Local Color and Vampire Inspiration: The Big Easy

I’ve talked previously about the inspirations for my vampire novel series, The Matriarch Vampires. The central West Virginia locations, Glenville State College, and the character nods. After shelving the original first drafts of the book two decades earlier, why did I feel it was time to dust them off and finally finish the story? One … More Local Color and Vampire Inspiration: The Big Easy

The Street and the Stray

Pat and Shannon are best friends — like their parents before them. Whenever their parents visited, Pat would play in Shannon’s front yard where they both could be seen. There were two rules: always stay in the yard and don’t approach strange animals from the neighborhood. If anyone asked, Shannon’s parents explained strays had a … More The Street and the Stray

The Shepherd Wolf

Every full moon, the wolf would appear to devour another sheep — it was the way of things. Always at night and always hungry, the wolf would appear to chase the herd until one could run no longer. When it fell behind, the wolf took the weakest sheep into its powerful jaws and disappeared into … More The Shepherd Wolf

It’s Not Me I’m Worried About #Election2016

It’s not me I’m worried about. What’s the big deal? I’m a middle-aged white guy. Isn’t that the demographic that voted our president-elect into office last night? Party on, right? Let’s bring back those hands-on jobs lost to mechanization and superior technology. Let’s close all borders and stop policing the world because, hey, what could … More It’s Not Me I’m Worried About #Election2016