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. It’s William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday! The website Happy Birthday Shakespeare is celebrating by having bloggers around the world post their thoughts on how Shakespeare has impacted their lives. “The Tempest” is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I’ve seen a couple of productions, I’ve seen a couple of movie adaptations, I even gave a […]

What is Steampunk?

October 22nd, 2012

. When I started writing CLOCKWORK ADORATION (which I consider an evening of short, interconnected Steampunk plays) I didn’t know what Steampunk was. And now, three years later, the classification is still a little muddy to me. From what I can piece together, Steampunk is a genre that originated in the 1980’s, but can be […]

. Because I know people have been clamoring for this information, here are (in my opinion) the ten best Stephen King film adaptations: Carrie (1976) Creepshow (1982) The Dead Zone (1983) Stand By Me (1986) Misery (1990) The Shawshank Redemption (1994) The Night Flier (1997) Riding the Bullet (2004) 1408 (2007) The Mist (2007) Honorable […]

Summer Apples

August 22nd, 2012

. Happy Birthday Ray Bradbury! Here’s a short play with Bradburian influences. — SUMMER APPLES By John Weagly (Lights up. A pick-your-own apple orchard. REBECCA and JENNIFER, both in their late-twenties, watch their children play.) REBECCA: Look at those kids go, weaving between the trees. JENNIFER: So much for coming to an apple orchard to […]

Thoughts on Ray Bradbury

June 6th, 2012

. First off – I didn’t read him growing up like so many other geeks of my generation. I wasn’t influenced by him as a young mind. I read SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES and maybe a story or two, but that was it. For whatever reason, he didn’t quite stick. Then, in 2001, I […]

. Over at her blog, Patti Abbott is hosting John D. MacDonald Day in her weekly feature “Friday’s Forgotten Books.” I thought I’d write up a little something. I first encountered MacDonald in 1992 when I read THE EXECUTIONERS, the basis for both movie versions of CAPE FEAR. I liked it, but didn’t feel compelled […]

. Prolific mystery writer Donald Westlake (aka Richard Stark, aka Tucker Coe, aka Samuel Holt, aka Judson Jack Carmichael, aka several other pseudonyms, pen names and nom de plumes) died on New Year’s Eve 2008. His latest book, THE COMEDY IS FINISHED, will be published next Tuesday, February 21 by one of the best publishers […]

Cretin Hop

November 1st, 2010

— Towards the end of September, author Donna Moore issued a flash fiction challenge to the blog-o-sphere. The theme this time – use a Ramones song title as the title of your story. The story doesn’t need to be based on the song, it just needs to use the title. Kind of hard to resist […]

Look in the archives of any prominent mystery magazine and you’ll find at least one story by Stephen D. Rogers, a very prolific and talented writer.  His new short story collection, SHOT TO DEATH, came out in mid-February.  Earlier this month, he started a SHOT TO DEATH Blog March, stopping at different blogs here and […]

Robert B. Parker R.I.P.

January 19th, 2010

Mystery writer Robert B. Parker died yesterday at the age of 77. He was just “sitting at his desk.” Not a bad way to go for a writer that put out 3 books a year, who wrote 5 to 10 pages a day. He was one of the great ones, one of those writers that […]

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