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Night Terrors 2 released!

Posted by [email protected] on January 18, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Back around the first of the year I promised some forthcoming publishing news, and here it is...


Night Terrors 2, a horror anthology published by Blood Bound Books, has been released! My story, A Mother's Love, is among 28 tales of dark and, hopefully, disturbing fiction. It will soon be available on Amazon, Borders, and the usual places, but you can get your paperback copy now by going to the Night Terrors Website at https://www.createspace.com/3...

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Good intentions, bad Web service, and the New Year

Posted by [email protected] on January 1, 2012 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been quite a while since I posted here, so what better way to start of the New Year than saying hey to everyone, and giving you a quick update on what's been happening, and what may be coming down the road.

At least that was my plan, and I'll still do that. Unfortunately, Webs.com, which hosts this blog and thousands of others (the service claims), can't seem to make the hyp...

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Winding down the year, more coming in 2012

Posted by [email protected] on December 22, 2011 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Hey folks,

I've been strangely quiet of late, mainly because of life -- the workload has increased significantly on my job in recent months, I've been back into coaching basketball since practice began in August (we're 13-4!), and a few other issues have come along.

That doesn't mean I haven't been at work on the writing and publishing, and I'll have some news for you all before the end of the year! Nothing major -- it's not as if I've signed a book contract or anything (I wish), ...

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Your favorite author?

Posted by [email protected] on July 24, 2011 at 8:57 PM Comments comments (3)

I don't watch a lot of television, but one show that does fascinate me is Mad Men. I recall one episode in which the character Betty Draper was alone at home. The kids were gone, her husband was at work, and she just walked the house, bored, it seemed.


Eventually she sat on a sofa, paperback in hand, and read. Then it hit me – what else could she have done? She lives near New York, so her family do doubt has all of the television channels available, which probably amo...

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Why writers write what they write

Posted by [email protected] on July 18, 2011 at 12:22 AM Comments comments (0)

A few years back a writer friend of mine, Estaban Silvani, as well as Mark Canada, associate professor of English at UNC-Pembroke, and I were interviewed together by Frank Stasio on WUNC, a public radio station in Raleigh, N.C. (Hear the interview at http://wunc.org/tsot/archive/sot1031b.mp3/view?searchterm=)


It was Halloween, and the anthology Horror Library Vol. 1, published by Cutting Block P...

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Published in the UK!

Posted by [email protected] on July 14, 2011 at 10:17 AM Comments comments (2)

My story “Patron Saint” has been picked up by the United Kingdom publisher Spinetinglers, winning the organization’s monthly contest for July. That means my story is live on their Website as you are reading this. If you'd care to take a look, visit http://spinetinglers.co.uk/ViewStories.aspx and go to the “please select category” drop down menu and click on July. The story also will be published in Spinetinglers annual print anthology, due out early in 2012.

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I never got where I was going

Posted by [email protected] on July 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (2)

When last I wrote on this blog, some two years ago, I told about a grand adventure upon which my oldest daughter and I were embarking – a blog I called “Where no writer has gone before.” We were setting out to co-write a zombie novel.


We never got where we were going, instead getting sidetracked by another little adventure.


We wrote – if I recall correctly, about 15,000 words, which is a sizable chunk of a young adult novel. We cla...

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Where no writer has gone before (None that I know about, anyway)

Posted by johnpeters2 on July 31, 2009 at 10:29 PM Comments comments (6)

Many of you know that I’m a writer. My fulltime paying job is a daily newspaper editor’s post. I also work as a slush reader for a well-known horror anthology and, if you’ve read my News page here on the old Website, you’ll know I recently took on the duties as nonfiction editor for Dark Recesses.

But the thing I really enjoy, the one thing I would select above all others if you offered me my dream job, would be writing fiction. I’ve been published in a ...

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The moon, the passing of a news giant, and the future

Posted by johnpeters2 on July 18, 2009 at 9:22 PM Comments comments (9)

I was prepared to write about the 40th anniversary of the Neil Armstrong's step onto the lunar surface, and in fact I was doing just that Friday night when I learned of Walter Cronkite's death.

I was a few months short of turning 6 when that moon landing took place, and it is really the earliest major news event I recall. In fact, it is Cronkite's everyman sense of awe I remember as much as anyth...

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