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Read My Short Story "Porter's Window"

I wrote this short story for a Lovecraft-themed/influenced literary journal. It was supposed to be about drawing influence and style from Lovecraft’s short story “Pickman’s Model,” about the truth regarding a peculiar artist’s influence. 1,783 more words


Write what you like?

Everyone’s heard the saying “Write what you know”, but more recently writing teachers and experts have been saying “Write what you like”. For a long while I’ve been taking this to heart and writing the genre of stories I most liked to read. 305 more words

A Writer's Life

By The Fire, Episode 139: Challenge 3: 500 words non-fiction blog post

Hey Horror addicts, we just had our third challenge in the horroraddicts.net Next Great Writer Challenge. This episode’s challenge is to write a 500-word non-fiction blog post on something horror related. 381 more words


#NGHW News 138

Hello, Addicts!

Well, how good were this week’s stories! I can’t tell you how happy I am that our judges did not agree. This way, we were blessed with seven stories instead of the promised three. 806 more words


Boo (from my Patreon page)

I am not a horror story  or movie aficionado.  They never turned me on especially the movies, since for the most part they telegraph their gotcha moments way to much.   303 more words


Gross in a Good Way: Notes on Horror Writing

The head-tilt “Hm.” When I tell people I like horror stories–horror movies, horror games, and horror books–that is the response I get. And if the conversation progresses and I say that I am working on putting more horror elements in my own stories, the head-tilt “Hm” intensifies. 918 more words


Dutiful Dad

Today I go to pick up the family at the airport before noon. They have been visiting my oldest son in Virginia since last Wednesday.  Not exactly a larkish vacation in the middle of the school year, they went there to be with him while he had surgery on Thursday.   290 more words