I grew up in NJ, spent four years in New Orleans earning my degree in evolutionary biology, then returned to NJ for dental school. I currently live in NJ with my wife, two children, and diabetic Daschund who has developed premature cataracts (a temperamental, partly blind dog and two children don't mix very well). I always felt that you can learn something about a person based on the CD's in their car. Well, right now I am listening to Disturbed's new album Asylum, Chevelles' newest album Sc-fi Crimes, Three Day's Grace latest Life Starts Now and Hollywood Undead's Swan Song. So, what does that tell you about me?
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Enjoy a preview of five tales of terror that will keep your mind working long after you're done reading. No zombies, no vampire romances, no teen angst, just classic King/Barker -esque horror.
So take a seat and meet the wretched men and monsters who are Pandora's Children.
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Book trailer for my Pandora's Children: Dark Interludes collection which features 7 free stories, totally over 20,000 wordsDogs of War: A Ghost Story
A book trailer for my 25,000 word novella, "Dog's of War"
Last Dance of a Black Widow
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
Meet Abbey Whistler. She's just died at the age of eighty and waits in her hospital room to be taken to the afterlife. But she quickly learns that crimes committed while alive actually do have repercussions when you die.
Last Dance of a Black Widow is a sobering 3,000 word short story that explores the death of a life lived poorly.
(4.38 from 8 reviews)
Meet dentist Brian Mallory. He's always considered himself a grounded man. A rational man. A reasonable man. But what he finds in the mouth of nineteen year old Amy Gladwell one afternoon during a routine cleaning makes him begin to question his own sanity.
It's amazing how quickly everything can change in a a blink of an eye.
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- Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors
on June 10, 2011
Castles is one of those books that is tough to read. Not because of the writing, which is tight and professional, but because of the subject matter. Castles is, at its core, a coming of age story that follows a girl, Maggie, from childhood to young adulthood. It is a visceral tale on many levels, one that makes you squirm because what you are reading is so horrible, yet prevalent in the world today. It is a stark story of abuse, rape, victimization and revenge, and there isn't necessarily a happy ending, depending on how you read the story. The only person Maggie trusted as a child, her grandmother, dies while she is still young, leaving her to the mercies of her mother, whose mood changes as the wheels of her own life turn, and the men she brings home to fill the hole in her own life. As she grows older and watches as everything that was good thing in her life dies (the boy she loses her virginity to and the dog they shared), she follows the same path as her mother, choosing relationships that are self-destructive. The difference between her and her mother, though, is that she finally listens to the words that the ghost of her grandmother (or memory, depending on how you read it) share with her. Instructions on how to clean up the mess she has made of her life. The end of the story is open ended in my opinion. Is Maggie going mad after what she has done? Is she going to continue getting into destructive situations just so she has messes to clean up? Or, now that she has cleaned up the mess that was her childhood, is she going to try and close that chapter in her life and live on?
Castles in an interesting story about abuse and family cycles and how they affect the mindset of the people involved. People on the outside looking in may say, "It's over, grow up, make something or your life." But it's never that easy, is it? Once abuse and death and murder become staples of your life, is it possible to become "normal"? Or does that way of life warp the mind enough that there is no coming back?
I enjoyed my time reading Castles (as much as anyone can enjoy reading something of this subject matter). Ben could have been more descriptive in many of his scenes, could have turned the reader's stomach more,but thankfully, he found a nice balance between giving us enough but not too much. Just because there is rape and assault doesn't mean every second has to be described in all of its violent, ugly glory. As for typos, if there were any, I didn't notice them.
So pick up Castles. It is a well written tale designed to make you feel uncomfortable. And isn't that what good horror is supposed to do?
Bradley Convissar- author of "Dogs of War"