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Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Story Behind My Story: Alone Again

In essence, Alone Again is a ghost story.  I’m not the biggest fan of ghost stories because there are so many of them out there.  I wanted Alone Again to be a little hard hitting then most, so I incorporated a vehicle that any parent can relate to – having absolutely no way to help Read More…

Ten Questions with SG Browne

Q: Who has been your biggest influence as a writer? A: Stephen King is the reason I wanted to become a writer. He had a significant influence on my writing for more than a decade, so it would be impossible not to include him here. But Chuck Palahniuk has had the biggest impact on my Read More…

Lucky Bastard by S.G. Browne

Meet Nick Monday.  He’s a private investigator and a luck poacher.  Luck poacher?   Nick Monday can steal a person’s luck from them, good or bad, just by shaking their hand.  He then processes it in a rather disgusting manner and sells it to people.  I never fully understood why he wouldn’t just take the luck Read More…

Top 15 Fantasy and Horror Novels: #7 Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

The Dark Tower series is the best series I’ve ever read, even though the final book in the series is an abomination.  There would have been several worthy candidates to make my list, but the best among them is Wizard and Glass.  The odd thing about it is that the book is almost all back Read More…

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is part 1984, part Running Man, part The Lottery.  I’m not knocking it for borrowing from past novels and stories, but if you want to get a good idea of what your getting into, then that’s a good of where to start at.  Also note that I have never read any of Read More…

Recap of the World Horror Convention

As the 2012 World Horror Convention winds down, I wanted to take an opportunity to reflect on the convention.  I arrived early on Thursday and left late on Sunday, so I had a chance to take in the whole conference.  My first panel was on social networking, which as any writer knows hows become absolutely Read More…

Top 15 Fantasy and Horror Novels: #8 The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

In my most humble of opinions Terry Brooks is the greatest epic fantasy writer of all time, so naturally I had to include one of his Shannara books in this list.  I chose the Sword of Shannara since it was representative of this series and has everything that makes a great epic fantasy novel: a Read More…