• REVIEW: The Weight of Chains by Lesley Conner

    The Weight of Chains (Sinister Grin Press) is an eye-opening debut novel from Lesley Conner. You might remember Lesley from her “What Say You” post a couple weeks back. She’s a sweet-faced Girl Scout leader who writes horror that makes even *me* cringe. Set in 15th century France, this historical-horror novel contains two fast-paced plot […]

  • FUN: Dad Rock

    I owe my dad an apology. It is generally believed that kids hate their parent’s music. And, likewise, Parents hate their kid’s music. Sure, it’s not so black and white, there is occasional overlap in tastes. But on a whole, much of what we old-timers enjoy falls outside the spectrum of today’s youth. And by […]

  • IN OTHER WORDS: Lesley Conner on Gilles de Rais and The Weight of Chains

    Lesley Conner’s The Weight of Chains (Sinister Grin Press, 2015) is a visceral, dark historical fantasy that holds nothing back. She bases much of the novel’s horror on historical fact…and you know how it goes…the truth of our atrocities far exceeds any horror any one of us can imagine. I will have a review of […]

  • Ghost the Cat and her troubles

    After the deaths of Phantom and Shadow, my family took a few months to mourn the loss of our little friends. In early July, we felt the time was right, so we ventured to Pet Smart to find a rescue kitty and adopt him or her. The Pet Smart we frequent often hosts rooms for […]

  • SELF PROMOTION: Little Digits (Short story from Irredeemable)

    Little digits hold long metal rulers. Children. Third graders. Miss Janice sits at a desk, her bony knees pointing upwards at awkward angles. She writes the punishment phrase over and over. “I will not talk in class.”“I will not talk in class.”“I will not talk…” Her fingers cramp and the pen stops moving. There’s a […]

  • FOR WRITERS: How to Silence *That* Voice

    Last night, I received a question from a talented writer. How do I silence the little voice in my head that keeps telling me I’m not good enough? You’ll not find a proper answer from me because my little voice continues to tell me that I’m not a writer. But I can give you my […]

  • SELF PROMOTION: A Playlist for a Madman

    Because I needed a reason to procrastinate, I decided to build a playlist for For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press publisher. “Hell” by The Squirrel Nut Zippers — The book opens with a sweaty preacher evangelizing about hell. Play this song in the background while reading. (Prologue) “Kiss Off” by Violent […]

  • FUN: 5 Things I Learned This Past Weekend While Visiting Clay County

    Donald Trump has locked down the Appalachia Kentucky vote. Because he says what is on his mind, fuck the consequences. Braggadocio and impulsive decisions are what we need when dealing with Russia, Iran, and the Mexican immigration issue. Kids will play on a steep slip n’ slide until their bodies are black and blue and […]

  • INSIDER TALK: Basic Analytics of a Small Press

    I was closing the Apex Publications books for the month of May when I decided to play around with the data. I found it interesting so I thought I would share it with the world. Through the end of May, Apex sold 3 eBooks for every print copy sold. Incredibly, Amazon accounts for 79% of […]

  • OPINION: Thoughts on the symbolic nature of the Confederate flag from a Southerner

    A horrific thing occurred last week in South Carolina. An act of terrorism that will leave a permanent scar on the United States. A racist asshole named Dylann Roof stepped into a house of worship and shot nine African-Americans dead. South Carolina chose to run the state and American flags at half-mast to honor the […]