Category: Essays

Download Now I was born in 1970. Some of my earliest memories are of Cronkite presiding over the death-knell of the Vietnam Conflict. Strange how those images, both black and white and of a sepia-toned “color” nightmare, mix with the …

Essay–Memories and Lessons Read More »

Download Now Does anyone understand the difference between fan-fiction, parody, satire, and outright theft? I thought I did, but it’s obvious to me now that I had no clue. When I wrote “Stuffing” for an online con organized by the …

The Street–Farewell Read More »

Two years ago, The Black found its way into the marketplace. Those of you that listen to The Dead Robots’ Society have probably heard some of this already, but for the rest of you, let me tell you about The Black. …

Essay–The Black: A Memoir of Sorts Read More »

This year was my sixth at Balticon, and boy was it a crazy time. If you’re not familiar with Balticon, that’s okay. It’s held every year in Baltimore, Maryland during Memorial Day weekend. While it’s technically a “sci-fi/fantasy” convention, the …

Essay: Balticon 50–All That Was and Could Have Been Read More »

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As I approach that special moment of sending The Black: Outbreak to my publisher, it’s time I owned up to something. I have in the past few weeks mentioned that I was hard at work on a secret audio project. Well, it’s …

A Little “News” From The Darkness Read More »

Genres. If you go to any book store, online or brick and mortar, or, Garaaga forbid, even a library, you’ll find shelves (virtual or real) marked with “Science Fiction,” “Fantasy,” “Thriller,” “Romance,” “Literature,” “Drama,” “Classics” and tons of others. And …

Essay–The Problem With Horror Read More »

I’ll share a little secret with you–I’m a geek. I was one of the awkward kids who never really seemed to find his place until very late in high school. While the cool kids in junior high and early high …

Essay–Nostalgia is a Dangerous Thing Read More »

It’s been a pretty long road. I’ve been podcasting since 2007, although Shadowpublications.com really didn’t come into its own until 2008. What have I podcasted? Besides interviews, rants, essays, and reviews, the following stories have appeared in the feed: Momma …

Essay–Winning The Parsec Award Read More »

It’s 2015. I hadn’t had my hair cut since 2012. It was time. See, one of the few things I do well is grow hair. Lots and lots of hair. As a kid, I always wanted long hair. I’m sure it …

Essay–Donating The Hair Read More »

Last night, I started working on Flames again. Doing my best to finish this novel. For some reason, it’s getting in the way of Outbreak, so I might as well just get it done. One thing that may have kept …

Essay–Flames and Summer Read More »