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07. February 2016

New Sci-Fi Horror Story: The Fifth Chalice

This story has been bouncing around my mind for years, but two Octobers ago, inspired by the anticipation of Halloween, I finally put words down. Now, the story is published.

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01. November 2015

The Problem of Evil in Fiction

Recently, I spoke on a panel with several other authors where we attempted to dissect the process of creating antagonists with depth. At one point, as I spoke about the word “evil,” a fellow writer in the audience became so severely offended that she grew visibly agitated, began mumbling expletives, then stormed out of the room in protest.

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07. June 2015

My Trip to the Frank Frazetta Art Museum

Here is the first man whose art I feared. Actually, that’s not entirely true…there had been a few horror novels with covers that made me afraid, but that had been a surface fear. The dread conjured by a Frazetta painting was something deeper; it was visceral. His work was the first to transport me to a mythical world—an ancient and primitive world, where the terror of the unknown lurked in every shadow, dangerous even for the mightiest of men.

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23. March 2015

The MidSouthCon 33 Report

I just returned from MidSouthCon 33, where I was invited to be an author guest. Here is my experience from the show.

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21. November 2014

On Having a Pronoid Worldview

I’m of the opinion that human beings are bolstered by positive beliefs.

I’m also of the opinion that dogmatically held beliefs that attempt to cover all of reality are the greatest contributor to human suffering.

So how do I reconcile these two positions? I attempt to find belief systems that are useful to my situation, but I keep those beliefs loose and flexible enough to change in response to my circumstances. It’s a difficult balance, but possible.

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