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Adventures in Reading | Jules de Grandin 1

Let me take a moment and put down some of my thoughts about this great little occult detective series. [ezcol_2third] [S]ometimes there is just nothing better than indulging your weaker side and diving into a story that you know is just going to be a lowbrow delight. ...

On Writing Animal Control

  If you noticed this week I have posted a new short story to my site titled Animal Control.  I was pretty excited to write this type of story and I thought I did a good job of capturing a colorful surrealist energy, but I'll go into greater detail about that...

Adventures in Writing | Gothic Horror Primer

I was asked the other day by a friend what my reading recommendations would be for someone looking to create a tabletop game in a Gothic horror setting.  I put together the following, and thought that it might be useful for others out there so I'm going to re-post it...

An Occult Detective Steps from the Shadows

Like many people I've got a deep fascination with the pulp stories of yesteryear, and up until this point I had thought I had read all of the occult detective stories that were out there that had been written in that time period.  I marveled at the electric pentacle...

Occult Sources! Let’s Name Drop With Authority

If you love pulp fiction and weird tales as much as I do then you've probably already heard about the €300,000 donation that Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown gave to the Ritman Library to digitize it's occult collection.  The collection includes thousands of pre-1900s...

Is First Person the Right Person?

So I've been contemplating perspectives in fiction, and if you're like me you might have trouble choosing the one that is best suited to the story that you are telling.  Now I grant you, not all stories need to be limited to just one perspective type.  You may find it...

Does your story need a frame?

Have you ever read a story that really was a story within a story?  "Two for the price of one," you might be thinking to yourself.  "That's great!!!" Well yeah sometimes, but calm down.  This type of literary device is one that has existed for way longer than you...

On writing the Dreamwalker

This piece, more a fragment than any actual story first came about when I was composing a facet of a table top role-playing game in 2016.  While never actually making it into the game, the idea of a person that you could go to, to find the answers you were seeking by...

Top 4 Rules for Writing a Fight Scene

So there you are writing along slinging letters at your computer screen and you come to it, that action sequence.  It's like your brain goes into a different sort of mode, actions taken on both sides seem to wrestle in weird sentences on the screen.  Half formed...

Fresh Beginnings 

Many people have dreams of becoming a successful writer, and I count myself among their number. But more than that I love the expression of writing and the beautiful connection a writer can have with a reader.  I have been writing things for years that no one save for...