Thursday, June 16, 2011

What's That Smell for $200, Alex

I am a Jeopardy junkie.  I tape it every night, and my wife and I will watch the episodes in spurts.  If you watch Jeopardy, you know that after the first commercial brake, halfway through the first round, Alex interviews the contestants.  I always wondered what story I would tell.  And this is what I settled on.  Is it great?  No.  But it doesn't have to great, because everything is relative, and relatively speaking, most of the stories told suck.  So here we go:

Friday, June 10, 2011

Castles by Benjamin X Wretlind: A disturbing coming of age story

Castles is one of those books that is tough to read.  Not because of the writing, which is tight and professional, but because of the subject matter.  Castles is, at its core, a coming of age story that follows a girl, Maggie, from childhood to young adulthood.  It is a visceral tale on many levels, one that makes you squirm because what you are reading is so horrible, yet prevalent in the world today.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

20th Century Ghosts: A Quick Review

It's not fair.  I know.  Being the son of the man who lifted Horror back into the mainstream world of books.

I like Joe Hill.  I loved Heart-Shaped Box.  And I liked Horns a lot.  And I'll buy his next novel.

But 20th Century Ghosts... well, I was expecting more.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Modern Horror in Books- One Man's Opinion

This post was originally published on the Paranormal Wire, but now I am sharing it on my own blog.   It's basically a discussion of the evolution of the horror genre in my eyes.  This is one man's opinion- I am doing zero research- and just want to express my feelings about how written horror is perceived these days.  Just a warning... I am a rambler, and not half as eloquent as I am when I write fiction.  Remember, I'm just a dentist.  I am sure I am going to step on some people's toes, and there are some who may say, quite imperiously, I may add: "How dare he!  Who is he to decide what is good and not good in horror!  He has done nothing!"  All true, but it doesn't make my opinion any less valid.  I am a fan and have been for two decades, I have read hundreds of books across all horror sub-genres, and I am going to talk, dammit!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pandora's Children Book 4: The Wretched Ones now available. Click the page link above for more information! 3 stories, 33,000 words, only $.99.