Category Archives: Writing

Villains list final countdown


5. Hannibal Lecter: We meet Dr. Lecter in the pages of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon (G.P. Putnams, Dell, 1981).  If his first name isn’t a giveaway, let me assure you that Lecter is all kinds of bad.  Before being captured … Continue reading

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Villains list nears end


Continuing the Top 50 villains in literature we have arrived at number 10.  Annie Wilkes: The obsessed fan from Stephen King‘s Misery (Viking, 1987), Ms. Wilkes is any celebrity’s nightmare.  She personifies adulation that steps over every moral and social … Continue reading

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From Shadows & Nightmares


Finally had a chance to finish reading the anthology, and I have to say, I enjoyed every story within its pages, something that doesn’t normally happen.  When I pick up an anthology, usually there’s one or two stories that just … Continue reading

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More baddies from fiction


20. Keller: John Paul Keller is a contract killer who first appeared in Lawrence Block’s short story “Soldier, ” returning in four books: Hit Man (William Morrow, 1998), Hit List (William Morrow, 2000), Hit Parade (William Morrow, 2006) and Hit and Run … Continue reading

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From Shadows & Nightmares anthology available now


Received the anthology earlier this week in which my short story “Fetch” appears and haven’t had a chance to read it fully yet, but will add a more detailed post once I have done so. I’m currently part way through … Continue reading

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More memorable villains in literature


25.  Dr. Fu Manchu: The evil genius from the Sax Rohmer novels bent on world domination was oddly enough, averse to the use of guns.  With an intellect that rivaled that of Moriarty, the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Fu … Continue reading

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Villainous characters


The list of villains in literature continues. If you’ve missed the rest of the list, check previous posts. 35. Tom Ripley: A killer who feels no remorse whatsoever, Ripley is the antihero from Patricia Highsmith’s novels about the man, beginning … Continue reading

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Good villains in literature


Villains. The characters we love to hate and hate to love. A good fictional villain is not just some evil person, though there are definitely some excellent exceptions. The best villains in fiction are complex characters – sometimes they even … Continue reading

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Save the Poe museum


The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, MD is in danger of being closed! I first learned of this on Twitter, when Neil Gaiman sent out a tweet. I’ve signed the petition and am urging other like-minded folks to do … Continue reading

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Ten Laws of Writing Science Fiction


Some good guidelines for writing science fiction here. Can’t say I agree with everything on the page, but it’s definitely a good idea to keep some of these points in mind when writing SF.

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