Thursday, June 22, 2017

YouTube update: 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN

 I am still reading my coming-of-age horror novel, 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN, on my YouTube channel. Below is reading #56. You can catch all the previously posted videos for the book on my YouTube channel at any time.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THANATOS POSTPONED: A SHORT TALE OF TERROR...FREE on Amazon Kindle June 22nd~23rd

That's right. To celebrate the passing of the summer solstice and the beginning of shorter days, my short story THANATOS POSTPONED will be available for FREE on Amazon Kindle this Thursday and Friday.

This is something of an "innocents abroad" story set in Mexico. I've also read this one on my YouTube channel. Enjoy.





Monday, June 19, 2017

THE VAN: A SHORT STORY CRIME THRILLER: FREE on Kindle 6/20/17

If you'd like a free short story of mine this Tuesday, feel free to download THE VAN for free to your Amazon Kindle. 

Troy is a single father, traveling with his 13-year-old daughter, Ellie, through Tennessee. 

When they stop in a restaurant, Troy becomes alarmed as two rough-looking men begin paying his daughter unwelcome attention. 

Troy is soon to discover that the two men harbor a horrible secret…a secret with implications for himself, Ellie, and other lives as well. 


Happy Tuesday, everyone!




Sunday, June 18, 2017

THE EAVESDROPPER now on Kindle!

....The paperback will be available in about 2 weeks!

Amazon.com description:


What would you do if you overheard three of your coworkers planning a murder?

Frank Joseph has a quiet life, a 
daughter he loves, and a “typical boring desk job” in the purchasing department of Thomas-Smithfield Electronics. 

One day he overhears three of his coworkers plotting the “elimination” of another coworker. 

Frank is both shaken, and uncertain of exactly what he has overheard. But he is also incapable of standing by and doing nothing, while an innocent person’s life is in imminent danger. 

Frank attempts to intervene. But he soon discovers that he has the situation all wrong, and now he is the next target of a complicated and deadly conspiracy.






Saturday, June 17, 2017

FREE today on Amazon Kindle: GIANTS IN THE TREES

One my early short stories. Get it today on Amazon Kindle for free.



Amazon description:

Jim knew that his older coworker, Paul Taulbee, had a checkered past. But he was unprepared for the horror he discovered on the night he gave Paul a ride home from the office.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

40 years of watching 'Star Wars'

Last night I watched Rogue One, the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, with my dad.

It occurred to me as we were watching the movie that much had changed since the last time the two of us watched a Star Wars film together. 

In the summer of 1977, I was nine years old and my dad was 31. He took me to the local cinema to see Star Wars, which was a really big deal that summer. 

I'm now coming up on my 49th birthday. My dad is 71.

What about the movie? When the film came out a few months back, I understood that it was embroiled in various political controversies. (Isn't everything, nowadays?) 

If you'd care to wade into that, you can Google "rogue one politics". I'd rather not. I was more concerned with simply watching the movie. 

Rogue One was a fun film, and--in my estimation, at least--probably the best one to come out since the original three: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983). 

And yes--in case you're wondering--I refuse to refer to the original Star Wars as "A New Hope". The movie that was released in 1977 was called Star Wars. It doesn't need a new name.





THE EAVESDROPPER: a change of plans

Well, I have good news and bad news, depending on how you enjoy consuming your stories. 

The production schedule for the Kindle/print versions of THE EAVESDROPPER has outpaced the readings of the videos on my YouTube channel. The Kindle version should be available next week, and the paperback version will be available a week or two after that. 


I'll be honest with you all here: I love YouTubing and making videos. If it were up to me, I would delay the production of every book and short story in order to fully serialize it on YouTube first. Because that's something I really enjoy. 


But at the end of the day, my priority is giving stories to readers, when they want them and in the formats they want them. 


Recently readers have told me that while they enjoy listening to my YouTube videos in order to "sample" a story, they prefer to go to the print or Kindle version when it comes time to really jump into it. 


This makes sense to me.  I enjoy watching videos on YouTube, but I recognize that a 50- to 100-video playlist may not be the most convenient way to read/listen to a novel. 


