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Joe Hill carrying on the family tradition

NOS4R2 aka NOS4A2, by Joe Hill: Family Tradition

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October 2, 2013

Had it not been my birthday, I never would have read NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. Firstly, because I’d never heard of it and secondly, because I’d never heard of him. But there is a family tradition in the Smith household. Every year on my birthday, my daughter buys me the latest Stephen King novel. It… Read More ›

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South Africa a Short Life Changing Journey Off the Beaten Path

I sit here amidst the jumble of a partially cleared suitcase, with the the contents scattered across the entire living room couch, an empty backpack;  trip laundry (waiting patiently to be washed) and assorted clutter from my four day fact finding mission to South Africa. As short frenetic life changing journey’s go, this one has… Read More ›

The First 500 are the Hardest

The First 500 are the Hardest

I had a litte moan about 200 followers ago about the fact that after the big 2-oh-0h that WordPress didn’t give you any sort of fanfare for the 300 or the 400 follower mark. Little did I know that they wait until the 500 mark to say a big, “Well done!” I cannot say that… Read More ›

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Update and Explanation and an Apology

Well, hello there! You still here? It’s good to see you all. I think, that while I’ve got you here, I’ll give you all an update and an explanation and an apology. But first? Thanks for hanging around until I could get back. I’ve been very busy you see and I’ve let you all down. So… Read More ›

Vampires don't Sparkle

Guest Post from Author Tim Waggoner

Tim Waggoner Author of What Once Was Flesh From the Anthology Collection of Michael West’s Vampires Don’t Sparkle Guest Post The Genesis of “What Once Was Flesh” “Where do you get your ideas?” is the most common question writers are asked. (Followed closely by “Do you know Stephen King/Stephenie Myer/J.K. Rowling?” and “How much do… Read More ›

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60,000 and Rising

It was with great joy this morning as I squinted with sleep filled eyes at my stats page and saw I’d finally crossed the 60k mark. With one hand on my ubiquitous coffee mug and the other on my Macbook mousepad, I scrolled down and also saw that my following list had increased. All was… Read More ›

Author Larry Underwood.

Thirteen for 13 an Introduction to Larry Underwood’s Short Fiction

I made the acquaintance of Mr Underwood on Facebook via mutual friends (like you do) and I noticed the other day that he’d gotten one of his stories, an excellent piece of Western horror flash-fiction, promoted by Amazon.com as a limited freebie. I love free anything and I immediately shot over to the Amazon sellers and found… Read More ›

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BOOM Upside My Head, Versatile Blogger Award!

Whilst I was reeling from getting THREE nominations for the Epically Awesome Award for Epic Awesomeness, Dave over at  Last Road Reviews pummelled me upside the head with a Versatile Blogger Award. Ouch! I didn’t see that one coming! As with all awards in the Blogging verse, this one comes with rules. Since I’ve taken days to respond… Read More ›

That little badge of excellence.

Blogging Part 4: Etiquette Part II

Metaphorically strolling through the recent entries on the Freshly Pressed page, I noticed a disturbing trend. Some of these recent winners of that coveted page placement aren’t responding to their comments. They are responding to a few, but not many. When I got Freshly Pressed last year, I tried my damnedest to answer every single… Read More ›

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Author Michael West Interview – 4 April 2013

Michael West is a member of the Horror Writers Association and Indiana Horror Writers, where he serves as President. A graduate of Indiana University, West earned a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory, and since that time, he has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications. He… Read More ›

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