THE LOTTERY SHORT STORY REVIEW – Love it or hate it, Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is indelibly etched on the American subconscious. It’s on every high school and college reading list. When it first appeared in The New Yorker in June of 1948, the magazine received an onslaught of complaint letters and subscription cancellations. The reactions were widely varied, from mild confusion to strong dislike. Since then the story has won just about every major award, has been adapted into multiple formats (radio, television, film and theater) and is oft cited as one of the best horror short stories ever written. The author was frequently questioned about its meaning. Her husband, a literary critic in his own right, stated the following. “She consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or to take public stands.” She is also the author of the much lauded novel, The Haunting of Hill House.



PARANORMAL UNDERGROUND RADIO – Listen live to horror author Chad Schimke on Paranormal Underground Radio! The date is Thursday 4-21-16 and the time is 9 PM Eastern/ 6 PM Pacific. Find strange surprises that lurk in shadowy corners, as we discuss what lurks behind the dark veil of the paranormal. If you can’t make the live show, check back on the blog for the podcast at a later time. See all my radio interviews in one place, click the ‘radio’ tag at the bottom of the post.

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THE BOOGEYMAN SHORT STORY REVIEW – A beleaguered father, plagued by guilt, visits a psychiatrist. As he lays on the couch, he recounts the murderous tale, of his three dead children. The Boogeyman was originally published, in the March 1973 issue of Cavalier, and later collected in Stephen King’s 1978 short story collection entitled Night Shift. If you’re a regularly reader of my blog, you’re well aware of my fondness for this fellow horror writer. Some of my earliest reading memories are being engrossed in novels like Carrie, Pet Semetary, Cujo and Christine. King takes our subconscious fears, creates relatable characters, and loves a twist ending. What horror writer doesn’t imagine a monster lurking in the closet? While this story is very short, in that respect, it doesn’t disappoint. A must read! 


HOW TO CITY – Summer in San Francisco means an influx of tourists. Here’s a little guide I like to call “how to city”. And, you’re welcome.

1.       Don’t suddenly stop or walk in groups abreast in the middle of the sidewalk.
2.       Look down, AKA don’t step in poop.
3.       Don’t complain about parking. If you’re driving, plan ahead to park in a lot.
4.       Make a mental note of public bathrooms and don’t pee in alleys.
5.       If you’re taking the subway, plan to stick close to Market Street. Carry single bills and change in your pocket not your wallet.
6.       Look up from your damn phone. We don’t care to hear your loud phone conversations in crowded places.
7.       Carry some convenient crap in a small bag AKA the man purse.
8.       Don’t be obnoxious at public festivals and parades. Newsflash – Public nudity is not legal in San Francisco.
9.       Newly rich and newly living the city life? We don’t care.
10.   In the summer don’t wear shorts and carry a light jacket. 


PARANORMAL UNDERGROUND RADIO SHOW – Listen to Chad Schimke on Paranormal Underground Radio live on the air ( follow the link, listen in and click through to the chatroom. The date is Thursday 4-21-16 and the time is 9 PM Eastern/ 6 PM Pacific. The podcast will be available at a later time ( While you’re at it, check out an issue of the magazine ( This is his second appearance on the show and he is the author of Hallowseve, Midwinter, Picker, Pieces, and Weirder. Find Chad on his blog ( He is currently working on a new thriller novel, Secrets, and a horror short story collection entitled Horrordays.

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