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Friend: “I just got married!”

Me: “Congratulations! The first five years are the rockiest, so prepare for that.”

Friend: “Can’t you say something positive for me?”

Me: “I am being positive for you, and you need to stay positive to sail through the next five years.”

Friend: “This is you being negative.”

Me: “What you’re doing right now? Drop that shit. Right now you’re all about the fiery passion and how wonderful it feels for you and that’s great, but it’s also exhausting. And because it’s exhausting it doesn’t last.

So stop calling oblivious positive, because the second that Fire becomes an Afterglow you’ll start telling yourself that it’s all falling apart.

The Afterglow is fan-fucking-tastic! But you’ll be too damn busy fixating on the fire being gone that you’ll go nuts trying to artificially stoke it again: you’ll miss the warm afterglow while you’re freaking out over a problem that doesn’t exist. That fire comes and goes but it’s those warm embers that can last a lifetime, if you let it.

So just accept that the first 5 years of marriage are rocky while the both of you sort all of this out, and you won’t Do or Say something stupid to fuck it all up.

Friend: “Yeah. Yeah, okay. That makes a kind of sense. Thanks.”

Me: “You’re welcome. Have a great life.”

Friend: “Any other advice?”

Me: ” Yes, buy my books.”

Friend: “Wait. What? Oh, you just SU-“


pb300Make a new start with my book
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
It’s a trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller – plus bonus stories
Featuring: True Love, Weird Sex, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Burning for more?

Look for my second collection, WILLOW BLUE and Other Stories
Five critically acclaimed tales featuring my literary twist on Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem! $8.00 for the paperback, $1.99 for the kindle reader or app. As always, buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself as well as Ray Bradbury, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, and many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

Thumbtack’s 10 Best Photo booth Rentals In Houston


Photo booths at parties? They haven’t replaced what we used to have at parties, like say, how DJs largely replaced live bands.

Instead, they’ve become an enjoyable addition to parties. Like Photographers and then videographers.

Not every party wants clowns, magicians, balloon animals, or face paintings, but images of a good time are intrinsic to a party, and the Photo booth niche adds value to the party by increasing the Fun Factor: Like bartenders and caterers.

So I Googled Best Photo Booths in Houston and a website called Thumbtack came up. Thumbtack announces their 10 Best Photo booth Rentals in Houston.

Well I live in Houston, so that’s exactly what I’m looking for. After all, I have some friends and family doing this as a main business or sideline, I’d like to see if they make the cut.

What is Thumbtack’s 10 Best Photo Booth Rentals In Houston?

I click the link, the homepage comes up, and then a block box (one of those menu boxes that block you from exploring the site until you answer questions – like a paywall only more cloy and intrusive).

*Before we show you our Top Ten Photo Booths, are you here for (Check One)

Photo Booth Rental or
Video Booth Rental?*
 
Photo Booth Rental, Duh!
 
*NEXT*
 

*We’re asking you a few questions so we can bring you the right pros.*

The Right Pros? So by that statement there are actually More than 10 Best or does it mean that I’ll get less than 10 results?
 
*NEXT*
 

*What type of event are you hosting? (Check One)*

 
My type of event isn’t listed so I check, *Special Occasion*.
At this point, if there are seven different options of Top Ten. This then, is a Top 70 list.
 
*NEXT*
 

*Which of the following best describes your role? (Check One)*

5 options this time, which means Thumbtack has a 120 Best Photo Booths in the city of Houston alone. And you know, that’s a considerable dilution factor right there.
 
I check *Party Host*
 
*NEXT*
 

*Is your event indoors or outdoors? *

 
Finally, a relevant question for a city with frequent storms.
 
