Watchable? Maybe. Voodoo

“The worst horror movie I ever saw was fucking great,” Stephen King said to Eli Roth during their conversation on Eli Roth’s History of Horror. I wish I could say the same thing. I quit on so many movies (quit on just about every TV show). My time is valuable to me and watching terrible shit irks me something awful…but maybe I’m just looking the wrong way. There must be nuggets of enjoyment out there. In an effort to find positives, I’m forcing myself to watch entire movies that I go into assuming extreme suckage. This is not a rating of the summed up quality, but a rating between 1 (I might barf if I watch the whole thing) and 5 (I could hardly look away from the screen) of how watchable th

Daily Short Story Diary - Week 30

Day 204 July 21, 2019 THE WINDOW WATCHER by Dulcie Gray The 13th Pan Book of Horror Stories – 1972 Horror – 8 Pages This one has a pretty great premise, but for a horror story, it’s a bit thin. A girl puppeteers her neighbors with misinformation that boils and then becomes the truth before violence breaks out. It had the same kind of flavor as the some of other stories in this book, the outsider or lesser person needs some kind of revenge against the whole world. Readable, engaging, not really satisfying. *** Day 205 July 22, 2019 THIS IS LOVE by Stephen Graham Jones After the People Lights Have Gone Off – 2014 (story originally published in Icarus, 2012) Horror – 13 Pages This one’s hauntin

Watchable? Maybe. Deadtime Stories Vol. 1

“The worst horror movie I ever saw was fucking great,” Stephen King said to Eli Roth during their conversation on Eli Roth’s History of Horror. I wish I could say the same thing. I quit on so many movies (quit on just about every TV show). My time is valuable to me and watching terrible shit irks me something awful…but maybe I’m just looking the wrong way. There must be nuggets of enjoyment out there. In an effort to find positives, I’m forcing myself to watch entire movies that I go into assuming extreme suckage. This is not a rating of the summed up quality, but a rating between 1 (I might barf if I watch the whole thing) and 5 (I could hardly look away from the screen) of how watchable th

Daily Short Story Diary - Week 29

Day 197 July 14, 2019 LATE NIGHT FUN FACTS ON THE NO. 65 by JTF King Pulp Literature #22 – 2019 General – 4 Pages (about, digital) This one reminds me of Forrest Gump a little, and not because there’s a bus. The woman with the sore feet and the bad shoes doesn’t care about Forrest’s story, but by the end, she’s into it and she has to go and can’t hear more. It’s a fun way to have a story follow through. The story in the story is a weird one, too. Layers are welcome in wee shorts and are often overlooked, so point for that. This also ended in the exact right spot. **** Day 198 July 15, 2019 THE SWANS by Carl Thompson The 13th Pan Book of Horror Stories – 1972 Horror – 6 Pages Ah, it was bound

Watchable? Maybe. Robo Vampire

“The worst horror movie I ever saw was fucking great,” Stephen King said to Eli Roth during their conversation on Eli Roth’s History of Horror. I wish I could say the same thing. I quit on so many movies (quit on just about every TV show). My time is valuable to me and watching terrible shit irks me something awful…but maybe I’m just looking the wrong way. There must be nuggets of enjoyment out there. In an effort to find positives, I’m forcing myself to watch entire movies that I go into assuming extreme suckage. ROBO VAMPIRE (1988) Narcotics agent Tom Wilde is given a second chance at life after being shot and killed. In a futuristic experiment, agent Wilde is returned to life as an Androi

Daily Short Story Diary - Week 28

Day 190 July 7, 2019 FLAME! By Norman Kaufman The 13th Pan Book of Horror Stories – 1972 Horror – 5 Pages No letting up on this one, it’s about a dude who snubs cigarettes against babies and kids. Seriously. It’s fast, which is to its benefit as the subject is thin as it gets, and has an okay twist ending. Perfectly serviceable writing and even a bit surprising. **** Day 191 July 8, 2019 UNTIL GWEN by Dennis Lehane Coronado – 2006 (story originally published in The Atlantic, 2004) Crime – 26 Pages Goddamn. Sometimes an author opens with the best story, and in this collection I thought Lehane had, but goddamn. This is wild and fun and pulpy in its extremes. There’s pain and anger and love and

Daily Short Story Diary - Week 27

Day 183 June 30, 2019 I HAVE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING by Ray Cluley Probably Monsters – 2015 (story originally published in Black Static, 2011) Magical Realism – 24 Pages This one will fit into the situations Cluley mentioned to me on the podcast, about getting stuff out of places like National Geographic and building the story within that setting. It’s an immersive (haha, ‘cause underwater lots) tale that doesn’t have a great deal of horrific bits, by design, though could’ve gone full Jaws. It’s heavy and interesting and very well-written. **** Day 184 July 1, 2019 BRUSHDOGS by Stephen Graham Jones After the People Lights Have Gone Off – 2014 (story originally published in The Children of

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