Short Story Sunday: The Fall River Axe Murders

 The Fall River Axe Murders, Angela Carter

Who isn’t fascinated by Lizzie Borden? This telling of what went on in the Borden house in the days leading up

Saints and Strangers

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Take time out for the Taco Society Presents!

The Taco Society Presents! 3A

A close-up of one component of the “set,” which is computer-generated imagery (yes! CGI!)

Recently, friend and fellow writer Stacey Longo and I had the privilege of traveling to Goffstown, New Hampshire, to appear on The Taco Society Presents!–a local access television program showcasing genre writers and their work.

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Who doesn’t love a little back story?

Pope Lick Railroad Trestle

The Pope Lick Monster, half man, half goat, lives under this railroad trestle in the Louisville, Kentucky area.
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There’s nothing more fascinating than hearing about what spawned an idea for a short story I love, but for me what truly can’t be beat was hearing about which cryptids inspired the stories in Great Old Ones Publishing’s From the Corner of Your Eye: A Cryptids Anthology.

Writer Gregory L. Norris took the trouble to solicit back stories for those of us whose work is featured in the anthology, and several of us answered the call! You can find out what types of cryptids are lurking in the pages of the anthology here. Enjoy!

Iceland's Ice Worm

A recent video may be evidence that Iceland’s famed giant ice worm exists.

Sometimes it sucks living THIS WRITING LIFE

It's not easy living THIS WRITING LIFE!

I’ve started a new YouTube series called This Writing Life (and the title speaks for what it’s all about). Every other week (or so), I’ll post a new episode, which I try to keep super-short (did you know the human attention span is now only twice as long as a goldfish’s?) and absolutely ennui-inducing talking-head-in-front-of-my-bookshelf-for-what-seems-like-forever free. If you’re interested, you can check out the theme below, then head over here to EPISODE 1: LIFE’S BETTER AT THE BEACH. If you like it, consider subscribing to my YouTube channel? Would you do it for a Kit Kat?


Whittier Birthplace Curator Gus Reusch shares a curious tale about a dime found in the museum.


I’m thrilled to announce that the anthology Snowbound with Zombies, a collection of horror stories inspired by the supernatural tales of the poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whitter, will be released at a free special event this weekend.

The event will take place Saturday September 26 at the Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill, Massachusetts, from 1 PM to 3 PM. All proceeds will benefit the 327-year-old birthplace museum, which is a favorite educational field trip destination for students of all ages in the Haverhill area.

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Short Story Sunday: The Pool People

The Pool People, Alison Lurie

This ghost story set against the beautiful backdrop of Key West is surprisingly

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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!

Snowbound with Zombies - Tales of the Supernatural Cover

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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