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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Stephen King had a stretch where his novels were not very good, but lately he has been back on his game, and that is clearly in evidence in Doctor Sleep.  The story is a sequel to The Shining, but the events in this novel don’t follow what happened in the original.  Danny Torrance, who was Read More…

Movie Review: Maleficent

Disney went against the grain by thwarting the typical princess mythos, which is the bread and butter of their marketing toward young girls.  Instead of going with the typical Sleeping Beauty, everything is wonderful and all your dreams will come true route, they used Maleficent, who has always been looked upon as evil, as the Read More…

Behind the Story: Let Us Prey

Let Us Prey was the first short story that I ever had published in the now defunct Nevermore magazine.  What makes it all the more memorable was that it was published on the same day that my oldest son Max was born.  I didn’t get to see it in print (in digital form) until a Read More…

Let Us Prey

Let Us Prey By Carl Alves There he is again.  It seemed like whenever Cindy Matlow left work, the midnight jogger was always around.  She did not know the man’s name, and only referred to him as the midnight jogger out of convenience.  She was sure he had selected her as his prey. She could Read More…

Death and Desire in the Age of Women by Michael Louis Calvillo

Michael Louis Calvillo came up with an absolutely killer premise in this novel. He was great at writing these high concept novels. The premise of the novel is that all women in the world of appropriate age menstruate all on the same day. They begin having dreams and visions of the Worm. This creates a Read More…

10 Questions with Brett J. Talley

1.  What is the genesis of your story The Reborn and do you plan on writing additional stories set in that world?   It was definitely one of those lightning bolt things. I can remember exactly where I was. I was driving down Highway 280 in Birmingham, Alabama, and I turned to a friend and Read More…