The Good Doctor’s Demons

Dr. Bruce Hennigan is a medical doctor who lives and works in Shreveport, Louisiana–and he writes books about demons. (He also took a trip to New Zealand and visited the Hobbit village from the Lord of the Rings movies, for which I’m jealous, but let’s stay Read More …

Intrepid Force Inspirations: Southern Brew

I’m not the first writer or artist to be inspired by my region of the country. Anne Rice lived in New Orleans and set her vampire novels there. Charlaine Harris, whose Southern Vampire novels formed the basis for HBO’s True Blood series lived in Magnolia, 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 …

Haunted Summer Inspirations: Dinner With Bigfoot

In Haunted Summer, Lindsay, my main character, meets a young documentary filmmaker named Todd who is producing a film about people’s belief in the paranormal and the role those beliefs play in life. Their friendship really begins when she helps him film the interview of Read More …