The Worst Part of Waking From a Nightmare…

The Worst Part of Waking From a Nightmare…

Jan 21

The worst part of waking from a nightmare, to me, is not the moment immediately afterward when it feels like the dream has stalked me into the real world. That sound I distinctly heard after climbing up from the quagmire of the dream, that frenzied, aggressive sound somewhere between the buzzing of a thousand hornets and the growling of a wolves fighting over the last fresh carcass to be found...

“There’ll be scary ghost stories…”

“There’ll be scary ghost stories…”

Dec 25

It was Christmas Eve. I begin this way because it is the proper, orthodox, respectable way to begin… The experienced reader knows it was Christmas Eve, without my telling him. It always is Christmas Eve, in a ghost story. This is how Jerome K. Jerome introduced his short ghost story collection Told After Supper, released way back in good ol’ 1891. He goes on to describe Christmas...

Quick Movie Recommendation: Pontypool

Quick Movie Recommendation: Pontypool

Dec 24

Pontypool is a horror movie (labeled a “psychological thriller” on Wikipedia… presumably because it has really good reviews, and is intelligently and patiently presented, so clearly it can’t be a horror story, even though it has all of the obvious qualities of a horror story. Okay, rant over), that you can watch right now on Netflix. Set in the small town of Pontypool,...

Why Write Horror? Because it’s always there…

Why Write Horror? Because it’s always there…

Dec 23

It’s not much of a stretch to surmise that most horror writers will, at some point, be asked, “Why do you write that stuff?” Depending on how it’s asked it can either be seen as valid or annoying. If asked out of genuine curiosity, it’s the former; when asked with thinly veiled derision, it’s the latter. But I think most horror writers would probably...

Dear Alamo Drafthouse, Don’t Ever Change

Dear Alamo Drafthouse, Don’t Ever Change

Dec 22

When the day comes that I eventually leave San Antonio, one thing I know I’ll miss (aside from, you know, family and friends) is the movie theater scene down here. Between The Palladium, the Drafthouses and The Bijou I have all of my movie-lover needs covered. The latest great idea from The Drafthouse; “Third Chamber Thursdays.” Old school hip-hop videos (and even a live...

“Writing is a Struggle Against Silence”

“Writing is a Struggle Against Silence”

Dec 03

I have a couple of rotating wallpapers on my laptop that contain quotes meant to encourage or “inspire” me to write whenever I’m not exactly feeling it. Ironically, one of those quotes chastises the idea of inspiration, or at least the idea of waiting for it to strike;   To be a writer is to sit down at one’s desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; just...

Some Thoughts on ‘Bioshock Infinite’

Some Thoughts on ‘Bioshock Infinite’

Apr 24

Admittedly, I’m a bit of a Bioshock enthusiast. One might even say an apologist. The first game might be my favorite single-player gaming experience ever. The second game was a step down, but a step down from Fantastically Amazing is what? Merely “excellent”? Sure the multi-player might have been “pandering” but who cares? Finding a Big Daddy suit in a free-for-all...

Things I’ll Never Understand: How Anyone Can Like Jurassic Park 3 More Than The Lost World

Things I’ll Never Understand: How Anyone Can Like Jurassic Park 3 More Than The Lost World

Oct 14

Okay, okay, the “gymanstics versus raptors” scene from Jurassic Park 2 was pretty bad, but JP3 had a little kid who survived on dinosaur island by himself for several days. Not only did he survive, he managed to obtain T-rex piss and used it to fend off other dinosaurs. …HOW? Not just how does anyone possess the cajones to write that into a plot, but how does anyone...