Monday, October 14, 2019


john wilson by clifford brooks - Part abstract poem, part dream world, part monologue: ‘John Wilson’ by Clifford Brooks is a highly unusual short story. It’s hard to define but that’s what makes it so great. An unsatisfied hairdresser mind melds two boyfriends together, and is visited by a conjoined spirit requesting a haircut. Sign said haircuts, he said. This story was originally published in in Cemetery Dance #49 in 2004. Find this and other really good horror/ paranormal shorts in Tales for the Campfire. All profits go to the victims of the November 2018 Camp Fire. Want to read more? Check out Clifford’s site:

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

OctoberFest Megapromo

OctoberFest Megapromo
Check out this 3 part promo, just in time for Halloween!

1.) Claim your *free* e-book
Hallowmas by Chad Schimke – Kids decorate a haunted house for a holiday get-together on the spookiest night of the year. They’re unaware that a creeping stranger is watching them through the window. On All Hallow’s Eve… a night when supernatural entities roam free. Read ‘Hallowmas’ today!
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2.) *Two* Amazon gift card giveaways
A.) SFF Book Bonanza - Discover Science Fiction and Fantasy Books – Runs all month during October 2019. Win a $100 Amazon gift card. Two lucky winners. Imagine the books you could buy!
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3.) BookFunnel Bundles
Fall Horror Giveaway
AGP House of Horrors
AGP OctoberFest
Portal To Fantasy
Taste the Fantasy
70s 80s 90s for October
Youth Fiction
Zombies, vampires and the other undead
Trick or Treat

COMING SOON – Come back next month for another *free* e-book and *more* exciting promos! 🎃 🦃 🎄 🎉 💝 ☘️ 🐇

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (1387)

The Canterbury TalesThe Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (1387)
Mostly written in verse, Chaucer describes a wide range of classes in English society. As a courtier he wrote poetry for the nobility. In the Knight's Tale, he leads crusades against pagan leaders in many countries.

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

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Thursday, October 3, 2019


Hallowmas by Chad Schimke - Sooner or later, death comes for everyone. On Halloween, the spookiest holiday of the year. Read ‘Hallowmas’ today! 

Friday, September 27, 2019


DEATH'S PARADE FILM FESTIVAL - Just in time for Halloween: Death's Parade Film Festival, a series of shorts and feature films, including gore, ghosts, killers, monsters and dark comedy. The festival runs from 2 to 11PM Pacific at the following address: Towne 3 Cinemas at 1433 The Alameda in San Jose. Enjoy the virtual world of Sansar on October 3rd, then attend the festival in person, on Saturday October 5th. I was a panel selection judge, along with judging the award for best writing. The festival is sponsored by the Horror Writer’s Association, so stop by and say hell-o-ween!

Thursday, September 19, 2019


IT CHAPTER TWO MOVIE REVIEW - This is a two-part review, see below for an earlier post. In 2017, I watched ‘It’ on opening weekend, and also mentioned I’d previously seen the 1990 mini-series.  The film is adapted from Stephen King’s book of the same name. ‘The Loser’s Club’ are adults now, and everyone has moved away from Derry, except Mike. He fears Pennywise has returned, 27 years later. People in Derry start disappearing, so Mike calls club members, and asks them to meet up with him. It’s at this point that plot problems with the movie begin to creep in. As adults, the ‘Losers’ don’t remember the clown battle which occurred in ‘It Chapter One’. This begs the question: Why drop everything and immediately rush back to Derry? Since only Mike knows Pennywise has returned. The ending isn’t great either. King acknowledges this, and it becomes a running joke. King pokes fun at himself, when he’s featured onscreen, in a cameo appearance. I don’t like ruining movies with spoilers, so read on at your own peril. In the climatic ending, the ‘Losers’ (or at least Mike) know Pennywise represents their greatest fears. The solution is as simple as: “just don’t be afraid anymore”. If it’s that easy to defeat the monster, why not do that a lot earlier? And finally: the opening. A homophobic hate crime occurs, that does come right out of the book. I think that scene is a throwaway which has nothing to do with the movie. I found the scene to be a random afterthought, unnecessarily gratuitous and not connected to the plot in any way. The production was better, and there was less CGI than part one, but overall there are some pretty glaring missed opportunities.

Sunday, September 15, 2019


STILL LIFE WITH SHATTERED GLASS BY lOREN rHOADS  - Horror writers are often asked – Why are you so fascinated by the macabre? In ‘Still Life with Shattered Glass’, Loren Rhoads explores motivations of people who share those particular predilections. 
When a college junior finds herself stranded at a party, she hitches a ride and spends the night with a photographer.  It’s a little bit sexy, with a touch of dark humor, and comes together with a scary (of course) twist ending. A different version of this story was originally published in Cemetery Dance #54 in 2006. Don’t forget that profits from this anthology go to victims of California’s greatest disaster, the Camp Fire of 2018. Want to read more? Sign up for her mailing list at

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019


THE DARK CRYSTAL - Based on a 25-page story written by Jim Henson entitled The Crystal, The Dark Crystal (1982) is a puppet animated dark fantasy film. A young Gelfling goes on a quest to heal the crystal, before Thra’s three suns align, to prevent the Skeksis from ruling Gelflings forever. Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, The Dark Crystal relied on groundbreaking animatronic puppets instead of human actors. The most recent installment in the franchise is entitled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019), available to stream now on Netflix. Development on the new series was based on rich notes, archival puppets and set designs, that were developed for the original feature film. In keeping with the original, actual puppets and sets are used, instead of CGI. 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice 1976

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice 1976
A vampire tells a reporter about an encounter, whereby another vampire turned him into his immortal companion.
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice

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Sunday, August 25, 2019


The Quarry by Ben Monroe – Imagine a mashup of a 80s horror creature-feature, and a cosmic being hidden within the bowels of the earth. In ‘The Quarry’, a group of neighborhood kids change their plans, from a dip in the public pool, to exploring Founder’s Quarry. They ultimately decide to ignore the ‘KEEP OUT!’ sign and venture in anyway. While some stories in the book are reprints, ‘The Quarry’ by Ben Monroe was written especially for inclusion in the Tales for the Camp Fire anthology. Profits go to the victims of the November 2018 Camp Fire, California’s worst natural disaster. Coming soon: Planet Apocalypse, Ben’s new graphic novel. Want to read more? Check out his page at: