THE SOUND OF FEAR

THE SOUND OF FEAR is my premier book, a themed collection of speculative horror stories. Inside, you’ll find twelve lean, mean page-turners with twist endings that pit the living against the soundscapes of the beyond! All my sound-themed horror fiction in one place, PLUS four previously unpublished stories. Here’s the link: amazon.com/dp/1694373576/…

PRIMAL

Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Primal” (Adult Swim) is stunning. The “Rite of Spring” segment from Disney’s “Fantasia” by way of Robert E. Howard. Concise and brutal dark fantasy with gorgeous animation (Highly recommended – 9.5 out of 10.)

Inspirational for writing, too…

I live in Seattle, whose green/blue/gray color palette, frequent rains and rocky shores are a perfect setting for Gothic horror. “The Changeling” (1980), “The Vanishing” (1993) and “The Ring” (2002) are three locally-shot favorites.

ME

Personal experiences inspire my fiction. Almost everything I write has metaphorically, or emotionally–sometimes literally–happened to me. I add imagination to make it fiction, because blood on the page alone does not entertain. I write horror and noir.

WRONG REEL 489 – LOVECRAFT

“Pickman’s Model” from Rod Serling’s underrated horror TV series “Night Gallery” is one of the ten great H.P. Lovecraft adaptations James Hancock and I discussed when I had the honor of being a return guest on his always-excellent podcast @WrongReel👉 bit.ly/2RNngnA

THANKS

I’ve been writing horror and noir fiction at the Strange, High House in the Mist for almost six years now! Thanks everyone who reads and comments on this blog for the support in helping my dreams come true.

IN THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING

FolkloreThursday – Edvard Grieg originally wrote the musical piece “In the Hall of the Mountain King” in 1875 for Ibsen’s stage play PEER GYNT, which is based on a popular Norwegian fairy tale. youtu.be/cD8EPdn5Ctg

MEAN STREETS

‪Noirvember 27 – In the neo-noir “Mean Streets” (1973), there’s a jukebox featured in Joey’s pool hall, and the movie’s soundtrack plays like one, featuring great songs from the era.‬ “You don’t make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets.”‬

TIGHTROPE

Noirvember 26 – In the neo-noir movie “Tightrope” (1984), a bite of cake is a clue that kicks off an investigation into a series of murders within the city’s BDSM community. Recommended – 7 out of 10. “She said she wasn’t interested in tenderness.”

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

‪Noirvember 25 – Appropriately enough, my gateway drug into film noir was “Sweet Smell of Success” (1954). Superb in every way, especially the monofilament-sharp dialog. 10 out of 10.‬ ‪”The cat’s in the bag and the bag’s in the river.”‬

YOUTH OF THE BEAST

‪Noirvember 24 – Not one dull moment in Seijun Suzuki’s brightly-colored neo-noir movie “Youth of the Beast” (1963), except maybe when Mrs. Takeshita serves some yummy-looking sushi at her husband’s memorial. Highly recommended (9 out of 10).‬

IN A LONELY PLACE

Noirvember 22 – Laurel second-guesses her choice of boyfriend when a leisure ride turns scary in “In a Lonely Place” (1950). Thanks to Megan Abbott and Nick Feldman for turning me on to this! Superb – 10 out of 10. “We’ll have dinner tonight. But not together.”