Book Review – Mannequin Man and the Plastic Bitch by Tim Lebbon

Holy Hell!!! What an intoxicating, sense-assaulting, rapturous roller coaster ride through a future so freaking bleak and depraved that love couldn't possibly win out in such a world. Could it? And that's the question you will find answered in this pipe-bomb of a novella. Hell, more like a missile carrying multiple nuclear warheads, cause the… Continue reading Book Review – Mannequin Man and the Plastic Bitch by Tim Lebbon

Uncanny – A Movie Review

  Movie Synopsis - Joy, a female investigative journalist, who specializes in reporting on high tech / scientifically advanced topics goes to the home of an inventor, David, whose work is funded by an outside entity that allows him nearly unlimited resources to perfect his projects. His most recent endeavor is a ground-breaking leap into… Continue reading Uncanny – A Movie Review

Flash Non-Fiction Saturday: Hopeless in AA by Mike Duke

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I was barely out of the police academy and still on field training when I saw my first suicide, a quite memorable one at that. Kind of thing one never really puts out of their mind. Patrolman Fancher and I were given the call to go secure the scene until a detective arrived since all suicides are investigated as possible homicides until proven otherwise.

When we arrived the family were outside of the apartment complex, crying, snotting and hugging all at once, unleashing their emotional agony with a reckless abandon that I actually admired though I felt completely incapable of offering any consolation. The son also displayed significant anger and could not stay still but instead pulled free from one family member just to stomp around a little before someone else grabbed him and hugged him again. He was a grown man and not small in the least.

He had…

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Flash Fiction (A Day Late) and Teaser Tuesday (2 Days Early)

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Hey all! My flash fiction for the week is a teaser piece for a current work-in-progress. This is the opening scene. Hope y’all like it!

Where the Gods Sleep

November 1

 I feel compelled to record the dream I had last night, perhaps simply to solidify the account before it fades or, more likely, because I am driven by some obsessive need to validate what I saw…no, what I experienced; for it was more than some figment of my imagination or the mere product of chemicals reacting badly to some food I ate. No, what I encountered was indescribably palpable, more lucid than reality itself; Concrete, not abstract in the least. 

 I found myself in a wasteland which seemed to stretch into infinity; vast plains with rocky hills and edifices spotted by occasional solitary mountains protruding into the grey sky. Except it wasn’t really a sky. I could…

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Villains and Violence Part 2 – Narcissist Personality Disorder and Abusers

Some probably aren’t familiar with the full nature of the two descriptions in the subtitle above nor will people who have never had experience with them necessarily link the two together, but for those who are in the know, the reality is, they are very much intertwined. Narcissism is an “inordinate fascination with oneself” or… Continue reading Villains and Violence Part 2 – Narcissist Personality Disorder and Abusers

Villains and Violence – Part 1

Though one can write about many things unfamiliar with enough research, writing about what you know, especially the things you know fairly intimately, gives a certain amount of authority to your voice. My most successful endeavors thus far certainly fall into this category. My short novellas Ashley’s Tale and Ashley’s Tale: Making Jake both do… Continue reading Villains and Violence – Part 1