Latest News:
June 20, 2021: Website updated and revised.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like The Sun’s Birthday

I’m getting into the holiday spirit (some holiday, take your pick) with my portrait of Ahura Mazda, the old god of light himself. In other words, at the risk of seeming sentimental and a little in advance of the date, I just want to wish you all a Hairy Mithras AND an Ahura Mazda!



“In Like Sin” Now Out In The Devil’s Doorbell 2

In Like Sin is the inside scoop on what happens when the King of the Swashbucklers, Errol Flynn himself, goes out on the town, meets a strange woman, and gets embroiled with a little girl Satanist from Pasadena. It’s just one of the tales of dark romance in HellBound Books’ latest anthology, The Devil’s […]

New Story Out: Close To The Bone

Small Town Fracas can now be read for free at Close To The Bone, a UK magazine that offers “gritty and interesting short fiction across multiple genres from a range of talented writers.” Based on legendary Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, I kept the prose hardboiled to fit the subject. Please read and like the […]

“Summer In Uummannaq” Now Out In The Chamber Magazine

John Cheever was an American writer most noted for his short stories, many of which appeared in the New Yorker. I bought his collected stories from a used book bin two years ago and read them through.

Cheever basically wrote the quintessential New Yorker short story, appearing a hundred times in the magazine from […]

Portrait of Melkart, the Tyrian Hercules

This portrait of the god Melkart, founder of the city of Tyre and syncretically identified by the Greeks with Herakles, is based on a marble bust of Mithridates VI now found in the Louvre. My current collaboration with the Phoenician powerhouse has resulted so far in one novel, a novella, a novelette, and eight […]

Border Incident Out Now In Spring ’21 Issue Of El Portal

El Portal is the literary journal of Eastern New Mexico University and one of the few remaining venues nowadays for Western fiction, although it also accepts general literary work. My short story, Border Incident, appears in the Spring 2021 issue, available online for free. Incident is based on a real occurrence in the life of […]

Book Review – The Perfume Burned His Eyes










(Louis sporting the bleached locks of the early ’70’s period the novel’s set in.)

The Perfume Burned His Eyes, Michael Imperioli, Akashic Press, 253 pp.

Michael Imperioli is a well known actor, having appeared in films and shows like Goodfellas, The Sopranos, and Law And […]

!Website Update!

To quote the late Hubert H. Humphrey, I’m pleased as punch to announce the latest update of my website, thanks once again to the inestimable skills of Fiona Jayde, webmistress extraordinaire. Check out the action on the home page with new, added links to twenty-one publications where my work can be purchased or read for […]

Satyr Head or Bring Me The Dead Of Jerry Garcia

This drawing turned out to inadvertently resemble the Grateful Dead’s late lead guitarist, hence the alternative title. Another attempt at a three-quarters view, I’m not completely dissatisfied with the result, just mostly. For purposes of comparison, just so you can ascertain exactly what a cruddy artist I am, the picture that I used as a […]

The “Genius” That Was Stan Lee: Book Review

True Believer, The Rise And Fall Of Stan Lee, Abraham Reisman, 335 pp., Crown Publishing.

When I was a boy, Marvel comics reigned supreme. Stan Lee was a familiar friend. The snappy dialog, the upbeat attitude, and most of all the amazing characters like Fantastic Four, Spiderman, and Dr. Strange, made an indelible impression. Over […]