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Bloody Mary is Coming

Over at www.goblinbooks.com we're going to spend the next couple of weeks exploring the classic Bloody Mary game and urban legend we all learned about as kids.  For those who don't know, you were supposed to recite the name "Bloody Mary" several times into a mirror with the lights off, and then something terrible would appear.  I'd love for you to check out the blog.  But more than that, send me your stories!

How did you learn about her?  What was the ritual?  Who or what was supposed to appear?  What was the story behind Mary herself?  Did you ever have a scary or memorable incident?

I'd love to post anything you give me on my blog.  In the meantime, look for video clips, my own stories, and lots of fun facts about this gruesome legend.
My most recent book, about Dracula in history and pop culture, just came out from Three Rivers Press. It's called "Sundays with Vlad," and I want you to check it out at www.vladlives.com, and buy one or three copies. Otherwise I'll have to go back to my job at the cracker factory. I'm a big wheel down there.



Stories, clips, and more

I just got my spooky "Staircase" short story accepted over at www.microhorror.com.  It's a site that specializes in flash fiction -- spooky tales of just a few hundred words a pop.  In their case, the limit is 666 words long.  Ha.

Anyway, I also updated the Goblin with a couple of links and some of my favorite "ghost caught on tape" clips from the world of Youtube.  I promise none of them are those stupid jokey clips where someone in costume pops out at you for a cheap thrill.  Not that I'm against stupidity and cheap thrills, mind you.  I've built a philosophy around them.  But for horror, I prefer the subtle. 
My most recent book, about Dracula in history and pop culture, just came out from Three Rivers Press. It's called "Sundays with Vlad," and I want you to check it out at www.vladlives.com, and buy one or three copies. Otherwise I'll have to go back to my job at the cracker factory. I'm a big wheel down there.



The Thing in the Box

Just posted a creepy short story about a creature you might know over at www.goblinbooks.com.  You vampire fans might notice some similarities to the legendary New England undead, such as Mercy Brown.  That definitely provided some inspiration, but I also watched John Carpenter's The Thing last night.  So that probably had something to do with it as well.  Anyway, enjoy.

My most recent book, about Dracula in history and pop culture, just came out from Three Rivers Press. It's called "Sundays with Vlad," and I want you to check it out at www.vladlives.com, and buy one or three copies. Otherwise I'll have to go back to my job at the cracker factory. I'm a big wheel down there.



You're Dead To Me If You Don't Like This

I'm serious.  If you can't see the genius in this clip... it's like I don't even know you.  Get out.  Now.

Below is a clip by a French group named Zombie Zombie of John Carpenter's "The Thing" filmed with GI Joe characters.  It makes me happy in a way that I can barely remember from the first time I saw The Muppet Show and from when I learned that this girl in 7th grade wanted to slow-skate with me.  I saw it, and now I believe in life again, and it will do the same for you if you have any humanity in you.

I found the clip over at a blog called "And Now the Screaming Starts."  After you watch the clip you should surf over to the post on the Lego Zombie Apocalypse and the GI Joe Nam-Zombie Trailer.  Check out the main blog here.  It says some nice things about my site so obviously I'm biased.  But I think the brilliance of the Lego/GI Joe/Carpenter gorefest you're about to witness, as well as the insightful and funny commentary, will convince you that this is an objectively cool thing to have on the internet.

Okay, here is The Thing:
My most recent book, about Dracula in history and pop culture, just came out from Three Rivers Press. It's called "Sundays with Vlad," and I want you to check it out at www.vladlives.com, and buy one or three copies. Otherwise I'll have to go back to my job at the cracker factory. I'm a big wheel down there.



It's real and it's all over at my blog at www.goblinbooks.com.

I took a 17 mile hike to get these shots, and I got eaten alive by mosquitos.  But the results are utterly spooky.  Enjoy.
My most recent book, about Dracula in history and pop culture, just came out from Three Rivers Press. It's called "Sundays with Vlad," and I want you to check it out at www.vladlives.com, and buy one or three copies. Otherwise I'll have to go back to my job at the cracker factory. I'm a big wheel down there.



