A Vampire’s Guide to Friday the 13th

Originally posted on Vampire Maman:
Many people believe the negative origin of “Friday the 13th” comes from the demise of the Knights Templar on Friday the 13th. Some say the roots are more ancient, perhaps connected to the Last Supper or maybe even earlier events. I’m not superstitious and generally have little or no patience…

For Keeps

Originally posted on cosistories:
The mermaid watched the human’s ship go down. People screamed for help. Some people swore. The quiet ones cried. The mermaid was one with the water. She was one with the waves. If anyone looked her way, they would see just the tangled green of her dreadlocks and assume it was…

Desert Winds

Originally posted on Vampire Maman:
On the edge of the Sandia Mountains, My friends Amelia her husband Raul and I drove down the gravel road to the home of Ximena, an ancient woman who mostly lived in solitude with the company of the birds and the wind. Ximena’s home was a large old adobe structure rimmed…

Silky Submersions

Originally posted on cosistories:
Tristin stood on the shore, watching the sun set. He had been given three days. Just three days. It shouldn’t have been so difficult. His face was still his face. She should have recognized him even without his voice. She should have known that it was him. She didn’t. She didn’t…

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…