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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Bloodroom by Naima Haviland

In Bloodroom, Julian Mouret is a powerful vampire who is required by the laws that bind vampires to kill Natalie, a ballerina, because she saw his true vampiric nature.  The only problem is that Julian has fallen madly in love with Natalie.  Even though he knows what he must do, he can’t get himself to Read More…

10 Questions with Jason Rizos

1. What has been the reaction from your students to your writing and how has it helped you in your teaching?   First off, thanks for inviting me to participate in this interview on your blog! Interestingly enough, I don’t teach creative writing at Portland Community College, mostly because there are instructors for that already Read More…

Supercenter by Jason Rizos

The supercenter is a massive all-purpose department store, whose inhabitants live in the store and never see the outside.  Some of them have spent their whole lives there, which is pretty depressing to think about.  I try to spend as little time in Wal-Mart as humanly possible.  G.E., named after the company, and his sister Read More…

The Story Behind my Story Intercom

I used to have an intercom system in the first house I owned.  Mostly, I just used it to communicate with my wife when we were on different floors.  One night, my wife and I were freaked out when a strange voice broke into the intercom system.  I couldn’t tell for sure what the other Read More…

Intercom by Carl Alves

This is my short story Intercom, which originally appeared in the now defunct Sinister City. Intercom By Carl Alves Mel Tesauro came to an abrupt stop when he saw it.  There it was on the shelf of the electronics store, beckoning him to pick it up.  Tania would love this, he thought.  Perhaps he could Read More…

A Necessary End by F. Paul Wilson and Sarah Pinborough

The apocalypse is on in A Necessary End.  These days zombies, aliens, or a major environmental event tend to be what brings about the end of things, but in this novel, it is something more realistic, a plague that results from flies, which is a bit of an old-school concept considering the history of our Read More…

10 Questions with Eric Beebe

1.  How has your business background helped you in creating and running Post Mortem Press? I think it has added sense of reasonable expectations. I see a lot of people get into this process and shoot for the moon. I think lofty goals are great, but you have to have to be grounded in reality.  Read More…

No Nonsense No Gimmick Guide to Marketing Your Book by Eric Beebe

As an author, I have read a variety of books on book marketing and publishing.  Eric Beebe’s No Nonsense No Gimmick Guide to Marketing Your Book definitely stands out at the top of the list. I found that his book was easy to read and relate to.  Most writers don’t have a marketing background, and Read More…