2016 Hugo Awards Ballot

The end of March is the deadline for submitting your 2016 Hugo Award ballot. I've had a bunch of people ask if I was eligible in any categories. I am, thanks for asking! I'm eligible in three Hugo Award categories: 1) Best Editor, Long Form (for Apex Publications) Apex released some high quality books last…

Con Nooga Post Mortem

Last weekend I made my first appearance at Con Nooga. Robby Hilliard, director of the literary track had invited me to attend, so I decided to venture south and check it out. I like Chattanooga.  It's a nice town that embraces its southern pride without being obnoxious about it. Tennessee whisky is a specialty there,…

My Con Nooga 2016 Schedule

I am a special guest at Con Nooga this weekend in Chattanooga, TN. This is my first time at this particular convention, and I look forward to the experience. Here is my panel schedule: Friday 4:00 PM Writing Believable Dialogue Saturday 7:00 PM Writing Openings that will hook your reader 8:00 PM Steven King and…

Apex Magazine in Print?

Over at my day job (Apex), we're running a questionnaire regarding the possibility of bringing Apex Magazine to print. It is currently digital only. I know a lot of this blog's followers are either readers or writers, so it would be great to have your input regarding a dead tree version of the zine. If…

Flint, Michigan

I've been watching the Flint, Michigan poisoned water story with horror, subdued rage, and disgust. It's a textbook example of two of America's biggest social problems: class politics and the indifference of the privileged. It sickens me. I was raised in a poverty stricken area (southeast Kentucky) that relied on King Coal to put money…

It Follows — A Review

Question: What horror film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97% and a Metacritic score of 83%? Answer: The creepy and, at times, scary movie It Follows by director David Robert Mitchell. My favorite film review website, The AVClub, gives It Follows a rare score of 'A'. You might ask...is it really that good? Well...…

Fallout 4

Despite the mountain of work sitting on my desk (the work resides in my laptop, of course), I've lost 40+ hours of my life to a video game. These are precious hours of my mortal coil burned off in the pursuit of experience points and legendary weapons. Damn you, Fallout 4! Reactions to Fallout 4…

I Want to Believe

Being a child of the 90s, I harbor a soft spot in my heart and memories for all things The X-Files. The rebirth of the series has been a mixed bag: some good, some bad, all of it colored through the warm lens of nostalgia. In the recent episode "Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster,"…