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Monthly Archives: January 2016

10 Questions with Drake Vaughn

1.  What does crinkled fiction mean to you?   I chose the word “crinkled” for my fiction because it evokes both a visual and a sound, neither of which are pleasant. There’s something off about the word and that’s why I love it. Unlike glossy romanticized fiction, my writing delves into the gloom and pain Read More…

When the Devil Climbs by Drake Vaughn

When the Devil Climbs is a gritty psychological thriller with some good horror elements mixed in.  Four ex-cons are putting up a massive billboard known as Big Bertha.  It’s just a typical day until a group of pigs that are carrying some sort of disease show up and kill one of the men.  From that Read More…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a titanic, worldwide force that will almost certainly break the all-time global box office records—adjusted for inflation of course; otherwise nothing could touch Gone with the Wind.   I had heard so many good, non-spoilery things about the movie and it was well-reviewed, so my expectations were high.  I was Read More…

Borealis by Ronald Malfi

Borealis is a wonderfully dark novella masterfully written by Ronald Malfi.  It takes place on board of a trawler on the Bering Sea when the crew finds a young woman running naked on an iceberg.  The fact that she was able to survive being naked on an iceberg probably should have been the first indication Read More…

10 Questions with Armand Rosamilia

1. How much of your novel Chelsea Avenue is based on real life events? The Haunted House pier fire was a real event from my teen years. I still remember the commercials for it. I was 17 when it burned down. Murphy’s Law was also a real club but it had nothing to do with Read More…

Chelsea Avenue by Armand Rosamilia

Armand Rosamilia’s Chelsea Avenue is a refreshingly unique novel that I devoured in a few readings.  Set in the Jersey shore, an ancient elemental entity is trying to destroy humanity.  His coming out party takes place at the Haunted House Pier and Murphy’s Law club.  This entity was thwarted only to continue to try to Read More…