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Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Story Behind my Story “Sweet Pain”

Once upon a time (as all good stories start) I was trying to come up with short story ideas.  While struggling to conjure fresh ideas, I thought I would try taking parts of novels and making a short story out of them.  I tend to write my chapters as mini stories anyway.  My first stab Read More…

Top 15 Fantasy and Horror Novels: #12 Wolf’s Hour by Robert McCammon

When I was in high school I wanted to write a story with a werewolf and my friend suggested I read this book.  I had never heard of Robert McCammon before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  What I got was a book that I couldn’t put down.  Wolf’ s Hour is much more Read More…

Top 15 Fantasy and Horror Novels: #13 Phantoms by Dean Koontz

If you watched that weak effort put forth by Ben Affleck in the movie adaptation of Phantoms, you probably won’t be interested in reading the book, but trust me, you would be making a mistake.  As with many of Koontz’s earlier works, this one really hits the mark.  The story starts with Jennifer Paige and Read More…

Top 15 Fantasy and Horror Novels: #14 A Terrible Beauty by Graham Masterton

Graham Masterton is an absolutely brilliant writer.  I only started reading his novels inthe past five years and I still have to catch up on his earlier stuff, but everything that Masterton writes is top notch.  A Terrible Beauty was the second novel of his that I read after The Doorkeepers (spoiler alert – that Read More…

Movie Review – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was part thriller, part mystery and exceeded my expectations.  In the movie, exiled magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist is hired by a wealthy entrepreneur in Sweden to investigate his niece’s disappearance and likely murder from decades ago, the suspects his own family.  As Mikael gets closer to the answer, he Read More…