Stories & Essays

I enjoy writing many different things: screenplays, teleplays, book reviews, introductions to books by other authors, and even liner notes for CDs. Short stories and essays about popular culture are two kinds of writing that I particularly enjoy. On this page, you’ll find examples of my stories and essays.


Over the years, I wrote almost 70 short stories for magazines and Year’s Best anthologies. Some are in my collections, Black Evening and Nightscape. Others are now being re-released as individual stories, with introductions. (Available as e-shorts and in my third story collection, Before I Wake.)

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A student of popular culture, I've written numerous in-depth essays for film magazines, analyzing the careers of popular icons, such as John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe. These have been re-released as individual essays, along with a detailed discussion of Rambo’s origins (available as e-shorts and included in my collection, Stars in My Eyes: My Love Affair with Books, Movies, and Music, which has numerous other essays about cultural icons such as Ernest Hemingway, John D. MacDonald, Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling, and Steve McQueen).

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