13-questionsOkay readers, my latest interview with Horror Addicts‘ Sapphire Neal is up and ready for your viewing pleasure . . . scrutiny . . . or barbed jabs – take your pick.  I did my best to plug everyone from my readers to forthcoming anthologies.  Less than 15 hours and Horror Addicts episode 61 comes out with “Someone to Watch Over Me!”



I stumbled across Melanie Skipp when her father, horror author John Skipp, posted that she was in a competition for a speaking role in a Neil Gaiman audiobook.  Being the book lover I am, I did my part to support and voted.  I truly enjoyed Melanie’s reading voice and shot her an e-mail to see if reading other works was an option.  The next thing we both knew, she’d completed an audio rendition of my Horror Addicts’ 1920s story entitled, “Someone to Watch Over Me.”  Her use of distinct character voices – complete with accents, pacing and emotion add a dimension of “being there” as the tale unfolds.

Someone To Watch Over Me” will be available for your listening pleasure (and download) June 9th, 2011 on Horror Addicts’ episode 61.  You can find them at or through iTunes.

I had a few minutes to ask Melanie a few questions about her desire to become a reader . . . .

Why reading books aloud?
Well I’m a huge bookworm to start. When I was a kid, my little sister and I didn’t really have our parents around a lot. My dad left when we were pretty young and my mom worked crazy hours. I took to reading out loud to my little sister before we went to bed or whenever she had friends spend the night who liked scary stories. I’ve been reading out loud to friends and loved ones ever since. Just plain ole tickles me pink.

Do you have a preferred genre and why?
I love horror first and foremost. Dad’s a horror novelist, it’s in my blood. When it comes to reading out loud though, I gotta say that children’s fantasy novels are just more fun. Doing a thick Scottish brogue for a satyr is just silly fun.

When reading these works, have you had any hurdles to overcome?
GARDENERS!!! Oh those bastards with their weed-whackers and their soul-destroying lawn mowers. My cat’s also like to try and eat the laptop while I’m reading, which can get distracting and a bit noisy.

Do you find yourself getting into the story or laughing at yourself as you bring the work to life?
Oh of course I get into the story. I found that I need to read the story all the way through  (once in my head and once out loud) before I can record it. At least with short stories. With novels I do the same only page by page. And I’m always laughing at myself.

Is there a way for people to get a hold of you about reading for them?
E-mail or facebook is the best. I am in the process of figuring out my way through this complex web of interverse and eventually plan to have a website.

And, as someone who actually reads your wall, what’s the best “bus people” story so far?
That’s tricky. Oh man, there are so many. From the crazy veteran who is screaming at terrified little old ladies about how he is a natural killer, to the man in the nice jacket and the mushroom cloud hair trying to stick his tongue down my throat. There was a man who showed me his nipples (which I can remember all too clearly in their thick buttony nipple-ness), that he had pierced himself with his mother’s gold hoop earring. That was kind of terrifying.

You’ll be seeing a lot more of Melanie, performing both my work and my wife, Hollie Snider’s, in the near future.

Watch for her . . . or should it be, “Watch out for her!”


editingWell, it was bound to happen sooner or later.  For better than fifteen years I’ve edited others work, founded and ran an award-winning writing group (the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group), taught others how to do it for themselves and even gone so far as to teach creative writing.

Now I’ve been hired as an editor on the heels of my wife, Hollie Snider, to help authors at Library of the Living Dead Press.  Talk about big shoes to fill . . . wait . . . can I actually say that in this context and get away with it?

. . . Hollie . . . put down the knife . . . .



pub_LOTLD_pressMy short story “1865” has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming civil war anthology, “The South Will Rise Undead.”  More information as it becomes available.

Zombies during the civil war – bad time to be dragging your feet during a march.

Here’s a sneak peek at the back cover, by Philip R. Rogers . . . .



. . . and here I thought that skin condition cleared up.

Lee “Goatboy” (insert inappropriate joke here) Hartnup was kind enough . . . I feel strange putting it that way, folks . . . to zombify me again.

I figured since I updated my bio photo this week, why not let the ichor flow.  He does aaaaaamazing work.  Check him out at .

Here’s the before and after:

Here’s the original
hfsiiib. . . and the Goatboy version:


imagesCATIU07PIt’s not often I go into health things on here, but after the insane laughter of friends I feel the need to.  I have crushed nerves or somesuch on the side of my head (from a car wreck in 2009), leaving me with blinding headaches most of the time.  Last year they severed a few key nerves and the pain lessened by about a third.  Well, nerves regenerate and I’ve been toughing it out for months before finally giving in and going back to the doc.  I get the, “yup – looks like we’ll have to sever them again.”

So, the keen observations from my loving wife sum it up with, “My mother always said I married a numbskull.”

Congratulate me, folks, for now I “am” a punchline.

Mad Scientist


typewriter-hfsI think the clickety clack of my keyboard is beginning to drive the dogs nuts.  They see the laptop flip open, my eyes close and fingers fly across the keyboard.  By the time I take a break and open my eyes, the dogs, and even the cats, are gone.  I wonder who else I could get rid of this way?

As for the beast that is writing, I have my goals set up for the next few months.  I think they’re attainable, but challenging.

Here’s the rundown between now and August 1st:

  • Finish story for podcast on Horror Addicts ( ) and get it to Melanie Skipp to read before the May 19th deadline.
  • Write and edit story for Hellology anthology.
  • Write and edit story for Ultimate Angels anthology so it can be submitted to my critique group at the end of May.
  • Write, edit and submit story for Masters of Macabre competition.
  • Write, edit and submit story for CSFWG anthology.
  • Write final 40,000 words of “Drive-In Feature”
  • Edit and submit “A Little Rain.”
  • Edit and submit “Fellowship.”
  • Edit and submit “Page 57.”
  • Have “Olden’s Wood” read for podcast.
  • Have “A Murder of Crows” read for podcast.
  • Have “Last Call” read for podcast.

Why do I bother sharing this?  Simple, I’ve had several friends ask why I’m unavailable in the mornings.  I think this answers the question pretty well. With a little luck, my next post will be about another story acceptance.



typewriter-hfsI’ve been playing catch-up with a few things here lately and just realized one of the CSFWG critique groups I attend meets this Sunday.  It’s Wednesday already and I have 200 words written out of at least 5,000 for this chapter.  Not sure if I’ll pull this one off or not with the headaches, but I hope so.  If I can write at least 1,700 words per day I should be okay.

Then next week it’s another story that’s scheduled to be podcast the following week.  No pressure there (can you just smell the sarcasm, folks?)

On your marks . . . get set . . . .





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