Apocalyptic Grocery List

Sure, you're going to need canned food for when the Big One hits.  Everybody knows that.  "That Sarah Palin makes me want to stock up on canned food!" folks say.  Or, "The way the market is going, I'm going to run out and buy canned food!"  Canned food is important.

But don't forget the moist towelettes.

After you crawl out of your bunker and don some kind of bone headdress to make yourself warlord of the Mad-Max-style post-apocalyptic wasteland that used to be your neighborhood... things might get a little messy.  You'll be thankful for a refreshing wipe around your face and hands.  Whether you've just eaten a bucket of barbecue, or you've just killed the Johnsons next door for their last half gallon of gasoline and a jar of unlabeled pills... it's the little things that count.

My most recent book, about Dracula in history and pop culture, just came out from Three Rivers Press. It's called "Sundays with Vlad," and I want you to check it out at www.vladlives.com, and buy one or three copies. Otherwise I'll have to go back to my job at the cracker factory. I'm a big wheel down there.



Popcorn time over at my site

I found a full version of Nosferatu on Youtube, and also something else you kids might like.  It might just be the first, and most pure, horror story you've heard.  It's all at my site: www.goblinbooks.com.
My most recent book, about Dracula in history and pop culture, just came out from Three Rivers Press. It's called "Sundays with Vlad," and I want you to check it out at www.vladlives.com, and buy one or three copies. Otherwise I'll have to go back to my job at the cracker factory. I'm a big wheel down there.



... is a pit bull knows it's not qualified to be vice president of the United States.  Especially riding the ticket next to a 72 year-old who looks like he has an alien egg sac growing out of his head.  Sure, a pit bull might lick its own butt.  Maybe it'll maul the neighbor kid. 
But like most dogs, a pit bull is a deeply practical creature.  Just like it knows it doesn't want to go out to pee if it's raining, a pit bull will go limp if you ask it to make national security decisions.

You: C'mon, Gladys!  There's a girl.  C'mon!  Up in the big chair.  Putin's on the line!
PB: Rowlf!  Rowlf!
You: C'mon, Gladys!  Now, don't give me that look.  Up!  Up!  Up in the chair!
PB: Whimper.
You: Up!  Now!
PB: (Rolls over and shows the belly.  Gnaws own paws in frustration.)
You: Bad dog!  Bad dog!  You get on that red phone right now, young lady.

But it's no use.  A pit bull doesn't want to disobey.  But it knows what you're asking is just plain wrong.
My most recent book, about Dracula in history and pop culture, just came out from Three Rivers Press. It's called "Sundays with Vlad," and I want you to check it out at www.vladlives.com, and buy one or three copies. Otherwise I'll have to go back to my job at the cracker factory. I'm a big wheel down there.



I got a nice mention over at Zombos' Closet of Horror.  What's neat about it is that everything is in narrative form, as if it's a little story about the main character, a C-movie horror actor named Zombos and his ever-patient valet.  The site is devoted to all things horrific.  It's good, creepy fun for anyone who remembers watching monster movies on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  Read the "About Me" section to get the central conceit of it. 

My most recent book, about Dracula in history and pop culture, just came out from Three Rivers Press. It's called "Sundays with Vlad," and I want you to check it out at www.vladlives.com, and buy one or three copies. Otherwise I'll have to go back to my job at the cracker factory. I'm a big wheel down there.



Read Goblinbooks!

I'm kicking off Halloween right now, dammit, converting my blog www.goblinbooks.com into a house for all my dark things -- original fiction and various tidbits I find on the web.  We'll start with a (very) short story.  Hopefully you'll get a shiver with your morning coffee.

Read it here.

My most recent book, about Dracula in history and pop culture, just came out from Three Rivers Press. It's called "Sundays with Vlad," and I want you to check it out at www.vladlives.com, and buy one or three copies. Otherwise I'll have to go back to my job at the cracker factory. I'm a big wheel down there.