Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Retro

Well, it's time for the obligatory retrospective.  It's been a mixed year.  My personal life was uneventful.  Nothing really bad or great happened to me.  Did have some worsening pain in my shoulders. Went to a physical therapist and that helped a lot.  

My writing world didn't see any great accomplishment.  I did manage to get a nice book out called Legends of the Dragon Cowboys, which is two novellas set in the weird west.  But my short story placement was nil.  And Science Fiction Trails returned from the grave with issue 12.

Going forward I am editing a book of ghost stories right now.  I hope to get a few of my own stories placed somewhere. Lately, the market has wanted other things than what I really want to write.

I probably will attend three or four cons again in 2018 along with a book fair and maybe some reading somewhere. My schedule hasn't been confirmed yet.  I tend to be snubbed by cons for some reason. A lot of them want nothing to do with me. They'll pass me over in favor of some clod who self published two poems more often than not.  It used to bother me.  I used to think it was because I didn't belong to the major writing organizations associated with my genres. I joined HWA & SFWA and discovered that didn't make any difference--the cons still snubbed me. Even though I resent being snubbed, truth is I don't really like cons all that much.  Some people go to them nearly every weekend.  Frankly, I really don't have that much fun at most of them.  There's one con I sure would like to go to in March as it's just down the street from my house, but I  haven't heard from them yet. Anyway, my schedule will be posted here if and when things get firmed up.

And that's about all there is on this topic.  The readership of this blog has quadrupled over the course of the year. I'm not sure why, but glad all the same. So Happy New Year everybody and keep reading stuff.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Postal Estados Unidos

Looks like the Donald is mad at the Postal Service. Join the club.  One to three day service for Priority Mail is usually about a week in my experience.  Meanwhile, Amazon gets special rates no one else can get and even gets their packages delivered on Sunday.  

But competitors UPS & Fedex charge a lot. Big companies get big discounts. The little guy who just ships a few packages has to pay a lot more.  So we go to the post office and stand in long lines and that's as good as it gets.  It's just like Donald's tax deal--all for the big corporations and the little guy gets fucked in the butt. Well, the Postal Service is a lot like that and you'd think Donald would be happy.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Fast Fuhd?

Went by a fast food place for lunch.  The one run by Ronald something or other, the clown that's not the clown at Jack-in-the-Box.  Wish I'd gone to the other clown.  What a bunch of clowns.  They've put these kiosks in the lobby but the employees pay no attention to your order.  You order a drink, but they will not bring it out to you.  Even  when you ask the employee why you didn't get it, they still won't give it to you. And "customizing" your sandwich is a pointless waste of time.  I didn't want a pickle and said so.  Got one anyway. The solution is to not go there anymore.  I didn't really want to go there, but after sitting at the car dealership for three hours whilst they  fixed my car, I was hungry and wanted some lunch. McD on Ajo & McKinney in Tucson, you are the worst McD in the whole blasted state of Arizona, me thinks. I haven't been to all of them and none of them are great, but this one really sucks.

McD overall is a far cry from the limited service limited menu restaurants they started as. And I can't say they've improved any. Far from it.  I always regret going to one of their stores. However, this particular store consistently is bad. If they had any competition they would not exist. There is nowhere else to go for many miles.  

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Let's Get Physical

For the past few years I've been suffering from shoulder pain.  Along about the beginning of  November my doctor sent me to physical therapy.  The therapists have been having me do various the hospital twice a week.  It's been amazing. My range of motion has improved and the pain in my shoulders is gone.  These people really know what they're doing. I feel so much better and am so happy I found something that helped beside gobbling pain pills. Yesterday they discharged me from the program. They can't do anything else for me. I was given some exercises to keep doing at home every day which should help keep my shoulder functioning better. 

That is not to say I am cured. I suffer from two maladies. One is arthritis. Alas, my shoulder popping and all is not going away. The other problem was tendonitis where the tendons in my shoulder were messed up and hurting. This was where the therapy helped.  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Greetings From the DMV

Apparently, according to the letter I got yesterday, my  car registration is suspended.  Why? It doesn't say.  It only says correspondence pending.  So I have no idea what the problem is. They went to the trouble to send me a notice but that notice doesn't tell me what the problem is or what I need to do to resolve it.  I've often imagined that Hell is something very similar to the Motor Vehicles Office.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Another Doctor

Well, the new Doctor Who has finally arrived.  I never took to the last one. It wasn't really his fault as I thought the story lines were simply awful. I quit watching the show.  So my expectations are low. After they regenerated The Master, The Doctor's arch nemesis, into a woman I wasn't all that surprised to see a female Doctor come along. 

I hope the Doctor gets a dog. I don't mean a mechanical one like Tom Baker had. I mean a golden retriever.  A dog can play fetch and go get help when the doctor falls in a well. .  It'll be great.  Maybe she won't fall in a well, but I kept wishing Capaldi (the outgoing Doctor) would have.  

Actually, she's a nice looking woman. I hope she wears short skirts. And I hope her travelling companion is another hot redhead like Amy Pond (yes, female).  I'd watch the show then. Yep, put the doctor in short skirts, hot female companion and a dog--preferably a golden retriever.  That would work for me.  Unfortunately, the BBC doesn't care what I think.  I wish they'd let me write some of the episodes, the ones where she puts on a skimpy bathing suit and so does her hot companion and they go fight the Daleks on the beach. That would be cool.

Is this kind of sexist? Probably.  But I know what I like and that's what I'd like to see with the show. It'll never happen.  W.C. Fields said never take a part opposite little kids or dogs--they'll upstage you every time.  The dog idea won't fly.  Maybe I can hope for short skirts though.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Feliz Navidad

Today is Christmas.  Go watch The Man Who Invented Christmas or download A Christmas Carol on Netflix or Amazon.   Go and get Dickenesed.  It's kind of the solution to everything all in one wonderful story. 

Oh, if you have a dog, be sure to give it a present. Most dogs can't read Christmas cards. But they sure like a new ball or chew toy.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

More on Snails

Well, the package I wrote about was finally delivered to Missouri.  It took six days.  They call it a two to three day service.  I'm glad it arrived but I'm not happy at how long it took.  The Postal Service  view is "It's a miracle it got there at all." Well, not really That's my view.  Their service is erratic but they don't seem to care and it's not guaranteed although, had they never delivered it, I guess it does come with automatic insurance up to fifty bucks.  I guess that's something.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Ghosts From Outer Space

Well, as I've mentioned before, I'm editing a haunted hotel anthology right now.  I've also mentioned writers rarely write to markets. Instead, they try and stick something they've written into an existing project. Well, that's what we're seeing so far. Surprisingly, we're getting a very light submission load. I think we'll be able to complete the book, but I'm amazed at how light the volume is compared to other projects I've edited and the fact the guidelines for this one were rather well distributed. Oh well, that's the nature of the beast. Some projects overflow with submissions while other ones go begging. We're not at the begging stage, just a little surprised by the lightness of the volume.  

