new on Patreon!


I’m still behind on my TV reviews, but I’m pleased to say that everything else on Patreon is up to date, and I’m confident in my ability to finally get up to snuff on TV reviews in August.

Here’s what’s gone up in July alone:

That just July! There’s more movie reviews (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Proud Mary, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and The Incredibles 2, plus a retro-review of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones), more TV reviews (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., MacGyver, The Librarians, Major Crimes, Doctor Who‘s 2017 Christmas Special, Black Lightning, The Alienist, Lucifer, Lethal Weapon, Mindhunter, Jessica Jones, Deception, NCIS, and NCIS: New Orleans, plus retro-reviews of Feed the Beast, Breakout Kings, M*A*S*H seasons 3-7, New Tricks seasons 1-9, and Doctor Who‘s “The End of the World” and “City of Death”), weekly excerpts from my works in progress (including A Furnace Sealed, “Chaos Theory,” “Six Red Dragons,” and “House Hunting,” as well as my upcoming tie-in novel), more cat pictures than you can shake a stick at, and vignettes featuring the characters from the Dragon Precinct series and the Super City Cops series, as well as Bram Gold, Shirley Holmes, and Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet (plus Cassie’s friend Larry from his sordid past).

This is all you’ve missed if you’re not supporting me on Patreon. So now’s your chance! Go! Support! You’ll be glad you did!

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance


Even Idris Elba can’t save this monstrosity of a sequel, weighed down as it is by the incompetence of Christopher Lambert and Johnny Whitworth, the somnabulence of Ciarán Hinds and Fergus Riordan, and the sheer, unbridled, inexplicable lunacy of Nicolas Cage in the title role. The great superhero movie rewatch looks askance at Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

An excerpt:

Thank goodness Elba’s in this, because he’s the only person who makes the movie in any way watchable. He’s obviously having a blast playing the freewheeling drunkard, which is good, because nobody else is having fun in this movie. But he also imbues Moreau with all kinds of passion, not just for wine and fighting, but also for his cause. The moment when he chastises Blaze and Nadya, reminding them that they were the ones who made deals with the devil, is one of the few dramatic moments that actually lands in the movie. Everyone else here is either intense (Head, Placido) or smarmy (Hinds, Whitworth) or incredibly boring (Riordan, Lambert) or looking like they’re having a fit (Cage).

midweek music: “Boom Boom”

John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” is a classic rockin’ blues song, one that has been covered by many people (including a great version by Big Head Todd & the Monsters heard over the opening credits of NCIS: New Orleans.

But my introduction to the song was actually from Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, who played it during the tour for Tunnel of Love in the late 1980s. Here’s a version from that tour:

Tuesday’s dead


I have just sent the revision of A Furnace Sealed off to my in-house editor as well as to an MD to check over the medical stuff to make sure I got it right. (I’m quite sure I didn’t.)

Tonight and tomorrow I’m going to put a dent in my Patreon backlog, doing at least the July vignette and a few of the TV reviews I’m horribly behind on, as well as at least one, maybe two movie reviews. Oh, and I have to proofread Without a License for the new eSpec Books edition.

Thursday is the great superhero movie rewatch of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Then Friday I officially start up on the manuscript for Mermaid Precinct. Boo yeah.

First, though, I’m’na go to the dojo. Need me a workout.

What are y’all up to?


Monday music: “Ghost Rider in the Sky”

In honor of this past Friday’s great superhero movie rewatch (and also this Friday’s, truly), here’s a song from the Ghost Rider soundtrack: Spiderbait’s “Ghost Rider in the Sky,” used in one of the few great moments of that mediocre film, as two Ghost Riders ride across the desert on flaming conveyances (a horse and a motorcycle).

I’m interviewed on The Writer’s Pane


Anna Palij recently interviewed me for her author blog, The Writer’s Pane, and the result of that interview has now been exposed for the world to see. Check it out!

An excerpt:

Which piece of your writing was the most entertaining/enjoyable to write? Why?
That’s a tough one to narrow down, but I think I’m gonna go with Blackout, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel I wrote that came out in 2006. The novel focused on one of Buffy’s predecessors as Slayer, Nikki Wood, who was established as working in New York City in 1977 before she was killed on a subway train by Spike. Writing a Slayer working in the Big Apple of the turbulent late 70s was a joy and a pleasure, as I got to basically relive my childhood growing up in NYC then (I was eight years old in 1977). Nikki was created as an homage to Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones and other heroines of the era, and I went full-tilt blaxploitation withBlackout, pretty much writing the book as if Buffy was a TV show created by Gordon Parks in the 1970s instead of Joss Whedon in the 1990s. Just a blast to write, with scenes at CBGBs in its heyday, Times Square at its grungiest, and Central Park at its scariest.