I check Indoors (add 10 more “Best” to the 120)
 
*NEXT*
 

*What kind of booth do you need?*

 
What Kind of Photo BOOTH do I need? A Photo Booth! I’m here for the 10 Best Photo Booths!
They give me three options and here is the thing. Now the 10 Best is up to 160 Best but you know what? Photo Booths are an exceedingly thin slice of a city’s event entertainment industry, which in itself is a luxury and so a thin slice of any city’s industry. After all, there are plenty of Hotels, Party Halls, Theaters, Nightclubs, Restaurants, Theme Parks, even plain old Bars that will rent suites, rooms, space, upstairs, the basement, back patio, or their entire operation with all extras covered, for a party. Freelancers assembled piece-meal for a stand-alone event are a minute fraction of a fraction here.
So if this this much drill-down minutia is required to find a 10 best list to suit me, Thumbtack really has nothing to offer. It’s like buying into a franchise Photo Booth operation. What’s the point? There’s not a Photo Booth franchise operation out there that has established a national or even state-wide reputation that makes a difference to potential customers.There’s no established, reputable Photo Booth franchise equivalent to, say, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING or ILOVEKICKBOXING.
Out of curiosity though, I click the middle choice.
 
*Camera With Backdrop*
 
I must admit, I’m wondering what kind of bizarre Photo Booth company turns away potential clients who don’t want a backdrop?
 
*NEXT*
 

*What kind of pictures would you like?*

 
Oh you’ve got to be kidding me! Three choices! Now up to 190 Best In Houston. Two of them are print or digital.
 
Print OR Digital?!?
 
In this digital age there are Photo booths that cannot or will not do both? Seriously?!?
 
Again, out of sheer curiosity and a rapidly falling opinion of Thumbtack, I choose the middle one. Print.
 
*NEXT*
 

*Would you like props provided?*

 
200 Best Photobooths in Houston now. Thumbtack’s  Bright Red 10 Best is now a pastel pink 200 Best. My tank for putting up with this nonsense is now empty. Stubbornly driving on the fumes of curiosity I pick,
 
*Yes*
 
*NEXT*
 

*How many guests are you expecting at your event?*

 
5 more options. We are now at the 250 Best Photo Booth Rentals in Houston, mark. Damn! The city of Houston has So Much More than 250 freaking Photobooth companies that a list of the 250 Best is possible? How many more Photo Booths didn’t make the cut because they are merely Great but not The Best?
 
On the last drop of trusting anything Thumbtack has to offer, I choose the middle one again.
 
*NEXT*
 

*How old are your guests?* (5 more choices)

 

THAT’S IT!*. I refuse to believe that there are so many thousands of Photo booths in Houston that anyone could cull a 300 Best. Moreover, I refuse to believe (and I certainly don’t want to deal with), Photo Booth companies that draw the line over customers who do OR don’t want a backdrop, customers who do OR don’t want props, and customers who may have more OR less than, 100 guests!

In fact, I don’t want to deal with any luxury company that is so uncomfortable  with establishing a relationship with a client, that they would use an entity like Thumbtack to have potentials fill out an online-style medical form.

F U THUMBTACK!

*But really that wasn’t it. I drilled through four more menus (15 – count ’em – 15 menus with no end in sight) before I finally quit.

Addendum:

Don’t want to fill out Thumbtack’s exhaustive Client Application?

Fine then! No 2017 10 Best for you!

You have to settle for Thumbtack’s 2016 9 best.

Here it is.

Thumbtack’s 9 Best of 2016 Photo Booth Rentals in Houston

Best of 2016


pb300Here’s a Best Of for you,
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
A trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller – plus bonus stories
Featuring: True Love, Weird Sex, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Need more for your bookcase?

Look for my second collection, WILLOW BLUE and Other Stories
Five critically acclaimed tales featuring my literary twist on Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem! $8.00 for the paperback, $1.99 for the kindle reader or app. As always, buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Are your shelves still too empty?

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Not nearly filled enough?

