Going Under, the first book in the Something in the Water series, arrives Tuesday, September 5!

 

Of Curtain Rods

Of Curtain Rods

“Well, shit,” Danny said, and Matt nodded emphatically as they surveyed the scene of destruction.

They had tried to put the curtain rod back up, but it fell down again and smashed through one of the potted plants somebody—Danny didn’t remember who, but suspected it might have been his mother—had given him as a “house warming gift.”
There was dirt all over the floor, bits and pieces of the plant everywhere, and the curtain rod was lying in the middle of the room.
What Makes a Villain?

What Makes a Villain?

I was talking with a reader and she asked me, point-blank, if one of the characters in Slapshot! was going to become a villain. She said she felt like he just wasn’t a good guy. Oddly enough, this wasn’t the character I had singled out as being my primary antagonist through this story arc, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t become a villain.
But that set me to thinking: What makes a villain?
Words, They Mean Things: Halloween

Words, They Mean Things: Halloween

Halloween is an interesting celebration, an almost uniquely Western phenomenon. Other cultures do celebrate some pretty macabre things. The Mexican Dia de los Muertos is one example. At this point, it’s a bit difficult to separate which traditions belonged to the Indigenous peoples of the area and which ones originated with the Spanish conquistadors.