Thursday, November 30, 2017
Leon van Waas is an Amsterdam based actor that is making some waves with his films BRIMSTONE and ART OF DECEPTION. There is an interview with him at https://theoriginalvangoghsearanthology.com/2017/11/23/the_american_interview_with_amsterdam_actor_leon_van_waas/
Give it a look. There is always something there to inspire your imagination or to help you learn more. Heck, you might even learn something you didn't know you needed to know.
Monday, November 27, 2017
THEY SAY A GIRL DIED HERE, Sarah Pinborough, Earthling Publications Halloween Special, $35, reviewed by Jim Brock.
I try to walk 30 minutes most every morning. Over where I walk I often see a man with his dog. That dog is a small terrier of some sort. Its name is Cujo.
I’ve told you that to tell you this: not since Stephen King’s CUJO have I read a book whose ending was as strong a gut punch as is THEY SAY A GIRL DIED HERE. My gut is ampler than it used to be but Sarah Pinborough absolutely twisted and shocked and disturbed it (to my delight) as much King did all those years ago.
Anna is a 17-year-old dropout who, along with her Grandma, Mother and 10-year-old sister have moved back to Grandma’s hometown. They have fled the city because Anna was involved in some internet/social media disgrace. Mom works the nightshift as a nurse. Anna some days waitressing at a diner and looks after her sister and Grandma at night. That is complicated by the fact that Grandma is slowly failing with Alzheimer’s.
When Grandma starts scratching at the door leading down to the basement in their creepy old house and begins speaking some strange thoughts during her last moments, an already unsettled Anna becomes more and more unsettled.
THEY SAY A GIRL DIED HERE slowly builds the tension and suspense, Pinborough parcels out the clues and story slowly and I found myself I was in the middle of a teen angst or a ghost story or a murder mystery when, in reality, I was in the middle of an incredible read that was all of this and so much more.
Much like the little dog I told you about earlier, the friendly little terrier whose character took on such a strong meaning due to being named Cujo, THEY SAY A GIRL DIED HERE is a short novel with a huge impact. And the last pages are incredibly creative.
I can't remember if this was posted previously. If I did, I hope you will read it again.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
The first three chapters are available on www.janaoliver.com. It is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other sites as an ebook or trade paper.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Thanksgiving Message from VA Secretary David J. Shulkin, M.D.
As Americans across the nation celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I am most grateful and thankful for our country’s Veterans and their families. I am also thankful that we have dedicated employees who are providing care and helping Veterans secure hard-earned benefits.
Honoring our history and traditions through President Lincoln’s timeless words, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” we are proud to serve all Veterans, including women Veterans and Veteran families.
President Trump has made clear since taking office that VA has one purpose and that is to care and provide for those who have served our country so well in uniform. Under the President’s leadership, and with strong support from members of Congress, we have made strides to improve VA at every level.
While much work remains, our efforts to improve care and services represent the nation’s unending thanks to our Veterans.
I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you and your families enjoy this great American tradition.
VA Secretary David J. Shulkin, M.D.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Today is November 2, 2017 and I wanted to shout out to Brian A. Hopkins, writer extraordinaire, whose novel foreshadowed many of the events of today.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
2002 Bram Stoker Award Winner
Locus Magazine 2002 Recommended Read
2002 International Horror Guild Award nominee
Some copies still available from Earthlingpub.com/ordering.php