On June 18th I'm giving the commencement address at my old high school. They're located twenty minutes outside of Washington, D.C. They've got access to museum docents, Senators, Congressmen, political reporters and The Greaseman. But despite this deep pool of...

I'm writing this from my hotel in Providence, R.I. It's gloomy out and I'm fighting a fever. I wasn't as bad yesterday, when I showed up. I took a commuter train down from Boston. The cars were appropriately gloomy and empty,...

I've been assaulted with Top 5 lists these past few weeks -- books, movies, music, everything. Am I totally out of touch with the mainstream?  Here were my favorites for 2007: BOOKS   Warriors of the Spider-Jewel XVIII:  The Wizard's Claw G. Pheldon Blampleworth Well, duh. ...

Ever wonder how H.P. Lovecraft felt about Halloween? Think about this while you’re walking around tonight, feeling the Eldritch chill in the blandest of landscapes: The steeples are white in the wild moonlight, And the trees have a silver glare; Past the chimneys...

Michael Motherfucking Shea. I know there are Stephen King, Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison and Richard Matheson fans. And they deserve 'em, 'cuz they're all so good. But Michael Shea is, in my opinion, the best horror/fantasy writer working...