Monday, October 27, 2014


The week of Halloween is a fitting time to highlight the surreal short horror story "Fear of Darkness."

A bizarre and disturbing tale, this short story will make you squirm. Not for the faint of heart, with an ending that should leave you thinking long after you close the pages.

Who is the mysterious prisoner chained inside a floating prison cell? And what crime has he committed to deserve such a horrible punishment?

More important, who is the jailer who has passed sentence on him?

And just what is that thing that is even now coming to claim him?

"Fear of Darkness" is one of the short stories in the anthology "No Place For Mercy," available at

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sci-Fi Action-Thriller Screenplay chosen a Quarter-Finalist

The feature-length screenplay Walking Apocalypse, a sci-fi action-thriller set in and around Jackson and Detroit, was chosen a Quarter-Finalist in the 2014 Scriptapalooza international screenwriting contest.

I wrote and directed a trailer for this film, which was shot in September 2013 in Jackson, Napoleon and Parma, Michigan. The story was reported in the October 3, 2013 edition of the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I just began using Write It Now version 4 to write my novel for National Novel Writing Month.

I am creating the cast of characters first. Write It Now has an excellent tool for creating characters of great depth. This feature makes it fun to craft your characters, trait-by-trait, and fault-by-fault.

Write It Now version 4 includes prompts that help guide you as you fill in the personality of each character in your novel. Then when you are writing, the character profile is just a mouse-click away for reference. This is a very handy feature that eliminates the need for a stack of index cards or "sticky" notes attached to some object near your computer.

I want to create all of the characters first, then I will begin to outline the novel in preparation for the official launch of National Novel Writing Month 2014.

This is my first use of this novel-writing software, so I'm not fully comfortable with it yet. I will let you know about my experience utilizing this Write It Now upon completion.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


November is National Novel Writing Month, the time for everyone who has ever thought of writing a novel to join the thousands who take up the flung gauntlet of a writing challenge. There is no charge and there are regional writing groups to help encourage you and foster a team spirit. This isn't really a competition, it's more of a community of like-minded people who want to finally tackle that novel they always wanted to write but never found the time for.

You can join the fun by pointing your browser to:

My first book, "No Place For Mercy," was an anthology of short stories. However, I will be writing a full-length novel for National Novel Writing Month.

Right now, the plan is to adapt the feature film screenplay "Fury" to a novel. "Fury" was a Finalist for the 2014 Creative Worlds Awards international screenplay competition, so I am still actively pitching this as a film project. However, having a novel of this story can only help increase its exposure.

Monday, October 6, 2014


For the Alpha Male leader of a pack of gray wolves being pursued by a small group of hunters, there can be no rest. He must lead his embattled charges to safety, out of the range of the rifles of those pursuing them.

The Alpha Male Wolf lost his mate to these hunters, shot down beside him as they rested after a long night of fruitless searching for food in the barren, frozen north.

Thoughts of his mate torture him like a long, cold blade through his heart.

They say animals don't have feelings like human beings, but most wolves mate for life. And the loss of his partner has cast a pall over this wolf's existence. He has led their pursuers on a long chase, desperately trying to shake them and safeguard the rest of his pack. There has been no sign of the hunters for half a day.

Now he has turned back.

The leader of the pack retraces his path until he comes upon the beleaguered band of humans who killed his mate – and finds them asleep. They have succumbed to the frigid cold, lying still in their camp.

Could this be a trap?

Or will the hunters now become the hunted?

Either way, high noon has arrived for these wolves and their human antagonists, and there shall be no place for mercy from either side.

”No Place For Mercy” is one of the short stories in the anthology of the same name, available at

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Fury" screenplay chosen a Finalist in 2014 Creative Worlds Awards Screenwriting Competition

“Fury,” my supernatural-thriller set in Detroit, was chosen a Finalist in the 2014 Creative Worlds Awards Screenwriting Contest. “Fury” has also been chosen a Quarter-Finalist in the 2014 Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest.

The logline for this screenplay: Murder leads a young black Detroit cop to the vengeful spirit of his deceased mother, who intends to destroy everyone who caused her pain – including him.