LAUNCH DAY!

Hit up the links in the sidebar – A Place Called Hope is out in paperback and Kindle!

Advance praise:

WampusCat

Injustice Gamer

Russell Newquist

 

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Thunderbirds are go!

I’m still waiting on the widgets and sprockets to align so that the paperback release shows up on the Amazon page, but for all intents and purposes, A Place Called Hope is go for launch.

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And now for something completely different

I’m starting to figure out that things you say will come back to haunt you when it comes to writing.

Someone asked me once – can’t remember who – “Ever think about doing short stories?”

And I distinctly remember kind of shrugging and having a ‘meh’ reaction. I’m not a big fan of anthologies. I don’t generally read them and I very much prefer long-form fiction when I’m writing.

So why the heck did I write a short story?

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New release review: War Demons

I’ve long been a fan of urban fantasy, though perhaps I didn’t realize it. When I first discovered the genre, I’d found something that I’d long sought. Growing up, I was into scary movies a bit too much. Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and all the rest were well-worn topics of conversation in my circle of friends. The one thing that always bothered us was the fact that the victims in the movies were just that. When they fought back, it was ineffective. Yeah, Jason Voorhees could survive a machete to the head, but how about a team of Navy SEALs or the 101st Airborne? No way. (Of course, long after our childhood debates this conceit was used to some extent in the awful Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, though they lamed out and retconned a way for Jason to survive heavy artillery.)

Apparently my friends and I weren’t alone in that line of thinking, because the best urban fantasy, to my mind, consists of potential victims standing up and laying the hurt on monsters. Authors like Faith Hunter, Jim Butcher, and Larry Correia excel in this aspect. Russell Newquist’s “War Demons” adds another log on the butt-kicking fire.
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Coming Soon

Final

I’m not done yet, but I’m at the ‘waxing the car before date night’ stage.
I have the next couple of weeks tabbed for rewrites, then it’s off to the editor and  eventual release. I’ve got a mid-October date in mind, but I don’t know if I’m going to hit it. Either way, it should be out before Halloween.

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Movie review: It (2017)

Fasten your seatbelts, people. This is going to be a long one.

It was originally released in September,  1986. I read it shortly thereafter, because I distinctly recall pulling the heavy hardback copy out of the new release shelves at my local library.

Not much of a story perhaps, save for the fact that I was eight-and-a-half at the time. I don’t know if my mom was awesome or negligent in signing off on the adult library card.

Obviously, most of what I read went over my head, and I skimmed a lot. But I returned to the work in 1990, when the original ABC miniseries aired, and I’ve read it multiple times since.

Short and sweet – the newly-released film edition is dynamite. It both homages and updates the materials in clever ways. I’m excited for the second part to come out – heck, to be honest, I’m excited just to see casting news, to see who’ll be stepping into the shoes of our heroes.

More detailed – and spoilery – thoughts after the jump.

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Dragon Awards results

There’s a very real sense of deja vu here . . .

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