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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Little Dab of Horror Does It

A Little Dab of Horror Does It

"A boy's best friend is his mother."

I can't write horror, but I love to dive into a good scary book or film every once in a while and scare myself. I love it when I can't wait to turn the page, but dread it at the same time. I love it when the next scene makes the back of my neck staticky. And I'm a real sucker for fangs and claws--in stories. 

There have been a lot of theories about why people buy books guaranteed to keep them awake at night or flock to see films like Psycho or Dracula and Dr. Hannibal Lecter. For me these are places to be scared, but safe. If I had to go mano a mano with a Zombie, you'd better believe I'd beat any sprinter's time on the planet. 

"I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner." 

"I never drink ... wine."

How about a little Ghoulash? 

Quotes of the Week (2 in honor of my favorite holiday): "Horror films don't create fear. They release it," Wes Craven 

“Where there is no imagination – there is no horror.” Arthur Conan Doyle

Now go out and make something terrifying. It's October! See you in December. And if I have internet at all, I'll be around to say hi before then.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hats Off Corner Welcomes Stephen Tremp and a few Bad Girls

Thanks Lee for hosting me today. And thanks everyone for stopping by. As a writer, you can find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. My wife belonged to a Bible study group and one of the books they went through was Bad Girls of the Bible. I flipped through it a few years ago and sure enough there were some really Bad Girls doing really bad things. Some were repentant while others met a terrible death. I thought this would be a good topic as the thirteen antagonists in Salem’s Daughters are all Bad Girls. 

Potiphar’s Wife: Her name doesn’t appear in the Bible but this wild woman was bad news for Joseph. Sold into slavery by his brothers, Potiphar bought Joseph to be a household slave. Potiphar was ‘Captain of the Palace Guard’ and his title giving reference to butcher or executioner. 

And his wife had the hots for Joseph. She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house. Genesis 39:12 

Joseph ended up spending many years in the dungeon on her false accusations he came on to her before being released and rising to second in command in Egypt. 

Delilah: She betrayed her husband Samson for money and he ended up a prisoner of the Philistines who blinded him. Samson did get his revenge by collapsing a stadium full of Philistines. 

Rahab: A prostitute, she helped the Israelites capture the city of Jericho she lived in. In exchange, her life and those of her family were spared for her cooperation. 

Jezebel: Often the measuring stick for bad girls everywhere. She incited her husband King Ahab to worship false deities, persecute the true prophets, and brought false witness against common folk and had them killed. Her ultimate demise: she was thrown off the top of a tower by members of her own court and ended up in a big splat where wild dogs ate her. 

Mary Magdalene: She had seven demons cast out of her, was repentant of her sins, and followed Jesus. She is commonly portrayed as a prostitute but her lifestyle was never spelled out specifically. She is mentioned twelve times in the Gospels, more than most of the disciples. 

Sapphira: She and her husband Ananias were killed suddenly after lying to the Apostles about money. 

Jael: She was actually a good person as she killed Sisera to deliver Israel from the troops of King Jabin. She was more of a bad-ass than bad. 

"Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness.” Judges 4:21. 

Well done, Jael. Well done, indeed. 

Question: Do you have any favorite ‘Bad Girls’ regardless of the source? 

Short Blurb: A four hundred year old evil is unleashed when the daughters of those killed during the Salem Witch Trials find a new generation of people to murder at a popular modern-day bed and breakfast. 

Stephen Tremp writes Speculative Fiction and embraces science and the supernatural to help explain the universe, our place in it, and write one of a kind thrillers. 

Me with Spawn Number Two
You can read a full synopsis and download Salem’s Daughters by Clicking Here

Stephen Tremp posts weekly blogs at his website Breakthrough Blogs

Next Stop: Wednesday November 11th with Michael Di Gesu at In Time.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

IWSG November

Alex J. Cavanaugh

Here we go again! And just to show you how insecure a writer can be, I'm not even showing up this month. No. I'm hiding somewhere in the world and it isn't HERE. What this means is that I wrote this post back in October, then packed my bags and fled. I'll tell you about it when I'm home.

I will be back, but not for a couple of weeks. When I do return, I expect to find that all my INSECURITIES have vanished and I can get on with my life--my confident one.

I'll be around to say hi after I return, but hope you'll understand that I'll be a lot late this month. 


In the meantime, here's something you can do to make this group even more secure and exciting (if it hasn't happened already in my absence). Email Writers’ Digest’s at, subject line 101 Websites, and suggest the IWSG site be listed as one of Top 100 Best Websites for Writers! Be sure to include this link.


If you're not signed up for IWSG. You can do that at any time. And just look at the gang you'll be joining!