The season of Carnivale and The Cask of Amontillado

Though COVID has large communal gatherings still largely banned, this time of springtide always makes me think about the tradition of Carnivale, and Edgar Allan Poe’s story The Cask of Amontillado, where Poe writes about a drunk reveler being walled up in a catacomb by the narrator, Montresor. I grew up in Florida, quite non-religious, […]

Love in the time of COVID

Happy belated Valentine’s Day to everyone. Like many people, I had a lovely Zoom date with my loved one. Someone pointed out to me the other day that my main characters’ lovers have a rather high fatality rate in my stories…. which I can’t really argue with, I suppose. I hope wherever you were, whoever […]

The Stand and other pandemic thoughts

I first read Stephen King’s The Stand as a high schooler, many an undisclosed amounts of moons ago. It’s one of my favorite books of his–between it and his Dark Tower series. This is the book where he introduces the man in black, and I think he hit many of his high points describing what […]