By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill

Having grown up in New England, I have a special affinity for Lake Champlain and Champy, the plesiosaur that lives there.  Which is a true story, by the way… Despite my best efforts, I’ve yet to actually see the friendly, local lake monster, but I’ve still got time – and the desire to try again.Continue reading “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill”

So You’re Thinking About Reading Short Stories? Consider Starting Here…

Short stories are sort of the underdogs of the literary world. I say sort of because I think poetry is the true underdog. Personally, I love short fiction. It fits well with my ability to concentrate and my time for reading as of late (not long and not much, respectively). And because of my bookContinue reading “So You’re Thinking About Reading Short Stories? Consider Starting Here…”

Beneath the Bonfire by Nickolas Butler

I’ve been lucky enough to visit most of the United States (or unlucky, in a few cases), which is lovely because we live in a country with an incredible variety of landscapes and cultural influences. While I am personally from northern New England – I swear I didn’t learn how to hug someone until IContinue reading “Beneath the Bonfire by Nickolas Butler”

A Death by Stephen King

I’ll keep it simple. In a word: ick. Great dialogue though. I liked it. You can find the story of Jim Trusdale, Sheriff Barclay, and the silver dollar in the New Yorker. It’s free. Pair with whiskey. I can’t explain how much I want to try this Root Canal (root beer float with whiskey –Continue reading “A Death by Stephen King”

What to give your favorite book worm who loves Bob Dylan, homemade pasta, and everything (fictionally) scary.

Let’s be honest, this post is essentially an exercise in vanity. Humor me. (Ahem, family of mine, you’re reading, right?) 1. Happy camper t-shirt. Because readers are happy campers…? 2. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook. I’ve been a fan since I discovered my favorite drink recipe. 3. Fir & Grapefruit Candle. Because it’s more enjoyable to readContinue reading “What to give your favorite book worm who loves Bob Dylan, homemade pasta, and everything (fictionally) scary.”

Trilobites and Other Stories by Breece D’J Pancake

“We will live on mangoes and love.” There are few things I love more than a good short story, but when you combine geology and a bleak coming of age tale – I am sold. Although I am a bit ashamed to admit that I first became interested in this collection because of the author’sContinue reading “Trilobites and Other Stories by Breece D’J Pancake”

Just After Sunset by Stephen King

(This is going to be a super professional review. Because that’s me – super professional – in a nutshell.) Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society… Aliens scare the piss out of me. This is not news. I don’t exactly know why. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with watching Alien at far too young ofContinue reading “Just After Sunset by Stephen King”

Stephen King’s Short Stories: A Top Ten List

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As you might imagine, I am from a very Irish family (surprise, surprise! Rory O’Connor doesn’t exactly sound French). The holiday has nothing to do with this post. If I wanted to try and connect the two, I would tell you that I come from a very Irish family, and likeContinue reading “Stephen King’s Short Stories: A Top Ten List”

Michigan, Ten Cents by Doctor Gaines

Most of us have been poor at one point or another. Maybe you were flat broke in college, or immediately post graduation, or that fateful day six months after graduation when you had to begin repaying your student loans. Maybe you could make rent, but couldn’t eat. Or maybe you had to take up residenceContinue reading “Michigan, Ten Cents by Doctor Gaines”

Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

I recently finished reading Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky. My opinion can be summed up quite nicely by a quote from this unusual short story collection: This may have been a pseudo-hallucination, I don’t know: It’s all the same to me. I’m tempted to stop with that quote. It really is a suitableContinue reading “Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky”