Alligator Allegories

Alligator Allegories

Light a Distant Fire is set in my home state of Florida.  Writing the story of Osceola gave me a chance to learn more about my favorite reptile, the alligator.  While driving around the state doing research, I also heard stories of people’s encounters with them. An...
My Dead and Imaginary Friends

My Dead and Imaginary Friends

      In the thirty-six years I’ve been writing, I’ve acquired a fractious pack of rascally friends, both dead and imaginary.  Which explains why this is my all-time favorite cartoon. Robert Bloch once wrote, “I roll a piece of paper into the...
The Ghost Warriors

The Ghost Warriors

This is the very talented Maria D’Angelo’s portrait of Lozen, the Apache woman who rode as a warrior with the men in the second half of the 19th century.  Maria’s compelling image of her hangs in its frame on my wall and it impresses me every day....
Cooking up a devilish story

Cooking up a devilish story

        Meet my late, great next-door neighbor, Noni, on the far left, back row.   She fit this description of Faye, on page 20 of Devilish.       “Faye believed in seers and psychics, alien abductions and etheric forces.  She channeled a third century sage...
The Barefoot Artist

The Barefoot Artist

Twenty-five years ago I met the Barefoot Artist, Guy Labree, and his wife Pat at an outdoor exhibit of Seminole crafts, needlework, and art in Naples, Florida.  Guy was a third generation Floridian.  When he was a youngster, his Seminole friends would invite him to...
Three Knights In Denim Armor

Three Knights In Denim Armor

Three knights in denim armor. The guy in the middle is Owen Lock, the DelRey editor who persuaded his new writer, Brian Daley, to leave New Jersey and attend Balticon 13 in Baltimore in 1979. As a result, my life took off in a direction I never could have imagined. On...

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