Sunday, May 26, 2013

I'm ba-ack. Well, sort of.

So my actual site, has been down because I was negligent. by negligent, I mean I forgot to pay my dues for the location and then kept forgetting because, well, I'm a wee bit absent-minded like that. My sister (who also runs the site and keeps it looking amazing) yelled at me, paid the bill and then growled until I paid her back, so the site is back up. Expect new stuff there soon, including a few short stories and links to short stories.

And yes, there will be a new Jonathan Crowley story in the not too distant future. And likely a new story that links into the Seven Forges series.

Unrelated to that, but only just barely, Charles R. Rutledge and I are planning out a few more collaborations that should be a lot of fun. I always enjoy writing with Charles. He's exactly as twisted as me.

More news soon.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

And the next level of weird has hit the publishing world

Amazon offered this today:

Kindle Worlds fro Authors

What this breaks down to, in a nutshell, is work-for-hire in worlds that Amazon winds up with rights to. So far that includes the VAMPIRE DIARIES. and a few other properties. I suspect there will be more.

There are pros and cons and author John Scalzi does an excellent job of examining the situation in a preliminary way. So good in fact, that I'll just leave this hear for anyone that wants to consider the idea.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


I love horror movies. It's a simple fact. I love them. I love the good ones, the bad ones even the epically crappy ones have a certain appeal (There are exceptions, of course, I could find absolutely NOTHING salvageable in RETURN TO SALEM'S LOT. Nothing. Seriously.).

Which brings us to Mama. produced by Guillermo Del Toro (among others) and directed by Andres Muschietti, the story is based off of a three minute short (included on the DVD) and is delightful. A well-acted and well-written ghost story that has some of the creepiest scenes I've run across in a long time. I won't say much beyond that, just a heads up for anyone who likes a really good ghost story. is normally pretty spot in the details and the reviews they work up come from multiple sources. Personally I would have given a higher star rating than the average (6.3) that shows on the site.

Then again, I am hardly normal.

For me the movie was nearly perfect, foregoing the standard blood, guts and gore for atmosphere and a genuinely creepy tale. I'll take this over a dozen remakes of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and similar ilk.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Shadow, Year One

"Crime is a toxic weed...its bitter fruit yields only sorrow and death."

So, Dynamite Comics has a reputation for putting out some very nice comic titles. It's well earned and they're proving that again with the The Shadow Year One. I have to be honest, I stared at the cover for the first issue with a certain amount of trepidation. I mean, come one, people, we're talking the Shadow here. Lamont Cranston, one of the coolest of the pulp era heroes. I was a little doubtful. My mistake.
First it's Matt Wagner writing You might remember him best as the gentleman who created the comic book character Grendel. He has a place in my heart as the gentleman who did one of the most unusual and disturbing takes on Jack Kirby's creation for DC Comics, The Demon. But that's neither here nor there, The thing is, the man knows how to write. I had allowed myself to forget that fact. Shame on me.   Wagner nails it, in my mumble opinion. He gets the era right, the mood right and the characters right. I am truly enjoying his take on the Shadow. The artwork by Wilfredo Torres perfectly suits the mood for the story, not surprising as the man is just plain talented.

Here's the thing that really had me leery: This is a Year One project and for me those sometimes work beautifully and sometimes fall flat on their faces. Batman: Year One was a thing of beauty, but there have been other attempts that didn't work quite as well for me (no names shall be mentioned, to protect the innocent). Instead of disappointing, I have been delighted. Only two issues into the eight issue run and Wagner and Torres have hooked me. At least half the time I read a first issue and Like it and then read a second issue and start getting skeptical. That has not been the case this time around. Issue one reads as a lovely introduction to the world of The Shadow.  The pacing is perfect, the slow build of suspense and the equally slow reveal of the story all fits perfectly with the Shadow's style. There is a delicious sense of mystery to the story, even for someone who knows all the secrets of the Shadow. That's a lovely thing in my eyes.

Just a quick note of appreciation from a fan. It's nice to see someone doing justice to one of the pulp heroes. As is often the case, several artists work on different covers. I have to say, I have yet to see a cover I didn't appreciate.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Remembering Rick Hautala

Not long ago I posted a little something about Rick Hautala's passing. At that time I mentioned that he had just sold two novels. Well, the article linked here tells about that and about the anthology that Christopher Golden is editing for the same company. The anthology is to help Rick's family with the financial issues involved in his unexpected passing and has a fairly substantial list of contributors.

Should you want to know more, please follow the link. Thanks.