I wanted to do a haunted hotel book as I've worked at two haunted hotels.  One had a somewhat playful entity that loved to stomp on the ceiling and also liked to ride around on elevators and scare children.  Then the other place had a darker more aggressive presence that I never quite understood. There, a mirror would appear in a hallway that looked like it was dripping blood--sending more than one night employee fleeing from the property and their job. I guess truth is really stranger than fiction.  It's a shame the ghosts can't submit their own stories based on what it is that makes them do ghost stuff. That would re-do the term ghost writer.

Well, they say you don't really believe in ghosts until you've encountered one.  I have. I do. And that may be why I'm more partial to ghost stories than other types of horror stories. 

Friday, December 22, 2017


They don't call it snail mail for nothing.  I sent a Priority Mail package to Missouri on Saturday. It's supposed to be a three day service. Humbug!  It's still not there. Thanks to the wonders of their tracking service I have no idea where it is. It was scanned for acceptance and hasn't been seen since. I'm sure some lazy clod tossed it in a bin at the back of the Tucson post office and there it still sits, no one making any effort to get it to its destination. The Postal Service may be cheaper, but I guess you get what you pay for. I dearly wish I'd used UPS.  

Thursday, December 21, 2017


I got a little static over my posting yesterday.  The way I look at it, I was just there and she took her top off.  If I hadn't written about it no one would ever have known.  But I did write about it and I don't see where I did anything wrong.  I wrote about it because things like that don't happen that often.

Whilst on the subject of women taking their tops off.  If it was up to me women could take their tops off anywhere men do.  Many places around the world are more tolerant of such things than this country. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Privacy in cars

People seem to think they have more privacy in cars than they actually do.  They pick their noses, eat their lunch and read their newspapers as they drive along.  Still, there are some things you just don’t see every day.  Case in point, yesterday I was stopped at a red light.  I noticed some motion next to me in a SUV.  I looked and saw a woman was taking her top off. She was in the back seat on the passenger side of the car. Two other ladies in the front seat seemed oblivious to the show going on.

Now, a proper gentleman would have averted his eyes. Of course, a proper lady wouldn’t be taking her top off in a car, either. Naturally I kept on watching.  So she took off a brown sweater and then put on a green top.  In the interim I noted Hmm, she’s kind of cute.  I also noted she wasn’t wearing a bra.  

With the green top now on, the light changed and away the car went, never to be seen by me again.  The young lady certainly made my day.   However, I can’t but wonder if she didn't realize she was clearly visible or she knew full well she could be seen and simply did not care.  

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Obligatory Self Promoting Gift Guide for Christmas Procrastinators

Okay, still haven't started your holiday shopping.  Christmas is this Monday.  Here's an easy solution. Give books to people. Not just any books--my books.  Whilst Mostly Books in Tucson, Quimby's in Chicago & Broadway Book Mall in Denver have some of my books, I have no idea if your local bookseller has any. Not to worry, you can still order from Amazon and select two day delivery and check gift wrapping and a wrapped present will still arrive in time for Christmas if you act today.

Does your recipient like science fiction?  Send them Bonded Agent.   It's even got lizard men. That's Bonded Agent by David B. Riley

Want more of a western flavor for that favorite buckaroo?  Then get Funged.  Ling Fung will dazzle and amaze as he takes on his adversaries with his martial arts skill in this western fantasy featuring two awesome novellas.. It's even got a Yeti in the story. How cool is that?.  Order Legends of the Dragon Cowboys by David B. Riley & Laura Givens and you also get her story of "Chin Song Ping and the Long, Long Night."  The critics like her story even more than mine.  

Prefer a mix of stories?  Then order Gunslingers and Ghost Stories. It;s got all sorts of ghostly tales from the Old West.

Monday, December 18, 2017

A Few Thoughts About the Holiday

America as a nation has some strange priorities.  As the new tax bill shows, we choose to expend our resources on the wealthy yet we are a nation with astonishing poverty.  One of the down sides of living in Tucson is the place is just crawling with homeless people. They are everywhere.  There’s no simple solution to the problem of the homeless. Many of them have addiction problems.  Others suffer from a litany of mental illnesses.  It’s a complex problem, to be sure.  Yet our Congress shovels billions in unnecessary tax breaks to the wealthiest citizens and devotes almost no resources to helping the homeless. Surely, this is not a simple problem to fix.  I just note that very little effort is being done to fix it. Giving some bum on the highway median a few bucks because he has a cardboard sign so he can go buy some rotgut booze is hardly helping anyone.  I certainly don’t have an easy solution.  I just note there are precious few temporary shelters, social workers and medical personnel available to help this segment of our population.

I make note of this because of the many renditions of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol available this time of year.  Dickens’ London was rife with people not unlike the bums who permeate the parks and public spaces around Tucson. And Ebenezer Scrooge’s lament, when asked for a donation to help the poor, was “Are there no prisons, are there no workhouses?”   Not nearly enough to house the surplus population.

When Dickens’ book hit London just days before Christmas it generated an enormous flood of charitable giving. One account I read was charitable giving that year doubled over what it had been. That’s a heck of an accomplishment.   

What am I asking the 200 or so people who regularly read this blog to do?  .Something very simple, actually.  Watch one of the versions of A Christmas Carol. Even if you’ve seen it before, view it again. There are many of them. They’re on TV. They’re available from Netflix. Or read the book. It was a book before it was dramatized. Or go and see the current movie The Man Who Invented Christmas, which is about Dickens’s and how he came to write the story. That’s all I’m asking. Then think about things. 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

May the Force Be Somewhere

I thought I'd rant a bit about science fiction.  First of all, there's a new Star Wars movie out.  I sure hope it doesn't blow like the last one.   I remember little about the last one as it was so unremarkable. I know I fell asleep during it and Luke Skywalker got his light saber delivered by FedEx or someone at the last minute of the movie. Otherwise, it was pretty forgettable.   Maybe I'll see the new one, but I doubt it.

And I still have not seen the new Star Trek TV show.  I think that all access deal is a rip off and you get little but TV reruns and Star Trek near as I can tell.  I'm not paying extra for Star Trek. Frankly, I wish they'd stop going back to the early federation and pick up where Voyager ended.The federation has grown and evolved so why go back to toddler stage?   

Speaking of Star Trek, much buzz about the Quentin Terantino Star Trek film  I sure hope they place it in the federation after Next Generation or Voyager, somewhere in that era.  

