The Movie Club meets every other week. Tonight is also Halloween night and it’s going to be frightful.
The Movie Club is one of eight short stories with a movie tinted flavor in my new collection, The Late Show and Other Tales of Celluloid Malice. Available at Amazon.
I am interviewed by Rick Armstrong of the Classic Film and TV Cafe. You can read the interview here! The Late Show and Other Tales of Celluloid Malice is available at Amazon as both an eBook and Paperback.
IT’S HERE! Today my latest collection of short stories, The Late Show and Other Tales of Celluloid Malice, is available for purchase on Amazon as both an eBook and paperback.
Eight dark short stories all with two things in common – Movies and Malice! Murder, revenge, greed and more are now playing. The stories include:
The Late Show
I Ain’t So Tough
The Green Light
The Movie Club
The Butcher’s Kid
Benny and Slaughter
Creativity comes from many sources and directions: newspaper articles, movies, dreams, travel, photographs, talking to others and more. Writers observe as do photographers and other artists. To me, that is the key to creativity… observation. You see something, you hear something and that gets your creative juices flowing. I have been inspired to write by my own photographs. For example, the photo below was taken at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. The photograph inspired a story called The Bombay Hook Incident.
A little background. My wife and I went on a photo trip with photographer John Slonina, and The Bombay National Wildlife Refuge was one of our stops. As any photographer knows, early mornings are a great time to shoot, especially landscape and wildlife. While driving around the refuge, we came across a tent near some sand dunes. Apparently, some people camped there overnight. I doubt it’s legal to do so, but there they were. The scenery, the beautiful morning skies, the abundance of wildlife got me thinking, and I wrote this story about a female photographer out there alone in the early morning who runs across a shady individual looking to steal her photography equipment. It was published last year in the online A Million and One Magazine. You can read it here.
This leads me to my new collection of short stories, The Late Show and Other Tales of Celluloid Malice. One story, The Butcher’s Kid, is about an older teenage boy who helps his father get out of a jam with a local hoodlum. I was thinking about my old Brooklyn neighborhood and a butcher shop that my mother frequented. The butcher had a daughter about my age. We both attended the same junior high school and shared a class or two together. The girl was pretty, and I admittedly had a bit of a crush on her. That’s probably the reason it remains a memory. Using that as the background, except for the girl who is not in the story, I came up with this short tale of a father and son protecting their turf and themselves.
The Butcher’s Kid is one of eight short stories, all with two things in common – Movies and Malice! Murder, revenge, greed and more are now playing. These stories may make you change your movie-going habits. Available now for pre-order. Due on March 3rd.
She took one step into the bedroom framing herself by the open bathroom door. Jimmy stared at her. Exactly as John Garfield first saw Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice, he thought: white shorts, halter top, and turban. Only this time Margaret added one more accessory… – The Late Show and Other Tales of Celluloid Malice
THE LATE SHOW AND OTHER TALES OF CELLULOID MALICE includes 8 short stories all with two things in common… Malice and Movies. Below are some of the movies that inspired me to write the stories. Pre-order at Amazon. Available March 3rd
My new book, The Late Show and Other Tales of Celluloid Malice will be available on March 3rd. You can now pre-order the ebook on Amazon for immediate delivery on the publication date. A paperback edition will also be available.
Frankie Bosco’s running from the cops. He needs to hide. As he scurries along a busy street Frankie passes a movie theater showing two classic James Cagney gangster films. It’s perfect! He can hide in the theater until dark and things cool down. Undercover of the night would a better time to make his getaway. In the theater, Frankie’s safe for now or so he thinks!
I Ain’t So Tough is one of seven crime stories with a cinematic flavor included in my forthcoming collection, The Late Show and Other Tales of Celluloid Malice.
Here’s a shortlist of some of my favorite books I read during 2019. Some were published in 2019, others are older works I finally caught up with.
Favorite Short Story Fiction
The Sleep Tight Motel (Lisa Unger)
Rides a Stranger (David Bell)
Payoff (Steve Brewer)
Favorite Fiction Novels
The Bitterest Pill (Reed Farrel Coleman)
Prey for the Girl (Joseph Souza)
The James Deans (Reed Farrel Coleman)
The Outfit (Richard Stark)
Beyond the Truth (Bruce Robert Coffin)
Favorite Non-Fiction – Hollywood vs. the Author
Natasha received her copy of Bitter Ends and loved it! She takes it with her everywhere! It’s available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo.