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January 7, 2019

First, thanks for being curious enough to read this far. I understand that poetry isn't an automatic draw for everyone, including the narrator of my poem in the video below.

Paul Quinn has made his living with his voice for decades as a beloved radio announcer in the Mi...

November 21, 2018

After Halloween it’s always kind of a downhill slide to the New Year, and here we are, one day from Thanksgiving. From there to Christmas is a steep drop-off, and before you know it, that’s all she wrote for another year. Before I end up like one of Poe’s hapless chara...

August 2, 2018

Why should you care what I have to say about the craft of writing? Well, I don’t know. I’m hardly a household name, but I’ve been at the writing game for a while. I’ve published a bunch of short stories over the years (even had a collection of them put out by a reputab...

May 9, 2018

Such sights to show you ...

Outside of close friends and family, there aren’t many people I’d travel 1,600 miles to see. Clive Barker is one of them. I flew from Seattle to Los Angeles in 2013 to take in a screening of the “Cabal Cut” of Nightbreed, which Clive attended...

April 25, 2018

My office window looks out across an inlet of Lake Washington to the homes that cluster atop a hill to form the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle. It’s a well-to-do residential area, but that’s not what draws my imagination whenever I gaze in that direction. It’s the...

January 24, 2018

North Dakota had a great deal to offer a young boy like me in the ’70s and ’80s. Raised as I was in an unusual hybrid of town living and farm life, my childhood was something like idyllic, marked by tons of free-range bicycling and unsupervised exploration. What more c...

November 26, 2017

There are two kinds of good writing. One concerns itself with undeniable truths. The other tends toward delightful lies. When a writer has both at his command, he is formidable indeed. Robert McCammon has both. If you want proof, just pull his latest novel from the she...

November 20, 2017

I recently had the immense pleasure of proofreading Clive Barker’s Everville for Gauntlet Press’s limited edition. It being the second book of his planned Art trilogy, this presented me with a golden excuse to go back and reread The Great and Secret Show before plungin...

November 19, 2017

Golden delicious were my dad’s favorite apple, and I can understand why. They’re soft on the teeth and easy on the palate. Not my favorite apple, mind you, but once in a while I buy one. I think about Dad when I pick out the apple, and I think about him again when I si...

September 19, 2017

“A wild ride into terror. A grand and disturbing adventure.”

That’s how Dean (R.) Koontz once described Robert (R.) McCammon’s novel, Swan Song. Little did he know how right he was.

I was already in hot water with my high school English teacher for bringing an issue of F...

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