Bleeding Springsteen: How Bruce’s Writing Inspires this Weirdo.


I recently posted a list of fifteen writers who have had an influence on my work. One of those writers was Bruce Springsteen. Does he write books? No, but he does write stories. He creates characters and places and moments in his songs that breathe just as well as Jack Torrance or Scout Finch. You’ve lived in his towns. You’ve felt the pain of losing someone close to you and the joy of doing the things you love. He writes about things that have influenced his day-to-day life as well as yours, and he does so effortlessly. Okay, he makes it seem that way, but I’m sure he fights for his words as hard as any of us writers do.

There are plenty of authors who mention the impact of his work in their own. Brian Keene is the big one that comes to mind (he does have a book…

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Pounded in the Butt by Social Justice Warriors by Dingleberry Peckerwood


I know what you’re thinking: “Social Justice Warriors are just crybabies. They’re nothing but a group of idiots complaining about everything, accusing everyone of being a racist, and denying the fact that what they do is actually pseudo-progressive authoritarianism and they don’t give a shit about justice.” You know what? You have a point. There is a lot of that going on, but the problem is not that. No, the problem is that you feel very comfortable putting everyone in that group. That leads to your All Lives Matter bullshit and your constant complaining and your unending quest for examples that can fit that mold instead of paying attention and realizing that at least one out of every ten times, the issue being discussed is important and the group fighting for attention actually deserves it.

Let me tell you why you hate SJWs so much: you hate them because you’re…

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An Open Letter to Catcallers


Dear assholes,

You know those things you say to women in the streets? Yeah, you have to cut that out. Seriously. Don’t tell me you mean nothing by it. Don’t tell me it’s harmless. Don’t tell me that’s how you let women know they’re beautiful. All those are silly, invalid excuses. If you verbally assault women in the streets, if you do absolutely anything to make them feel uncomfortable or threatened, you’re a scumfuck and need to quit it right now.

See, last week I received the last check from an online journalism course I was teaching for a university in New York. I was standing in line to use one of the two ATMs at my bank to deposit it when a pale woman wearing a black tank top joined the line for the other machine. The guy behind me said something about the strength of the tank top’s…

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WE ARE THE MARTIANS: a message from the Editor

Neil Snowdon

WE ARE THE MARTIANS: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale, will now be published by the PS Publishing, not Spectral Press…

It has come to my attention that there are still some people who might not be aware of Spectral’s financial problems, and my decision to take the book to a new publisher.

It has also come to my attention that the process for contacting Spectral regarding refunds has not been as smooth nor as straight forward as might have been hoped.

In an effort to do what I can toward ameliorating this, it seems wise to make a statement here, and ask all who read it to please help disseminate this message so that everyone who preordered the book is made aware of the situation and of the right contact details for making enquiries about refunds.

First, and most importantly: If you preordered WE ARE THE MARTIANS from Spectral Press…

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Universal Monsters in review: Frankenstein (1931)

Great piece from fellow Gingernutter Dawn…

Machine Mean


While Dracula (1931) may have been the first, the granddaddy of the Universal Monster pictures, it was Frankenstein who set the monstrous industry into a golden era of bringing frightful stage plays into the silver screen. And likewise became the highlight of eccentric director James Whales’ career. I’m sure you’re probably thinking, “But Tommy, wasn’t one of Whales best pictures Journey’s End (1930), a full year before Frank made the big screen.” And yes. I would agree. Journey’s End was a fantastic war drama depicting the lives of British soldiers as they fought in trench warfare during the Great War and equally important as one of the first talkies. Be-that-as-it-may, it was Frankenstein to which the director really shined. And perhaps one could argue, it was his 1935 sequel, Bride of Frankenstein to which we could pin as his masterpiece. But that review will have to wait for another day. Today, the lovely…

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Latest review of my debut novel, GodBomb!




by Kit Power

North Devon, England. 1995. A born-again revival meeting in a public building. The usual mix of the faithful, the curious, and the desperate. And one other – an atheist suicide bomber. He’s angry. He wants answers. And if God doesn’t come and talk to him personally, he’s going to kill everyone in the building…

I came across this book on my kindle whilst looking for my next read. it was a recent acquisition but one that I couldn’t remember making. I didn’t know the title or the author and the cover didn’t look like anything that would have enticed me. I can only think that somebody has reviewed this book and done such a good job that I bought it straight away. If this is the case and you recognise yourself as that reviewer I would like to offer you my very great thanks. GodBomb! is…

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I’ve got this on pre-order. Looks amazing.

It’s been a long time coming, but my haunted video arcade novella Zero Lives Remaining is finally printed and ready to ship.

Shock Totem Publications faced several production delays on this title, but there was a big time payoff for that long wait: one of the coolest books I’ve ever had the pleasure of holding.

Here I am, this past weekend, signing them all:

signing ZLR.jpgPhoto by Ken Wood

You can go here to see pictures of the finished product and place your order (it comes packaged in a plastic VHS clamshell and with bonus liner insert and trading cards). These will sell out, Shock Totem just yesterday posted these pictures and already this limited edition is over 50% spoken for.

As I’ve said in previous posts: yes, this is an expensive (and relatively short) book, so if you’re on the fence about it or are not a collector know that…

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