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Unsteady Layer Dumb

July 25th, 2017

(being an excerpt from my forthcoming bestselling novel and big budget movie adaptation) When it came to my research, I didn’t take any shortcuts. Over the past five years, I’d worked my way down the entire recommended reading list. Danielle Steel, V.C. Andrews, John Jakes, Robert Ludlum, Herman Wouk, James Clavell. Michner. Krantz. Forsyth. L’Amour. […]

“I stayed up last night reading William Blake poems to my dying cat” sounds like the stuff of satire, a dig at the pseudo-intellectual affectations of the hipster class. Yet it’s the truth, though the cause of it was incidentally pedestrian. Lil Baby Setzer has hung in there longer than we’d anticipated upon hearing her […]

Knowledge is a drug

March 31st, 2017

Before heading out to see the live-action Beauty and the Beast flick last Tuesday, Maura and I took a side trip out to Wilmington to return a pair of cable boxes to the local Comcast storefront. It wasn’t until we got there that we learned the place had relocated to one of the mixed-use developments […]

I’ve recently started to re-read selected tales from the Library of America’s H.P. Lovecraft collection. The idea was to jumpstart my flagging spooky season spirit, but it has also rekindled my ongoing internal debate about the author’s work and legacy. I enjoy Lovecraft’s fiction immensely, despite the fact that much of it is loaded with […]

Sometime in the early months of 1985, I was flipping through the current month’s issue of Twilight Zone Magazine and came across a half-page ad for an upcoming novel. The premise of the book fascinated me, which was a bit unusual since I strongly preferred to get my horror fiction in short story form. Novels […]

When we were fabulous

August 31st, 2016

After seeing the above ad (or its full-color double-page sibling) in a 1970 issue of LIFE, I decided to seek out used copies of the entire This Fabulous Century series. Or — more accurately — I bought a couple of the books from an online seller a few years ago, forgot about them until earlier […]

We’re down to the last couple of bolts in this particular quiver, so let’s start wrapping things up with a look at the literature that shaped the most formative year of my childhood. The top of that particular heap was Twilight Zone Magazine, purchased with scrounged pocket change at the convenience store across from Ferullo […]

Mystery dance macabre

June 27th, 2016

The Great Sorting and Tidying at home continues, in which my understandably irritated wife has been taking on Herculean projects while I toss in the occasional “don’t pack those away where I can’t get at them.” It’s a wonder I haven’t been served divorce papers yet, or at the very least a roundhouse kick to […]

Go, set a watchdog

July 16th, 2015

My longing to become a renowned writer has nothing to do with the fame and fortune it might bring my way. It stems from my deeply held desire that,some half-century hence when I’m in my decrepit dotage, the lawyer appointed to oversee my estate will discover A Heppy, Heppy Peppy. She would unearth it while […]

Dying of the light

February 9th, 2015

Depeche Mode – But Not Tonight Loved by fans. Disliked by the band. Recorded for a film nobody remembers. Much have I fared, buy Much have I found, sale Much have I got of the gods: Whence comes the sun to the smooth sky back, When Fenrir has snatched it forth? – the Poetic Edda/Vafþrúðnismál, […]

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