Short Story Sunday: What Rough Beast

What Rough Beast, Daniel Pearlman

This disturbing rendering of a man who wonders why his wife is distant

The Final Dream & Other Fictions

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Sediments Literary-Arts Journal accepts “Our Lips are Sealed”!

Sediments Literary-Arts Journal

I’m thrilled to announce that Sediments Literary-Arts Journal has accepted my short story “Our Lips are Sealed” for its October “A Haunting” issue.

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Remember last winter? This fall, get SNOWBOUND WITH ZOMBIES!

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In November of 2014, I had the honor of being invited by David Goudsward to submit a short story to an anthology called Snowbound with Zombies: Tales of the Supernatural Inspired by the Life and Work of John Greenleaf Whittier. Whittier, a poet and famous abolitionist (who was roughly a contemporary of Mark Twain), was most famous for his nostalgic poem Snowbound, but he had a darker side, too; it was this which Goudsward wanted to showcase. All proceeds will go to the 1727 Whittier Homestead in Haverhill, Massachusetts, where the poet spent his early years.

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Heading to the RI beaches this summer? Even poets get the blues on August 9!

Poet Heather Sullivan

Poet Heather Sullivan

Close friend poet Heather Sullivan will be participating in the Sizzlin’ Hot Summer Poetry Series: “A Conversation of Heartbreak, Love, Lust, and Loss” with fellow poets Lynnie Gobeille, Mo’ Mancini and Larry Krips on Sunday, August 9, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Symposium Books in East Greenwich. The reading will be paired with Blues on Sunday featuring a special guest —jazz musician Mark Taber.

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“Whispers in the Wood” now in New Pop Lit!

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I’m over the moon to announce that New Pop Lit has published my tale of tiki terror, “Whispers in the Wood.”

You can read “Whispers in the Wood” over at New Pop Lit here, but as the editor notes…“Just don’t look too closely at those Polynesian statues!”

 

 

 

 

 

SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO AIRS TONIGHT (oh, hell yes!)

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In case you’re dying to know, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! will air tonight on the SyFy Channel at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

The Sharknado series has taken pride not in how good it can be, but how bad. Tonight’s installment promises loads of overdone cheese from the likes of David Hasselhoff, Bo Derek, and even Jerry Springer. However, tornados really can make animals fall from the skies; snails, worms, cows, frogs, even fish have been reported in the past. For a brief overview, check out National Geographic‘s article here, and don’t call me after 9 p.m., because you know where I’ll be!

Want an audio treat? Don’t miss this 9Pi-Con Schedule Announcement!

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The good news: I’ve got an audio treat from last year’s Pi-Con for all of you (scroll down) and the schedule for 9Pi-Con, which is being held at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, CT July 31-August 2, has been announced!

I’m really excited about the variety of programming in which I’ll be participating, and this year includes a writer’s workshop all day Friday. Here’s what Read the rest of this entry

Danbury’s CT Horrorfest a real scream!

Me and the Grady twins from THE SHINING. Coolest. Costumes. EVER! Check out the real girls here: https://youtu.be/CMbI7DmLCNI Photo by Jason Harris.

Me and the Grady twins from THE SHINING. Coolest. Costumes. EVER! Photo by Jason Harris.

(You can check out the real girls here: https://youtu.be/CMbI7DmLCNI)

I spent yesterday signing books with fellow Connecticut author Stacey Longo Harris at the 2nd annual CT Horrorfest, which was for the first time held in Danbury.

Not only was it a 15 minute drive for me (win!), it was a day full of magic as I saw many old friends and made new ones. I also wasn’t expecting to do so much signing…I even ran out of a couple of titles, and I met readers from not only all over Connecticut, but from New York City, Maine, and even California.

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Short Story Sunday: Contents of the Dead Man’s Pockets

Contents of the Dead Man’s Pockets, Jack Finney

This nail biter about a workaholic chasing a sheet of paper out on a skyscraper ledge would make anyone re-think his dedication to career over love and family. It can be read for free here: http://www.is.wayne.edu/MNISSANI/20302005/Deadman.htm

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Lately I’ve been working on the overwhelming task of thinning out my book collection; it’s something no book lover likes to do, but let’s face it, every once in a while it has to be done, either to clear clutter or make room for more.

It’s no surprise that a good portion of my collection is devoted to short story collections. I’ve read my share of great stories, and I’ve read my share of awful ones—but I’ve also read my share of a few that blew me away to the point at which I’ll never forget them. So instead of doing a typical “Top” list, I decided instead to focus on ones which fall into the last category (please note that in my “about” descriptions I tried to be spoiler-free). Do you have any that have made a lasting impression on you? Leave them in the comments.

review – Undead Obsessed: Finding Meaning in Zombies

kristipetersenschoonover:

This sounds like a winner!

Originally posted on goudsward:

undead-obsessedUndead Obsessed: Finding Meaning in Zombies
Jessica Robinson
Booktrope Editions, 2014

Jessica Robinson was in junior high when she was justifiably creeped out by George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead(1968). Thus began her lifelong obsession with the walking dead. While other horror fans would be content with watching and collecting the cinematic exploits of the anthropophagic undead, Robinson ascends that limitation in search of enlightenment. She wishes to understand the meaning behind zombie films, pondering the koan of the living dead and the sudden popularity of the genre. She wants to know why zombies strike such fear in the hearts of the living.

The book alternates between a being history of zombiism and a journal of self-discovery. Robinson wisely starts her history outside of the Caribbean, noting the European and Asian types of living dead. Creatures such as the revenant, nachzehrer, draugr, vetala, and jiangshi are not zombies per…

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