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself as well as Ray Bradbury, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, and many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

Obi Wan Can’t Remember


SWLukeNObiOne

Use the Force, Larry!


pb300Don’t get down to your last hope. Buy my book,
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
A trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller – plus bonus stories
Featuring: True Love, Weird Sex, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

There’s still more hope for us!

Look for my second collection, WILLOW BLUE and Other Stories
Five critically acclaimed tales featuring my literary twist on Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem! $8.00 for the paperback, $1.99 for the kindle reader or app. As always, buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

I hope you have more room

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Hoping for still more?

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself as well as Ray Bradbury, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, and many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

Important Safety Tips!


EveryoneNo Seriously! These could save your life!

I have a few addendums of my own…

1. Tip from Ju Jitsu: The crotch is the sensitivistist, well, most sensitive point on your body. If you are close enough to kick someone in the crotch, DO!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide in Canada. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, HAND IT TO HIM, BUT, while handing it over, demand a receipt. Then, while the thief is writing out the receipt, KICK HIM IN THE CROTCH! He’s Canadian. He won’t expect it. Not even from an American, can you believe it?

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the backseat, then start kicking the driver in the head. He’ll be too busy driving to stop you , his accessory in the passenger seat will immediately launch into an I-Told-You-So moment, and the car will crash. This has saved lives. Well, not the kidnappers’ lives, but who cares about them?

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit, (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc., all alone in a parking lot – DON’T DO THIS! (What are you, stupid?).
a. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine (Well, okay, *technically* you ARE driving off) and speed into anything (not another person or – god forbid – a baby), wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you (Maybe). If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it (unless they buckled up, in which case *you* will get the worst of it. After all, You are now THEIR airbag!).

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. DUH!
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Unless of course, the van is parked next to the passenger door, in which case, DON’T DO THAT!
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out: Assuming you can trust the guard/policeman ASSUME NOTHING.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead. And better armed with a gun than paranoid)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs: armed with a gun. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot (unless you’re armed with a gun). This is especially true at NIGHT! And yes, the same is true for elevators, but at least while you’re being attacked, you’re still moving toward your floor!

7. If the predator has a gun (Jeez! A Gator with a Gun! What is this world coming to?) and you are not under his control, ALWAYS PULL YOUR GUN AND SHOOT THAT SON OF A BITCH IN THE CROTCH!
OR, Assuming you think the world is safe as unicorns farting rainbow candy, and your possessing a gun is more dangerous to your life than someone *else* possessing a gun and threatening your life with it, then a distant second option is to RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times (although he probably has at least 6 bullets and is experienced with a firearm – when an alligator has a gun assume nothing – so modify the math); And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ (some organs are more vital than others and the pain will probably drop you like a rock – WORK THROUGH THE PAIN!). RUN, Preferably in a zig-zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP. It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim. The lesson of history is clear: Ted Bundy was not Kicked in the Crotch nearly enough, and never Shot in the Crotch even once.
Moreover, don’t forget that many women hate each other for who knows what damn reason. Remember Jason Voorhees’ Mother? No lie, seriously F’d in the head! So don’t give any woman – or anyone who gender identifies as a woman – a break if they’re behaving in the same manner.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her “Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.”
THIS IS HOAX BULLSHIT!


pb300No gun? Slap them hard across the face with my book,
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
A trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller – plus bonus stories
Featuring: True Love, Weird Sex, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Gunning for more?

Look for my second collection, WILLOW BLUE and Other Stories
Five critically acclaimed tales featuring my literary twist on Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem! $8.00 for the paperback, $1.99 for the kindle reader or app. As always, buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself as well as Ray Bradbury, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, and many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

Kelli’s Ghost Story


Kelli is my two year old niece, going on three, and I’m her favorite Uncle.

I’ve read to her since before she could talk. Books and being read to is part of her upbringing.

Whenever we read to Kelli from a children’s book, we encourage interaction by asking her to describe the pictures.
When Kelli wants to tell me a story, she expects that same verbal interaction from me, otherwise I’m not paying attention, right?

