Flash Short: CityFest

A piece of flash fiction…just because.

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I was going through my files today and stumbled across this old short. I’d posted it to another site, now defunct, back in 2012 and promptly forgot about it. It’s a flash piece. A little longer than most at 2700 words, but still too short to be anything else. It’s very loosely based on every small-town Southern city festival I’ve ever been to – from the booths to the petty politics. I dusted it off, read over it, added some things, removed some things, and cleaned it up a bit. Hope you enjoy it! Continue reading “Flash Short: CityFest”

Rec a Series: The Vampire Files

Monthly series recommendations from my favorite reads.

Back before there was a sub-genre called “urban fantasy,” I fell in love with a 30s-era vampire named Jack Fleming. He was a suave investigative journalist who had the misfortune of running afoul of the mob. He came back from a hit and pairs up with a private investigator to discover the whos and the whys of his own murder. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Vampire Files”

Guilty Pleasures: ElfQuest

Guilty pleasures. We all have ’em. This is one of mine. What’s yours?

Defined as “something, such as a movie, television program, or piece of music that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard,” I can think of nothing as revered and reviled in equal measure as comic books. Like the rest of my reading history, I enoyed an odd assortment of titles. Most were independent titles not forced to conform to the restrictive comics code. Graphic novels like Maus, a story about Jews in WWII, and the original Watchmen. Monster comics like Michael Morbius, the Living Vampire, and the excellent I…Vampire series found in the House of Mystery. But my absolute favorite was an independent series by husband and wife team, Wendy and Richard Pini: ElfQuest. Continue reading “Guilty Pleasures: ElfQuest”