Category Archives: Essays

Sex and the SotSverse

  Got a couple of interesting questions from one of our players this morning, and thought the answers might make an interesting topic for a blog. QUESTION: “I find that mating lore and procedures are curiously detailed for every race. … Continue reading

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The Village Rat

Every day for a month this summer, I rose at dawn and walked a half hour through a quiet village in northern Greece to work. At that hour the starlings were just awakening, and the last of the fat little … Continue reading

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Blame Leonidas

A little excerpt today for a team interview to be published in the upcoming Sword of the Stars premium Lore Book. Just one of a series of questions about how I came to write the Morrigi background fiction in the … Continue reading

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Where to Put My Feet

Sarah Pinborough’s reflection on the Nigella Lawson abuse scandal reminds me of the ways that my own life, at least to date, has NOT sucked. Yikes. Just…yikes. There are times when I DO feel sorry for myself. I suppose a … Continue reading

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Father’s Day Memorial: Morris Dembo

  This is a photo of my Grandfather Dembo and I. The date is tentative, but I’m guessing by my haircut and clothes that this was taken during my summer visit during the Bicentennial celebration in Philadelphia, 1976. A lot … Continue reading

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Slice of Life: Jai Thai on Broadway

  Every so often I decide to jot down a few notes and share a few thoughts on the people and places that I encounter in my travels. There isn’t really a point or a story that I need to … Continue reading

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Frozen in Fear

Every working writer, even relatively obscure people toiling in the salt mines like Yours Truly, get questions now and again from aspiring writers who want advice. Occasionally it’s practical questions about your career and how you got there, but I … Continue reading

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The Bleeding Hour

If Life is a battle, its worst moments are like the waning hour before sunset when the reinforcements you hoped and bargained for have not come. You will be disarmed and knocked down to your knees. You will bleed from … Continue reading

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The Bible as Horror

People often ask me why I return so often to the Bible as a source. The truth is: the Bible is the greatest horror story ever written, and the Judeo-Christian tradition continues to produce the most effective horror writers in … Continue reading

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On the Subject of “Ugly” People

  One of my favorite bloggers on the web these days is Rosie over at makemeasammich.org. For those who don’t know her, Rosie is a feminist genre fiction writer and a fellow developer in the computer gaming industry. I’m honestly … Continue reading

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