For those of you who have been watching all the videos--don't worry! I will continue to read chapters of my books (and entire short stories) on YouTube. But I may shift my scheduling priorities a bit as I move forward. Readers have told me that they want Kindle/print versions first, so Kindle and print versions will be my priorities.





Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A hot crime thriller for summer

Are you in the mood for a pulse-pounding crime thriller? Try my Kentucky crime novel, Blood Flats.








What's it about?

Lee McCabe, an ex-marine and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, is framed for a double homicide. Battling local meth traffickers and mafia hitmen, Lee goes on a gun-blazing battle across rural Kentucky in order to clear his name.


Who is it for?

Fans of Stephen Hunter, Lee Child, and David Baldacci. 


What formats are available?

Amazon Kindle and paperback.


Can I read it in Kindle Unlimited?

Yes. Blood Flats is currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. 


Can I sample it on YouTube?

Yes. At the time of this writing, I've read a handful of chapters on YouTube


Monday, June 12, 2017

Hot, hot, hot..writing in a heat wave

It's hotter than Hades in Cincinnati this past week. My lawn is dying from a combination of blazing sun and scant rain. When did they relocate Southern Ohio to Arizona?

June is typically a slow time for book sales, but it's a great time for writing--especially if you aren't fond of hot weather. (So long as the air conditioning holds out, that is.)

If you're in the mood to sit back and listen to my serial corporate thriller, THE EAVESDROPPER, you can listen to all the videos in the playlist on my YouTube channel. 

If you're in the mood for a scary walk down a haunted road in Ohio, try ELEVEN MILES OF NIGHT, which is available in both Amazon Kindle and paperback.

The summer, and the stories, roll on...




Sunday, June 11, 2017

Storytelling in rock music: “Hotel California”

I was thirteen years old the first time I heard “Hotel California” by The Eagles. 

I loved this song immediately, and I love it still, even though I’ve heard it literally thousands of times. (Hey, I was thirteen years old in 1981; that’s plenty of time to hear a single rock ballad thousands of times.)

This is a great example of compact storytelling. In a mere 345 words, Glenn Frey and Don Henley manage to spin a tale that contains multiple scenes, vivid surrealistic imagery, and a deeper theme of lost innocence. 

Consider the first stanza:

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair 
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air 
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light 
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim 
I had to stop for the night.

When you read these lines, you can actually see an image of this guy, riding along a “dark desert highway.” 

Frey and Henley don’t mention his means of conveyance, but I have always pictured him on a motorcycle. Why? He feels the “cool wind” in his hair. (Note the genius of brevity and implication here.) 

The hotel is mirage-like (“a shimmering light”). You feel the weariness of the narrator (“My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim…”)

But I really love the next stanza:

There she stood in the doorway;  
I heard the mission bell 
And I was thinking to myself
'This could be heaven or this could be Hell' 
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way

Consider the lyricists’ choice of words: This lone woman is waiting in the doorway of the establishment. This conveys (without Frey and Henley explicitly telling you) that the Hotel California is an old Spanish-style inn, versus the local Best Western. He hears “the mission bell.” When was the last time you heard a mission bell at a Best Western or a Motel 6?

And to completely cement the atmosphere, the woman lights up a candle to show the narrator the way. Wow. Can’t you just see this woman, holding a candle, as she leads you down a darkened hallway through a converted Spanish mission in Arizona or New Mexico? I sure can. 

And that’s only the first two stanzas. “Hotel California” gets even more surreal as it continues. There’s a fairly solid story here; and again: 345 words. But not a word is wasted. No wonder this song still gets a generous amount of airplay, forty years after its original release.  


Friday, June 9, 2017

Happy Friday: writing, hockey, and world events

It's Friday, of course, which will put many of you in a good mood. 

I'm following the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. The Penguins blanked the nefarious Predators last night, 6-0, which put me in a good mood. 


On the not-so-good side, the United Kingdom is in turmoil. There has been plenty of news from Europe in recent weeks--most of it bad.


I'll be writing today, and posting more story videos for you all to my YouTube channel. 


I hope you make the best of your Friday. Over here, the stories roll on. 


I'll leave you for now with Reading #53 of 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN. Be sure to catch this coming-of-age supernatural thriller on my YouTube channel, or get it dirt-cheap on Amazon Kindle. 




