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Since we are in the midst of a Stephen King renaissance, and since today is his 72nd birthday, here’s a list of some of my favorite Stephen King short stories. In chronological order: “Gray Matter,” 1973 in NIGHT SHIFT “One for the Road,” 1977 in NIGHT SHIFT “The Jaunt,” 1981 in SKELETON CREW “Survivor Type,” […]

Just in time for the Halloween season, read my new short story “Alleyway Alvin” over at Out of the Gutter. Part of Flash Fiction Offensive’s Gutteral Screams. .

R.I.P. George Romero

July 17th, 2017

. The world of cinema lost an icon yesterday with the death of George A. Romero. His influence on the horror genre cannot be understated.  Before Night of the Living Dead, zombies were just brainless automatons used as cheap labor.  After Night of the Living Dead, they will forever be associated with flesh-eating monsters. George […]

“Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.” This quote is often attributed to Stephen King.  It was on this day in 1974 that King’s first novel, CARRIE, was published.  Happy Publication Day, Stevie! The quote is actually from author Robert […]

Gumbo Joe and His Smokey Tent

February 28th, 2017

. At work last week, we were talking about what sells tickets to plays and the boss commented on star power.  He said, ‘If So-And-So is in ‘Gumbo Joe and His Smokey Tent,’ then people are going to buy tickets to see it.”   So here, just in time for Fat Tuesday, is   GUMBO […]

Table Tennis Terrors

October 31st, 2016

. I know what you’re thinking – “I hate this time of year! I get so sick and tired of all of the ping pong Halloween plays.” Sorry – here’s another one. I wrote this short little ditty for a fundraiser that Promethean Theatre Ensemble was doing at a ping pong bar.  Check Promethean out […]

Cthulhu in Kalamazoo

August 23rd, 2016

This Thursday in Kalamazoo see my Lovecraftian short play “Strange Aeons and Free Hot Dogs” as part of POLITICAL SHORTS: A TALKBACK WITH THE CANDIDATES.  This fine program is being done by the good people at Fancy Pants Theater and the Kalamazoo Jaycees. Here are the details: Thursday 8/25 at 7:30 Fancy Pants Theater and […]

. This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to see film director/composer John Carpenter perform live.  He played music from his films (while clips played in the background), as well as tracks from his two recent albums (Lost Themes I and Lost Themes II). It was amazing – 13 year old me fainted 27 times! […]

Books For Sale

February 7th, 2016

. Did you know I have books for sale at Amazon.com?   VELVET WHISPERS IN THE CROSSFIRE NIGHT Men and women. Love and betrayal. Lies and promises. Laughter and tears. When men and women meet, revelation can’t be far behind. And when they go their separate ways, catastrophe is close-at-hand. Sometimes dark, sometimes funny, sometimes […]

. Happy Halloween! Here’s a short play I wrote just for the holiday. Enjoy!   OSCILLATING SASQUATCH by John Weagly (Lights up. A cemetery. The dark of night. October 30 – Halloween Eve. TRIXIEBELLE-WREN and PEACH-CALLIOPE stand waist-deep in a grave. They are both in their early-twenties and are slightly-goth, slightly-punk and slightly-hillbilly. There are […]

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