Saturday, July 18, 2015


Last Sunday, I played the part of "Old Man"--no stretch there--for a film written and produced by Kevin Edward Epperson at One Tear Productions. We filmed on a bench in front of an Ace Hardware close enough to the Sheridan elevated that we had to stop filming several times, and my scene, alongside my "wife", was the last to be filmed. I'll post more about this in the next few months. You can find Epperson on IMDb and I know he'll have a stellar career in years to come.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


 Here's a photo taken during my reading at Bad Grammar Theater, hosted by Brendan Detzner, last month. I read half of my novella "Days of Fiction Past", as yet unpublished. I'm always able to get some great shots of UIC and the skyline. My shirt was from the Salvation Army and I wasn't even aware that it was for a benefit for prostate cancer and that the Willis Tower was lit up in prostate cancer teal. It was a full moon, so here are two shots I took on my bus ride home.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I was involved with a Kickstarter program involving my good friend Andrew Mitchell Kudelka and Ed Dunphy.  They were trying to put out a complete series for their comic character Mongrel, and for people who donated a certain amount of money, they would receive a trade paperback with the comic plus an original story by me, with artwork by Andrew. The story is set both Chicago in 1958, at the site of the still unsolved murder/body dump of the Grimes sisters, and then jumping to Waverly Hills in Louisville, Kentucky. A sanitarium during a massive tuberculosis epidemic in the Ohio Valley during the 1930s, I have also used the setting in a novella I wrote for DARK DESTINY in 1994.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Someday Sid and I will finish writing this novel. Back in the day, we were sending passages to each other via AOL Instant Messaging.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


I AM THE AMERICAN DREAM, a collection of American Dream stories, will be published by Crossroad Press in the next few months. Harry Fassl had me dress up as AD to go with a story published in SEQUITER and Peggy Nadramia published the title story in her magazine GRUE. Illustrated by Douglas C. Klauba, I've added pieces of his other work, for "Corky's Quickies" in GRUE, as well as "Take The "A" Train" in (NOT) ONE OF US. As you can see from my recent illustration, I still am The American Dream.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I've written about the little big town of Streator several times, most recently in a novella which involves Jimmy Dvorak teaming up with Chris Lohnes to see justice done. The novella can be found in Crossroad Press's FOR YOU, THE LIVING. Here are some photos of Streator, which I took in June of 2013, the deserted Main Street, the boarded up bars. The Norfolk & Southern trains being the only real movement in town. The house where the story ended is gone, as are many homes on that block. 1112 Hall Street.