Thursday, June 8, 2017

THE EAVESDROPPER: About the book

The "about" video for THE EAVESDROPPER, and my thoughts about the serialization of novels for the YouTube format.

To listen to the other videos for this corporate thriller (and many other works of suspense fiction), visit my YouTube channel.



Thriller fiction and real-life influences

Stepping into the Ed library today, I address a question from a reader about the real-life influences of THE EAVESDROPPER, the corporate thriller that I'm serializing on my YouTube channel.

THE EAVESDROPPER involves multiple conspiracies. One of these conspiracies is indeed based on a white-collar crime that I was made aware of during my days in the corporate world. (I've embellished it considerably, as I explain in the video below.)



Too many books? Authors and discoverability

In the video below, I address the question: Are there too many books--especially in the wake of the indie publishing boom?

The short answer is: Yes, there are too many books, if we define "too many" as a state of profusion in which not every book will find sufficient readers. (Some books won't find any readers.) 

But there have always been too many books. In every artistic endeavor, supply has always outstripped demand.

In the present hyper-abundance of the Internet, the real battle is for discoverability. This is why writers have to market their stories like rock bands market their music. That is, they have to give readers plenty of opportunities to sample what they have on offer. This is a major motivation behind my YouTube channel.


What I'll be doing today

Let's see...Lots on my plate for today:

1.) Novel writing: I'll be finishing up the remaining chapters of THE EAVESDROPPER. (Last night I posted Chapter 26 of the serialized book on my YouTube channel.)

2.) Short story writing: I'll be working on the short fiction projects I discussed in an earlier post.

3.) YouTube: I've just posted Reading #52 of 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN on YouTube. Don't forget that you can get the book dirt-cheap on Amazon Kindle!

4.) Hockey: Tonight is Game #5 of the Stanley Cup finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins vs the Nashville Predators. Go Penguins!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Writing, YouTube changes..and baseball

Last night I watched Scooter Gennett hit four home runs in the Reds' 13-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season, and seeing what this young man (and the rest of the team) can do.

I've been writing, writing, writing...


I've also uploaded some more chapters of THE EAVESDROPPER to my YouTube channel. More will soon follow, as will additional chapters of my coming-of-age supernatural thriller, 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN


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And in the near future, there will be more short fiction, with a few changes. Let me explain:


Most of the short fiction I've published to date has been in 5,000- to 7,000-word range. (Long short stories, if you'll forgive the oxymoron.)

The problem when converting these longer short stories to YouTube is their length: A 7,000-word story can easily take an hour to read. That's a long march by YouTube standards. 


I'm presently developing some shorter tales, in the 1K- to 3K-word range, that can be read in less than 30 minutes. 


The majority of these will be genre stories: mystery, science fiction, horror, and fantasy--just like my previous short stories and novels. But they'll be shorter and sweeter, so to speak.




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Writing excuses and hockey

I tried to work on the outline for my next fiction project last night while I watched game #4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But it's almost impossible for me to focus on much else when I'm engrossed in a hockey game. Mostly I just watched hockey.

The Predators won the game, 4-1; but I remain hopeful of a final victory for the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

I'm not a sports blogger, but I have one comment: Hello, Nashville refs? 

Throughout the game, the Predators were committing grievous acts of slashing, tripping, and unnecessary roughing, with nary a word from the referees. They continued their flagrant bullying of Crosby. P.K. Subban was out of control.

Granted, hockey is a contact sport; but the refs shouldn't allow a game to degenerate into a one-sided street brawl, because they don't want to call penalties on their home team.

End of rant. Now, back to my fiction projects--until game #5, that is.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Why I’m vlogging my books on YouTube

The other day another writer dropped by my virtual home here to ask why I’m reading so much of my fiction on my YouTube channel. 

Just in case you don’t know: This is a project that I began in earnest last September, when I began reading my supernatural thriller, ELEVEN MILES OF NIGHT on the video sharing site. 

Since then, I’ve done readings for a number of my previously published novels, novellas, and short stories. I’m currently reading an in-process project, THE EAVESDROPPER. My plan henceforth is to serialize my novels on YouTube first, and then publish them in print and Amazon Kindle. 

