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    In Space, No One Can Hear You Jest: A Flash Fiction

    Roosevelt stood backstage at The Hyena, waiting for his name to be called. He adjusted his tie and straightened out his suit. By his reckoning, he was the only comedian to wear a suit and tie at these clubs. The others looked like total schlubs with dirty jeans and a hoodie. He kept it classy. Derek Heart was the opener. A newbie, he struggled through some jokes but got in a few zingers. Giving his last punchline, he said, “That’s all, Friendsies. See you next time!” A slight applause trickled and popped but didn’t make an uproar. Heart passed by, saying insincerely, “Good luck, Rosie.” He smirked and made a…

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    Fiction,  Writing

    How to know genre like a pro

    One of the greatest mistakes a fiction writer can make is not understanding the genre they are writing in. Most writers have a general idea of genre. Some are hands down obsessed with the nooks and crannies of it. However, only a handful of writers really get the tropes, conventions, and expectations built within any genre. Genre is expectation. It’s the audience’s expectations of the writer. From front to back, the audience wants to know exactly what they’re getting into. That’s genre. Since the last thing you want to do is ruin their audiences experience, let’s dig into how you can avoid it. Here are some ways to help you understand your genre.

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    When Love and Faith Conflict in Shusaku Endo’s ‘Silence’

    I had been reading The Song of Susannah by Stephen King when my wife brought home two copies of the book Silence by Shusaku Endo from the library. She wanted to read them together and discuss. Though I generally love reading Stephen King, The Song of Susannah just wasn’t doing it for me (I still need to finish it). Silence pulled me in quickly. The prose flowed well, though some of the translation was sloppy, and the compelling, yet simple, story kept me engaged. So, it was goodbye, King, and hello, Endo. He explores many themes, but of all of them I’m only going to focus on the idea of…

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    Deals,  Fiction,  Horror

    Cyber Monday

    If you’d like another chance to get my short horror story collection Pocket Wilderness & Other Horrors on Amazon for FREE, well, you’re in luck. On Cyber Monday, I’ll be running another sale and it will be FREE again for you to download to your Kindle.   Click Here for the Amazon Page Two brothers hike the Appalachian woods, stalked by men with brutal intentions. A man wakes up in a car trunk with temporary memory loss. A loner sees a monster in the theater seats. A Claims Analyst discovers he isn’t alone in his hotel room. A collection of four horror stories, Pocket Wilderness & Other Horrors tells the tale…