Saturday, March 22, 2008

Time flies on

Time seems to be flying by me these days. On Monday, I am making the trek to Chicago for a book launch party for HELL IN THE HEARTLAND, an anthology I co-edited with the lovely Martel Sardina. I'm looking forward to getting the hell out of dodge for a couple days. It'll be a quick little jaunt- drive up on Monday, drive back on Tuesday-and I hope to meet many of the authors in HITH. These trips almost always give me ideas for new stories, too. I could write volumes about my friend Wayne Allen Sallee and some of his antics, but you should check out his blog and read it yourself. I think it is. He likes to write about Chicago and posts some interesting pictures. He also has a webpage at

For those who are interested in purchasing HELL IN THE HEARTLAND, you can send me a paypal of $12.95 to It's a worthy anthology and I've submitted it to Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Horror. Cross your fingers there.

Hope everyone is doing well. I'll write more when the muse and mood are one and the same.


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Twice Removed From Yesterday

It's been a while since I last posted. A week ago today (Saturday, March 1) I roadtripped to St. Louis to see the one and only Robin Trower with my buddy (and artist extraordinaire) Brad Moore, his lady Diana, a gal name Sherry, a dude named Wildman and his wife. It was an awesome show. I've been a fan of Robin Trower since the 70's. The first time I heard "Too Rolling Stoned", I was hooked. "Bridge of Sighs" only cemented that love. The man isn't one of those flashy guitarists that play ten million notes a second. His music is about the atmosphere, although he can produce a smoking hot guitar solo with the best of them as well. I highly recommend checking him out. or

While you're at it, check out the young kids that opened for him. They're called LOGOs. They're a three-piece from St. Louis. The guitarist and bassist are each 18 YEARS OLD!!!! The drummer is only 23. They rocked in an old-fashioned way. I enjoyed them immensely - so much so that I might go see them in Belleville, Il next Saturday. Here's their website -

You'll thank me for them.

Lastly, two of my all-time favorite bands are coming out of limbo to release new music. Nazareth (whose rock ballad "Love Hurts" is still playing on classic rock stations) just released THE NEWZ. It's a great album....but only available as an import at the moment. On June 2nd, Uriah Heep releases their new album, "Wake the Sleeper". It has been ten years since either band released new music. Heep's site is

Nazareth's website is

I hope everyone's doing well. I'll update you on my fiction output soon.