Subscribe to The Occasional Newsletter!

August 10, 2019

Some things in life make absolutely no sense. That Thomas Tryon isn’t a household name is one of them. I’m too young to know what it was like to watch him transition from film actor to man of letters, but it must have been deeply satisfying for him to make the transiti...

August 8, 2019

As some of you may recall, I tried my hand at a podcast several years ago. Had a lot of fun with it, honestly. But it swallowed my time. Well, I think I’ve found a compromise. In addition to my PaleSister YouTube channel, which is where you can find an assortment of my...

July 31, 2019

I honestly don’t know how some writers are able to post as much as they do on social media, not to mention get good at it. I work a full-time job and have a family—not to mention other interests—yet I make sure I write every day (yes, of course I miss a day here and th...

June 27, 2019

Since there are some neat writerly things around the corner for me—and more neat writerly things that might maybe possibly be around the next corner soonish if the stars align—I thought I’d sit down and post an update for you good and loyal people. Here’s the nutshell...

March 2, 2019

In the 1970s, Richard Matheson became associated with director Dan Curtis for a number of television movies, much as he had become inseparable from Roger Corman's Poe films in the '60s. But there was another co-conspirator this time around, maybe the musical equivalent...

March 2, 2019

It's discouraging that one of Richard Matheson's greatest novels, I Am Legend, has yet to be turned into a wholly satisfying film (unless one counts Night of the Living Dead, which doesn't officially credit Matheson's book as a source, but ...). Two attempts have been...

March 2, 2019

Matheson wrote another important comedy for AIP in 1964. It boasted, once again, a familiar cast, including Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and Basil Rathbone, who had played the mesmerist in the final segment of Tales of Terror. But this film wasn't directe...

March 2, 2019

What follows is a retrospective I worked on with Mr. Matheson in 2003. It originally appeared on Filmfodder.com, and I see no good reason why it shouldn't now take up residence here. In fact, I consider this version to be definitive, as I have updated the style of punc...

January 31, 2019

As promised, I'm here with an update regarding the publication of my latest poem. "Black Skull" appears in issue 22 of The Literary Hatchet. You can download the issue for free or follow the direct link from their site to order a paperback edition through Amazon. Click...

January 7, 2019

The astute among you may have noticed that I've pulled the audio/video recording of my poem, "Black Skull," from the blog. That's because I've placed the poem with The Literary Hatchet for publication in their very next issue (#22). After a respectable amount of t...

Please reload

Featured Posts

Glad Men from Happy Boys ... or Else: A Review of Thomas Tryon's THE NIGHT OF THE MOONBOW

August 10, 2019

1/10
Please reload

Recent Posts

June 27, 2019

Please reload

Archive