I’ve decided to make video the basis of my author “platform”. Below are some thoughts behind the decision. 

Some of the following points will be immediately relevant to you as a reader (or prospective reader). Some points (I will warn you in advance) will be of interest only (or mostly) to authors.


1.) YouTube is a perfect venue for authors, but few authors use it, or use it effectively.  

YouTube is a place where you can read one of your stories, or a chapter from your latest novel, and then upload it to the Internet for all the world to hear. Every fiction writer on the planet should have a YouTube channel!

Sadly, this isn't the case. 

There are a handful of fiction writers on YouTube, but almost none of them use YouTube as a venue for storytelling, or providing samples of their books.

Most authors who are on YouTube use their channels to dispense writing and self-publishing advice. 

Now, before I go further: I’ve benefited tremendously from some of the writers who have also become expert curators of writing/publishing/book marketing information. (A special shoutout here to Joanna Penn, Mark Dawson, Chris Fox, The Sell More Books Show, The Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast, and The Self-Publishing Podcast. All of you are great, and very helpful.) 

But the above “how-to” content is targeted at writers, not readers. This is a crucial distinction. 

While there is some overlap between writers and readers, they are basically different groups. 

For example: I’m a fan of both hockey and rock music. I will never be a participant in either of these fields. (I can’t even stand up on skates, and any attempt I’ve ever made at music has caused humans to laugh, and dogs to howl.)

As a fan, I might be interested in watching a video that gives me an overview of Mike Sullivan’s strategy for leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup victory. I’d definitely watch a video detailing the story behind Rush’s latest album. 

I have no desire, however, to watch videos that teach me how to ice skate, or to play the bass guitar. 

So…feel free to become a curator of “how-to” writing/publishing information, if that is your calling. But understand that the audience you’ll attract will be mostly other writers—not readers. 

And if that isn't your calling (it definitely isn't for me), that’s perfectly okay. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that just because you’re a writer and you have a YouTube channel, you must turn your YouTube channel into a writing/book marketing seminar.


2.) YouTube is the platform that authors need in a crowded market. Every writer is looking for the “killer ad platform”, whether that’s Facebook advertising, or advertising via Amazon Marketing Services (AMS). 

As a result, most of these ad venues are now oversubscribed. 

I’m not anti-advertising, mind you. Yes, as an author, you need to buy ad space. But you also need to give readers a chance to sample your work, just like rock bands have long allowed music listeners to sample their music. 

YouTube is a perfect way to introduce readers to your stories, to allow them to sample. 

Back to the concept of the crowded market, and the sometimes controversial question of whether or not writers are really “in competition” with each other.

Yes and no. A reader who is looking for the latest teen vampire romance is probably not going to be interested in one of my hard-edged thrillers, at least at that moment. Nor is a fan of ELEVEN MILES OF NIGHT likely to seek out a book written “in the tradition of Twilight”.

So we aren’t really competing, in that sense. 

But we are competing in the sense of “Hey, look at all these books on Amazon!”

(On the subject of romance: Romance is a category that tends to bleed into other categories in Amazon search results. I recently did a query for “historical fiction” on Amazon, expecting titles by James Michener and Edward Rutherfurd. What I got instead were titles like Romanced by the Earl, and Seduced by the Scottish Highlander with the Rippling Pectoral Muscles. Romance fiction is the crab crass of Amazon, but that’s another topic for another day.)

To the book-buyer, Amazon is a stadium filled with carnival hawkers, sidewalk peddlers, and door-to-door salesmen. Lots and lots of people competing for attention in the same screen space, all at the same time. 

Readers face a profusion of choices when they push the Amazon query button. That’s where the “competition”comes in. If we writers make more of our stories available on platforms outside Amazon, we can help cut down on the competitive noise inside Amazon. 



3.) If more authors utilize YouTube, more readers will (eventually) come. 

Go to YouTube right now, and you’ll find mostly adolescent comedy, adolescent prank videos, political rants, and videos in which people record themselves playing video games. 

I won’t mince words here: Around 90% of the content on YouTube today is pure crap, aimed mostly at thirteen-year-olds. 

