Sometimes We Have To Leave

I grew up a small town kid with a small town mind.  I like scary movies, and drawing, and playing basketball in the driveway, and playing with my friends in the field across the street from me or the woods that was at either end of the road.  We lived on a lake and lake… Continue reading Sometimes We Have To Leave

So Funny That It’s Scary – horror comedies

If there’s one subgenre that is either Pass/Fail with very little wiggle room it’s the horror comedy. You either get it right or you fail miserably.  If you lean too much to one side and not the other everything can get derailed.  Too funny, then it’s seen as a comedy.  Too scary and it’s not… Continue reading So Funny That It’s Scary – horror comedies

Frayed

I saw something today that has stuck with me.  I had dropped my daughter off and was grabbing a quick bite on my way to work when I saw a man and a little girl, bundled up and standing beside the entrance to the place I was going with a sign. I didn’t get a… Continue reading Frayed

Performance Art

It’s become a distant memory by now, something that’s nearing twenty years old but which still sticks with me.  I have never been the most confident of ‘performers’ when it comes to doing readings. I have said this in the past. I read very quickly and I’ll fumble around with words and the WORST is… Continue reading Performance Art

Some Good. Some Bad. Some Ugly. So What?

It’s always an easy go-to for film fans to declare THIS year or THAT year is the greatest ever for a genre or for film in general. Or even better, to declare that THIS IS THE WORST ERA EVER for movies or a genre.  It’s low hanging fruit.  Sure, you can rattle off reasons for… Continue reading Some Good. Some Bad. Some Ugly. So What?

Those Who Set Fires

What do we call someone who sets something ablaze with no care for what happens when the fire takes hold? They are arsonists.  Arsonists are criminals and are hunted and prosecuted as such.  The problem though is what do we do with social arsonists, who set fires in our culture and in their fan base… Continue reading Those Who Set Fires

Use The Struggle

I think it’s safe to say that all of us struggle in some way or another, whether it be financially, emotionally, creatively, or in some other way. Struggling is part of life.  It’s how we react to the struggle, how we meet it, and how we learn to use it or overcome it that can… Continue reading Use The Struggle

We Gotta Get Outta This Place

You can tell that we have all been feeling a little bit of claustrophobia and cabin fever after Covid. Humans are social creatures, after all, and when we’re told we can’t do something, especially something like seeing other people, we tend to get a little intense.  As social creatures, we need one another, and while… Continue reading We Gotta Get Outta This Place

The Pay Down

I beat this drum a lot but MAN ALIVE wouldn’t it be nice if the people that did some of the most harm in the world had to, you know, actually suffer consequences for that harm? How many times do we see Billionaire X take a HUGE risk on something only to have it not… Continue reading The Pay Down

A Festival of Film

It feels strange to say this but I have been a part of putting  seven film festivals together (eight if you count my involvement for the Flint Film Festival in 2005). Heck, I met my wife through a film festival. It started with the horror group I was a part of and our showing short… Continue reading A Festival of Film

A Mystery Is Afoot!

When I wrote my mystery novella a few years back I wrote it in a flurry, trying desperately to get it done before the end of the month so it would be done on time for the publisher. It had been a challenge, writing in a genre I didn't read, and certainly didn't write, but… Continue reading A Mystery Is Afoot!

Two

If you had told me years and years ago that I’d be the father to a two year old I’d look at you as if you had a bear sprouting from your head.  It just wasn’t in my mind, in my thoughts, or in any sort of vague plan I might have had.  The thing… Continue reading Two

I Won’t Give In To Fear

Say it with me now, I won’t give in to fear.  Doesn’t that feel good? Gets the blood moving.  Gets the spirits up.  HALLELUJAH! The world is a scary place and it is full of rabble-rousers who want nothing more than to weaponize ignorance and fear for their own gain. They want to stoke fear… Continue reading I Won’t Give In To Fear