As I continue working on my third novel, the reality is very apparent that this particular book is challenged by certain time constraints. Even though I never give up on writing anything until the final word is put to paper, delays of any kind are always aggravating. But, on the bright side, the story line of 'Homage to Baphomet' is coming along rather keenly. As all of my other tales of the macabre do, it seems to be writing itself. As I await the copyright numbers of my previous novels, hopefully I can be completed with this one by the time I get them. And with the prospect of my travel articles gaining in popularity, necessity demands that I write more of them as well. Recently, I had the privilege of reading of certain aspects of the ghost story writer, Algernon Blackwood, and I love finding certain parallels within myself and the greats of the past, no matter how obscure they may be to the rest of the world. He was also an Occult enthusiast and a member of the magical Order of the golden dawn (The same group that Aleister Crowley belonged to at one point in his life). Such findings I always welcome.
Monday, November 10, 2014
An article I wrote concerning the haunted history of a certain San Diego Hotel received almost 5000 hits in one day. To say I was ecstatic to hear that is beyond an understatement. When such a happening occurs for any writer, a justification soon follows. A feeling of bolstered confidence border lining arrogance to know that you are indeed furthering your own destiny. Whether it be by short stories, novels, poems, travel and haunted place articles, or any other literary endeavor, you are treading a path once danced upon by legend. It makes me encouraged to know that I'm essentially following a tradition put to place by the likes of Poe, Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, Oscar Wilde, and even the black Magician Aleister Crowley. In the grand scheme of things, I truly hope I don't disappoint.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Alas, the autumn season is upon us all once again! How I adore its melancholy yet majestic fervor. The shades of dying leaves and the grayish skies, I tell you, nothing moves me quite like this particular season! Even with the mundane simplicity surrounding me everyday with my full time museum job, I take a few moments out of each day and remember why it is that I completely marvel at this time of the year. The bonus of my favorite holiday occurring within its confines definitely doesn't hurt as well. When it comes to Halloween, the non-conventional traditions are what catch my fancy the most. That said, you probably won't find me in a popular setting surrounded by lots of people when I'd rather be exploring cemeteries, haunted sites, and, of course, writing horror! Every horror fan should appreciate the mood autumn brings to us all!
Happy Halloween to all!
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Whenever I see, or hear about fellow writers blatantly criticizing or insulting the works of their peers, whoever they may be, it really makes me question the quality of that said writers works. I mean, frankly, if you have the time to do that, than you're not putting 100% of your efforts into your work. I do my best to respect every writer simply for the fact that they are contributing to cure a common human detriment: Illiteracy. Its a happening that should not occur as much as it does, and while I admit I find most other writers particularly tawdry, I don't find within myself the right to act in such a pompous fashion. Its difficult enough to capture the collective imagination of the rest of the world with your own thoughts and feelings without having them crushed by someone who touts themselves as 'successful' in the writing world. And while such statements would serve no purpose towards me, I simply pay no attention to them, I'm sure there are those out there with much more sensitive natures than myself that would consider such an act damaging to say the least.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
As I slowly inch my way to progress with my third novel 'Homage to Baphomet', I admit that, as usual, I'm very pleased with direction the novel is heading. Being based on legends regarding a certain Satanic skull that doomed the Knights Templar to charges on Heresy and then to be burned at the stake, I'm also doing a lot of different research so that I can give my own morbid twists on the tale. The more research I do, the more I wonder if such an obscure object actually existed. Its also getting very close to my planned Transylvania trip, which I hope comes complete with a host of different inspirations for me. While I'm busy with this particular novel, I can't help but notice certain ideas and imagery of a totally different story. A more fantasy based one. So, chances are good, when this book is finally completed I'll have enough fortitude to proceed with yet another!
Monday, October 6, 2014
Looking around lately, I've seen several online resources that can benefit writers. For instance, I've recently discovered the horror site 'Creepy Pasta' and even submitted a couple of my works for good measure. I very much appreciate such horror-specific sites, for they not only promote my absolute favorite genre they also give writers the much needed exposure they need to pursue their darkened dreams. 'Wattpad.com' is another one which I have explored, even if all other genre's are equally appreciated. The finding of such online resources excites me, as it should all writers. The geniuses of the past had no such resources so succeeding period depended heavily on personal connections. If you didn't have therm, chances were good that no one would ever hear of your work. It also gives me hope for the future, for if such sites are indeed popular, then literacy is most assuredly not dead!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I personally feel that the genre of Horror today isn't held to the same regards as it once was. There are no modern masters that come to mind that have contributed lifetimes worth of work, such as an H.P Lovecraft or Edgar Allen Poe. And when one really comes to think about it, the Sub-genre of Gothic is all but extinct. There are many impostors supposedly producing Gothic material, but all I really see in their material is usually a disguised genre such as drama masquerading as horror. It's quite sad really. I mean, when was the last time a masterpiece like Oscar Wilde's "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" has been presented to the general public? I, myself, cannot recall. There are also many others. Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein', Robert Louis Stevenson's 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde', and Henry James' timeless classic 'The Turn of the Screw'. Being a Gothic Horror author myself, I believe the masters of old would be less than impressed with the material representing their genre today, but that's just me.