So, I'm pretty much sick of Star Wars. It seems like it's nothing but a cash cow to be milked by Disney and little else.   I wouldn't mind having a light saber, though.  That would be cool.  Otherwise, I really don't give a fat rats ass what happens to these movies. And I'm somebody who really likes science fiction.  But the unwashed masses seem to really go for this stuff, based on the lines outside the theater.

And speaking of Star Trek, did I ever mention I thought Captain Janeway was kind of hot?  People at work back in Colorado used to disagree on this but I thought she was pretty hot. The folks at the hotel liked Seven of Nine better. And I always thought Dr. Crusher was hot on Next Generation.  I never really wanted to bang anyone on Deep Space Nine.  That Trill chick didn't do it for me and neither did the Bajoran chick.  Sorry, no can do there.  So, if I was getting an assignment, it would have to be Voyager and not DS 9.  . Oh that Dabo girl was kind of cute, but I don't think so.  Thanks for sharing that with us, Dave. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017


As I've mentioned, I'm going to physical therapy to alleviate some shoulder pain.  Anyway, an elderly woman who's also getting some sort of  therapy asked me yesterday: "How do you always have three days growth of beard?"

Well, "I can't tell you that." And I won't.  I always keep my whiskers looking like I've got three days growth going.  I got rid of my full and very gray beard about a year ago.  Now, it's the three days look.  I use a groomer for beard trimming instead of a razor and voila, three days growth every day. Why? I have a coarse beard and regular razors are problematic. This works better for me. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Honorable ...

Ran across an interesting tidbit that was in a way a bit troubling. I think and hope it was sloppy reporting or the way the article was edited. It had to do with a decision by the Senate not to confirm a judicial nominee to a federal district court. The fellow had never tried a case and apparently was considered unqualified by the Bar Association.  I have no idea if he'd be a good judge or not.  But the following, and I am quoting verbatim from the article, seemed to imply this was a disqualifying factor. 

Talley has practiced law for three years and has never tried a case. He also has written horror books and has participated in ghost-hunting activities.

Simply put, I've written horror books and participated in ghost hunting activities.  I guess that makes me unqualified to be a federal judge.  Of course I've never even been a lawyer and don't think I'm qualified to be a judge either. It just never occurred to me that I am not a suitable candidate to be a judge by virtue of ghost hunting activities and writing horror books. Hell, I am editing a book of ghost stories right now. Yipes.  I wonder what else the Senate would refuse to confirm me for based on writing horror books. For shame.  Maybe they're horrible books and not really horror books? 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree

Well, the unabated ferocious winds we've been having destroyed the Christmas tree in my front yard. Well, they knocked it over and some of the lights got busted.  I put it back up and watered it and put new lights on it. Mother nature vandalized my display.  

Monday, December 11, 2017

True Review

It's always nice when a good review come out for your book.  True Review  just released a review of Legends of the Dragon Cowboys.  The link below will take you to it:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Two Devils

My first weird western novel was The Two Devils.  It even got a good review in the Denver Post and a few other places.  I have four still new copies of it that I'm offering while they last or until Christmas for $2.00 each plus shipping. This a print book, brand new. One hell of a deal. It's on Amazon Marketplace. Just go to Amazon and type in The Two Devils by David B. Riley.

This is the debut of my Miles O'Malley character and his horse, Paul. He gets into all sorts of trouble as he deals with the evil Mayan god, Ah Puch, the regular devil, and a few sexy fallen angels as well.

This book is no longer in print. You will never again see this offer.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Caught  a list of cancelled TV shows the other day. Boy am I out of it. I'd only seen one of these shows. The others, not once did I watch any of them. Apparently I was not alone.  The one show I'd seen was Emerald City.  I really liked it.  It was a little different take on the Wizard of Oz.  I really liked it, but apparently no one else did.  Like I said, I must be really out of it. 

Friday, December 8, 2017


The desert isn't known for heavy wind. This certainly isn't the open plains or Texas.  Yet wind is what we've got and lots of it.  I've had to reinforce my young trees in my yard to keep them from being destroyed from repeated high winds.  It's awful.  If climate change is a hoax, that hoax is doing a pretty good imitation of the real deal in my back yard.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Let There Be Light, Part 2

Now the one trend in holiday lighting I can't seem to get around is these projector lights.  I you haven't seen one, they're a projector you put in your yard and it shines light on your house. You can have pink polka dots or just about anything you want.  I think these houses that use them look hideous.  This is a new trend I can certainly do without.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Let there be light

In my gated community neighbors have been putting up their Christmas lights.  I myself have a tree in my front yard lit up.  Some of my neighbors have very elaborate displays.  I've always loved Christmas lights, although I think some houses get over done.  But, if you think about it, it's a weird idea.  I've tried to learn the origin of the practice and it's come up a dead end.  The Christmas tree indoor is rooted in Germany as best as I can tell, where they decorated the tanenbaum for the holidays.  That tradition migrated to England in the mid 1800s and from there to America.

But I can't quite figure out where the idea of decorating houses with lights originated. If I figure it out, I will share it here.  I guess the thing to do is enjoy the holiday displays and not worry about their origin too much. Snoopy won first place when he decorated his dog house.  Good grief.  Maybe I'll even start to like icicle lights. Nah.

Sunday, December 3, 2017


In college I took a marketing class in the business school.  I wasn't a business major, but I thought it would be interesting.  We had to come up with a product and develop a plan of how we would market it.  My product was Lump-o-coal.  It would be a piece of coal  shrink wrapped on a card with a punch hole so it could be hung on a peg in stores.  The cardboard would have a picture of Santa Claus and it would say on the front "For that Rotten Little Kid" On the back would be more info on the concept of giving a lump of coal to kids on Santa's naughty list.  I think I got a "B" on the project, mainly because the professor thought it was a limited market.  I always had visions of a Christmas morning with hundreds of Christmas stockings with a Lump-o-coal sticking out of them. It would've been awesome.

I never really had the resources to actually produce and sell this, although I always wanted to.  I always envisioned it as the next pet rock.  If someone wants to run with this concept and develop it, be my guest. It's obvious I will never get it off the ground.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Man Who Invented Christmas --Review

As any of the regular readers of this blog will tell you, I don’t do very many reviews.  Well, I’ve also maintained that I believe I have seen every English language film or television special portraying A Christmas Carol.   Naturally, when a new movie came out on this topic I had to go and see it.  The Man Who Invented Christmas is about how Dickens wrote the book, A Christmas Carol   It was later adapted to a play and later still adapted for film. 

