New Short Story – No Place Like Home for Christmas

The holidays can be a joyous time, but they can always be stressful. Family traditions do not always work for everyone as you will see when you read my new short story, NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. Click here. HAPPY Holidays to all!

Alaska Daily

My favorite new show on commercial TV is Alaska Daily airing on Thursday nights at 10PM on ABC. The show’s focus is on the importance of local journalism which has been slowly dying over the years.  Too many people getting their news information online from questionable sources and seeing news reporters as the bad guys.

The show stars Hillary Swank as a hard-ass former New York City reporter who has been pushed out of her job. She moves to Anchorage, Alaska to work for the city’s local newspaper (Daily Alaskan). A running theme throughout each show is Swank, along with an Indigenous reporter, portrayed by Grace Dove, investigating the unsolved death of an Indigenous woman (A continuing problem in real life). Each show also contains a standalone story.

Alaska Daily is both intelligent and entertaining. It is also streaming on HULU.

“Harbor House” Now in Paperback

“Solid Collection of Stories by John Greco” Joseph Souza – Author of “The Perfect Daughter.”

“Will raise the hackles on fans of horror and dark tales” – Jacqueline T. Lynch Author of “The Iron Lung Mystery.”

Now available as a paperback and eBook at Amazon.

“Harbor House” Goes Live One Week From Today

 I just want to update everyone on my forthcoming new collection, “Harbor House and Other Dark Tales.” The eBook is now available to pre-order on Amazon (Click here). Publication date is only one week away – September 6th. The paperback version will be forthcoming.

“Harbor House” includes a varied collection of sixteen all-new stories. Below are the titles…

Harbor House

Love and Hate

The Next Door Neighbor

Believe

Big Carmine

Room 111 

A Permanent Solution

So Many Books, So Little Time

And Then She Was Gone

I Would Do Anything for You

That Stuff Will Kill You

A Morning Walk in the Woods

Dwayne

Sorry for Your Loss

Bad Luck

Jacqueline

Below is a short excerpt…

1902

     Everyone in the coastal town of Laurel, Maine, knew the history of Harbor House. Built in 1902 along the rocky shores of the Atlantic, Harbor House has survived over one hundred years of cold winters, snowstorms, icy winds, and death. The large house was built by Joshua Holt and his two sons, Jedediah and Samuel. One year after its completion the Holt family, which included Joshua’s wife Becky and youngest child, Kate, were all killed while boating in the Atlantic. An unexpected and merciless storm capsized their boat.

     Legend has it Joshua was knocked unconscious while Jedediah and Samuel both drowned attempting to save their mother and sister. No one knows for sure what happened since there were no witnesses or survivors. What is known is the bodies of the entire family were washed ashore and eventually buried on their large property. Their names carved into pieces of wood used as markers. 

     After the tragic death of the Holt family, Harbor House remained empty until 1910. During that time, stories spread, mostly by the local teens, that Harbor House was haunted by the spirits of the Holt family. Some kids claimed to have seen Joshua’s ghost in the house crying and calling out to his wife, Becky. Older teens and a few adults claimed to have heard the oldest son, Jedediah, scream out the name of Eleanor Crane, his bride to be. Eleanor was supposed to have been on the boat trip with the Holt family. She bowed out at the last moment because of illness. What is known is that two months after the Holt family drowned, Eleanor, who had been distraught over her fiancé’s death, was found dead. Her body draped over Jedediah’s grave. The cause of death was cyanide, an ingredient her father used in his photography studio. Rumors spread she was pregnant with Jedediah’s baby at the time of her death.

 If you have not pre-ordered yet, why not do so now?

Book Review: Dirty Old Town

Set in the mid-1970s, author Gabriel Valjan’s P.I. Shane Cleary follows down those dark mean streets traveled by Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, only in Boston. I thoroughly enjoyed this hard-boiled tale. If you like noir dark with wise-cracking dialogue this book, the first in a series is for you. Available at Amazon.