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Still among the living

Well, I perpetrated short fiction again, this time with a horror theme. Presumed Dead is a short story I wrote in response to a challenge. It’s brought to you by the folks at Sci-Fi & Scary: Sci-Fi & Horror Reviews, News, and … Continue reading

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A Halloween horror story: Death and Professor Appleton

‘Tis the day of innocent trick-or-treaters, candy corn, bobbing for apples, ghosts, witches, and malevolent creatures that will treat your children as hors d’oeuvres before they come to eviscerate you. Yep, it’s Halloween, and time for a short story of … Continue reading


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Review: Women ghost story writers of the Victorian Age

Ever since the Women’s Lib movement of the 1960s, editors have produced endless anthologies of stories written exclusively by women to prove that women can write as well as men, and to bring undeservedly obscure female authors to our attention. … Continue reading

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When the Devil went to law in America

Today, July 22, is the birthday of Stephen Vincent Benét (1898 – 1943). He rose to literary fame for his lengthy 1928 historical poem, John Brown’s Body, and remained a notable literary figure until his sudden death from a heart attack … Continue reading

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A short story, “The Misplaced Voyage”

One hundred and nine years have passed in the Sillyverse since Rebecca Farnsworth Maxwell wielded her magical walking stick in The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge. It is 1995, and Geoffrey MacAlpine, Professor of Magic and Occult Studies, is bringing two of … Continue reading

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Panzers and plodders: Lessons in writing, part 1

They’re the two types of writers. Didn’t know that? Neither did I. Found this out when I was at Arisia, the Boston sci-fi/fantasy convention in January. You see, my hearing, like James Thurber’s eyesight, sometimes plays tricks on me. I … Continue reading

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Paranormal romance, well, sort of

Extra post for the week! One of my readers mentioned how a relative writes paranormal romances. So I thought I’d let you all see what happened when I attempted that genre the second time around. It’s called My First Paranormal Romance … Continue reading

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Clark Ashton Smith influenced me, but I don’t write like him!

As I write, it’s the birthday of Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893 – August 14, 1961), a horror and fantasy writer who might best be described as “almost famous.” He’s most often remembered as a member of the triumvirate … Continue reading

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A story for Halloween: “On Huckman Causeway”

To celebrate the spooky traditions of Halloween, I’ve written a short story, “On Huckman Causeway.” You might call it a ghost story. Then again, maybe not. Anyhow, you can link to it here. The story has nothing to do with The Dragon Lady … Continue reading

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