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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Pounds Off by Carl Alves

Pounds Off Wayne Helms looked at himself in the mirror and was disgusted with what he saw.  He was eighty, no ninety pounds overweight.  He had been fat for most of his life.  He remembered a period between ages ten and twelve when he was lean, but that ended after he stopped getting taller.  He Read More…

Reconquest: Mother Earth Chapter IV

Part 2 Chapter IV Five Years Later Mitch opened his eyes and let out a low groan.  He closed them quickly, the brightly lit room scalding his eyes, and released another groan.  He tried to move his hand, but it would not respond. Mitch opened his left eyelid slowly.  He tried to look around, but Read More…

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Studios has been on fire of late.  Based on the movies they have put out lately and the buzz surrounding Guardians of the Galaxy, my expectations were pretty high.  The concept of the movie is that a misfit band of people of different races, including a talking raccoon and a tree that walks and Read More…

Scavenger by David Morrell

Scavenger, the sequel to David Morrell’s Bram Stoker winning novel Creepers, features Frank Balenger, still trying to recover from his ordeal from the previous novel, where he had been looking for his wife only to find her dead.  He and Amanda, who he had saved in the previous novel, are now a couple and are Read More…

Reconquest: Mother Earth Chapter 3

Chapter III Mitch took a deep breath as he followed Amato out of the conference room.  He was in a no win situation.  Since he was only temporarily in charge, whatever actions he took would be heavily scrutinized.  He did not know how to deal with aliens.  Up until an hour ago, he did not Read More…

Movie Review: Hercules

Hercules is an epic fantasy tale loaded with action and fight scenes.  In the middle of all of the fighting there is a story.  Hercules, played by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, having completed eleven of his twelve labors required of him by the goddess Hera to prove his worth and join the gods in Olympus, Read More…

The Story Behind the Story: How Far Will You Go

I wrote a trilogy of short stories featuring extreme reality television programs.  How Far Will You Go was the first of these stories that I wrote, but it was the final one to get published, oddly enough.  The host of each of the shows in the stories is Brad Billington, a former quarterback at USC Read More…