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Night Terrors II Now Available!

Blood Bound Books has just released their new Anthology, Night Terrors II, which features my latest short story, entitled "Origin Story".

Night Terrors II!

I recently found out that a story of mine, entitled "Origin Story", has been accepted for the Night Terrors II anthology from Blood Bound Books!

"Origin Story" deals with the world of comic books and social isolation, two topics that are near to my heart. There are also weird goings-on in a basement. Weird goings-on that may or may not involve cats. Okay, that's all I'm saying for now. You want more, get the book.

The Big Book of New Short Horror

Some great news came to my inbox this morning: my short story "Swallow" will be appearing in the Big Book of New Short Horror from Pill Hill Press!

Oscar Predictions

My wife and I don’t get out as much as we used to, but we do still make a point of seeing as many of the Oscar nominated films as we can. Here, then, are my predictions for the 2011 Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The King’s Speech
The King’s Speech is going to win in a lot of categories this year. Sure, it’s a great movie, but it has a lot of things that the Academy seems to favor in its picks: period drama, characters overcoming mental and physical adversity, overlooked history. Seems a shoe-in for this category, as well as many others.

Best Director: David Fincher

Time Enough at Last...Really?

The problem with broadcasting to the universe that you finally have enough time to do a thing is that, sooner or later, the universe will step in to fill that time with something else. Or, in my case, a string of something elses. One else after another, after another, after another. My new son Benjamin is, hands-down the best of those elses. And the worst of those elses are, I hope, finally behind me and my family. So, what better time than now to revisit this project, which turns one year old in less than two months?

It’s A Boy!

My son, Benjamin James Akira Hawkins was born on New Year's Day! 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Mom and baby are back home and Ben's big brother Tim is adjusting well. Everyone is healthy and happy, which makes it a great way to kick off the new year!

Today Be the Day, Ye Scalawags!

Avast, me bucko! Ye be knowin' what today is, dontcha, lads? Of course ye be knowin', cause if ye don't, it's the plank for ye, and a trip to Davy Jones' Locker! And dead men tell no tales! Today be a day of villains, black sheep, and really bad eggs. It be a day of peg legs, and eye patches and parrots on yer shoulder. A day of pillage and plunder and buryin' treasure. And if that be too much of a commitment for ye, at least ye can do yer best to talk less like a lubber and more like a true sea dog!

Time Enough At Last 3 (in 3-D!)

Melmoth is now, officially, off my list!  Now that it's all over, I can't say that I enjoyed much of it.  Sure there were some amazing passages here and there, sprinkled like bits of corn in this giant turd of a book.  Historical context aside, it's just not well written, the intertwined stories are not all that interesting, and I'm very happy to not be reading it any more.

So, back to the drawing board, AKA The List:

1) 2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke
2) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Stalled on Melmoth

I'm a little more than halfway through Melmoth the Wanderer, the latest book to come up randomly on my reading list.  No matter how much I try, I can't seem to really get into it.  In fact, I'm finding it more than a little boring, a fact which bothered me a little.  It is, after all, a seminal work of horror literature, and being a horror guy I expected it to speak to me a whole lot more than it does.

Time Enough At Last: Part Deux

Well, A Confederacy of Dunces is all behind me now.  Not a bad novel, but I can't really say that it blew me away.  Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood.  Maybe, coming off of reading The Road, and before that Kavalier and Clay, my expectations for Pulitzer-winning novels is just too high.  Whatever the reason, it wasn't really the book for me.  Still, I'm glad I read it.