It’s ALIVE!

Originally posted on Vampire Maman:
CREEPIES 3: NIGHTMARES ON DEVIANT STREET Writers, Poets, and Deviants (WPaD) have come out with their 11th Short Story Anthology and I AM DOING THE HAPPY DANCE. A bloodthirsty refrigerator… A murderous pothole… Legends of mysterious monsters… Ghosts and magic… And much more! A chilling collection of stories from the…

The Radiator

Originally posted on cosistories:
Ice Princess picked up Solar Guy’s weapon: The Radiator. Even with the solar power cell removed, Ice Princess had to be careful handling it. One wrong touch could singe her fingers down to the bones. It could theoretically melt her bones. Of course, she had never tested that theory. It sounded…

Notes on Lillian Hellman

Originally posted on (Travalanche):
Like many of my other posts on major American playwrights (most recently Tennessee Williams), this is adapted from my personal notebooks. I don’t deal much with biography here. It’s mostly critical ruminations inspired by Hellman’s writing.  Lillian Hellman (1905-1984) is one of my (guilty) favorite American playwrights, combining intelligent dialogue with…

Robinson Crusoe

Originally posted on Vampire Maman:
I read this to my children when they were young and I still love it. Forget them. I love it. OK, I know you came here for vampire stuff. Blood, lust, gore, sex, more sex, adventure, wit, beauty, tits, more blood and lust…I get it. OK I really do get…

Nantucket Sound

Originally posted on musing:
The first time Shelly saw the house, she fell in love with it. A two story ranch beach house on Nantucket Sound. Her and Bob will be able to move in after the wedding. Shelly always wanted to live on the water. Seventeen days later, with the stress of the wedding…

Frogs, Love, and Hell

Originally posted on Vampire Maman:
I believe I’ve used the frog story before, but I shall tell it again. Put a cold cast iron skillet on a cold burner on your stove. Gas works best. Place a large, live, cold blooded frog in the center of the skillet. Use a good sized one – 10-12…

Gone In A Flicker

Originally posted on cosistories:
It’s so hard to be married. Waking up to the same guy day after day. Dealing with all of his stupid moments and all of his faults. Why doesn’t he ever tie up the bread bag? Why can’t he lower the toilet lid so the dog doesn’t get into the toilet?…

Short Story Sunday: Circles

Originally posted on Vampire Maman:
Circles “The damn circles are back. My crops are gonna be ruined by it all. We’re already having a cold planting season, and now this, right before the harvest of our winter crops.” Druce listened as Farmer Wyne told him about the return of the crop circles. As the local…

It turns us numb

Originally posted on Vampire Maman:
Our children go off into the world, We’ve given them the tools, They know about good, And evil, They know that they need to beware Be smart Be aware Be alert And yet, Even in the light of day, Away from the familiar shadows, A bright day Brings unexpected Tragedy. It turns…

Dead End

Originally posted on Mandy White:
The Dead End sign should have been our first clue to turn around. But Craig had refused to ask for directions and he would never admit that he’d taken a wrong turn. I kept my mouth shut to keep the peace. After we passed the sign, the road narrowed and…

Some Cool Things You May Not Know About MARY ASTOR

Originally posted on (Travalanche):
Hollywood star Mary Astor (Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, 1906-1987) is a May 3 baby. If you’re like me, you know her primarily, maybe entirely, by her LATE roles, most especially Brigid O’Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941), but also the Princess in The Palm Beach Story (1942), the mother in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Marmee in Little Women (1949),…