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BESTIARII Series Picked up by Chris Kennedy Publishing/Theogeny Books

I'm excited to announce I've secured a three book deal with Chris Kennedy Publishing/Theogeny Books for Bestiarii and its two unpublished sequels, Fire and Bone, and The Ghosts of Xicotepec.  The reissue of Bestiarii (new cover seen here) will include an audiobook. ...

Peacemaker’s Covert Conservatism

Personally I’m boycotting John Cena, because how loudly and publicly he sucked communist China's hammer and sickle, but professionally I watched the first season of Peacemaker, currently streaming on HBO. And I found it fascinating. Under all the sex, violence,...

Fire and Bone–Chapter 1

To keep your appetite whetted, as I know it's been a while, here's the first chapter from Fire and Bone, the sequel to Bestiarii, which will be out later this year...   ONE The big black SUV glided to the curb and paused, like a large bird on a narrow perch. The...

Dave Chappelle is The Mandalorian

Okay, now that I’ve snagged your attention with the clickbait headline, hear me out, as I haven’t lost my mind. Everyone is saying that The Mandalorian is amazing, awesome, wonderful.  And it is very good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not as good as everyone is saying...

The Movie Was Better Than The Book

With the release date and running time of Denis Villeneuve’s version of Dune finally announced, along with the official trailer being released, I have been thinking about the book and movie together.  In the case of Dune, the only question is whether anybody, ever,...

The Death of the American Film Critic

It was in the 1980s that the American movie culture exploded in size.  Theaters went from one screen to two to twenty, and the number of films being released every year dramatically increased to keep those screens filled.  Those multi-plexes—some of them located in...

The Problems with Writing “Smart”

After once again struggling, and failing, to make it through more than two episodes of Blindspot, I am reminded that it often takes quite a bit of work to “write smart”, and smart writing is the exception rather than the rule when it comes to network TV.  Blindspot is...

Act of Valor and the Death of the Contemporary War Movie

The below article was originally posted to my Handguns Magazine Website blog Carry On in 2012, and to this day it is one of the most favorite articles I've ever done.  Many of those blog posts seem to have disappeared from the internet, as has the blog itself, but let...

The Are No New Ideas

It’s long been said there are no new ideas.  No new plots, no new characters, no new forms of evil or sexual peccadilloes—somebody, at some point in history, has been there and done that. I was reminded of this recently while watching The Rhythm Section (2020) on...

The Stargate Legacy

“Don’t remake great movies; remake movies that should have been great, but weren’t.” The above quote, from a well-known director whose name I can’t recall, I saw in an issue of the now-defunct Premiere magazine twenty years ago.  It has stuck with me because of how...