Beta Reading: “Black Bones”

While waiting for my current submission to get accepted somewhere, I’ve been at work on the next story. It’s a 3900 word horror story. Black Bones Pradip has become focused on all the things he wants, but a neighbor seems to appreciate everything Pradip has. So much so, he’s willing to come back from theContinue reading “Beta Reading: “Black Bones””

Board Game Review: Core Worlds

9/10 A deck-building game greater than the sum of its parts. I’ve played mostly 2-player, but also at 3 and tried a couple of fan-made solo variants. Core Worlds, designed by Andrew Parks and published by Stronghold Games in 2011, is a deck-building game where each player takes control of a fledgling faction represented byContinue reading “Board Game Review: Core Worlds”

Book Review: “The Queen of the Swords” by Michael Moorcock

7/10 Fun new characters and adventures but a little rushed The Queen of the Swords is the second book in the Corum series, continuing Corum’s adventures as he battles the gods of chaos. After defeating Lord Arioch and restoring a fragment of order to the world, Corum is faced with growing dangers as the remaining SwordContinue reading “Book Review: “The Queen of the Swords” by Michael Moorcock”

Board Game Review: The Castles of Burgundy

8/10 A classic strategy game of satisfying mechanisms I have played at 2 and 3 players, mostly 2. This classic, designed by Stefan Feld and published by Ravensburger and Alea in 2011, sets you in 15th century France in the Loire Valley as princes of growing estates. Your goal is to develop your lands withContinue reading “Board Game Review: The Castles of Burgundy”

Book Review: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick

10/10 Perhaps not perfect but a personal favorite In a war-torn world, Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter; his target: androids that have illegally arrived on Earth. These androids, a new advanced variety, are so difficult to tell from humans that some question who are the “andys” and who the humans? Story Philip K. DickContinue reading “Book Review: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick”

Movie Reviews: “Pyewacket” and “The Ritual”

5/10 Sloppy writing, a waste of good acting Leah is a young metal head with an interest in the occult. When her relationship with her mother frays more than she can bear, she performs a ritual to summon the Pyewacket, a creature tasked with killing Leah’s mother. Story and Characters The core idea is simpleContinue reading “Movie Reviews: “Pyewacket” and “The Ritual””

Movie Reviews: “As Above, So Below” and “The Autopsy of Jane Doe”

8/10 A concise, effective horror film. Scarlett is after the legendary Philosopher’s Stone, trying to finish what her late father started. When her search brings her to the Paris Catacombs, she and her unlikely group of tunnel-delvers will come face-to-face with their own Hell. Story and Characters The story is straightforward and knows not toContinue reading “Movie Reviews: “As Above, So Below” and “The Autopsy of Jane Doe””

Movie Review: The House of the Devil

3/10 Bland half-premise in need of editing. A young college student needs money and takes a babysitting job for some devil worshipers. That’s it. That’s pretty much all the story you’ll get. I don’t usually deal in spoilers, but sometimes, I make an exception. Story and Characters “Story” is being generous. As is “characters.” TheContinue reading “Movie Review: The House of the Devil”

Beta Reading: Dusk Comes to Castle Túrrea

I am looking for beta readers for a 3600-word, dark fantasy short story. Dusk Comes to Castle Túrrea Castle Túrrea has guarded the river Wernweg for generations, but the new Herzog might be the last if the dire omens looming over the castle prove to be true. To join in on the beta reading, emailContinue reading “Beta Reading: Dusk Comes to Castle Túrrea”