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Treasure Trove: What I’m Loving Now

There are so many things I want to share with you…the only way to do it properly is by creating this post: a treasure trove of all the golden nuggets I’ve come across in the past couple of weeks.

I hope you enjoy!

This Box of Goodies

I’d heard of Nerd Block and had seen their ads pop up in my Facebook newsfeed, but it wasn’t until I was promised a Stephen-King-themed horror box of fun that I bit the bullet and hit the “subscribe” button.

Yesterday, my anticipated Horror Nerd Block came in the mail…and I was not disappointed.

nerd block horror box

Among the grab bag of items shown above are an autographed photograph of P.J. Soles (a.k.a. the mean girl in the 1976 Carrie film), a stuffed Pennywise for me to cuddle up with, a Misery shirt courtesy of ShirtPunch, a “REDRUM” key hook, and much more.

And for October, I’m promised an exclusive item from Nightmare on Elm Street as well as some products related to Halloween and Hellraiser. I am STOKED.

This Zombie-through-the-Ages Video

While we’re talking about horror…check out the below.

This Oscar Wilde Quote

(found on Zoe169)

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – from Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan

This Kenneth Patchen Poem

(found on Bibliokept)

kenneth patchen creation poem

This Blog Post About Publishing

(found on A Writer’s Path)

Rachael Hanel discusses several things a writer should do before starting the publication process. My favorite piece of advice? Take a writing class. They’re available online as well as through community colleges and universities.

I can’t count the number of writing classes I’ve taken. Hell, one just started yesterday that I hope will help me prep for NaNoWriMo! But more on that later….

This Edgar Allan Poe Gift Set

(available from PLASTICLAND)

edgar allan poe the tell-tale heart

The realistic heart actually beats, folks. It’s just too good. And perfect timing, as my birthday is Tuesday. (Hint, hint.)

What books, songs, videos, blog posts, poems, etc., have you fallen in love with recently? Share below!

Thank You, Stephen King!
November 20, 2015, 4:54 pm
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Just one more reason Stephen King is awesome.

Read on for a great article by the funny genius behind Dysfunctional Literacy. Enjoy!

Dysfunctional Literacy

(image via Wikimedia) (image via Wikimedia)

A few weeks ago, a friend of my wife came over unannounced and uninvited with her family.  Any visitors we get are because of my wife.  I don’t have friends, so nobody comes over to see me.  My wife has lots of friends, and sometimes we end up entertaining families of people whom I barely know.  Most of the time I don’t mind, but I don’t like it when the visitors are unannounced and uninvited.

In this case, the family had a teenage son who, according to his parents, is addicted to video games and hates to read.  He’s capable of reading, my wife’s friend said, but he won’t do it unless it’s a school assignment.

“At least he completes his school assignments,” I said to my wife’s friend.

“Yeah,” the son said to his mom, but she gave him a dirty look.

I could sympathize with…

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Dinner with Three Iconic (IMHO) Men
May 21, 2015, 5:16 pm
Filed under: Books, Literature | Tags: , , ,

In the answer to the age-old question, “What three people, dead or alive, would you have dinner with if you could,” I find that all three of my people are men, and all of them are alive.

I guess I have a thing for live dudes. Badum-cha!

Additionally, they’re all writers. But I’ll assume you expected that.

So, without further delay, in no particular order, here are the three men I’d like to have dinner with:

Chuck Palahniuk

Photo Credit: Allan Amato

Photo Credit: Allan Amato

I unashamedly admit that yes, I only started reading Chuck Palahniuk because of the film Fight Club. It was just so badass! But after reading the novel, I knew this guy had something special up his writer’s sleeve, and his something special came with a twist of chaotic perversity that I really liked.

Top Five Chuck Palahniuk Books, AK (According to Katrina)

  1. Invisible Monsters – I’ve only read this novel once, but I remember closing the book after reading the last page and thinking, Holy shit.
  2. Fight Club – Duh.
  3. Lullaby – Such an awesome concept and a really enjoyable reading experience.
  4. Choke – So perverted. I felt a little dirty reading it (not nearly as dirty as I felt while reading Beautiful You), and that’s always fun.
  5. Haunted – In particular, I loved “Guts” and “Slumming.”

John Irving

My love affair with John Irving only began two years ago. I picked up a copy of Until I Find You because, let’s face it: I like tattoos. His writing style, tone, characterization, etc., are so amazing that I instantly starting buying more of his stuff.

Since I’ve only read three of Irving’s novels, it would be impossible for me to come up with a top-three or a top-five list of his books. All I’ll say is: In One Person was pure, brilliant, beautiful genius splashed with a large dose of humanity.

Stephen King

stephen king

Photo Credit: Shane Leonard

I read my first Stephen King novel when I was thirteen or fourteen years old. After years of gobbling up R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, I thought I was ready for the big leagues, and my parents figured so, too. What was my first King book? If I had to guess, I’d say either Misery or Carrie. Or maybe one of his short story collections. Whatever. I have an awful memory.

If you’re not a King fan, that’s fine. We all have opinions, and not all of them have to be good.

Top Five Stephen King Books, AK 

  1. The Shining – By far scared me more than any other book ever. When I’m alone for a night, I still check the bathtub to make sure that woman isn’t lying in there. If you’ve read it, you know who I mean.
  2. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three – This series is my all-time favorite literary series (yes, I know–even over and above Tolkien’s…sue me). Since I read it and met Eddie Dean, I’ve been in love (sorry, husband-piece).
  3. Joyland – I actually cried when this book was over. Not even because it was sad or particularly touching, but because it was over. What a freaking fun ride.
  4. The Eyes of the Dragon – Fantasy and horror meet, and Stephen King is the puppetmaster. And it actually worked. Of course I loved it.
  5. From a Buick 8 – I didn’t expect to like this book. At all. But as I read it, I began to love and hate its characters, and I realized that SK had waved his magic wand and pulled me in yet again.

These are my three fantasy dinner mates in the cliched hypothetical scenario.

Who are yours?

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