Leave Your Sleep: A Review

Leave it.  Leave it now...
Leave it. Leave it now…

I was going through my list of drafts and I realized that I didn’t post a link to my Hellnotes review for “Leave Your Sleep”.

:Cringe:   Better late than never, I suppose…

Here’s the link to the review:


Quiet Horror, Still the Darling of the Horror Genre

My favorite kind of horror is the quiet type.

Paula Cappa

There is a power in quiet horror novels.

September 15 is the anniversary of the death of author Charles L. Grant, who most will agree was the best-selling modern-day master of quiet horror novels. A rigorous talent, a legend to many of us, Grant had hundreds of books, novels, short stories and anthologies published and won three World Fantasy Awards and two Nebula Awards. Grant wholeheartedly believed in the atmospheric quiet horror story as a serious fiction form.  Descriptions of Grant’s riveting prose and pace are phrases like lulls you into the darksubtle thrillsliterary prowess, creates a luring suspense.  Well-crafted, horror fiction is an art. Read a Grant story and you’ll see why.


Because we remember the loss of this treasured author (and because I admire the craft of quiet horror novels, love to read them and write them), it seems appropriate to revisit…

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Yuck Fou: A Review

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review blog post.  I’ve spent the last several months writing, editing, and sweating over my own work. But I have been reading, too. (Not much sleeping…)

So now that my novella is out, I hope to catch up on posting my reviews.

Here is the latest, a horror short story:


You can read the full review here on Hellnotes.com.

Inspiration: Making Yourself A Character

I was having a conversation with a writer friend who was feeling somewhat uninspired and discouraged with her work. I asked how’d she been spending her non-writing time.

“Aren’t you going to ask me what I’m doing with my actual work in progress?”

“Nope,” I said. After giving me a quizzical look, she said that she hadn’t changed her routine—on anything—in over a year. And she felt that her stories and her characters weren’t exciting.

I told her that might be the issue. “In order to write interesting characters, you need to make yourself a character.” (Not my quote. My ex-manager said this when I was telling him about my vacation. No more information will be provided on this.)

She looked at me and took a sip of wine—the international symbol for: Not sure about this but go on…

Here is what I told her, paraphrased:

*Have experiences. Doesn’t matter if they’re all good. Use them as fodder to make your stories richer and deeper.

*Take risks with your writing. Tackle a genre you never thought you would. Write about a painful or awkward time in your life and push yourself to face it. Even if you don’t use it in your story, it can be a powerful example of how to overcome an obstacle.

*Read widely. For those of us that can’t climb Everest or go back in time to meet our favorite historical figure (Okay, none of us can do that second one. If you can, email me.), reading is a way to get information, a new perspective, and possibly learn something that gets the brain cells revved up.

Deadpool enjoying the Dragon*con magazine
Deadpool enjoying the Dragon*con magazine

*Change your routine. Even if it’s just going to the “other Starbucks” for morning coffee, it’s something different. And that little bit of veering off your schedule can help move you off the conveyor belt of the mundane and onto a more creative path.

Happy writing.