Intrepid Force Inspirations: Dr. Blood and the State Fair

My second year of college, about a month after I’d finished that second draft of Intrepid, my friends and I took a trip to Shreveport, to the Louisiana State Fair. I wrote about it in my journal, so I still have details I’d have otherwise Read More …

Chinchuba: Truth in the Dark

Scott Derrickson is a Christian filmmaker. Interestingly enough, he mostly makes horror films. (“Dr. Strange” and the Keanu Reeves version of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”  are exceptions.) Derrickson’s films are not made for exclusively Christian audiences, and they do not appear to be Read More …

Chinchuba Connections: Voodoo Priests and Dark Powers

This week, I’ve been writing about the inspirations behind Mike Casey’s horror novel, Chinchuba. I published it for him back in 2005. It has been sitting on its virtual shelf on Amazon for the past few years, and I thought it was time to revive Read More …

Chinchuba Connections: Ghostly White Alligators

What is it about big, white animals that makes them more beautiful and more terrifying than big, normally-colored animals? Herman Melvile pontificated at length about that very subject in the forty-second chapter of Moby Dick. Since Mr. Melville covered the psychology of big, white, scary Read More …

Haunted Summer Inspirations: Before We Move On to Haunted Autumn…

As part of my “Three Weeks of Halloween” theme, I’ve been writing about inspirations and experiences surrounding my novel, Haunted Summer.  The inspirations have been many, of course. You might see elements of The Haunting, Agatha Christie, and even a wink at Scooby Doo. It Read More …

Haunted Summer Inspirations: The First Flying Saucers

In one of the scenes I ended up cutting from the final manuscript of Haunted Summer (I had to tighten up the flow.), Todd and Lindsey interview a UFO abductee. The man’s poignant story and disturbing experiences made a strong enough story to keep for Read More …