Five favorite sword fights

As the author of a novel called The Sword-Edged Blonde, about a character derisively called a “sword jockey,” I’ve spent some time thinking about, reading about and watching lots of swordplay. For such an outdated mode of fighting, it permeates our popular culture. From Star Wars to Highlander, from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to Kill Bill, we love to see … Read More

New review of The Sword-Edged Blonde

Tia over at Fantasy Debut gives The Sword-Edged Blonde a perceptive evaluation. In part she says: “Eddie runs into his old friend, whose wife is in considerable trouble. The reunion scene between the two friends was great, and reminded me why I enjoy reading novels by authors who have at least reached the age 35 or so. No way a … Read More

Steampunk bloodsuckers: Perfect Creature

As we near the April 2009 release date of my vampire novel Blood Groove, I’ll periodically discuss favorite vampire-themed books and movies, looking at what makes them special. One of the strengths of the vampire concept is that it can symbolically represent almost anything else. It’s been used to represent disease, nihilistic freedom and even the dignity of past eras. … Read More

The Future Comes to Gibson, TN

Thanks to my brother-in-law Jim, who was able to find a stray wireless connection somewhere in my tiny (or as they say there, “tee-niny”) home town, my elderly computer-averse mom was finally able to see my website. Props to my sister Jo Carol for forwarding me the picture!

5 cool things about Dracula

As someone whose vampire novel will be published in the spring (Blood Groove, from Tor Books, will be released March 31, 2009), I’m fully aware that the gold standard, the top of the heap, the absolute pinnacle of vampire literature remains Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. Without it, the vampire as a popular figure would have a very different image, … Read More

Journey to the Center of the Mounds

Recently the Squirrel Boy and I have been re-reading the Great Illustrated Classics version of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth. We read one or two chapters a night before bedtime, and so far it’s the only one of this series he’s wanted to read twice (we’ve done Treasure Island, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, … Read More

Interview: Fred Schepartz, author of Vampire Cabbie

I’ll be joining author Fred Schepartz at the Barnes and Noble store in Madison, Wisconsin’s East Towne Mall on October 27, where we’ll each read from our vampire novels. Mine, Blood Groove, doesn’t come out until next spring, so it’s a sneak preview; Fred’s Vampire Cabbie is available now. The reading starts at 7 p.m. Schepartz drives a taxi for … Read More

Link to one of my short stories

The nice folks at the Urban Fantasy Land blog have linked to my Eddie LaCrosse short story, “Things That Flit,” as part of their Free Reading Fridays. Thanks!

Interview: Tim Hall, author of Half Empty

Tim Hall’s novel Half Empty (which I reviewed here) is a real rarity: a self-published book that avoids all the pitfalls of that particular enterprise. I spoke with Tim about both writing the book and publishing it himself, through his own Undie Press. Alex: A musician can record a CD in their parents’ basement, master it on a laptop and … Read More