Boos Press (https://books[...]

The Disability Literature Consortium - Promoting the writing of people with disabilities.

The Disability Literature Consortium - Promoting the writing of people with disabilities.

April 2nd, 2016

  Last summer several literary journals with a focus on disability came together to form the[...]

Why do I write Horror?

Why do I write Horror?

March 15th, 2016

People constantly ask me why I write horror. My answer, “Because I like it.” A better answer would b[...]

Building a Following – One Reader at a Time

Building a Following – One Reader at a Time

March 8th, 2016

Without an agent or a contract with a major publishing house, an author has to build a following one[...]

Happy Birthday AARP Boy

Happy Birthday AARP Boy

February 19th, 2016

My short story, “Happy Birthday AARP Boy,” will appear in Mystery and Horror Writer’s anthology “Str[...]

The Sharing Wars

The Sharing Wars

January 31st, 2016

From time to time I’m going to post some (hopefully) humorous observations on life. Keep in mind the[...]

Suspending Disbelief

Suspending Disbelief

January 15th, 2016

Suspending disbelief . . . how hard can it be? When writing fiction, especially science fiction o[...]

2016 Bring It On

2016 Bring It On

January 2nd, 2016

2016, bring it on. I just completed a contract that took me back to the world of the working man and[...]

Wolf's Tale

Wolf's Tale

July 27th, 2015

The End . . . or is it? Sometimes when you finish a story one of the characters has a lot more to[...]

A Book and its Cover

A Book and its Cover

June 28th, 2015

Unless a reader already knows which author or book they are looking for, an appealing cover can ean [...]

Intruder Back Story

Intruder Back Story

June 16th, 2015

Every story has a back story. Sometimes it’s laid out in the story, sometimes the reader never gets [...]

AnthoCon

AnthoCon

June 10th, 2015

When you (me) try and spend all your precious writing time on your work in progress, it’s just a tad[...]

A Night at the Library

A Night at the Library

May 12th, 2015

Last night, Monday, May 11, I spent almost two hours at the Wilton Branch of the Manchester, CT. lib[...]

The Making of a Novel

The Making of a Novel

April 7th, 2015

When writing a novel different folks use different methods. Some outline the whole thing before they[...]

Intruder Backstory

Intruder Backstory

January 6th, 2015

One of the questions I’ve seen asked of writers, and I’ve been asked it myself, is, do you write fir[...]

Intruder

Intruder

December 5th, 2014

What happens when men on a submarine find themselves facing death, due not to the deadly ocean but a[...]

The End

The End

October 6th, 2014

The End—melancholic words if there ever any. The end of a journey, the end of a relationship, the en[...]

Nothing is Cast in Stone

Nothing is Cast in Stone

August 24th, 2014

One of the things I’ve learned about writing fiction in general is that nothing is cast in stone. I’[...]

Hell’s Working Girls in Strangely Funny 2 ½ : Coming in Late 2014

Hell’s Working Girls in Strangely Funny 2 ½ : Coming in Late 2014

June 7th, 2014

I just received the contract from Mystery & Horror LLC  for “Hell’s Working Girls” which will be[...]

Another Independent Gone

Another Independent Gone

June 1st, 2014

Last night I helped bring the curtain down on Books & Boos, in Colchester, CT. Before the lights[...]

The Yellow Brick Road

The Yellow Brick Road

May 22nd, 2014

It’s graduation season and the next crop of star crazed job seekers will be hitting the streets near[...]

18 ½ miles!

18 ½ miles!

May 1st, 2014

For me, one of the small pleasures in life is breakfast out. I can think of no better way to start m[...]

Meeting Rick Hautala for the first time … again.

Meeting Rick Hautala for the first time … again.

April 18th, 2014

I first met Rick at Necon back in 2001. If you don’t know, Necon is a gathering of horror writers, a[...]

Submitting

Submitting

April 3rd, 2014

Why do writers write? A good question. For me, it’s because things get into my head, stories I need [...]

Edit - Edit - Edit

Edit - Edit - Edit

March 7th, 2014

So, you've just finished your first (short story, novella, novel). You've corrected all the things s[...]

Where do ideas come from?

Where do ideas come from?

February 13th, 2014

This is a question every writer gets asked. The answer is… everywhere. Here’s the backstory behind t[...]

Women in Horror

Women in Horror

February 3rd, 2014

So, it’s “Women in Horror” month. What’s so special about women in horror? Well, for starters, they’[...]

Paying Attention to the Blog

Paying Attention to the Blog

January 27th, 2014

  I’ve been a bit remiss about posting here, so I’m going to make an effort to put something[...]

Radio Interview

Radio Interview

January 24th, 2014

I just got back from spending an interesting morning, (7:15 am– 9:00am), as a guest on the Wayne Nor[...]

Intruder

Intruder

October 18th, 2013

I've completed a novella (38,000 words) about a nuclear submarine that manages to pick up the ghost [...]

Where is it going?

Where is it going?

August 18th, 2013

I’ve found that once I start a story it takes on a life of its own. In Death’s Companion a minor cha[...]

When I Started Wriring Horror

When I Started Wriring Horror

August 18th, 2013

I’ve heard it sad that writers are born, not made. Well you may be born with the need to write, but [...]

A Blast From the Past

A Blast From the Past

August 13th, 2013

Ever notice haw there are some things that can take you back to a time and place almost like magic, [...]

Things Written in Days Past

Things Written in Days Past

August 6th, 2013

Sometimes when I reread something I wrote in the past I look at it and say, “Did I write that?” Some[...]

Stone Cold Eyes

Stone Cold Eyes

July 24th, 2013

When I first found this wonderful piece of art, the eyes had not been painted by some idiot with a s[...]

NECON 33

NECON 33

July 22nd, 2013

I just returned from NECON, the greatest little writer’s con there ever was. You can check it out at[...]

Birth of a Short Story

Birth of a Short Story

July 10th, 2013

ah, make that a novella, or maybe a novel. I had an idea for a short story tentatively titled Step R[...]

Happy Birthday AARP Boy

Happy Birthday AARP Boy

June 27th, 2013

I was cleaning up my hard drive last night and I found a file I didn’t recognize, so I opened it to [...]

A Snake in the Grass?

A Snake in the Grass?

June 24th, 2013

A snake in the grass? No, but close. This imaginative snake head peeks out of the woods just south o[...]

Road Art

Road Art

June 21st, 2013

One of the things that always makes me smile on a road trip is the fantastic, imaginative roadside a[...]

Power Cords Suck

Power Cords Suck

June 1st, 2013

Power cords SUCK. They suck energy out of the wall and dollars out of your pocket. If you’re anythin[...]

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Mini pillows and TP

June 1st, 2013

After a week of traveling cross-country and now five days in an Embassy Suites, I’ve got to ask, wha[...]

I Will Make You Beautiful

I Will Make You Beautiful

May 28th, 2013

My newest short story "I Will Make You Beautiful" is included in  Rigorous Mortis, A Mortician's Tal[...]

The Christmas Tree: Every year about this time, give or take a week or so........

The Christmas Tree: Every year about this time, give or take a week or so........

December 3rd, 2011

The Christmas Tree Every year about this time, give or take a week or so, I dig through the shed [...]