Other Stuff

Summer Camp and it’s Monsters

“Thump-Drag” used to scare the hell out of me. At 12 years of age, the stirrings of hormonal shifts tossing my voice towards increasingly unlikely octaves, my every glance in the mirror a furtive look for peach fuzz or an Adam’s apple…something that might declare the burgeoning manhood that I was sure was just around the corner, I must admit that the mere mention of “Thump-Drag” made me wet my pants. And here’s the thing: I knew it wasn’t true.…

Books Other Stuff

New Book on the Way

Hey Friends A labor of love has come near an end as I prepare to publish my next novel. It ain’t a zombie novel, but it is super-natural and even has a healthy dose of philosophy. It is also meant to be darkly funny and adolescent, and it deals with that wonderful construct of summer: the summer camp monster. You know, the one that you were told didn’t exist. The monster your counselors used to scare the bleep out of…

Movies Other Stuff

What Makes Zombies So Damn Scary?

Over the last year, I’ve spend a lot of time thinking about what’s scary. I’ve written a horror novel, after all. And I decided that it didn’t make much sense to write a scary story and then not do my due diligence in trying to give someone the willies. But, as I am at least putatively trained to think scientifically, I recently decided to consult the scientific and medical literature regarding what scares us most. I embarked on this journey…

Family Pop Culture

Inappropriate? Only if You Know What it Means

Life is all about stories, and what we make of these stories changes every time we tell them or hear them. Inappropriate doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Inappropriate deserves more respect than that.

Movies Pop Culture

Celebrating the 32nd Anniversary of Salem’s Lot

Somewhere between November 17th and November 24th, 1979, I was “movie-scared” for the first time. “Movie-Scared” is a term my oldest daughter coined a couple of years ago to describe the experience of being completely and gleefully terrified by something that shows up on screen.

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Zombies are Everywhere

Frank Darabont’s series, The Walking Dead, on AMC reached more adults between the ages of 18 and 49 than any cable show in history. And that’s only one example of how zombies are taking over.

Pop Culture Zombies

24 Days Later

March 25th is the big day. The Zombie Autopsies will finally be available.

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Brain Strain: Making Sense of the Elusive Organ

Aristotle, a reportedly pretty smart guy, also thought about brains. He thought that the brain existed primarily to cool the blood.

Pop Culture Zombies

How to Zombie Proof Your Car

Use everyday household items to ready yourself for the apocalypse.  Very helpful information.  You’ll be seeing me in my Kia Rondo. How to Zombie Proof Your Car

Family Movies

Why is Saying Goodbye So Dang Hard?

My ideal self would wink and say “so-long.” This fantasy self would slowly walk away with easy confidence and at least the appearance of self-assured resolve. But the true self? Hell, it barely makes it out the front door.