My First World Writer Problem

The expression “First World problems” is interesting. It serves as a reality check for certain complaints. To get someone to examine all the comforts of their life they may take for granted.

It’s a common enough thing in America. I am certainly guilty of overinflating my grievances. Of being dramatic.

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What “Mile 81” Taught Me About Horror

I don’t know if you guys have read–or in my case are reading–Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams. But if you haven’t, I seriously recommend it. Every chapter, at least so far, starts with the King himself talking about the inspiration for the story–and that alone is beneficial. If you are a student of the literary arts, it’s worth the price of admission just for that.

And when I started reading, I, of course, got to the first story, a little tale called “Mile 81”. It’s a horror story. One so well-crafted that by the end of it I learned so many new things about how to do horror well, my head spun.

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New Year’s Book Cheers!

As a writer, I read a lot of books, not as many as I’d like, honestly, but still quite a few. And since the year is closing out, I thought I would give my recommendation of three books I’ve enjoyed during 2015.

1.) “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness

In a word: Poignant. In more words: The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a book that is not what you probably assume going off its synopsis. I picked it up thinking it was going to be a somewhat black comedy dealing with the people on the sidelines in a chosen one narrative. And while that second part is true, it is not a comedy. This is a bleak book. Full of relatable, if horribly broken characters. It tore me up inside watching people younger than I am deal with this…well…life shit. It is not a book to read if you’re in a good mood. But it is excellent. And I have to recommend it. It is just too artistically clever, and downright human not to tell you to read it. Continue reading

Monthly Mentions: September 2015

A bit late I know, but here is the (hopefully) beloved…

…Monthly Mentions!

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Monthly Mentions: August 2015

It’s been a busy month for me, but even still, there’s always something new to share.

So in that spirit, this…is Monthly Mentions!

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Monthly Mentions: July 2015

It’s my birth-month! But you’re the one that gets a gift! The gift of all the awesome stuff I’ve found!

This is Monthly Mentions!

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Comic Review: Biowars Issue #1: Infection

When I first started Coolerbs Reviews I never thought I would end up doing a comic. And even when Marvel started to become an obsession of mine, I still never thought it was going to happen.

“The universe was too complex” I’d say, “and I don’t live near a comic book store.”

Yet, for some reason, it never occurred to me that there were original comics being made online. Ones just starting out, devoid of the labyrinthine plot lines and hundreds of characters. Stories I could get into with only a few clicks.

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A Smattering Of Favorite Books #3 (Horror Edition)

It’s more than three months till Halloween, but that does not mean I can’t indulge in a little of the dark and the twisted.

Because after all, as my long time readers already know, I am a big fan of the macabre.

So, hide under your blankets, pull out a flashlight, and fear for your life, because this is a smattering of my favorite horror novels!

“The Devouring” by Simon Holt

DeVouring

  • Why I Love It: Honestly, the premise alone was enough to get me. A race of creatures that fill up a person, and banish them to fear dreams? Symbolic fear dreams no less? Sold. Bring me that book now. Throughout, there’s just this feeling that the author threw every dark thing he had into the story, creating imagery that seems like a mix between Alice In Wonderland and A Nightmare On Elm Street.  
  • Favorite Quote: “…No one can see it, the life they stole, your body’s here but not your soul….”
  • Read This If You Like: Disturbing imagery, and creative monsters.

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Monthly Mentions: June 2015

Another month gone, another batch of awesome stuff. This, is Monthly Mentions.

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Collin Pearman: Three Pathways To The Future Of Science Fiction

So, a little more than a month ago, I wrote a guest blog post for my good friend Collin Pearman, author of the excellent book “A Timeless Abandon“. In return, he wrote an article not only responding to my own, but going further on the topic.

This my friends, is that article.

Three Pathways to the Future of Science Fiction

As he often does, Brandon Scott got me thinking. Recently, I had the honor of having him write a guest post for my blog, on the future of science fiction as he’d like to see it. His one word for what he’d like to see? MORE. And he’s right, of course. More is what we most certainly need. But how? I present to you three pathways (principles?) to making this future a reality. First and foremost, we need to actually care about the future of sci-fi. Continue reading

A Smattering of Favorite Books #2 (Sci-Fi Edition)

I love way too many books to limit the list to only three, so I say it’s time to look at another smattering of books. This time I’ll be taking a look at some of my favorite science fiction, starting with:

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” by Douglas Adams

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

  • Why I Love It: Do I even need to explain this? The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is one of the most beloved science fiction novels known to man. It’s clever, satirical, and downright brilliant. But it also holds a place in my heart for another reason. This book defined my sense of humor. It made me understand how to use the ridiculous, how to place just the right amount of absurd to get a laugh. Without it, I may not have even made the same friends, or became a reviewer. It truly told me where my towel was.
  • Favorite Quote: There is simply too many good quotes for me to pick just one. Go find the book, open it to any page, and then put your finger there. That sentence, that sentence is my favorite.
  • Read This If You Like: Laughing.

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Monthly Mentions: April 2015

This month has been a tad hard on me.

But there was still a lot of cool stuff I came across.

In fact, I have a whole list of them.

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