I find this a difficult film to review.  I know every line in the dramatized versions. I believe it to be not only the best Christmas story ever written but also the best ghost story.  But what if someone were not as enamored with this concept?  While I was thrilled to see Ebenezer Scrooge develop before my very eyes, would someone less enthralled with this work feel the same? I’m not really sure. 

This movie is well acted.  It gives us a look at dark, gritty Victorian London and a look into Dickens’ personal life as well.  Scrooge, as he develops, forces Dickens to go some places in his own memories that he would rather forget–just as the three Christmas ghosts force Scrooge to do the same. Just go and watch it. This is much better than those stupid syrupy things that pass for Christmas movies these days.

Friday, December 1, 2017

South Pole Birds

Once again I find penguins on wreaths, penguins on Christmas cards, penguins on all sorts of holiday items. What the heck do penguins have to do with Christmas?  Assuming one subscribes to the Santa Claus mythos, Santa lives at the NORTH pole.  Penguins come from Antarctica, the home of the SOUTH pole [a few species live in South America]   What the hell do these stupid flightless birds have to do with Christmas?  My own brother has a wreath with a penguin on it--probably just to piss me off.  These damned birds have nothing to do with the historical parameters of the Christmas holiday season.I wish Santa Claus would take a shotgun down to the South Pole. That would show 'em.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Minimalist Xmas

Last year was the first year I had my own yard--ever. I lived in a condo in Colorado. So, when I bought my house in Tucson I went all out last year and put lights all over the bushes and cacti. This year I find myself in a more minimalist mood.  I put colored lights on one tree in my front yard and that's it. It looks nice--a little Christmas tree and that's all I'm doing.  A house nearby  out minimalized me--they replaced their white yard light with a green one and that's all they did.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hotel Haunted

I note the guidelines for Hotel Haunted are finally up at the publisher's web site.  It's been mentioned here and elsewhere, but I'll mention it again in case anyone missed it.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Black Friday

I bought a garden hose at Lowe's on Black Friday.  People were all running around at these stores. Not me. I bought a new garden hose and went home.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mister Heat Christmas

I do not remember the name of the show. It was one of those Christmas specials. This one had some heat miser who ruled the south and his brother, ice guy, ruled the north.  Well, it's clear where Arizona is. Even for here, it's unusually hot.  We're well  into the high eighties each day. Sure wish it would cool down. And greenhouse gasses continue to spew into the atmosphere unabated.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Oh Tenenbaum

I needed a new tree as one of my beloved ash trees was killed by some fierce winds a few months ago.  I decided an evergreen might do the trick.  I bought one yesterday. It's some kind of pine.  So I set it out in my front yard even though it's eventually going into the back one. I'm going to put lights on it and it will be my Christmas decoration. After Xmas, I'll take it to the back yard and plant it near the place my ash tree went off to tree heaven.  

Friday, November 24, 2017

Feast and such

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone.  My turkey yesterday was superb.  I make the best turkeys in the world. No one can out cook me on turkey.  It was moist and tender and delicious.  ...

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Award Goes To

As I've mentioned before, I belong to the HWA.  One of the things the HWA does is give out the Stoker awards.  These are a writing award for various categories of horror writing.  I was even on one of the juries which reviews the submissions in the anthology category a while back.  Now, unfortunately, people send me pitches telling me about their book, or screenplay or whatever--mostly books.  There are zillions of them.  Frankly, these people are delusional for the most part. Their works have no chance of winning.  My own theory is the work has to have done fairly well commercially so people are aware of it, not from sending me an announcement but because it's in bookstores and has been reviewed and such. Obscure works never cut through all the clutter.

Another thing it needs is to be pretty good. I was talking to a writer friend a few weeks ago when I was in Denver. He's the editor of a pretty good anthology. He really wants it to win a Stoker award. It's done fairly well, even briefly making it to the best seller lists.  Problem is, it's not a true horror anthology. It's a weird western anthology. I would not consider a lot of it to be in the horror fiction category. Ergo, when I vote it's going to be difficult for me to vote for it and I like the book (should it make the ballot)..  I just question if it's the right book for a Stoker. This is a horror award. There are similar awards put out by Mystery writers and the Science Fiction Writers. Most genres have some type of writing organization concerned with the craft of writing in that particular genre. 

And that leads back to the problem of it being a weird western. They are by definition cross genre.  The weird westerns have grown a lot in popularity in recent years. I still call them the unwanted bastard stepchild of literature.  I've always thought about creating a weird western award of some kind. But, that would require a lot of work and you have to have some sort of prize to back it and a big awards ceremony and I don't think so. Maybe someone with more ambition will try that some day. So, I will be surprised if the weird western anthology picks up a major literary award like a Stoker. But, maybe it will. If it does, I'll mention it here next year when the awards come out.  

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Writers Guidelines, Hotel Haunted

Below are the guidelines for an anthology I will be editing along with julie Campbell, if anyone's interested in submitting.

Hotel Haunted
Writers Guidelines

Editors, David B. Riley & J. A. Campbell

Wolfsinger Publications is looking for story submissions for  a new anthology entitled Hotel Haunted. All stories must, at least in part, take place at a haunted lodging establishment. This can include a hotel or similar business such as a rooming house, dormitory or hostel. They can take place in any location or time period. 

All stories must have a supernatural entity i.e. ghost in them.  Ghosts come in many forms. We don’t care if it’s a full bodied apparition, a mist entity, a black/silhouette ghost, disembodied voice or even a demonic entity–as long as it’s recognizable as some form of ghost. This is a work of fiction. We do not want a retelling of Ghost Adventures episodes. Have interesting characters. Unusual villain or heroes are welcome. This is a horror book. We are looking for something scary with recognizable horror or dark fantasy content. We are not after Casper the friendly ghost. You can use humor, but our bias is toward something scary. 

Reading period will be December 15th, 2017–January 15th, 2018. Please, only one story at a time. Submit in standard manuscript format, 12pt Times New Roman or similar font. We do not like courier. We like simple clean manuscripts–don’t embed anything cute or fancy. All terms by written contract and acceptances are subject to final approval by the publisher.

You can review sample contract at the Wolfsinger Publications web page. Basically, the author will receive a $5.00 advance payment for the right to use the Work in all English language print and e-book editions of the Anthology. The listed amount is an advance against a share of fifty percent of all future income received by WolfSinger Publications from all editions of the Anthology less any handling costs, service fees, or discounts when paid in full by the distributor, bookstore, vendor, organization. The fifty percent share allocated to contributors shall be distributed  in proportion to the number of authors in the Anthology.

