Category Archives: when the world was young

when the world was young: edward gorey

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days It’s Halloween, so let’s get spooky.  Lots of my friends are fans of director Tim Burton, known for his dark visual style and movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, … Continue reading

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when the world was young: prince

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days So. Prince. (deep sigh) I’m just as shocked as any of you.  When I first heard the news last Thursday morning, as TMZ was breaking it, I was convinced … Continue reading

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when the world was young: “the waste land”

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days My favorite poem—which I was introduced to back in college—is also one of the most difficult: T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. It’s long (over 400 lines), so I won’t … Continue reading

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when the world was young: “looking out for number one”

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days All of the books and movies that I’ve discussed so far in this series have been works of fiction that have influenced my writing.  Looking Out for Number One, … Continue reading

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when the world was young: “watership down”

Two weeks ago today, I published my latest novel, Lost Dogs, about a German Shepherd named Buddy, and a Beagle/Basset mix named Sally, who survive the end of the human world, only to find that their struggles are just beginning.  … Continue reading

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when the world was young: dungeons & dragons

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days   Good grief, is D&D really 40 years old?   I first encountered Dungeons & Dragons back in my sophomore year of high school (so we’re talking 1981 or … Continue reading

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when the world was young: star wars

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days   In the previous installment of this series, I discussed a number of sci-fi movies from the 1970’s that have influenced and continue to influence my writing.  The greatest … Continue reading

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when the world was young: sci-fi movies of the ’70’s

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days   Sci-fi purists might sneer (but then, that’s what they’re best at) when I tell you that a good chunk of my formative years was spent in darkened movie … Continue reading

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when the world was young: h.p. lovecraft

The latest in a series about influences from my childhood   When I tell you that author H.P. Lovecraft was a big influence on me, I imagine that hardcore horror-, sci-fi-, and fantasy fans reading this can only reply, “DUH!”  … Continue reading

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when the world was young: walt simonson and “thor”

The latest in a series about influences from my childhood   Thor: The Dark World opens today, and you can be sure that our family will rush to go see it.  We saw the first Thor movie and, of course, … Continue reading

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