Spooky Cemetery Stuff

A lot of people think that we horror authors spend our nights lurking around cemeteries. Most of us do–I mean, Greg Lamberson has to feast upon the skeletal remains of a Civil War-era prostitute each night of the crescent moon or risk losing his human form forever–but I usually don’t. Last night, however, I did.

The Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando offers monthly free two-hour historical night tours. But cemetery caretaker/horror author Owl Goingback offered to break us away from the crowd for a private tour of the graveyard…AFTER MIDNIGHT!!! (Okay, actually it was from 9:00 to 11:00 PM, but it was dark, and I didn’t have a watch on, so it might as well have been after midnight.)

Joining us were horror author and spouse Lynne Hansen and horror author J.L. Benet.  We wandered around the cemetery, hearing the stories that are inappropriate for the main tour (“This guy died of getting his face bit off by a sea monster!”). We didn’t see any ghosts, nor did any zombies rise and try to consume our flesh, nor were there any wacky antics involving falling into an open grave, but a good time was had by all.

Now go buy some Owl Goingback books.

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LOST Is Over…

…and in the end, the show was not made by creative geniuses, filling in the pieces of an insanely complex patchwork quilt, but a couple of guys desperately making it all up as they went along. (“Oh, crap, Carlton, the fans are devoting whole sites to freeze-frame analysis of our show! What’re we gonna do???”)

I enjoyed the finale, and there’s a hell of a lot to like about the series as a whole, but overall it’s like a mystery novel where the author tells you that you shouldn’t have cared whodunnit in the first place, and it falls far short of greatness.

Also, Parvati should’ve won Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

Coming This December…

…but you have to buy Dweller first.

Musings of an All-Purpose Monkey

Elizabeth A. White’s blog Musings of an All-Purpose Monkey has just been given a facelift. Personally, I didn’t think it needed to be redesigned; the inner beauty is so deep that all of this external stuff is superficial and meaningless. But in our beauty-obsessed culture, it was only a matter of time before the monkey succumbed to the desire for glamor, and so she underwent digital surgery.

But, hey, it looks great, and it has book reviews a-plenty! Check it out. Even without the insightful reviews, you should give your support to anybody whose bookshelf looks like this:

Booksigning Tonight!

Tonight I’ll be at Barnes & Noble Carrollwood. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. 11802 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, Florida, 33618. I’ll be there signing copies of Dweller (and probably Pressure, too) with special guest Ray Wallace.

Attendance is mandatory. Being on a different continent is NOT an excuse.

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