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Monthly Archives: July 2015

10 Questions with Patrick Freivald

1.  How many more novels do you plan on writing in the Matt Rowley series, and where do you see the series going?   There will be five. The first two were published through JournalStone, and the last three will be through Cohesion Press, a specialty press from Australia that specializes in military science fiction Read More…

Jade Sky by Patrick Freivald

This is the first novel I’ve read from Patrick Freivald, and what strikes me most is the fast-action pace, and the dialogue and narration that hits you like a freight train, all good qualities in a novel.  Freivald has created an interesting world in this novel.  His main character leads a team of augmented agents, Read More…

Movie Review: Ant-Man

Ant-Man reminds me in many ways of last year’s Marvel release Guardians of the Galaxy—a sleeper movie with lesser known characters that was a very pleasant surprise.  Although not quite as enjoyable as Guardians, it was a terrific movie.  For starters, it has a really great cast with Michael Douglass as Hank Pym, the original Read More…

The Story 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 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 not pinpoint why she felt so Read More…

The Story Behind my 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…

Pounds Off by Carl Alves

This is my short story “Pounds Off” which originally appeared in Scorched Wings. 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.  His lean period was between ages ten and twelve, but that Read More…

10 Questions with W.D. Gagliani

1.  When you originally wrote Wolf’s Trap, did you intend it to be a series? No, it was intended as a one-off. I seriously considered killing the protagonist, Nick Lupo, at the end. The first small press editor who published it thought I should end on a hopeful note, so the book ended up being Read More…