Submit stories as an attached file. We prefer /DOC or .RTF files. Please include a word count and put hotel haunted submission in subject line. Before you submit, look over your submission. Have you included full contact info on the first page of the manuscript? That means name, address, email & phone #. Does your manuscript have a word count? Is the file name similar to the story name? At the end of your story, did you include the words “The End” or something similar so the editor is certain he has the entire story? If you want italic use italic. If you want bold face use boldface. Do not underline. Underlining to get italic goes back to the days when writers used typewriters and compositors actually set type. Those days are mostly over and it’s an antiquated habit. We prefer Times New Roman in 12 point type. Stories should be from 1K-7K words in length. Query if you have questions. Send an attached file to:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, I Guess, Sort Of

"Happy Thanksgiving" is what I hear if I buy a candy bar or a quart of milk from any store.  The blasted holiday seems to run for the entire week.  You can't get a medical appointment.  The blasted grocery store already has empty shelves.  I'm starting to get in humbug mood and it is only Tuesday. And so-called Black Friday has been raging all week long as well.  At least people don't put up Thanksgiving lights on their houses--yet.  I'm kind of starting to dislike this holiday.

What am I thankful for?  Redheads.  I have a thing for redheads.  And that's about it.  And dogs. I like dogs.  And my house. I'm thankful I have a roof over my head. Living in your car sucks.  And my refrigerator. I really love my new refrigerator.  And that's about it.  I don't have a problem with people being thankful. But that's not what the stupid holiday has become. It's become an excuse for gluttony and drunkenness and football.

An amazing number of people will burn their houses down as they attempt to deep fry their turkeys. It's around 20 houses on average that burn to the ground each year.  Let's not forget that. 

There is one good thing about T Day. If you see your relatives, your get it over with. If you see them on T-Day you're not obligated to get together on Christmas. And that's something to be thankful for. A lot of people don't understand the T-Day exception to going to see relatives for Christmas. Hell of a deal.

Oh, my turkeys are the best in the world. No one cooks turkeys better than I do. Mesquite grill. Keep the   damned stuffing out of the bird and they'll cook much better.  The turkey I cook will be wonderful.

By the way, let the dog have a little bit of turkey.  They work hard all year keeping you from being murdered in your sleep. Give them a slice of turkey.

Please don't wish me a happy thanksgiving.  And that's about it.

Monday, November 20, 2017


I love my new refrigerator.  It keeps my food all nice and cold and it doesn't make strange noises in the middle of the night like the old one did.  In cleaning out the old one I found some salad dressing that expired a year ago. I threw it out. My brother thinks I should have used it. He says expiration dates are arbitrary. It's too late, I already tossed it out. It was thousand island dressing.  

Saturday, November 18, 2017


I'm hoping the publisher will post the guidelines to a new anthology I'm going to edit. So far, they're a little behind.  It's called Hotel Haunted. Along with co-editor Julie Campbell, we'll be putting together a collection of ghost stories set in haunted hotels.  Why haunted hotels? Why not? Actually, I've worked in haunted hotels and always wondered what the story was behind these entities. While I may never know the actual reason ghosts live in them, I thought it might be an interesting area for fiction. So, if  you're interested, check with Wolfsinger Publications for the guidelines for Hotel Haunted.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wrong Way Mail

I keep getting mail for someone who does not live at my address.  I've been here a year and a half. The house I bought when I moved to Tucson sat empty for at least half a year before I moved in. Ergo, the mail for this person is at least two years obsolete. Why won't these companies ever update their mailing lists?  I wish they had goons that would go around and work them over when they sent out mail to the wrong place. That would show 'em.  Almost as good would be if they'd just update their addresses. Neither seems likely.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SFT 13

Well the new writers guidelines are up at the Science Fiction Trails site for issue 13. I sure wish more people would buy the darned thing. It's not all that expensive and has some great stories in it.  It'll open up for submissions in January.  I'm hoping to see some stories about robots. Why robots? Well, we've never historically had many submissions about robots and I thought it would be something to focus on.  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Con over

Well, Tuscon is over and done with. It's a little smaller con than most of those I go to. Frankly, I did not really connect with the programming. There was little I found interesting. The people were not particularly friendly. I doubt I'll ever go back.

And that concludes my con schedule for 2017..  I'm not sure what I'll attend in 2018.  I'll post it here later on, although I don't know why as it seems to make little difference if I list events or not.  Attendance at signings and cons has little to do with posting things here on this blog.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Refer Madness Part 2

I just love my new refrigerator. It was purchased at one of those big box stores that was having a sale. It's so quiet and it's laid out nice inside. In looking over refrigerators, I noticed that the simple refrigerators with the freezer on top are fairly cheap. You pay dearly for one with an ice maker. Side-by-sides and freezer on the bottom models cost a lot more. Mine is just  a simple refrigerator with a freezer on top and it doesn't sing to me or make ice or pour mixed drinks or nothin' except keep my food cold. I am so happy. And it doesn't beep all night long.

Note to the refrigerators out there who read my blog: if you want to go to  the scrap heap, just start beeping in the middle of the night. That'll do it real quick. It's not funny.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Refer Madness

My refrigerator started beeping at two o'clock yesterday morning.  Best guess is it was some type of problem with the door sensor.  And it would not stop.  Strange thing was, after I got back from physical therapy it had stopped beeping.  Listening to that thing beep whilst I am trying to sleep, well it's kind of like the Chinese water torture. You lay there wondering when it will beep again. It's an old refrigerator. It may be time to check out all the appliance sales they're having this weekend. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Off to Tuscon

Going to Tuscon this weekend.  This is a local con, so no lodging or transportation issues for me. Not really doing anything but attending. I'm not involved with programming and I'm not selling anything in the dealer room. Just an ordinary con attendee.  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Chick Flick

I briefly mentioned "Chick Flick" in pre-panel conversation at the Tempe Book Festival this past weekend. Was surprised people were unfamiliar with the term.  These are movies that women like and men should never watch them. If a man watches one he will have an immediate desire to commit suicide. I was surprised people were unfamiliar with the term. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ghost Stories From the Airport Inn?

I am about to start editing a book of ghost stories.  The best ghost story ever written, at least in my opinion, is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I think Dickens may be one of the best writers who ever lived. It amazes me that every now and then someone tries and changes the story. They fail. If it is the best ghost story, changing it simply makes it into a feeble retelling that pales to the original. Case in point: the bird in the poultry shop was not a turkey; it was a goose.  Turkeys are an American bird that were transported to Europe. The first report of turkeys being consumed in England were in 1573, so it is possible the poulterer had a turkey. However, the original Dickens story had the bird as a goose, a traditional holiday meal in English homes of the day. Next, Mrs Cratchit   will be serving french fries. 

But others will inevitably try and retell the story in some feeble attempt to do so.  I don't know if I've seen every TV version of this story, but I've seen a bunch of them. 

