Covering the King of Pop

 

Occasionally a Michael Jackson song will come on the radio, and I’ll be reminded of how awesome he really was, how his songs were suffused with passion. It’s a testament to their power that they can be vessels for the passion of other artists as well. These ladies are killing it, paying homage to a great artist while making these songs their own. Enjoy!

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Giving a Face to the Faceless

Teenagers can  still have trouble discerning fiction from reality, particularly in groups. I knew kids in high school who were absolutely convinced they had known each other in past lives, and would tell elaborate stories of their past histories. My husband knew kids who were convinced they had multiple personalities. One of the powerful things about Slenderman is that he has no face. He is a blank canvas upon which anyone, particularly those with an overactive imagination and a shaky grasp on reality, can project their own ideas, their own darkest desires. Still, I disagree with those who might say that the stories are responsible for what happened. The idea might provide the ager,  but the growth upon it is all due to the girls, and it could easily have grown on something just as sweet.

BACK FROM THE DEAD!

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Greetings, gentle reader! It’s been a while! Like many people, I found the back half of 2016 to be exceptionally stressful and unpleasant, and more than just this blog went by the wayside. Although the world is still several shades of crazy (and that’s all I’ll say about politics here) I’m delighted to be reviving this blog. Stay tuned for the strange and bizarre, the terrifying, the delightful, and things to make you go “hmm.” I will also be announcing upcoming projects and publications here, so keep an eye peeled! (Only, not really. Because ewww.)

Booktrope’s demise and where I stand

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Booktrope, the hybrid publisher of my novella Haunted, has announced that they are closing up shop by May 31th.  To me, this is neither a surprise nor a bad thing. I have had problems with Booktrope for some time now, including poor communication, unprofessional behavior from higher-ups, and next to no help with marketing.  Over a year ago I decided to quietly move on to other projects and wait out the five years that my book would be under contract.  I had some ideas on expanding the novella, getting the sequels I have mostly written into tiptop shape, and then self-publishing the lot.  I expected this plan to kick into gear in 2018. Now I’ll have the rights to Haunted as of June 1st, so things have unexpectedly moved up.  I’m still figuring out what that timeline will look like.  But be assured, Haunted will be back in one form or another. Hopefully it will be even better, and followed by more tales of my intrepid trio.

If you decide you absolutely must have a copy of Haunted right now (and who am I to argue?) it will still be available here until May 31st.

NEW! Caption This!

Happy Friday, everybody, and welcome to Caption This, a weekly contest! Every week I will post an image  and invite you folks to suggest a caption in the comments. I will choose a winner and send that person a free e-copy of my book Haunted! Good luck everybody!

Caption This!

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Image by filmmaker Bill Domonkos. Click for more of his work.