I’m not so vain as to suggest that my author videos will change the nature of YouTube, lifting YouTube to new, previously unimagined intellectual heights! 

(That would be more than vanity on my part, that would be downright delusional.)

But I will say this: If there were half as many authors on YouTube as there currently are gamers, pranksters, adolescent comedians, and political ranters, the authors, collectively, would change the nature of the site. 

And for the better, in my opinion. YouTube is a platform with tremendous potential, and we’ve left it to fools. 

I also know that at present, people aren't flocking to YouTube in order to find their next book. (Hell, given the level of the content there, I wonder if the average YouTube user can even read.) 

The transformation of YouTube to “a place for writers and readers” will take some time. But the video game people weren't there 10 years ago, either. If more writers come, more readers will come, and vice versa. 



4.) I’m a ham. Some people (especially writers, who are typically introverted) would not feel comfortable sitting in front of a video camera, and reading a story they’d written, for all the world to see and criticize! And maybe say nasty things!!

Hey, what can I say? I used to work in sales, so I’ve got thick skin… and I’ve always loved a stage.

Yes, when you read your stories on YouTube, you will get the occasional unfriendly remarks from drive-by commenters and trolls. (But that’s true for everyone on YouTube. Like I said, there are a lot of knuckleheads on YouTube.) 

If this is really a problem for you, you can disable comments on your uploaded videos. (I think it’s better to leave comments enabled, however, as it’s better to allow a troll-ish comment here and there, versus closing the door to an earnest reader who wants to interact with you.)



5.) Making your work freely available on YouTube will not cannibalize your book sales.  

Not unless your name is Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, or John Grisham, that is. 

And even then, it would be debatable: Due to format and uploading limitations, I usually break my novel-reading videos into chapters. This means that a reader who wants to listen to one of my complete novels has to listen to as many as a hundred videos—or more.  

I’m flattered and happy if someone wants to do that; but most readers, I think, will use the videos for sampling, in order to determine if this is a book they would like to read. 

But that’s not the big reason why I don’t worry at all about cannibalization. 

I’m currently reading my coming-of-age supernatural thriller, 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN on YouTube. I honestly believe that the book is better than 95% of what is currently being published in the horror genre. 

Horror fans who haven't read 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN (or ELEVEN MILES OF NIGHT) didn't take a pass on my books because they decided to listen to them on YouTube instead. They’ve taken a pass because they don’t know about my books.

I’m no fan of Internet piracy, or fuzzy-headed digital utopians like Cory Doctorow and Lawrence Lessig. But I do agree with Tim O’Reilly’s observation of about a decade ago: "Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.” 

The same can be said of the novels you read and make available on YouTube. 

Yes, a few people will listen to your entire novel for free in lieu of buying it, one video at a time. So what? That person probably didn't know about your book, anyway. 

Unless you’re a household-name author (and there are only a few dozen of those, nowadays), YouTube will bring you far more sales-friendly exposure than cannibalization of your sales.


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Well, lo and behold, this post has become more writer-centric than reader-centric, after all.

If you are a writer, get thee to YouTube. And please don’t use your channel to dispense writing and self-publishing advice. Joanna Penn, Mark Dawson, Sean Platt, etc. are already doing a fine job of that. 

You can also spare us political rants—there are already more than enough of those on YouTube, too. Yes, you do/don’t like Donald Trump. Good for you! But unless you’re an author of political tracts, very few of your potential readers care.

Use YouTube to present your stories to potential readers. This is a not-yet-saturated platform for writers. 

And given the shy, introverted personalities of most writers, it is likely to remain unsaturated for quite some time to come. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Walking, writing, and whatnot…

Here’s what I did so far today:

1. Writing: I worked on the last few chapters of THE EAVESDROPPER. The book, which I’m serializing first on my YouTube channel, is about 95% done.

2. YouTube: I recorded and posted Reading #51 of 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN. This book, which was published in 2015, is currently available on Amazon Kindle. (I’ll be publishing a paperback version of the book before the end of the summer.)