Of course, my anthology would not include this marvelous story as it is a collection of tales about haunted hotels. I'm teaming up with Julie Campbell to do a collection of ghost stories set in haunted hotels. Since Ebenezer didn't rent out his home, it really would not qualify.  It'll be interesting to see what people come up with..  I wish Dickens could contribute, but I doubt he's going to return from the dead to write a new story for me.  I hope they're set in some place good and not the local airport inn right off the interstate.  Time will tell.

I've actually worked at two haunted hotels and have shared a few aspects of this on this blog.  Most recently I retold about a boy and the black ghost in the elevator at the hotel I worked at in Colorado. I've also mentioned the one in Wyoming.  Anyway, we shall see what type of stories come in. We don't know what kind of business Scrooge and Marley were in. The story never actually says. I doubt they were innkeepers. Too bad. Having someone like Jacob Marley with chains rattling to ward off people from smoking in non smoking rooms would be awesome.  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


New Zealander Lyn McConchie just reviewed Legends of the Dragon Cowboys.

Thus far, the feedback we've gotten on this thing is simply incredible. People really seem to like it.
Did I mention your local Kobo bookseller can hook you up if you prefer ebooks and it's also available on Kindle?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Random thoughts on I 10

Driving to the Phoenix area for the Tempe Book Festival, I wondered:

Why isn't there any place to eat alongside the interstate but Denny's and McDonald's?

The roadside rest area is disgusting--far worse than the ones in Colorado. I can honestly say Colorado has some of the nicest rest areas I've ever seen.

Is it national truck day?  Does everyone with a truck just get out and drive at the same time?

"Don't pick up hitchhikers?" How are escaped inmates supposed to get anywhere if no one picks them up?

I never see any hitchhikers out here in the boondocks anyway. They're usually in town.

How come they never have any cute redheads hitchhiking?  Obviously, because cute redheads can get a ride without having to hitchhike.  Duh.

What was that roadkill?  I don't think it was a dog, but I'm not sure what it was.

Is that state trooper behind me going to pull me over? Nope.  He's probably just looking for someplace besides Denny's  to eat at, same as me.

When do we get driverless cars? I could be taking a nap. Taking a nap whilst driving is not a good idea in my car--but the future will be wonderful as I sleep blissfully whilst my car careens off a cliff.

Driverless trucks lumbering along at 75 mph--what could possibly go wrong?  At least they won't have to eat at Denny's.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Book Fest Part 2

Yesterday's Tempe Book Festival went reasonably well.  Our panel discussion on writing science fiction went very well and had a decent sized crowd.  I don't know what the crowd size was for the outdoor booth area. I only sold a couple of books. Thanks to Duncan's Books & More for sharing space .  Overall, it was a nice event.  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Book Fest

Today I will be at the Tempe Book Festival.  They have me on a science fiction panel. Otherwise I'll probably be hanging out around the Duncan's Books booth, where I expect to have some books on consignment.  Stop by if you're in the area. The whole event is free.

Friday, November 3, 2017


There are at least four businesses around greater Tucson that have large dinosaurs on their property. By large, I mean ten feet tall or so. By dinosaurs I mean T Rex. Of course, they're not real dinosaurs. They've been built out of something. One of them is even at a McDonald's.  

One of them is just a few blocks from me. That one is made of metal of some kind and sits in front of a rock and mineral store. Dang, I sure wish I could have one.  I'm sure our homeowners association wouldn't allow it. Dang it would be cool. Alas, I am far too stupid to figure out how to build my own big dinosaur.  I sure enjoy driving by those that are publicly on display.

dino outside McDonalds

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Things That Go Pop For 100

Well, I've started physical therapy on my shoulders.  They've been bothering me for some time.  The nice physical therapist thinks I have both arthritis and tendonitis.  I hit the daily double.  Well, she thinks they can help me.  I was amazed at how many popping sounds my shoulder could make. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Well, Halloween came and went.  Now we stuff ourselves with turkey and trip over Christmas items in the stores.  I'll be at Tempe Book Festival Saturday, November 4th. This will likely be my final author event for the year.  Come by and buy some books. And you can come to the panel I'm on--writing science fiction.  Wait, don't I just hate writing panels? Well, I do, but the nice folks at the library asked me to do it and I said I would.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

The following story has been reprinted many times. it's a whimsical take on Halloween.


by David B. Riley

He couldn't tell for certain no one had seen him, but there weren't any sirens screeching through the night and there was no sign of any military aircraft approaching.  Kal opened the hatch and climbed down.  So far, so good.  He hurried across the park, then stopped by the statue of some guy on a horse.  The house he’d selected was just across the street.  He looked right, then left, then scurried across the open area and slid underneath a tall bush.  So far, so good.

Kal hoped the commander wouldn't find out what he was doing.  He doubted he could explain why he was 100 light years off course.  If all went well, he wouldn't have to. Kal looked around.  Surely, this was too easy.  He switched on his voice translator and readied his ray gun.  It was time.

He climbed out from the bushes and strutted boldly up to the front door.  A slight sense of dread was trying to overcome him.  He fought it off.  If only humans weren't so darn big.  He reached the porch.  His antennae were vibrating from the music inside.  At least they were home.  He readied his ray gun and pressed on the door bell button.  He liked the pleasant chiming sound it made and rang again.

Slowly, the big door opened and he peered up at a human female.  He raised the weapon.  “Give me Earth food now,” he ordered in his most forceful manner.

“Oh, George, come quick,” she yelled.

It's summoning its mate, Kal thought.  He prepared to fire.  Then, a human male arrived holding a tray of candied apples.

“He's so cute.  Just like a little space man,” the female said.

“Less talk, more food,” Kal ordered.

“Of course.  You've got a long way to get back to your planet,” the male said.  A very sensible individual.

“I just made them,” the female stated.

He placed one in his loot sack.  The candied apple was so big he decided not to ask for more of them. He didn’t want humans to think his kind were greedy.

“Good night.”  The male closed the door.

Kal scurried back across the street.  A small human female wearing a mask ran towards him.  He readied his ray gun, though she looked young and harmless..

“They got candy apples?” she was asking.

“Yes.  They look good.”  He held tightly to his sack in case she tried to grab it.

“I'll go get me one.”  She trotted across the street.   Kal holstered his weapon and watched in amazement.  Without any weapon, the young female obtained a candy apple from the elderly couple.  Kal reasoned the mask must be frightening to humans.  The young female stood at the edge of the sidewalk and waived at him.  “Happy Halloween,” she yelled.

