Something She Said

Airport lockers. We rent them the way people once rented apartments before ubiquitous heli-travel. They represent our public space. Somewhere to store, fill, or hide. The contents tell tales, but mine has been silent. It has always been empty. Until today. Someday, when she realizes this locker has been abandoned she’ll open it. I can almost […]

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IT, the movie

Saw IT this weekend and was so happy to finally have a Stephen King adaptation that rose to the heights of the book. It was classic 80’s King, which also feels current due to the recent 80’s revival with shows like Stranger Things and the Goldbergs. My favorite aspect of the film was the fact that […]

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Perceptions

I finally got around to reading the short story “The Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. I’d been meaning to ever since I heard that the movie Arrival was based off of it. I’ve written before how much I liked Arrival and the story that inspired it was just as interesting. At 45 pages […]

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Warren Ellis on Writer’s Block

Love his answer to this. I tell my students this all the time, albeit in much gentler terms! I find myself having an extremely difficult time getting anything out when I sit down to write. Do you have any tips or suggestions for someone looking to take their first steps into the world of creativity? […]

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The Only Child: A Neo-Gothic Tale

What do you get when you mix 1 part Jame Rollins thriller, 2 parts Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian and then stir vigorously with a Dean Koontz swizzle-stick? You get Andrew Pyper’s latest, The Only Child, a modern spin on the Gothic novel. Gothic fiction has been with us since the early 1800’s. Most people think […]

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Whither the Black Riders?

It has been at least 20 years since I last read through J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic trilogy, and my memories of the books are dimmed by the specter of Peter Jackson’s excellent film versions. What I do remember is that the story moved along at an almost leisurely pace at first, allowing the reader to get […]

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Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

Author Chuck Palahniuk is always an interesting read. Over the years I have read a handful of his works such as (of course) Fight Club as well as Choke and Survivor. Diary came out in 2003 and has similarities to his other works, but does stand out as one of the more revelatory novels in […]

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