The pointlessness of “cancel culture.”

When the PC police of the world make an arrest, it changes nothing. Nobody changes the way they think–they simply learn to filter themselves to avoid recrimination at the hands of people like this: They’re still thinking and even saying the things the screech squads find objectionable, they’re just not doing it on the internet. In fact, such chastisement only serves to bolster “problematic” mindsets. … Continue reading The pointlessness of “cancel culture.”

THE ACT OF LAUGHING and GRAVE CONCERNS both free on BLACK FRIDAY

I wrote The Act of Laughing over ten years ago. It was the first book I ever attempted to write, and it reads like a Bentley Little or John Saul novel, basically. It’s about a modern-day Ba’al-worshipping cult that also functions as a homeowners association. It’s led by a former archaeologist named Donald Raines, who discovered this ancient, secret religion on one of his excursions … Continue reading THE ACT OF LAUGHING and GRAVE CONCERNS both free on BLACK FRIDAY

Face to Face: An Effugium story

Originally posted on Patrick Walts:
ONE Somewhere in California, 1993 It was one of those cool, rainy nights I’d always found so perfectly conducive to getting a lot of complex, tedious work done, and so after bidding an early but very fond farewell to the lovely young actress from Fresno with whom I’d spent the evening, I slipped into my ’92 Benz (the charcoal one)… Continue reading Face to Face: An Effugium story

The future I still dream

When I was in fourth grade, way back in 1987, My family and I took a trip to Florida. While there, we visited Kennedy Space Center. We always stopped and checked out sites of historical significance while traveling, and I was absolutely thrilled to finally be visiting this one, which I’d read so much about. I was really into space. Most likely this was sparked … Continue reading The future I still dream

Faceborg is really messing with me

Every time I place a sponsored ad for one of my books on Facebook, and it gets a decent response, Faceborg threatens to delete my account and my author page. Every time a post from my Star Trek meme page goes viral, the Zuckerbots threaten to delete my account and my page. They’ve limited my reach to “protect the community from spam.” I’ve figured out … Continue reading Faceborg is really messing with me

Song of the week 11/16/20

I’m going to start posting weekly links to some of my favorite lesser-known jams every Monday. Personally, I enjoy discovering new or new-to-me old music, and I assume there are others out there who do as well, so here goes: This week’s installment is Prince’s The Ballad of Dorothy Parker off 1987’s Sign O the Times. On the surface, the track sounds so sparse and … Continue reading Song of the week 11/16/20

I’m going to kill 2021

2019 knocked me down hard. 2020 knocked me down harder, and kicked me while I was down. Yeah, I know, it knocked everyone down and I’m not special in that regard–don’t claim to be, but this is my website, so… 2021 is a big, ugly fire-breathing dragon eyeing me from beyond the chasm of winter, waiting with baited, smoky breath to greet me when I … Continue reading I’m going to kill 2021