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Kids are creepy.

February 2019 I'm constantly amazed at how creepy kids are. Specifically little kids, like Damien from the Omen or that ghost-peeper from The Sixth Sense. Every now and then I'm asked to come teach at an elementary school, and inevitably the kids are WAY darker than I...

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My annual ghost-hunting trip.

January 2019   Happy New Year, friends. I ended 2018 with my annual ghost-hunting trip at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. For those of you unfamiliar with this tradition, for the past five years I've gone to the famously haunted hotel to do some...

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Typos are good for the soul.

December 2018   You ever read a book and come across a typo and think, how the hell is that possible? We can land a man on the moon, but we can't blah dee blah blah blah... Of course you think this, because I've heard from you. You just HAVE to e-mail me and tell...

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Oh, the humanity! My Halloween recap…

November 2018   My favorite post of the year, where I get share the highlight-reel video of my Halloween porch screams. As detailed in my last newsletter, this year's theme was a mishmash of previous ones, so my covered front porch was a chaotic mess of frights....

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Halloween is coming.

October 2018   You smell that? No, it's not the musk of fallen leaves, nor the stank of a Pumpkin Spice Latte. What you're smelling is fear. Specifically, little-kid fear. It's all around, because Halloween is just about here. I don't do Hobby Lobby Halloween at...

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What happened to you as a child?

September 2018   Yes, it's a question I get. Usually, the first question is, "Where do you get your ideas from?" Then, when I reply that my ideas simply just come to me, the obvious follow-up question is, "So, what happened to you as a child?" Fair enough. I get...

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11 things you didn’t know about me.

August 2018   Yeah, I know, I missed a post last month. I'd been very regular about posting the 13th of every month but then missed July. I was on vacation, and I just couldn't fit the post into the priority schedule. I was traipsing through Italy with my...

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Why I believe in ghosts.

July 2018   I went to school at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York back in the early nineties. My friend Donna and I were each going to spend the spring semester of our junior years abroad, so we decided to look for a place together for the fall, hoping to...

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So, are you working on something new?

June 2018   That's a question I'm often asked. Are you working on something new?  The answer is always, of course, "yes." Once I'm finished with a book there's always the need to start something else, no matter how little I know of the new story's direction. With...

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What I love about writing.

May 2018 In last month's post I bitched and moaned about all the things that suck about writing. We all complain about our work, but not often do we step back and assess the things we love about what we do. Most novelists will admit establishing a consistent and...

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