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Gene Wolfe Tribute

February 12th, 2020

. Here’s a short story I wrote for a tribute show Gumbo Fiction Salon did shortly after Gene Wolfe’s passing. Twenty years ago, an anthology of horror stories came out called 999.  It had stories by Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, Joyce Carol Oates, Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, William Peter Blatty – […]

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,” […]

Harlan Ellison RIP

June 30th, 2018

. On June 28th, author Harlan Ellison passed away in his sleep (the same day Rod Serling died in 1975).  He could be controversial, but I loved his work.  He was very influential on my own writing. Here are a few reminisces. In 1987, I was cast as Everett in an adaptation of “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ […]

. It seems like, in the late-80’s/early-90’s, a lot of the playwrights I knew (especially male) went through a phase where they imitated Sam Shepard.  Almost every evening of short plays that I saw had at least one Shepard imitation. I was always jealous of that. I love Shepard’s plays, especially the earlier idiosyncratic ones […]

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 […]

Happy 100th Kirk Douglas!

December 9th, 2016

Happy 100th birthday Kirk Douglas! Here are a dozen Douglas movies to celebrate with: Out of the Past, 1947 Champion, 1949 Ace in the Hole, 1951 Detective Story, 1951 The Bad and the Beautiful, 1952 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, 1954 Lust for Life, 1956 Paths of Glory, 1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, 1957 […]

. I’ll be hosting a round table discussion about playwrighting at the “So You Want To Be An Author” Seminar presented by the Myth-Ink: SFFH Writers of Columbia College this Sunday November 13.  I’ll be talking about writing plays, sending scripts the theaters and all sorts of other playwrighty stuff. If you’re so inclined, check […]

RIP Edward Albee

September 18th, 2016

. It’s weird to me to think that I do the same thing as Edward Albee.  I suppose technically we’re both playwrights, but you can’t really compare Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to one of my six-minute plays about sock monkeys or dead dwarves or two guys talking about convoys. Throughout my life, I’ve been […]

R.I.P. Gene Wilder

August 29th, 2016

About 10 years ago, while I was a tour guide for Wendella Boats in Chicago, my co-worker Jacob and I were sitting around waiting for our next tour to start.  Jacob turned to me and said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if Gene Wilder came on board and took a tour today?” What a wonderful, joy-filled […]

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