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Sometimes Boys Don’t Know by Donyae Coles

Growing up in the eighties, horror was everywhere. There were tons of magazines, anthology television shows, and my oh my, horror films galore. Unfortunately, the vast majority of this content was written by middle age white dudes.

Mind you, I have no problem with middle age white dudes. After all, I am such a dude. But in the eighties, white dudes had a monoculture of horror.

Donyae Coles takes that perspective and turns it on its head in her short story, “Sometimes Boys Don’t Know” and it is very much worth the read.

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Review: Cell by Stephen King

This is an old audiobook review that I wrote for Cell. I originally published it on this site in 2014. And hey, what is old is new again so enjoy!

A long time ago in a college far away, I sat down with a group of other beginning writers and started my first creative writing class. After the instructor went through all the necessary business, he asked the class a very easy question. “What writer has had the greatest influence in your life?”

My answer was Stephen King. The room went silent like I had farted the national anthem.

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Aliens: Phalanx Audible Review

I admit it. I’m a sucker for Aliens. Not the kind of aliens that travel to and from countries, but rather Aliens with a capital A that like to use people as living nurseries.

I first heard about it as a little boy. My dad was talking with my uncle about the original movie. I remember the discussion focused on the chest-bursting scene.

I don’t remember their opinions (it was forty years ago), but I do remember being shocked by the concept. The very idea was terrifying to me and I actively avoided the franchise until high school. Then, I got sucked in and have been a fan ever since.

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Alien 3 by William Gibson

1992 was a special year for me. First, I was finally graduating from my dumpster fire of a high school. Second,  my writing started to mature into something people wanted to read. And finally, Alien 3 was released.

Growing up, I was a huge fan of both the Alien and Aliens movies. Yes, both movies scared and repulsed me, but the style, aesthetics and storylines captivated my imagination, unlike any other sci-fi horror.

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