Today’s headlines: Good news and bad news

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”

When he wrote these words, Charles Dickens was describing conditions in England and France in 1789, but he could have been describing the state of America on June 26, 2013.

First, the good news: SCOTUS and the end of DOMA. Yay!

Now, the bad news: Next to the Supreme Court stories on every newspage in America today is the bizarre, shameful, continuously unfolding drama of Continue reading

My new short story in AHMM!

I’m happy to announce that my latest mystery short story, “Jumbie Tea,” is in the June 2013 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, arriving in bookstores (real and online) and newsstands this week and available for a month. “Jumbie Tea” is set in my hometown–St. Thomas, VI–and it involves a young tourist couple with a sinister, one-eyed old Obeah woman. When she serves them her magical potion, they get more than they bargained for: sun, sand, Voodoo, walking dead people, and…murder? Continue reading

The sincerest form of flattery: 12 Hitchcock homages

It’s no secret that Alfred Hitchcock is my favorite film director, but even I don’t love him as much as his fellow film directors love him. Hollywood has always been famous for following trends and jumping on bandwagons, but rarely has the imitating been more explicit than the long, venerable line of homages to Hitchcock by some of our finest filmmakers. Continue reading

Book v. Movie: The Woman In Black

I remember the first time I read Susan Hill’s now-classic ghost story, The Woman In Black. I was transported to a northern coastal village in England at the turn of the last century, and I was mesmerized by the tale. The novel was published in 1983, and it was soon adapted for TV, radio, and the stage. The play is still running in London’s West End after more than 20 years. I’ve never seen it, but I was interested to see the recent film version. Continue reading

Whatever happened to “Bond, James Bond”?

Happy New Year! I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and productive 2013. I’m getting an early start on it, myself–I’m finishing up a new novel, planning the next one, and working to get the rest of my backlist available as e-books before the next New Year’s Eve is upon us. And, in what has become an annual tradition, a few close friends and I saw in the new year together here in NYC, not in Times Square (ugh!) but in a movie theater, followed by dinner at a favorite Greenwich Village restaurant. The dinner was great, the movie…not so much. Our pick this year was SKYFALL, the new James Bond movie, and I must say I was a bit underwhelmed. Continue reading