The Many Covers of RL Stine
RL Stine has the benefit of having written for both teens and young readers during an era of markedly good cover art. Few series have been as blessed by consistently fantastic artwork as Goosebumps, and Stine’s early work for Point Horror hit the market when garish, sleazy covers were still the norm for works of horror…
How Stephen King’s Earliest Novels Shaped His Career
Juvenilia is a term used to define the works of a writer or artist that are produced while they are still young and before their skills have been wholly fine-tuned. For most writers, this work is rather embarrassing. It is all too easy to see the flawed characters, the hackneyed dialogue, the wandering plot of…
How Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles” Changed Science Fiction (and Literature)
What has this man from Illinois done, I ask myself when closing the pages of his book, that episodes from the conquest of another planet fill me with horror and loneliness? ~ Argentinean author Jorge Luis Borges in the introduction to the Spanish-language translation of The Martian Chronicles. In 1950, precisely halfway through a century…
Smashwords FREE SUMMER BOOK SALE!
For the month of July, you can head on over to Smashwords for their outstanding Summer Book Sale. Thousands of books can be found at drastically reduced prices, and some, like my own Stranger Calls and The Other Side of the Door, can be downloaded for FREE. Once you reach the order screen, enter promo code SFREE…
Story of the Week: “Til Death Do Us” Selected By Horror Novel Reviews
HorrorNovelReviews.com has selected “Til Death Do Us” from my collection The Other Side of the Door: Dark Stories as their Story of the Week for March 14 through March 18. You can read the entire story here: Til Death Do Us. Opening Lines: The box arrived Thursday morning without any kind of label. It was small and…
New Ebooks Published!
Two new ebooks just out this month. You can click the links below to find them on Amazon.com. Descriptions of the stories can be found on the Fiction page. Read Excerpts from the stories now! Buy at Amazon.com for $2.99 Buy At Amazon.com for $2.99