“Yes, happy.”  He felt oddly pleased the young child called Halloween had gotten an apple as well.  Earth food was so addictive.  He headed for the ship.  This had worked so well he would try it again, tomorrow.
                        THE END

Monday, October 30, 2017

Random Thoughts From New Mexico

Driving home from Mile Hi Con, random thoughts:

It seems like the only place to eat alongside the  I-25 are McDonald;s and Denny's.
Must be hunting season, I hope it's hunting season, there sure are a lot of men with rifles.
Why do they have such crappy restrooms at highway rest area?
Gas is higher than in Tucson
Drinking fluids makes me appreciate the crappy bathrooms in New Mexico rest areas and wish they had more
Really cute redhead driving that police car ;[near Albuquerque].Should I blow a red light and see if she pulls me over? Then I could talk to her.  (What guys won't do to meet women).
Is it national Truck Driving Day--They're everywhere.
Damn I wish I'd gotten to talk to that female officer.
Amazing how cold it was in Colorado, then I go into New Mexico and it's warm.
They don't seem to have many houses decorated--must be a Tucson thing. [It's almost Halloween].
Damn, I sure wish I'd have gotten that redhead to pull me over. Would've even been better if she'd handcuffed me and searched me.
Petro Truck stops have better bathrooms than roadside rest areas.
Going through Border Patrol checkpoint. What would they do, after they asked if I was a U.S. citizen and I said I couldn't remember?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Postcard from Denver

Having a good time at Mile Hi Con.  A few random thoughts:

People who wear Star Trek uniforms always wear a rank of lieutenant.  If it was me, I'd be an admiral or at least a captain.

It seems there are actually fewer people running around in costumes these days. Don't know why.

Damn it's hard to get people to buy books. 

Con suite food is disgusting.

Cute females are in really short supply

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mile Hi Con

I'll be at Mile Hi Con this weekend. It's held every year in Denver.  They have me moderating a panel on cover art for books; I'm on a panel on weird westerns & steampunk and doing a themed weird western reading. Should be fun.  I'm hosting a small celebration of the release of my new book and whatever else I can get into.

If  anything noteworthy happens, I'll update when I get back from Denver. Maybe from the con if the wi fi gods cooperate.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Clean hands

One of the things I like about Costco is their restrooms actually have hot water. So many places cheap out and all they have is cold water. It's nice to be able to properly wash your hands after using the restroom. And they keep their restrooms clean, too. Damn I love Costco. I wish I could live there. I wouldn't take up much room, just a little tent somewhere. Somehow, I don't think Costco would go for that. 

I have Kirkland glasses[Costco's own brand for you Sam's Club readers.] They're really good. In fact, I liked them so much I went back and bought another pair of prescription driving glasses that are tinted darker and don't have the bifocal part. The gas in my car is from Costco. The slice of pizza I had for lunch is from Costco. And my hands are nice and clean, too. Few stores have happier customers.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fair enough

I was in the doctor's office waiting room yesterday.  This couple seemed to be making plans for the State Fair, which is apparently running now. That caused me to wax nostalgic. About five years ago I went to the fair in Colorado.  I even had a date, a lovely red-haired woman named Daphne.  And we were strolling around the place and this one booth caught her attention.  They printed your name on t-shirts in Chinese characters.  Well, she bought one and stopped by the ladies room and changed into her new shirt.  A few minutes later some guy went by and said"cock sucker."  I thought that was rather crude. A few minutes later a woman said the same thing. And it appeared to be directed at Daphne. 

"What'd you call me?" she asked.

"Your shirt said cock  sucker in Chinese," the woman insisted.

Daphne tuned bright red, almost as red as her hair. She flagged down another passerby, who looked Chinese. "What does it say on my shirt?"

He stared at her, reluctant to answer.

"What does it say?"

"Cock sucker," he reluctantly answered.  

I started laughing so hard I damn near injured myself. I couldn't stop. She was getting madder and madder, turning her rage from the people in the booth toward me. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, they say. But I could not stop laughing. Things like laughter are involuntary responses, but no telling that to her.  And the booth was closed when we got back over there. It was a very long ride home. She never went out with me again. I actually rather liked her, but I could not stop laughing. And she was not very forgiving. 

I still think it was damn funny, but rather mean that those people did that. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Well, the book signing yesterday was a bit of a dud.  They often are.  They take up a lot of time and you rarely sell very many books at these things.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mostly Books

Today I'll be at Mostly Books in Tucson  from 3-5 pm.  If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello. The store is just down from Bookmans at  6208 E. Speedway.  By the way, they have Halloween cards if you haven't gotten yours yet.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spooky Stories, part 2

Here are some more books for Halloween.  Let's start with one that's in many reprints, Edgar Allen Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart." A classic.

Ghost Hunting Critters. This is an unusual anthology edited by J. A. Campbell.  It's about ghosts but told from the viewpoint of animals--really.  She's a master at this type of story. I found it to be kind of a mixed bag with some good and some not-so-good. If you like stories with animals in them, this is for you.

Similar to the previous one. The difference here is it's all J. A. Campbell. Remember, I said she's very good at this type of story. Brown: Ghost Hunting Dog is set in the Old West era. She goes around with her person and exorcises ghosts from saloons and such. It's actually a lot of fun. Very good one to read if you have kids [but not really young ones].

The Brotherhood is my vampire novel. It's about a group of monks who happen to be vampires. And it's got good vampires and bad vampires and some really nasty alchemists. It's kind of an epic story, spanning 2000 years from biblical times to the modern era.

Ronald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories.  Ghost stories just seem right for Halloween and this is a nice collection of them.

If you like Zombies, this is the place.  A large collection of all kinds of zombie stories.  A funny thing about this book. The editor actually wrote me to get reprint permission for a story. Thing is, it's a story by the other David Riley--the one who lives in England. I wrote back and explained there are two of us and that's why I always use the middle initial of B. They sent me a free copy. It's a good book.

Haunted Nights is a brand new anthology of 16 stories about Halloween by my fellow HWA members.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spooky Stories, part 1

Hey, I'm an active voting member of the Horror Writers Association, as hard as that may be to believe.  I know a thing or two about horror literature. I really do.  Halloween is coming up fast. Want some stories to sit around and read with the lights down low? Try these. More book suggestion tomorrow.

The Dead Ride Fast, an Ebook from Jackson Kuhl.  Buy it for "Realgar." It's a really creepy story.

I'm the editor of Heat of the Midday Sun.. There's some good stuff here. The story that will keep you up is J.A.Campbell;s "Serpent's Rest."

Gunslingers and Ghost Stories,  I'm the editor. This is the best selling book I've edited.  All ghost stories set in the Old West.

The Astronomer's Crypt by David Lee Summers.  A very unusual location with a creepy story set at an observatory.

