Tales for the Campfire available now on Amazon!

Tales for the Campfire available now on Amazon!

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890)

The Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890)
A hedonist wishes his image would age instead of himself. He experiments with every vice, influenced by a morally poisonous French novel.
The Picture of Dorian Gray A Graphic Novel by Oscar Wilde

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THE PATRON BY ANTHONY DEROUEN – Tall pines, drifting snowbanks, blue water and tourists, of either the summer or winter variety.  Those things come to mind when picturing South Lake Tahoe. And sometimes, supernatural entities from beyond the paranormal veil as well. In ‘The Patron’, a bartender serves a traveling visitor on a final visit to his favorite tavern. Many stories in the book are reprints, however Anthony DeRouen’s addition to Tales for the Campfire was written especially for the anthology. Good horror for a good cause, since profits go to victims of California’s greatest disaster. And here’s another good cause: DeRouen is busy organizing Death’s Parade Film Festival, taking place on October 5th, 2019 at Towne 3 Cinemas in San Jose. Featuring paranormal, killers, horror, monsters, gore and dark comedy. That sounds awesome! How do I know when to watch, you might ask? Easy, check out Anthony’s site.


TOP SCIENCE FICTION MOVIES – This is a subjective collection of best films: with dystopian, invasion, militaristic and mind-bending themes. As always originality is key, and appreciation for breaking new ground, which was taken into consideration when writing this listicle. Each of these flicks takes its place in the cannon of films which have propelled the form forward, in a genre where technology and innovation is key.

Metropolis (1927)
Wealthy citizens of Metropolis reign in luxury, while subterranean workers toil underground, operating machines which power the city.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
An alien emerges from a flying saucer and implores humans to join him in peace, or pursue their present course and face obliteration.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A scientist investigates a buried artifact on the moon, hearing a high-pitched radio signal when sunlight hits the obelisk.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
To his wife’s dismay, an electrical maintenance worker becomes obsessed by subliminal messages about/ begins to make models of, a unique-looking mountain known as Devils Tower.

Star Wars (1977)
In the midst of a civil war an apprentice discovers a hologram recorded by a princess, hidden inside an android, with plans which will make it possible to destroy a colossal space station.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Upon discovering underdeveloped bodies in giant seed pods, townspeople conclude their bodies are being replaced while sleeping, and an extraterrestrial life form is responsible.

Alien (1979)
A commercial spacecraft receives a distress signal, crash lands on an alien moon, finds a derelict ship and enters it to find a chamber containing hundreds of large egg-like objects.

Blade Runner (1982)
A former police officer tracks down and retires bioengineered replicants who are on Earth illegally, in a polluted world devoid of animals.

The Thing (1982)
On an Antartican outpost, recovered data leads a group of researchers to an alien spacecraft, which has been buried for at least 100,000 years.

The Terminator (1984)
A cyborg assassin and resistance soldier time travel backward, to save the future mother/ leader of the resistance, against and its army of machines who plan to wipe out the human race.

Starship Troopers (1997)
An invasion force is sent to battle a hostile species discovered while colonizing new planets, after the insectoids bomb Earth, killing millions of humans.

The Matrix (1999)
A programmer is offered the choice of a blue pill, to return him to his former life, or a red pill, which will show him the truth about the Matrix.

Minority Report (2002)
Prescient beings previsualize crimes, when they receive visions of the future. But sometimes, one of them has alternative visions known as minority reports.

Children of Men (2006)
When a husband is contacted by his estranged wife, he becomes the guardian to the one and only woman capable of pregnancy, since a plague wiped out human fertility.

Inception (2010)
Extractors use experimental technology to infiltrate the subconscious, to extract information through a shared dream world.

Gravity (2013)
An astronaut goes on her first spacewalk and is bombarded by space debris, which sets off a chain reaction of events as she attempts to save her own life.

Interstellar (2014)
Unknown beings positioned a wormhole near Saturn, which left a path open to a distant galaxy with twelve potentially habitable worlds, located near a black hole.

Ex Machina (2014)
When a programmer wins a prize, he visits the isolated home of the company’s CEO, forming a relationship with a human-looking female robot, who is confined to her apartment.

Arrival (2016)
A linguist is called upon to communicate with two seven-limbed aliens, researching their complicated circular symbols, as twelve spacecraft hover over locations around the Earth.


RIVER TWICE BY KEN HUELER – In the short story entitled ‘River Twice’ Ken Hueler goes cryptid hunting, writing about an animal that may or may not exist. A Japanese student snoops in her father’s attic, leading her to a supernatural encounter, in which she uncovers the limitations of her father’s love. ‘River Twice’ first appeared in From the Corner of Your Eye, released by Great Old Ones Publishing in 2015. Ken has a new story out now, ‘The Calm’, in the June 2019 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine. Besides this tale, there are a lot of really good stories in the anthology. All profits from Tales for the Campfire go to the victims of the November 2018 Camp Fire. Want to read more? Check out Ken’s site. 


Comes the Dark by Michael Prescott (2013)

Comes the DarkComes the Dark by Michael Prescott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Comes the Dark by Michael Prescott (2013)
Time is running out for two siblings, orphaned by a double murder decades earlier. When a local girl’s remains are discovered at the river, the sister retraces memories from her youth, and suspects her brother of murder.
Comes the Dark by Michael Prescott

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LEAVING THE #9 BY E.M. MARKOFF – Today’s post features another writer from Tales for the Campfire. While some stories in the anthology are reprints, ‘Leaving the #9’ by E.M. Markoff was written especially for TalesAfter witnessing an incident involving her brother, a sister takes the #9 bus to the end of the line, to seek guidance from a curandera. Markoff provides a fresh take on the ghost story, imbued with Mexican folklore, and portrays instantly relatable characters. In particular, Miss Cire is unforgettable. Please remember that profits benefit victims of California’s greatest disaster, the Camp Fire of 2018. Want to read more? Sign up for her mailing list at ellderet.com.