Books I Have Written



HARVEY’S DREAM REVIEW – Harvey’s Dream by Stephen King reminds us that dreams can be scary. Harvey and Janet, a dysfunctional married couple, discuss how he woke up screaming, during a dream where one of their daughters was run over and killed. Who better than King to exploit a human primal fear? It’s a very short story, which first appeared in the New Yorker, and also appears in the collected works entitled ‘Just After Sunset’. Give it a read–and, you’ll find your heart racing as you sort out the differences–between dreams and wakefulness. 


REVIEW OF MIDWINTER BY SPLATS OF BLOOD – ‘An interesting and inventive horror short story by Chad Schimke. Midwinter caught me off guard initially because it began much like any other fantasy story. The pace of Midwinter immediately quickened due to its action packed story. I had no trouble getting immersed in the world of Midwinter and I found myself eager to go on to the next page. With the vivid imagery of graphic events, Midwinter is a short story you don’t want to bypass.


80s HORROR MOVIES – If you love horror like I do, the 80s were a time when great flicks came to life, on the big screen. The world was very different then; and in the years since; we’ve seen VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, streaming and on-demand. There’s something about sharing scares in a packed theater and feeling reactions of patrons in the seats next to you. Many of these films are now re-makes, and I have to say, I find the industry’s recent lack of originality troubling to say the least. However you prefer to watch them, check out my short list of favorite 80s horror movies. What they might lack (slightly) in special effects, are more than made up for in innovation and excellent storytelling. No other decade can match the 80s when it comes to horror!


THE CANTERVILLE GHOST REVIEW – In Oscar Wilde’s first published story, the ghost of an English lord from the distant past, tries and fails to frighten an American family, residing in his former mansion. The Canterville Ghost is a study in opposites, chock full of humorous quips and witty banter, quite unlike The Picture of Dorian, more in the vein of The Importance of Being Earnest. There are shaking chains, bleached bones, creaking floorboards and a parade of disguises. But the ghost is frustrated by his attempt at frightening residents because they find him comical and not scary.  While old fashioned, his other works include stage plays, and endless stream of witty quotes, which are a window into the mind of one of the greats of English literature.  If you like classic horror, do yourself a favor and read The Canterville Ghost!