3. Other: I went for a nice long walk. I’ve been a gym rat for the past 3 years; but right now I’m doing a bit more walking. Blame it on the novelty of the summer weather.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Happy Saturday: summer writing updates

A we are now post-Memorial Day, three days into June, and the traditional American summer is underway. 

That means not only the usual distractions, but also the NHL Stanley Cup finals. (Go Penguins!)

Nevertheless, there is plenty going on here. I am finishing up the final chapters of THE EAVESDROPPER, a novel which I'm currently delivering to you on my YouTube channel, and which I'll subsequently be releasing on Amazon Kindle, as well as in paperback. 

THE EAVESDROPPER is a fast-paced workplace conspiracy novel with lots of action, and many twists and turns. Be sure to catch it either on YouTube or in publication.

I'll also be making more entires to my Traveler's Blog of Tall Tales, which will consist of mini-stories. 

Plus much, much more. This will be a summer of multiple novels across several different genres. Additional information coming soon!

Enjoy the season, by the way, and good luck with your own summertime plans.

Friday, June 2, 2017

June YouTube story updates

On YouTube, the stories keep coming...

I am continuing my readings the previously published 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN, as well as my new YouTube-to-Kindle novel, THE EAVESDROPPER.

12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN is a coming-of-age supernatural thriller, whereas THE EAVESDROPPER is a corporate conspiracy thriller. 

So there is plenty of variety. I'll be adding some new short fiction content as well. Check back frequently for updates.










Thursday, June 1, 2017

A traveler's blog of tall tales (coming soon)

Storytelling and walking might be said to go together. If you like to tell stories, then walking is a great way to gather inspiration. 

Sometimes you see things—unusual things—when you walk. But more on this later. 

Charles Dickens sometimes walked as many as twenty miles a day. (No easy thing given the shoe technology of the nineteenth century.) 

Dickens walked not only through the English countryside, but also through the red-light districts of London, where he observed brothels, opium dens, and gambling houses. 

I’ve always been a walker, too. I do most of my walking in my corner of southwestern Ohio, just east of Cincinnati. This is the land where the city and the suburbs meet the open rural foothills of Appalachia.

This is a region of the country that has a reputation for being paranormally active. Various locations in the county where I live have been featured on ghost hunting shows and websites. 

Sometimes when I walk, I see things, and I hear stories. 

In the days and weeks ahead, I’ll be using this space to tell you about some of the things that I see and I hear when I’m out and about.

Be warned: Some of these things may challenge your existing beliefs about the nature of the world. 

I’m not merely talking about the paranormal here, but also the behavior of people. 

The behavior of people can be as strange as anything you might find in a house with a reputation for being haunted, or in an old graveyard after midnight. 

For example, just the other day…

Headlines, and the head collector of 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN

Comedienne Kathy Griffin has been fired from CNN for posting a photo on social media in which she appears to behead US President Donald Trump.

There are a lot of takeaways here: the coarsening effects of the Internet on our culture, the need that many celebrities feel to push the boundaries of "edgy" ever and ever further in order to stay relevant. 

And then there is the almost pathological degree of hatred that some quarters of our society feel toward our current commander-in-chief.

But when I saw that macabre photo of Kathy Griffin, with what was supposed to be the severed head of Donald Trump, the first association that came to my mind was that of the head collector in my novel, 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN.

12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN is a coming-of-age supernatural thriller set in 1980. On Halloween night, three adolescent friends journey out for "one last Halloween”, in which they hope to enjoy the festivities of trick-or-treat for one final time.

But the suburban landscape they encounter is an unexpected one, and one that they have never encountered before. Their Ohio neighborhood has suddenly become a haven for ghosts, vampires, and other malevolent entities.

One of these entities is the head collector. The head collector is a vaguely humanoid creature that walks the earth, taking heads as he goes. He carries a long machete, and a large sack in which he stores his grisly trophies. 

Perhaps Kathy Griffin has aspirations of becoming a head collector, too, I thought, when I read about the recent controversy.

The head collector is real. He can sometimes be seen stalking suburban neighborhoods late at night, when the conditions are just right.

If you would like to meet the head collector, and the other creatures in 12 HOURS OF HALLOWEEN, you can listen to my readings of the book on my YouTube channel. 


The book is also available on Amazon.