Christmas Rock United

Christmas Rock United

  You know Mariah and Willie, Crosby and Williams, Conick and Mathis and King Cole and the Jacksons… But do you recall, the most eclectic Holiday music of all? I know. I know. With malls, stores and radio stations quitting their usual playlists in favor of pre-recorded holiday classics, you’re burnt out on Christmas music. [Continue]

Holi-Duped: Retail Rebellion

Holi-Duped: Retail Rebellion

“Eight days of Hanukkah, come let’s celebrate!” the voices sing. “Mind control…in sales and marketing, is simply the process of using natural human predispositions to break down defense barriers that are obstacles in the sales process,” Big Business declares. “Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright,” the carolers croon. “Crack the psychological [Continue]

Gratitude Doesn’t Suck

Gratitude Doesn’t Suck

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” -Dale Carnegie, motivational speaker and author of How To Win Friends & Influence People Her smile was still that of a child. Cherubic, bright-eyed. Recently homeless, she had been molested and raped on the streets of Philadelphia after running away from an abusive [Continue]

I Have a Halloweener

I Have a Halloweener

I love Halloween. Surprised? Why? Because it says on the homepage that I’m a Christian? Shouldn’t I shut my doors, turn off the lights, and curse the heathens in the darkness? Isn’t that what Christians do on Halloween? Maybe some do. Not this guy. Why? Because Halloween is as much about worshiping Satan as any [Continue]

A Final October Treat

A Final October Treat

October began with an attempt at writing Horror. I genre I love, and had little experience with. I end October the same way. This Halloween treat is my flavor of Noir, thanks to one Channel Noir; a blog that I love to lurk. I was reminded of this Noir Flash Fiction contest by way of Are You [Continue]

Behind the Red Nose (Part Two): Fear vs. Frivolity

Behind the Red Nose (Part Two): Fear vs. Frivolity

 “There is nothing laughable about a clown in the moonlight.” -Lon Chaney Sr. Clowns. The cultural love-hate relationship with these capricious tramps has been recorded almost to the dawn of the written word, as we discussed yesterday. Yet that relationship had a breaking point; a moment when the pengalum swung like a noose, and a [Continue]

Behind the Red Nose (Part One): Horror vs. Hilarity

Behind the Red Nose (Part One): Horror vs. Hilarity

Coulrophobia. It’s one of the top 10 most common phobias around the world. The BBC says it’s the third most prevalent phobia in Brittan, just behind spiders and needles. Symptoms vary from discomfort and wariness, high anxiety or to outright panic attacks. “I’m an educated adult, with irrational fears,” Kristine M. declared on one of [Continue]

Within the Deep

Within the Deep

My flash fiction tale, featured in the Terrible Minds Vacation Hell Contest is below. Skip to the Post Mortem section if you’ve already read it and just want to read the behind the scenes. For all, please remember that if you like this tale best, make your vote count in the contest, when the time [Continue]

The Horrific (Horror Fic?) Secret Project Revealed!

The Horrific (Horror Fic?) Secret Project Revealed!

I love reading Horror, yet I never took a stab at writing Horror, until recently. Part of the reason is because, though I love to read it, a good horror story idea had never lept into my brain. Until recently. Then it happened twice. (If this were a horror movie, that realization would have sounded [Continue]

How to Have Creative Intercourse

How to Have Creative Intercourse

How to begin creatively? Hm. The direct question approach? “Are you creative?” Nah. Too infomercial. The smug, know-it-all way? “The only creative thing about creativity is the definition by those who don’t have it of those who do.” Blech. Creative beginning, creative beginning… Creativity is like masturbation. Everyone does it, few harness it, and fewer [Continue]

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