We ARE the triggers

Horror writers are a diverse bunch of people.  We come tall and short, fat and thin, and all ages and races.  Some live in cities, others in the countryside.  Some are drinkers, and some teetotalers. Most certainly, we come in both liberal and conservative strains. Since my first book was published in 2007, I’ve gottenContinue reading “We ARE the triggers”

Remembering Rocky Wood

Rocky Wood passed away yesterday after a long battle with ALS. Beyond being arguably the greatest living Stephen King expert– famously possessing such acumen that King himself hired Wood as a fact checker– and beyond his tireless efforts as President of the HWA, I will remember Rocky as someone who inspired others while challenging preconceived notions aboutContinue reading “Remembering Rocky Wood”

Stephen King: Class Warrior

A couple of weeks ago, Dwight Allen (a writer previously unknown to me) published a new critique of Stephen King in the Los Angeles Review of Books.  This morning, Sarah Langan published a rebuttal in Salon.  (I am indeed familiar with the talented Ms. Langan, but have always been troubled by her tendency in interviews to make a point ofContinue reading “Stephen King: Class Warrior”

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies & Entertainment Weekly

About three months ago, issues of Entertainment Weekly started showing up unbidden at my apartment.  They contained neither a return address nor a customer-service number to call if receiving the magazine in error. Bafflingly, our culture has evolved such that now Entertainment Weekly is something you have to “opt-out of.”  Like when I buy something at Best Buy, the clerk who ringsContinue reading “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies & Entertainment Weekly”