Monthly Archives: February 2010

Vampire Story “‘Til Death” to be Published!

It took a few tries but my short story “‘Till Death” has found a home at Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine!

It’s a dark comedy that explores the power and sensuality of the vampire Wraith. But who is more powerful, Wraith or his mortal wife?

I think you’ll appreciate this story if you’ve ever been in a relationship.

This story actually won a contest in my fiction workshop. We were challenged to write a vampire story due to several of the students obsession with our undead friends.

This was before the Twilight movies came out (that’s how long this took to get published) but the books were everywhere you looked.

I’ll keep you posted but it’s slated to hit DGR magazine in July 2010. Click on the following link:

The Wolfman: An Unsolicited Review

Oh Wolfman, how do ye suck? Let me count the ways. This movie is awful, save your duckets and buy a sweater or get your teeth cleaned because it will be money better spent and you will have more fun.

Transformation scene, cool. Hugo Weaving, good. Everything else, godless pit of sewage but please don’t let me ruin it for you. Maybe when you go see it and realize that:

1) You don’t care about any of the characters
2) The love story is moronic and unbelievable
3)You realize you are watching Friday the 13th Part whatever, but with a Wolfman
4) You realize you paid $10 for a steaming pile of dung

Then you will most likely feel the way that I do. I won’t ruin all the corny B.S. and hack, stereotypical dribble JUST in case someone out there actually wants to see it and has suffered from oxygen deprivation and may actually enjoy it.

Feel free to disagree and let me know about it.

Dangerous Laughter

Jeffrey Ford lent me “Dangerous Laughter” by Steven Millhauser to expand my horizons and hopefully improve my writing. Millhauser does write wonderfully but o far most of the stories in this book are not my cup of tea.

Cat n’ Mouse

At first I was like ‘what the hell?’ It seemed like a Tom and Jerry rehash at first but it came together quite nicely. I actually liked this one. Never thought a deeper meaning could be applied to a cartoon.

The Disappearance of Elaine Coleman
Didn’t care too much for this one. It ended with a fizzle for me.

The Room in the Attic
Loved this one. Very nice build up and well crafted characters. I thought the ending was great.

Dangerous Laughter
This was a cool idea that actually lit a spark in me which led to my writing a story of my own. However, I didn’t care to much for the execution of this story and there was a lot of repetition of the laughing which grew old quick for me.

The Dome
The story had some nice metaphor but the main idea led nowhere for me. I got it but didn’t care too much.

I know, I know these reviews are vague with close to zero detail but I do not want to ruin the stories for anyone who may want to read them. I have a few more to go so my overall opinion of the book may change.

I can see why this book was recommended to me. It is thought provoking and extremely well written but it’s just not for me so far in regards to action and pacing.

Have you read Millhauser? What do you think?