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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Movie Review: Thor Dark World

Thor: Dark World takes place two years after the first movie.  Thor has been away from Midgard during that time with the exception of his brief sojourn as a member of The Avengers when he was fending off aliens and Loki as they invaded New York.  Now, Loki is imprisoned, and Thor has been repairing Read More…

Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong

Elena Michaels, the world’s only female vampire finds herself in the frozen tundra of Alaska along with her mate Clayton, tracking a werewolf on the run.  When they arrive in Alaska, they find a group of rogue, thug werewolves who are into gun trafficking and murdering young women.  In addition, there is the presence of Read More…

10 Questions with Ronald Malfi

1.  In Floating Staircase, the protagonist is a writer of dark fiction.  Is he based on anybody that you know?   I assume that question is asked somewhat facetiously?  As with all my characters, Travis Glasgow may exhibit certain traits that I have cobbled together from people I know or even myself, but I think Read More…

Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi

Haunted by the memories of his brother, who died young in a drowning accident that he holds himself responsible for, Travis Glasgow and his wife move into a house in which a boy drowned in a lake in an eerily similar way to his brother.  Travis has never gotten over his brother’s death and now Read More…

1356 by Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell is the best historical fiction writer I’ve ever read, and 1356 tops all of the previous novels of his that I have read.  Set in the Hundred Years War between England and France, the main character is Thomas of Hookton.  While doing mercenary work with his unruly band of men, his lord instructs Read More…

My favorite Blood Street character

In my novel Blood Street, most of the main characters are either vampires or members of the Philadelphia Mafia.  This gave me many opportunities to create colorful and memorable characters.  On the vampire side, there is Magnus, the ancient leader of the brood who has lived for so long that he no longer finds pleasure Read More…