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October Madness

By On Oct 7 2013, 12:10 am

‘Tis the season for horror!  I love October.  Maybe it’s a no-brainer for a horror writer to love the season.  Obviously it’s close to Halloween, for one, but there’s also another reason I enjoy October so much.  Living in Kansas City, things begin to cool off.  There’s fog, morning dew, and that crisp Fall season chill that sets deep in the bones.  It gets darker at night sooner with daylight saving’s time.  Motivation to write increases big time.  My writing room is in the basement of my house, where it’s even colder.  Sometimes I can see my breath while I’m typing.  And okay, I use a space heater when it gets super cold.  I’m not going to lie.  But the chill is there, trust me.  Also, during the Fall season, things begin to rot.  The leaves start to fall off the trees.  I get the sense of things dying off.  It’s a macabre cycle.  It’s during this time I believe I get the most writing done.  Maybe Romance writers enjoy Spring and Summer when things heat up.  But for me, October is the best month of the year.  I love it.  Now excuse me while I dip some apples in caramel and carve me up some jack-o-lanterns.

The Writing Machine

By On Aug 15 2013, 9:00 am

All through college when I was taking writing classes, anytime horror novels came up, students would throw out the rumor that Stephen King pumped words into some algorithm or machine that would spit out plotlines.  Or was it Dean Koontz they accused of doing that?  I guess it doesn’t matter.  It’s just funny the derision [...]

The Best Piece of Advice

By On Jun 24 2013, 9:00 am

I recently attended my very first horror convention, that being the World Horror Convention in New Orleans.  I had a wonderful time meeting my publisher and many fellow writers.  I picked up on something after the weekend, and I want to aim this especially at new writers who are trying to break into publishing. I’ve [...]

Writer’s Block

By On May 2 2013, 9:00 am

I guess today my blog will serve as a confessional.  I always thought the term “writer’s block” was a bunch of nonsense. The kind of term people use who only talk about writing instead of actually doing it.  Every novel, short story, and idea has its growing pains, no doubt. Characters don’t always burst with [...]

Embarrassing School Pictures

By On Mar 7 2013, 9:00 am

Tagged as Alan Spencer

My recent novel release, Psycho Therapy, involves playing a person’s memories against them in a super horrific fashion.  This project made me think about my own memories.  This specific memory I’m going to talk about isn’t necessarily scary.  Not in the traditional sense. Do you remember taking pictures for the yearbook in elementary school?  Sure [...]

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