Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thursday Update

Over at I Was A Bronze Age Boy, I review the new LADY ACTION book by Ron Fortier. 

If you scroll down, you can find a brief writing update.

Also, this week in the Ashland Beacon, I present a primer for cities in naming festivals. It's on page 2.

While you're browsing the Beacon site you can find video of me acting rather undignified for a man of my advanced years.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pod of Horror #76

PoH #76 is live now, featuring my interview with writer, editor and Cemetery Dance publisher Richard Chizmar. We talk about his career and his excellent blog, Stephen King Revisited. The interview starts around the 39-minute mark. Listen here

As always, your feedback is encouraged. The links are at the top of the PoH page.

Painted and Inked

This week's column in the freakin' Ashland Beacon explains what happened when I fell under the evil influence of Philip Stewart at Russell Railroad Days. It's on page 2.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Monday Miscellany

Been a while between updates. I’d vow to do better, but we both know I probably won’t.

My pulp and comic blog has come back to life. Please check it out here. When Summer draws close, I usually come down with pulp fever. Over the past few weeks I’ve read novels of The Shadow, The Avenger, The Phantom Detective and the Keyhole Kerry stories by Frederick C. Davis, with more on the pile.
I’m still writing a weekly column for a local paper. You can read it here on page 2.


And just for giggles, here’s a blurry photo of my wife dressed as a Starfleet officer in 1998.

Monday, April 13, 2015


Here are some thoughts on the first season of Daredevil on Netflix:

The casting was very good.

The choreography was amazing, particularly the fight at the end of episode 2.

Rosario Dawson can stitch me up anytime.

Scott Glenn as Stick looked like he stepped right out of the comic book.

Matt Murdock can take a beating. And another. And another...

Vincent D’onofrio was wonderfully nuanced as Wilson Fisk, and he talked like he was battling severe constipation.

Marvel’s first Netflix successfully transferred one of the company’s “street-level” heroes to the small screen. Playing out like a 13-hour movie, Daredevil has me not only eager for season 2, but I’m pretty jazzed to see the other Netflix Marvel shows (AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders).

But before the next season of Daredevil arrives, please get Mr. Fisk some Ex-Lax.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pod of Horror 2.0

We're baaaaaak!

We have a new website and a new logo. We're refreshed, rejuvenated, re-every-other-cliche.

Our next episode debuts Wednesday March 18 on the new site and iTunes. Our featured guest is the legendary Ronald Kelly, a phenomenal writer of horror and a genuinely nice guy.

Until then, feel free to browse our archives and listen to your favorite blast from the past.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Latest Writing Update

Here’s a quick note for anyone who is interested in my writing and to clarify a couple of projects I hinted at a couple of weeks ago.

I’m working hard to finally finish up the second volume of The Dead Sheriff. I hope to have it done, edited and off to the publisher in two weeks. I’m also making notes for TDS 3. I have big plans for my undead lawman, folks.

Next up is a novelette for a licensed character. It was going to be titled “Mr. Dark”, but it may become “Mr. Dusk”instead because I like the sound of it a little better.

I am also planning at least two graphic novel pitches this year. The first one will go out in February.
Also in February, David T. Wilbanks and I start working on a new horror novel. It’s not a Dead Earth story, but it’s going to be pretty cool. I briefly toyed with the idea of setting up a Patreon page for DE (that’s the service that allows readers to pay a an author per month to write) but I’m not sure there’s enough support for a pay-as-you-go Dead Earth novel. Perhaps I should throw the idea out there on social media to gauge how many people would kick in a buck or two a month to make a new DE happen.

I have a novel called Reaper Road that’s been languishing on my hard drive for far too long while I worked on other things. That will move to the front burner in February (How do I write two novels at once? The way Dave and I work, we takes turns writing a section of the book. When I pass it off to him, I’ll write Reaper Road until it’s my turn on the unnamed novel again).

This fall, I will write TDS 3 for  2016 publication. There are also a couple of other projects that may crop up this year. It’s a little too early to say anything yet.

I have some short stories to write, too.

My weekly humor column for the Ashland Beacon has entered its fourth year.

And Pod of Horror lives! I love the podcast I do with my buddy Nanci Kalanta and I have plans to streamline the show and get it out more frequently.

If you’ve been a reader of my stuff, thank you for the support. Also, I appreciate your patience as I worked through some issues that kept me away from the keyboard.

I Feel Ya, Conan