Category: Writing and Other Violent Crimes

Thoughts on the writing life, reviews, interviews, and videos of me screaming at a cursor flashing on a blank page.

Peculiar Genius: The Ghost Stories of M.R. James

When the leaves change color and the wind cools, we find ourselves imagining what could be lurking in the shadows, what could be waiting in closets and under beds and inside dank, dark spaces. It’s a time that, whether through tradition or the influence…

Round Robin Interview

The incomparable Lisa Morton recently invited me to be a part of a round robin interview series. While I figure out which writers to send this on to, here are my answers. 1) What is the working title of your next book? The Mud Angel….

Roundtable Discussion: The Horror of it all!

I recently got together with friends and fellow authors Lisa Morton, John Palisano, and Jodi Lester to discuss what frightens us, the horror genre, the writing biz, and all sorts of other interesting goodies. Here’s Part 1 of the discussion: Q: What do you…

Darling: The Soundtrack to the Novel – The Mythology of Darling Part 3

Also check out Part 1: Black Hounds and Part 2: A Ghost Story for Halloween Okay, so I admit this one’s a bit of a stretch. The soundtrack to the novel presented as mythology? I’m with you. I’m kinda-sorta pulling a fast one here….

Guest Post Over at the HWA Blog

Every Halloween, the Horror Writers Association runs their “Halloween Haunts” series. Every day, there are a couple of new articles from writers in the field. Head on over and check out my piece on the ghost stories of M.R. James titled “Peculiar Genius.” While…

The March of the Autumn People

“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins,…

Halloween Haunts

In the mood for some Halloween fare? Of course you are. All month long, the Horror Writers Association will be hosting HALLOWEEN HAUNTS on their blog. Every day there will be a new blog post (sometimes two) that’s pure Halloween goodness. As the site…

Darling: A Preview

My first novel, DARLING, will be released soon from Bad Moon Books. To celebrate, I got thoroughly drunk, thrown in jail, shived, married to a fellow inmate, and then released on good behavior. I’ve also created a new page on this site devoted to DARLING. But…

A Message from the Promotional Arm of Hodson Enterprises

* Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.  -PT…

Michael Louis Calvillo

It was a gray, damp morning at a pancake house overlooking a trash lined canal when I first read the news. The previous day had been Queen’s Day in Amsterdam, a giant city wide outdoor party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, and the cobblestones were…

Women In Horror Month: An Interview With Martel Sardina

My goal with these Women In Horror Month interviews was to get them each up in a timely manner, spacing them out throughout the month. Unfortunately, life often has different plans. So, I have to apologize, mainly to Martel Sardina. Martel was gracious enough…

Love, Beheadings, and a Tommy Gun: Let’s Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day

As I write this two birds sing to one another outside my window. It would be romantic to assume it was a love song. The reality is they’re warning each other about my cat eyeing them through my window as though Purina had gone…