I’m not a big TV guy. In fact I don’t have cable or a dish—no pay service, not even internet at home except for a couple of data gigs per month on my phone. I have a small digital antenna that works for local stations unless the wind blows. That being said I will watch Futurama anytime I run across it. I’m also a PBS documentary guy. NOVA, Nature, Secrets of the Dead, the new Breakthrough series.
No rhyme or reason to my reading. Novels sitting beside my chair right now are Below the Fold by R. G. Belsky, True Fiction and Killer Thriller by Lee Goldberg, Hollywood Dead, the latest Sandman Slim novel by Richard Kadrey. Non-fiction in that same pile are The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson, Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creature by Ben Mezrich. It is a teetering stack.
I love the rural mystery series books by Craig Johnson, James Lee Burke, Ace Atkins, and lately I have to add J. Todd Scott. Recently I went on a James Rollins binge after exhausting myself on Lee Child. Lawrence Block, Elmore Leonard, and David Morrell always get my attention.
But, books I return to over and over, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, (no relation) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, Salem’s Lot by King, Lonesome Dove by Larry Mc Murtry, The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote, The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Breakfast of Champions and Cat’s Cradle by Vonnegut and the Hitchiker’s books by Adams. For some reason I’ve read Moby Dick three times. It was always a struggle and a joy at the same time. I prefer Billy Budd, Sailor but read Moby Dick. What does that say about me or Melville?
Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing, They Live—noticing a theme here? I also have a weakness for ‘50s radiation mutant monster movies: Them, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, It came from Beneath the Sea, The Thing From Another World, 20,000,000 miles to Earth. You get the idea. The western films of John Ford are always a go-to. When I was in college, friends and I got hold of a 16mm projector and held movie nights in the driveway. Of course they couldn’t just be normal movies for college students. No Porkey’s for us. We showed, and I still have a soft spot for, The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries, Seven Samurai, and Yojimbo. We also snagged a great print of Friedkin’s, The Sorcerer. These days I mostly watch movies with the grandkids and kids so whatever the animated or superhero movie of the moment is. I do like to see John Wick kicking butt.
Too much to cover but I do love the newer Springsteen: Wrecking Ball, Magic, Working on a Dream, Devils and Dust. I tend to like my rock, country influenced and I am a product of my time, so I still listen to Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Marshall Tucker, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. And I don’t think there has been anything by Elvis Costello that has not worked for me.
I love travel. I hate it too. I’ve spent time all over the US and on lots of Caribbean islands. Like so many people I love being there but the process is a hard wall to climb. I love London and Paris, what I have experienced. Remind me to tell you my story of Paris trains, whores, pimps, bums, and running from the police in the Metro.
I’m a food is fuel person much more than a foodie. I don’t tend to be disappointed or terribly surprised. But give me a thick cut ribeye anytime.
I tend to always have an iced tea going. If not, it’s a Diet Dr. Pepper. I love the caffeine but hate coffee. Never been drunk or had more than token drinks of anything alcoholic except for red wine the Dr. keeps saying is good for my heart.
Gotta love Peter Max. Mouly, Rothko, Ohh bright colors.
BIO: I was born an Army brat and grew up in the Missouri Ozarks. At eleven I wrote my first book, turning a series of Jack Kirby comic books into a hand written novel spanning a dozen spiral bound notebooks.
After college majors in philosophy, religion, theatre, and film/TV communications, left me qualified only to be a televangelist I turned to the, mostly, honest work of video and film production. I worked on everything from documentaries, to training films and my favorite, travelogues. After the turn of the century it seemed like a good time for a change. Or it seemed like a good time to give into change. I returned to writing mystery, horror, and fantasy fiction for publication.
In addition to recent crime novel, DEAD MAN’S BADGE, and the Katrina Williams mystery/thriller series, A LIVING GRAVE, A PARTICULAR DARKNESS, A DARK PATH, and the upcoming, A KILLING SECRET, I have written horror novels, THE RED HIGHWAY, MOTORMAN, and THE HARROWING. There are other things, out of print or that we just don’t talk about. There are a few books making the rounds looking for a home.
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