What if “Carrie” were YA fiction?

My awesome editor came to our first meetings about my novel The Puppeteer with the expectation that it would be "Young Adult" literature, a goldmine of a subgenre within the publishing industry.  Without trying to quash my vision, she explained to me what was expected of a YA title. I told her, hold the phone, I hadn't …

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A Scary Way to Start Your Day

I woke up at 3:45am this morning with the sensation that someone was tapping on my ankle.  It had been a dream and there was no one there, but I was reminded of this other rude awakening, a frequently-retold but never-committed-to-writing tale of my unquiet solitary sleepitude <---(made-up word)   I came to wakefulness gradually and …

Novel Exceprt: Nightmares and Siblings, “The Puppeteer”

My fascination with dreams and sibling relationships are key motifs in my upcoming New-Adult horror novel, The Puppeteer.   This excerpt is from Chapter 7. ***  She sat bolt-upright in bed, gasping for breath, wondering if she had screamed aloud.  For a second, Sarah didn’t know where she was.  Her eyes looked for the closer-in dimensions of …

Novel Excerpt, from a Cat’s Perspective, Part 1: “The Puppeteer”

Most of the main characters of my new supernatural suspense/horror novel, The Puppeteer, are humans.  Some of my favorite sections, however, take on the third-person perspective of the family cats. The central Goldstein family has two cats - Blue Cat and Stew Cat.  IMPORTANT CONTEXT:  The family also had a third cat, Clue Cat, who died earlier …

Screenplay Fragment: Untitled “Dunwich Horror” Adaptation (Horror/Thriller/Mystery)

INT: STATE POLICE HEADQUARTERS - CHAD'S OFFICE - DAY The massive, crumbling BOOK that was found in the Dunwich house raid is spread on the desk.  Police analyst CHAD, 20s or 30s, pudgy and frumpily dressed, sits behind the desk, addressing FBI SPECIAL AGENT FRANCES "FRANKIE" MORGAN.  A small POMERANIAN DOG named Pablo yips around Chad's …