“Death Is Only Skin Deep”: “Highly recommend”!

26 11 2013

http://www.amazon.com/Death-Is-Only-Skin-Deep-ebook/product-reviews/B00E6PER0Y/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1





I Am Thankful For…

26 11 2013

…my family. My brother and sister-in-law have a blended family. I am learning how to connect with them, their kids, their grandkids. Sure, it’s been fifteen years of learning, but I’m a bit slow.

…chocolate and barbeque. Could someone make a barbeque beef wellington with chocolate babka?

…working with folks in their 20s. I am one of the oldest people working in Big Box Store in Newark. Working with the youngers is a lovely reality check, and I don’t have to worry that the world is turning into a bunch of Miley Cyruses who play “The Knockout Game.”

…my friends. You are the oddest, smartest, most eclectic, best-dressed people and I admire you all.

…being in my 50s. Now that I have some control over the level of testosterone in my body, life makes sense.

…air conditioning. Because it is air conditioning.

…sharing a house. Renting a room and living with two people keeps my sense of proportion.

…my parents. They were very sweet people and I wish you could have met them. In a way, through me, you have.

…the challenges of art. The Japanese word “do” has it right: a focused study does improve you as a person. Finding people who enjoy things I create is fulfilling.

…The Cramps. I did not start getting in touch with myself until about 1989, when I found Lux Interior and Poison Ivy.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4yZLR-gKNA





“really good, well-drawn characters, and ending with a bang.”

14 11 2013

said yet another about that story in “Death Is Only Skin Deep.” Contact me fro a free copy, give me a ten word blurb on Amazon.





“the semi romance- then disgust and a serious “eeehheeheeew” moment, then again glee.”

14 11 2013

said another of a story in “Death Is Only Skin Deep”. Contact me for a free copy and put your ten word blurb on Amazon.





“Excellent. Very moody victorian horror piece.”

14 11 2013

said the fan of a story in “Death Is Only Skin Deep”. I’ll give you a copy if you give me ten words in your Amazon blurb.





Jack Ketchum’s ‘Off Season’ is Back!

13 11 2013

Horror Novel Reviews

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Written by: David Gatward

Jack Ketchum’s one of those names you come across almost like a gatekeeper to a darker world. He’s the one (or one of the ones) you have to get passed to sink deeper into what lies beyond.

And the book that started it all, Off Season, is available once again. Hurrah! You can grab it as paperback or Kindle direct from Amazon! Worth pointing out is that this is the “unexpurgated” edition that sets the stage for both Offspring, and The Woman.

If you’ve read it, you’ll want to read it again. If not, then grab a copy and experience just why Stephen King regards Ketchum as “the scariest guy in America.”

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I Met These Great People At PhilCon

10 11 2013

Tom Purdom at http://www.philart.net/tompurdom/
Tom Doyle at http://mysite.verizon.net/vzexlq38/tomdoyle/
Steve Miller and Sharon Lee at http://korval.com/
Jim Freund from “Hour of the Wolf” http://hourwolf.com/toc.html
Jay Smith at http://zebrapix.wix.com/hg-world-entry
Pam Spinks Smith
Muriel Hykes at https://www.facebook.com/murielhykes
Keith DeCandido at http://www.sff.net/people/krad//
Edward Carmien of Mercer County (NJ) College
Neil Clarke of clarkesworld.com
Sally Wiener Grotta at http://www.grotta.net/
Ken Altabef
Anatoly Belivovsky at http://belilovsky.com/

Take-aways:
Coming up with ideas to improve PhilCon outreach to younger fans.
Accomplished authors Tom Purdom and Ken Altabef saying I’m doing right by working part-time so I can write.
Doing well on the panels. The attendees were all great.

In my experience, PhilCon went without a hitch. A number of ideas came from the “It’s Our Lawn Too” panel:
Bringing in more media tie-in and YA authors
Skyped guests
More panels about podcasts, epublishing, and electronic media
Resuming LARPs
Story readings for kids
More panels critiquing writing and art from attendees (I would be glad to run one)








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