Mine again. Don't buy it for my story. Buy it for my co-author Laura Givens' story. "Chin Song Ping and the Long, Long Night" has some good first rate dark fantasy including some hungry ghosts.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

E Books

Like Ebooks? Some of my books are on Kobo and Kindle.  Actually, a lot of my stuff is on Kindle and some of my stuff is on Kobo.  There's all sorts of digital platforms that have come and gone. These two seem to be all that really matter. I've hardly ever had a sale on any other venue.  I used to sell a few things on Nook, but those sales are a distant memory.  

Monday, October 16, 2017


Ever wake up in the middle of the night wanting pancakes?  I did yesterday.  It's nearly a half hour drive to IHOP and or Denny's.  I ordered some blueberry pancakes.  And ate them at IHOP. I didn't go to Denny's. Then I drove home. If I'd had pancakes mix I could've fixed some and not had to drive across town.

Then I went to the store later in the day. They don't have frozen blueberry pancakes. They just have regular pancakes. I hadn't noticed this change in the cosmic order. The store guy confirmed they don't make blueberry pancakes anymore. Further proof the world is coming to an end. At least IHOP still sells them.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


I was at the store yesterday. I needed some envelopes--the regular business envelope.  I started to put a box in my cart, then noticed they wanted two bucks for them. I put them back. On my way home I stopped by the dollar store. The same envelopes were available for a dollar.  I was so pleased I saved a dollar on my box of envelopes.  Counting the extra time of going to the dollar store, it was not really that great a  bargain. Still, I'd saved a dollar and I was happy.  

Orville Who?

I rarely do reviews.  There's this show called The Orville.  The concept of some bumbling commander flying around the cosmos with his ex wife and the dumbest moron in the galaxy for a helmsman seemed like a looser out the gate.  Add to that some very tired story lines that have been done to death. And, strangely, I like it.  It seems like everything is wrong with this show. Nonetheless, I find it oddly entertaining.  And I can't really explain why. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween Tree

I sure wish minions pf people would order copies of Legends of the Dragon Cowboys to put under their Halloween tree?  You do have a Halloween tree to exchange presents don't you?  Where does the Great Pumpkin put them if you don't have a Halloween tree?  

They say Halloween is now the second biggest holiday in terms of money spent, second only to Christmas. I believe it. Around Tucson people really decorate their homes and have all levels of parties and merrymaking. Now order the books so you can place them in the Halloween stockings. Get to it.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Halloween Haunts

As I've previously mentioned, my listing for the HWA's Halloween Haunts is today.  Just click on the link.  Each entry requires you to click on the title to get the full text. Or are you afraid? Haunted hotels your thing then click below for a true ghost story that happened to me on Halloween.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Trump of His Day

When I was in the fifth grade or so, our teacher gave us some sort of assignment about Columbus.Day.  Well, I'd read about this guy--and not just in the sanitized textbooks full of questionable facts provided by the school.  And I turned in my little paper about the accomplishments of Christo Columbo. She marked that up even though that was his name. It was not COLUMBUS and his first name was not CHRISTOPHER.  A man who was such an inept mariner that he thought he was in India--wrong continent pal.

I went on to point out his own men mutinied and locked him up on his third voyage because he was such an inept commander.  Oh, and I also pointed out he never set foot on the mainland of America, North or South.  So, how on earth could he be credited with discovering it?

Then I pointed out the Vikings had been to North America 600 years earlier. If anyone had discovered the place, it was Lief Erikson, not Columbo.  

Well, there was red ink everywhere.  I think I got an F on it. My first F ever.  I always got mostly A's in school back then. And I was right. What I had written was the truth. Yet the Donald Trump of his day got a holiday named after him and I got an F.  Thing is, I knew I'd be blasted and did it anyway.

Needless to say, Columbo Day is still not my favorite holiday. 

I always wondered if he was banging Queen Isabella. I can't think of any other reason why she would have backed this loser. Love is blind, they say.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


My brother made me a few bottles of Martian Red Wine to take to Mile Hi Con later this month.  That was nice enough of him.  We'll toast or curse his winemaking ability in due course. This all started because I wanted Martian Red Ale, which is what Sarah Meadows drinks in Bonded Agent.  I couldn't find anyone who would make any for me and I don't know how to make beer.  Then my brother, who makes wine, offered to make me a little Martian Red Wine.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Legends of the Dragon Cowboys

Authors David B. Riley and Laura Givens have combined two novellas into one book.  “We wanted it to be like the old Ace Doubles that used to double up two stories. We both like the size of novellas, but they’re tough to get published on their own–too big as a short story and two small for a regular novel,” said Riley. The book is published by Hadrosaur Productions of New Mexico.

In “The Venerable Travels of Ling Fung” by David B. Riley, a wandering businessman encounters a Mayan god, crooked enterprises and Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, when all he really wants is to open a gun store.  Ling Fung is not any ordinary Chinese entrepreneur–he’s highly skilled in Kung Fu and he can shoot good, too. While his heart is set on business, providence seems to have other plans for him.

Laura Givens brings wily acrobat Chin Song Ping to the Wild West in search of adventure and fortune. He finds little fortune, but plenty of adventure. Chin Song Ping is a scoundrel, a gambler and a trouble magnet. His heart of gold lands him in schemes to outwit would-be gods, cannibal ghosts, insane robots, Voodoo despots and the ultimate evil--bureaucrats.  But he is a romantic, and the love of his life is the true treasure he seeks. The odds are always against him but if he survives he will become the Western legend he always was in his own mind.

The Wild West just got a lot wilder!

Genre: fantasy, weird western.

The book is available in trade paperback and ebook formats through most booksellers.
Print $ 12.95 Ebook $3.95
:ISBN: 1-885093-83-7

Thursday, October 5, 2017

He's A Moron

He's A Moron. When I say it nobody cares.  When the Secretary of State says it it's a big deal.  And that's okay.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Book Stuff

Putting out a new book really soon now. When you bring out a book certain decisions have to be made.  In consultation with my co-author and the publisher we decided not to bother to get quotes and just go with a description of the book. Quotes can be something of a pain. They can also tie up production sitting around waiting for someone to read the darned book and provide said quote.  

Still, here are some quotes I'd love to see:

Better than most books that I didn't read.

I liked it real good. Where's my Twenty bucks?

If I'd actually read this book I'm sure I would've liked it.

The babe on the cover is hot.  

It would be better if there was a babe on the cover, a really hot one. Otherwise it's okay.

I liked the babe on the cover, then I was informed that's a dude so I don't like it anymore.

It looks like Chinamen on the cover. What kind of commie crap is this?

My dog could write better than this crap. In fact, he says they stole his idea.

This is the sort of thing we publish in hell.   -Nick M., The Devil.