Memorable Reads of 2023

  “And books, they offer one hope that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that universe, one is saved.” – Anne Rice AT THE beginning of 2023, I made a New Year’s Resolution to read more. Specifically, I wanted to choose reading over watching TV in my downtime. […]

Book Review: Apparitions By Adam Pottle

  “Violence was his first language.” – Adam Pottle, Apparitions APPARITIONS, BY Canadian author Adam Pottle, is a novel about a nameless Deaf teen—a survivor of extreme child abuse—who befriends an emotionally troubled Deaf youth named Felix while in a psychiatric institution in Saskatchewan. Felix teaches “John Smith” Sign Language while they’re confined there, finally […]

INTERVIEW WITH URBAN THRILLER AUTHOR BRIAN B. EWING

  Brian B. Ewing: “ When writing, whether it be a short story, a standalone novel, or a series, I tend to envision it in a movie or television format. ” I’d like to welcome Brian B. Ewing to the BLOG. A self-professed, “dark-humour, word-vomit enthusiast,” Brian is the author of The Reels series of Urban Thriller […]

REVIEW: NOMAD: A STORY FROM THE REELS BY BRIAN B. EWING

NOMAD: A Story From The Reels by Brian B. Ewing is the second book in a series that focuses on Tom Sisto, an introvert with a tragic past gifted with a psychic power to experience first-person memories of both victims and killers. These visions come to him like an old-school projector, the back of his eyelids acting […]

How Dare You! You Killed My Favourite Character! (Spoilers Ahead!)

“Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” – Ben Franklin SADLY, IN fiction, as in life, death often enters the picture when you least expect and certainly don’t desire. As a reader, you can occasionally see the bloody writing on the wall; your cleverness catches the clues, the hints and the foreshadowing, warning you ahead […]

Review: Evil Cast: Volume 1 By Kyle Stück / Illustrations By Enrico Orlandi

HONESTLY, I was all in when I read “Think Evil Dead meets Scooby-Doo” in the blurb description for Kyle Stück’s Evil Cast: Volume 1. [Kyle’s image is on the left. I love the shirt!] I’m a sucker for imaginative, striking cover artwork, and this definitely caught my eye. And yes, it totally reminds me of […]

Reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula Through a Queer Lens

BRAM STOKER’S Dracula is a late nineteenth-century gothic novel—or horror if it pleases you—that’s intrigued me for decades, or “oceans of time,” as Count Dracula would say. Dracula, the work itself, is akin to the vampire’s esoteric, complex, and polymorphic state. There are numerous ways to deconstruct this book to uncover and interpret multiple meanings and […]

Review: North Point (Jagged Shores Book One) by Thom Collins

NORTH POINT is Book One in Thom Collins’ M/M Thriller Series Jagged Shores. Set in Nyemouth, a small town on the North-East coast of England, the novel takes the reader on a suspenseful journey to a seaside summer vacation that turns romantic and murderous. Can love and romance blossom under such threatening circumstances? One of the things […]

Review: Sons of Darkness: Tales of Men, Blood, and Immortality Edited by Michael Rowe & Thomas S. Roche

Sons of Darkness: Tales of Men, Blood, and Immortality (1996) takes us down a deliciously homoerotic path of darkness and blood.   I DON’T naturally gravitate toward the short story format or erotica, so a literary work has to possess something unique and compelling to get my attention. This anthology came into my life in […]

Thoughts On My Author Journey

Toot your own horn! Be proud of what you’ve created, and never feel embarrassed to promote yourself. Excitement is contagious! IN MY twenties, I met my favourite author Anne Rice, creator of The Vampire Chronicles. Though our time together was brief, we chatted about several things, including her inspiring, descriptive writing style. It’s a memory […]