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Friday, August 7, 2020

I Am Acquainted with the Night

Writers are always asked, "Where do you get your inspiration?"

Sometimes it comes from a song I've heard, a character I enjoy from a book or TV show and my wondering what would happen if they took a different path, or a photo I've seen (we'll talk about my short story "The Pink House" soon).  Sometimes, though not with exceptional frequency, it's a news article.

Like this one.

Click on the link to read the article that inspired my play I Am Acquainted with the Night.  Details coming soon about that; for now, here's the article:

Monday, July 27, 2020


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, my new play, is available now from Theatrefolk!  Click here to check it out!

Original poster by Laurel Aytes.

Shots from the Good Knight Theatre Company's production at Hellgate High School in the spring of 2017.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Black Forest Ads!

Pushing Black Forest -- almost 2/3s of the way toward publication!  Here are some of the advertisements I've been using on Facebook and Instagram.  Click here to order!

Sunday, June 7, 2020


Hello friends! So last week I set up a Facebook poll about which book I should submit to Inkshares publishing, and BLACK FOREST was the overwhelming favorite. So here's how it works: if I get 750 pre-orders, Inkshares will publish my novel. You can help me out by checking it out and sharing it (my logline is "Shirley Jackson meets CALL ME BY YOUR NAME" if that helps). Thank you everyone!

Follow this link to preorder!

Monday, May 18, 2020

The Face of Dracula!

The long lost Hammer movie.

Just kidding.

Laramie Dean's Dracula, available at Theatrefolk and Amazon

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Crestwood Horror!

 Ah, yes.  The Crestwood House monster books from the late 70s and 80s, that every monster kid checked out from their home library over and over (find a monster kid and ask 'em; go ahead, I'll wait ... ... ... see?).  And I was one of 'em.  Each volume told the story of a Universal Monsters movie, offered some background on the origin of the characters, and some follow up summaries of other movies -- Hammer, usually -- based on the monster in question. 

I checked out Dracula the most, which should be no surprise (followed by The Wolf Man), and it definitely inspired me to create my own versions of the story, leading, eventually, to my adaptation of Dracula for the stage (available here, from Theatrefolk, or here, on Amazon). 

I was never a super fan of Frankenstein when I was a child -- even though I adored Bride of Frankenstein when my sainted mother gifted it to me one Christmas when I was 7 or 8 -- but I do remember reading Crestwood's Frankenstein retrospective at least once or twice.  And hey, it became my first published play!  (Available here from Theatrefolk and here from Amazon.)

And my beloved Wolf Man (although, to be fair, that's Henry Hull in The Werewolf of London, Universal's first foray in to furry man-beasts) ... I'll have to do a werewolf play someday, I suppose ... oooh!  A musical version of An American Werewolf in London!  Yassss!  With SCARY CRAZY PUPPETS!  Somebody give me some money!

Sunday, May 3, 2020


Here's yours truly reading an excerpt from my play The Gorgon Sisters, available from Theatrefolk or on Amazon.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

DRACULA to premiere soon!

Dracula, starring Claes Bang as the titular Count from Transylvania, is set to debut on Netflix courtesy of the BBC on January 4th ... and I cannot wait.  I've been staying away from reviews and spoilers, but it certainly sounds intriguing.  The novel is one of my favorites, which was why seeing my adaptation for the stage published last summer was such a big deal for me -- something I've dreamed of since childhood.  Dracula has been revived time and again, with occasional success, on the page, the stage, and on the screen.  I've collected a number of images to prepare for its American debut, and I must say, they are exciting.

I've read some reviews that there may be an explicitly queer side to this Dracula, which, as you can guess, won't upset me in the slightest.  

WANT WANT WANT WANT ... but so far this edition is only available in the UK.

And, of course, if you'd like to treat yourself to a copy of my adaptation for the stage, click here to pick up Laramie Dean's Dracula for yourself!