In this writer’s opinion, British author Adam Neville is one of the more exciting voices in horror literature today. His style, particularly with regard to Apartment 16, a novel published in 2010, is similar to early Clive Barker, and some descriptions in particular in this offering had me wondering (albeit not seriously) if I were… Continue reading Apartment 16
It has become a cliche to say this, but no less true: we live in unprecedented times. What we currently face as a global population is the stuff of the most frightening films and novels. One of the obvious comparisons is with King’s The Stand. Fortunately, though it may look and feel as if we… Continue reading Freedoms in Crisis
I haven’t come across any other reviews or analyses that have mentioned this connection, but I will be bold and say that Robert A. Heinlein’s Orphans of the Sky is a literary cousin to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Orphans, the first part of which is included in Heinlein’s Future History timeline. Takes the reader… Continue reading Orphans of the Sky
This is a short story I wrote back around 2000. I wrote it quickly, in 2-3 days, and that definitely shows in its quality. It's not a great story, but its writing was mostly done as an exercise in composing an epistolary story, one told exclusively through newspaper articles, journal entries, letters, etc. This is… Continue reading Mary Elliott
We all know the quality of network television has been falling consistently over the last several years (decades). Not that the bar was so high to begin with. Certainly, given my tastes and interests, I lean toward a particular type of televised entertainment. Shows like The X-Files, Fringe, and Supernatural top my list of favorites.… Continue reading Evil: The Best New Show On Network Television?
I don't really write poetry, but this is a ballad I began about 15 years ago. I was trying to go for something structurally reminiscent of Poe's "The Raven." Did not really succeed there, and the meter needs some definite tweaking, but I've always liked the final, repetitive refrain of each stanza. This was intended… Continue reading The Winter Bride
Based on the novel of the same name by author Tom Perrotta and developed for HBO by Perrotta, Damon Lindelof (Lost), and with substantial story input and direction from Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, On the Basis of Sex), The Leftovers, as a series (3 seasons for a total of 28 episodes), is part mystery, science-fiction/fantasy,… Continue reading The Leftovers