Three Hundred

Three hundred. A good batting average in baseball. A perfect score in bowling. The number of Spartans taking on one million Persian invaders in the Battle of Thermopylae. The perfect number of onion rings to eat whilst bowling. But, most importantly that number has been the minimum weight I've been since high school. At my... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is perfect. There you go. End of review. Stop reading and go see it! What? You want more? Okay, if I have to convince you, read on. The movie begins ominously with a title card reading "Day 89" and we're thrust into a very quiet scene of a family foraging for supplies.... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Ravenous (on Netflix)

Ravenous is one of one of those rarest of rare Netflix gems — a good zombie movie. Yet the things that make it stand out are also the things that show how far it falls short of greatness. This French Canadian film that won “Best Canadian Film” at the Toronto International Film Festival starts off... Continue Reading →

Readers’ Favorite Books

In a recent email to Collective Inkwell readers I talked about my favorite book of all time, The Talisman (re-posted here). At the end of the email I asked readers what their favorite books of all time were and if there was a story behind why? I got some great responses back, including several books... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Book of All Time

This week I'd like to talk to you about my favorite book of all time — a book I haven't re-read in more than thirty years. That book is The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I'm not going to spoil the book, don't worry. And I'm going to talk less about the book than why... Continue Reading →

The Stages of Writing

As with any job, sometimes writing has its good days. Other times, not so good days. One of the questions I most get from non-writers, and even some writers who have a hard time coming up with ideas they want to write about, is where do you get your ideas? But a story isn't JUST... Continue Reading →

Thank You

[photo credit Nate Grigg via Flickr Creative Commons] I've always had a weird relationship with Thank You. I say it all the time when someone gives me something or does something for me. I say it to cashiers and servers, and pretty much anyone who has to deal with customers all day long. And I say it... Continue Reading →

What The Walking Dead Got RIGHT

[Photos copyright Gene Page AMC] [This post contains spoilers for Season 7 Episode 2 The Walking Dead: The Well] Well, this was a much-needed episode to follow last week's brutal (and ultimately unsatisfying) season premiere. Why was this episode so good? First of all, three words: KING FREAKING EZEKIEL! But not just this awesome new... Continue Reading →

What The Walking Dead Got Wrong

(Image copyright: AMC) [SPOILERS FOR LAST NIGHT'S THE WALKING DEAD] So, The Walking Dead returned last night with its much-anticipated season premiere which promised to answer the question: Who did Negan kill? As you surely recall, Season Six ended with a cliffhanger that (to put things lightly) didn't go over well with fans. The show spent all... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Boy

(Non-spoiler review) It’s not often that a horror movie surprises me. It’s even rarer for a January horror movie to be good. And even rarer, a horror movie with a doll that I find even remotely tolerable. And yet, here is it — The Boy. I have to admit when I saw the first trailer... Continue Reading →

New Comic – Versus: Donut Holes

Here's another (more random) comic series I'm going to do, Versus. Pretty self-explanatory. These are things I've been doodling for years. I've always wanted to draw something super simple like The Oatmeal or Allie Brosh does, or even the hilariously awesome Boxjam's Doodle back in the day. I've always been a bit envious of funny artists who draw... Continue Reading →

How Clive Barker Changed a Bigot

I've always felt like an outsider.

When I was a kid, I was one of the only white kids in my neighborhood. When I was in middle school, we'd moved to the suburbs, where I was one of the poorest kids. After that, I gained weight and had horrible acne, which earned me all kinds of unpleasant nicknames.

So, yeah, I’m still here

So, hey, how's it going? Typically when people return from long absences from their blogs, they go into a litany of reasons/excuses of why they were gone, then say how they promise they'll do better to post more frequently, and it just sounds like a friend/lover begging for forgiveness for being a jerk. (And hey, who hasn't... Continue Reading →

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