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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Secret: The Story Behind the Story

My story Secret is part of a loose trilogy that I wrote featuring over the top and extreme reality television programs.  After the first show, How Far Will You Go, flamed out after a couple of the contestants died, Brad Billington, the host of the show, is back with a new television program.  After a Read More…

Secret by Carl Alves

Secret By Carl Alves Brad Billington sat in the office of the vice-president of the television network. Rudich shook his hand.  “It’s good to see you again, Brad.  I hope you’ve been well since we last spoke.” Brad shrugged.  “It’s been tough.” “I heard you had been hitting the bottle hard,” Rudich said. “I’ve got Read More…

Movie Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner starts off strong.  Thomas, the movie’s protagonist is brought up into an elevator and thrust into an enclosed area surrounded by tall walls.  The only possible way out is a maze that goes beyond the enclosed walls.  The maze opens up for only a brief duration during the day, where the community’s Read More…

10 Questions with Lori Michelle

1.  Was there an overall theme for the stories you selected for the Bleed anthology?   Yes. Each of the stories had to be allegorical with the monster representing cancer. Some of them slightly deviated from this, like having a loss of being in control, but all the stories still fit the cancer-monster theme.   Read More…

Bleed edited by Lori Michelle

Bleed is a well composed and nicely put together anthology.  There was a good flow of stories from big-name, veteran writers and newer writers.  I also appreciated the charitable aspects of this anthology and its underlying theme, including some of the essays regarding coping with illness and cancer.  Like any anthology, some of the stories Read More…

The Story Behind the Story: Pounds Off

My story Pounds Off is the second story I ever had published in the now defunct Scorched Wings magazine.  I really enjoy taking a normal situation and making it as extreme as I possibly can in my stories.  Pounds Off  is an example of this where my protagonist, Wayne, is fed up with being overweight.  Read More…