She knows her Uncle and knows I like scary stories, so today…

Kelli: “Uncle want to hear a story?”
Me: “Sure.”
Kelli: “It’s a spooky story!”
Me: “Ooh! Okay.”
Kelli: “Once was a scary ghost! RAARRR!!!”
Me: “Whoa!”
Kelli: “But they’re no ghosts.”
Me: “Oh.”
Kelli: “But this ghost was real!”
Me: “Whoa!”
Kelli: “That’s weird, huh?”
Me: “Yeah.”
Kelli: “This ghost was afraid of SNAKES!”
Me: “Huh!”
Kelli: (shaking her head No) “He couldn’t scare snakes.”
Me: “Ah!”
Kelli: “… and …”
Me: ” … ”
Kelli: “And … The End.”
Me: “That was a good one.”

kellighost

Kelli gets into character


wb2016Read to your loved ones from my book,
WILLOW BLUE.
It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed Supernatural and Drama Thriller short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

Want more? Buy

PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection.
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

Crave still more?

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, also the late  Ray Bradbury, Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

This Made My Day


TWITTER: You can like anyone, follow anyone, and throw your comments into the ocean, never to be heard from again.

Sometimes though, just once in a great while, a message comes back.

So this happened today.

ICE-T is one of the folks I follow. The guy made hardcore rap albums but he first appeared on my personal radar when, in 1995 (yeah I’m that old, shut yer cakehole!), I saw the theatrical release of two movies which would become my GoTo cult favorites (I have a top ten): TANK GIRL and JOHNNY MNEMONIC.

Such great concepts! Such great performances! Such great Productions! So poorly executed.

Yet Ice-T stuck in my head. His characters came into both movies – two wildly different stories – like a bystander who was actually living there his whole life when a film crew came in to make their movie. He might as well have been the Eddie Valiant in ToonTown: He was that genuine.

So anyway, I’m on Twitter, I follow certain folks, and Ice-T is one of them.

Today Ice-T tweeted this,ice-t

I thought about it for a second, okay maybe twenty, then respondedseriously

And that’s all I expected to happen. Message in a bottle cast along with thousands of others from thousands of people, all into the great ocean of the Twittersphere.

Then this came back,icetlike

Ice T dropped by long enough to give my comment a Like. So yeah. That bit of positive vibe, that virtual passing smile and a handshake from someone I respect, made my day. And yeah, I’ll definitely be buying his album on March 31.

I hope your day went well.

UPDATE:
In getting these screengrabs I accidentally hit Unfollow and had to follow Ice T again.

One day someone will probably throw that in my face. 😉


pb300You know what would really make Your day? Buying and reading my book
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
It’s a critically acclaimed trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller – plus bonus stories
Featuring: True Love, Weird Sex, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 – and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Burning for more?

Look for my second collection, WILLOW BLUE and Other Stories
Five critically acclaimed tales featuring my literary twist on Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem! $8.00 for the paperback, $1.99 for the kindle reader or app. As always, buy the paperback from Amazon and get the kindle free!

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself as well as Ray Bradbury, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, and many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

Eulogy for a Deli


ecmjrFacebook. Like it or not in this day and age it is the Rome from which all roads exit and enter.

It was on Facebook a few weeks ago that a conversation came up regarding favorite restaurants we never go to. Naturally everyone talked about a great place in another city, state, country, that enchanted them forever.

I had my own, I told everyone about it, only to get the news from those in the know that my favorite deli in the world had closed years before. Stage Deli was the loser in a “Deli War” I knew nothing about.

For more information on that, click this headline from the New York Times,

A Closing Ends an Era, and a Deli War

The following is not about that article, as I speak of my own experience.  So a moment of silence, please. This is my Eulogy for a Deli.

