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Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Narrows by Ronald Malfi

In The Narrows the dying town of Stillwater, located in the mountains of Maryland, sets the tone of desolation and hopelessness that permeates the novel.  Floods have ravaged the town for a number of years, causing most of the residents to leave and the industry that once supported the town to shrink away.  The floods Read More…

The End of the World (As We Know It) Part 3

  Solar Flare A massive solar flare as seen in The Knowing could wipe out the planet in a hurry.  It would be so quick, we probably wouldn’t even realize it was happening.  Scientists have found solar superflares occurring in distant solar systems, however our sun has never exhibited this type of behavior, and as Read More…

The End of the World (As We Know It) Part 2

Volcano Scientists believe that the type of volcano that does major devestation and could end life as we know it occurs roughly every 25 million years, so chances are we’re pretty safe from a super-volcano.  The best chance of a major eruption in the next millennium would be at Yellowstone Park.  Roughly every hour, Old Read More…

The End of the World (As We Know It) Part 1

Asteroid Asteroids and other space objects hit the Earth on a regular basis.  It is estimated that asteroids large enough to crush a city land every few hundred years.  Furthermore, the type that could wipe out our civilization land every one hundred million years, so the type of asteroid that would do major devastation landing Read More…

A Tribute to Michael Louis Calvillo – part 2

    I first met Michael Louis Calvillo at the Stoker Weekend in Long Island, New York.  I knew that he was badly ill with cancer, but I could hardly tell.  Michael seemed full of life and energy.  He was armed with quick wit and a great sense of humor. I attended a workshop on Read More…

A Tribute to Michael Louis Calvillo – part 1

Velvet Horror A Michael Louis Calvillo story, novella, or novel always had his unique stamp on it. Mike never flinched with his material. It was usually horrorific and often terrifying and sometimes explicitly  erotic. Rarely something I may have ever read. I suppose now days they might call what he wrote bizarro fiction. But I don’t Read More…

As Fate Would Have It by Michael Louis Calvillo

As Fate Would Have It centers around two couples, Montgomery and Liz, who are well to do cannibals, and Ashley and her rocker boyfriend, who are strung out on heroin.  I don’t know what it says about me, but I found the cannibals far more interesting and easy to relate to.   Drug addicts in literature Read More…

The Mafia in Philadelphia Part 3

The Modern Era John Stanfa took over the organized crime scene in 1991. Stanfa, a Sicilian native, was thought to be the right man to steer the Philadelphia family to its previous glory, but he met resistance in the organization from a group of young mobsters known as the Turks, led by “Skinny” Joey Merlino.  Read More…

The Mafia in Philadelphia Part 2

The era of Gangland violence The New York families appointed Phil Testa to be the boss in Philadelphia following Angelo Bruno.   Pete Casella served as his underboss and Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo as his consigliere.  Phil Testa’s reign was a short one as a bomb filled with roofing nails and explosives hidden under the porch Read More…