Book Review — Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4) by Dan Brown Robert Smith (TyCobbsTeeth)'s review March 14, 2017 bookshelves: owned-paperbacks Inferno sets up fast. The story starts from several directions. Characters are brought along nicely, developing as the story lines converge. Like most of the books in this series, I find I learned a lot about the location and … Continue reading Book Review — Inferno by Dan Brown

Punchy Book Reviews

Punchy Book Reviews

I like to read concise book reviews that are specific and don't contain spoilers. Answer a few questions for me and be done. What did you like about the book; did you dislike anything? Be balanced. No book is all good or all bad. Tell me about the writing, the storyline, and characters. Were the … Continue reading Punchy Book Reviews

Book Review — Velocity by Dean Koontz

Velocity by Dean Koontz (Goodreads Author) Robert Smith (TyCobbsTeeth)'s review Oct 18, 2016  bookshelves: owned-paperbacks Read from August 07, 2015 to October 09, 2016   I started this work by Dean Koontz quite a while back, then set it aside. I had several other books on the go at the time, and this offering by … Continue reading Book Review — Velocity by Dean Koontz

The Great Horror Hoax – How to REALLY Harness A Readers Fear

I just found writer Sacha Black. She has some great posts and is definitely worth a follow. Check this post out:

Sacha Black

horror hoaxI’m terrified of spiders. I know. So cliched. If it helps, I am also terrified of boats – although the reasoning behind that is a little foggier given I swim like a fish – I must have drowned in a past life.

I had a date night recently and we happened to watch a film: London has Fallen. It gave me somewhat of an epiphany watching it. Horror in its most basic ‘blood and gore’ sense, is changing.

As a kid, I thought sword fights and giant spiders were terrifying. Granted kids find a lot of things scary but it wasn’t that long ago that adults cowered behind the sofa over the Blob, which barely caused me to raise an eyebrow recently, and only because it was that bad!

So why then, did I find this cheesy American action film only rated 15, so horrifying?

It’s because, horror, like society…

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What Lies!

I have some exciting updates! I completed What Lies Within, edited it, edited it, edited it (mowed, mulched, and raked), and then ran it through some beta-readers. It's ready 🙂 Last month I signed with an agent who I had been talking with for a while. It's a fantastic agency based in the U.K. and … Continue reading What Lies!

What Lies Within – Submitted!

I want to send out a huge thank you to everyone who helped with editing and beta reading. I received some great feedback and incorporated a several modifications because of it. By popular request, I have added one last chapter to tie off those loose ends, and answer some lingering questions. I sent out copies … Continue reading What Lies Within – Submitted!

Nearing Completion

Today I sent out the last two copies of my manuscript to beta readers. I have a dozen that promised to feedback in short order. Now like an expectant father I wait. What Lies Within “There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.” —Ambrose Bierce A tortured past can shape a soul, … Continue reading Nearing Completion

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to … Continue reading 2015 in review

I WON!

Well...a bronze isn't too bad. My short story, Breakfast is Severed just won Third Place in the Thriller category of Inkitt's writing contest. Hi TyCobbsTeeth! I just wanted to let you know that your story "Breakfast is Severed" has placed third in Inkitt's "Cult" writing contest! Congratulations! We were blown away by your narrative and … Continue reading I WON!