Monthly Archives: October 2011

Shake Your Spook Thing!

Happy Halloween!


Dear God…It’s Back!!!

Is it just me or does this look like an autopsy on a bun?


A Great Review for “The Lacquered Box”

My story, “The Lacquered Box” was recently published in Jack O’Spec, an anthology of Halloween short stories.  It’s a very good antho, one that I highly recommend and would even if I didn’t have a story in it.  But I do.

A site called Bending the Spine ( recently reviewed the antho and singled my story out for praise.

“I always find it difficult to review an anthology due to the fact that there is more than one author and story per book. I was very happy that I received Jack-O`-Spec far enough in advance to really go through it. Jack-O`-Spec is pure Halloween fun.
There is a great range of poetry and short stories in Jack-O`-Spec. One of my favorite creeptastic stories is “The Lacquered Box.” “The Lacquered Box” by John F.D. Taff is about a magician who shows everyone a deadly show on Halloween night, but that’s what you get when you make a magician reveal his tricks. I had many more shorts that I liked and there were even a couple in here that I got to read to my children which was a pleasure.
I found Jack-O`-Spec a lot like Trick-or-Treating. It’s something I’m going to want to revisit each year at this time, just to read a story or two, to help me get in the spirit of the season.  Happy Reading,”
Well, it’s the little things like this that keep me writing.  Anyway, here’s the link to get the book.

Proud Pug Parents’ Pictures

Prior to today’s PugVenture©!


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Happy Pug Day!

One Buck Zombies

My friends at One Buck Horror have a new issue out, this one devoted to our favorite undead shufflers.  It’s called One Buck Zombies, and it’s available at Amazon and B&N for just .99 cents.  It’s got five new zombie stories, and though I don’t have a story in this issue, it’s nice to support people who are doing a good job and trying to put out a good product.

Here’s the link.  Pop in and grab one.

The publisher also has a great promotion running.  Stop by their site and take a look:

This Weekend’s PugAdventure!

Was a bust…well, at least from the standpoint of what we had planned anyway.

The idea was to take the pugs, Sadie & Sylvia, to a great little park nearby, Lone Elk Park.  The park is a great drive-thru place to ogle wildlife from the safety of one’s own car, particularly elk and buffalo.

Both dogs are driven to distraction by large mammals, particularly horses.  Horse are, even when they’re only seen on television, Sylvia’s nemesis.  So, Deb and I thought a nice drive on a great fall day to see large mammals that might cause the pugs to spontaneously lose their shit might be a great idea.

Unless, of course, you are the two least observant pugs.  In.  The.  World.

Granted, the large mammals didn’t come right up to the car, as Deb and I had supposed (and had even been a little worried about).  But our two darling girls didn’t seem to see them at all.  Oh well, at least there was a ride in the car, which Sylvia loves.

So, here are a few pictures of what they didn’t see.

P.S.  There was an element of shadiness here, on my part at least.  Domestic animals are not allowed in the park, even in cars.  But what the hell…they’re small…and they’re pugs…and they couldn’t have cared less anyway.

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