The last time I was in NYC, a friend tried to impress me with her city’s New York bagel.
It was just  freaking bagel, same as anywhere.
So she tried to impress me with her city’s dirtwater hotdogs.
Crap.
So she tried to impress me with an NYC pizza.
It was just a freaking pizza and I’d had better in Orlando, Chicago, Houston, even Tucson at a place called Mama’s Pizza.
Exasperated, my friend tried to impress me with an aged New York strip steak.
The stench of “aged meat” in that little restaurant made me gag.
She gave up, was more than a little piqued with me, and the next day at lunch we went to Stage Deli in Times Square. Our waiter was an old thin slice of a man with a crust around his edge.

Me: “What’s the special?”
Waiter: “Pastrami. It’s always pastrami.”
Me: “Fine, I’ll have that.”

O! M! G!

If ever there was a meal to fight for, it’s the pastrami sandwiches at Stage deli in NYC!

Our waiter was amused with how much I enjoyed the sandwich.  I ordered another before I started on the second half.

Me (to friend): “Damn! Why didn’t you bring me here first?”
Waiter (having no idea what transpired ): “Yeah! Why didn’t you bring him here first?”
Her (agog at my reaction, blurted): “Here? It’s just a fuckin’ deli!”

It felt like the whole little place stopped.

Waiter: “I’ll get your sandwich, sir.”
Me: “Uh, I don’t share her opinion.  You see that, right?”
Waiter waved my concern away with an expression that clearly meant, ‘Don’t give it a second thought.’

Waiter (to my friend ): “Will you be having anything else?”
Her (sheepishly ): “uh… no.”
Waiter: “That’s wise.”

Once the waiter was gone she leaned across the table and whispered, “You’re from Texas! You’re wearing that stupid hat (my Rodeo Brim was on the seat next to me)!  And everybody acts like you’re born here! What fucking gives?”

I had no answer, and I was too occupied with eating the best pastrami sandwich I’d ever known.

During my stay, there were other wonderful delis with fantastic sandwiches, but you never forget your first.

END


wb2016Don’t wait until I’m shut down before you mourn me. Mourn me now by buying my book,
WILLOW BLUE.
It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed Supernatural and Drama Thriller short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

Want more misery? Buy
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection.
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, !ndigo, iTunes, KoboBooks, Smashwords, WHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

Glutton for punishment?

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of ME, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray, also the late  Ray Bradbury, Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

SYNDROME IS A CREEP


EveryoneIsANazi

Once we call everyone a NAZI…

Heh! Heh! Heh!

NO ONE IS!

#SyndromeIsACreep

Something to cheer you!


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We live as thieves and pirates because we destroyed our ability to create. We wiped the best and brightest from our world with fear and fire a long time ago, and there’s no point in looking back.

Now we’ve come to your world in search of resources, for we’ve lost the ability to create our own. Yet here we find that there is not enough to justify our journey: still, we shall take them anyway so you cannot have them.

My people are dying. There were more scientific advancements in the first 25 years of the 21st century than in the last 2 centuries since.

Since the 19th century we have been aware of the viability of fusion power, yet over 400 years later have still not solved its riddle. Because we worship instead of reason, oppress instead of uplift, war instead of build, we still do not know how to harness the power of our own sun, which expends more energy in a single second than entirety of all life on my planet has used up to this moment.

We passed three other stars to get here, so we do not come here to survive. We come here for the only purpose we embrace: bitterness, bigotry, rage, and jealousy. We claim that our strike against you is preemptive, though at your primitive level it took my kind tens of thousands of years to reach the point where you see us now.

That is our terror, that you will surpass us in mere centuries instead of hundreds of millennia. We kill what scares us and we will kill you and each other if it means the very last of us can stand over the dead and rule them.

This is our pride, this is us spitting into the face of a God we created to spite the legend and ourselves, for we have nothing else, and now know we never will.

War was, is, and always will be our angry, jealous God.

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Lovecraftian Science

Scientific Investigations into the Cthulhu Mythos