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Scabs, and other things I’ve picked at is largely a companion to my main site, The Revenant Review (where I write about horror cinema). As the title of the blog suggests, this site is something of a catchall for other writing endeavors. Rather than have pieces wallow within the potter’s field of my hard drive, I decided to create this site to give various pieces of writing, including essays, reviews, poems, travelogues, short fiction, and others, a chance at life. Perhaps they will even find an audience.

Latest from the Blog

BOOK REVIEW | The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre (Oxford World’s Classics)

The vampire as we know it today — often suave, aristocratic, and deadly deceptive — was first conjured during that famous “Haunted Summer” of 1816, when Lord Byron proposed to his guests Mary Godwin (soon to be Mary Shelley), Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Byron’s personal physician, John Polidori, that they each come up with their…

AMERICAN HISTORY | An Overview of The Journal of American History

The Journal of American History is a quarterly journal that was originally established in 1914 as the Mississippi Valley Historical Review. Under the guidance of its first editor, Clarence Walworth Alvord, founder of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association which headed the journal, the first volumes dealt mainly with the history of the political and territorial…

BOOK REVIEW | A History of Horror

Wheeler Winston Dixon’s A History of Horror offers a substantial list of horror films from the silent beginnings to the first decade of the twenty-first century. He takes a studio approach, highlighting the directors, producers, and a few of the actors which thrived under certain eras. Only on rare occasions does he touch upon the…

POETRY | Arachni’venom (What Waiting Fed’m)

Arachni’venom (What Waiting Fed’m) Spiders spin webbing, an all-consuming threading, Behind his eyes by scores. Stopping paths of thought, catch’em in their pearly knots, He thinks on them no more. Spiders weave pinken gums, clamping teeth, one by one, Jaw cages unseen sores. Voice constricted tight, wrapped within restrains of white, We think on him…

BOOK REVIEW | African-American Poetry: An Anthology, 1773-1927

African-American Poetry: An Anthology, 1773-1927, is a slim volume which gives a taste of the African American experience from the dawning of the Revolution to the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance. There are many fine pieces found within, and it is interesting to see the attitudes change over time, such as when Phillis Wheatley, an…

BOOK LOG | June 2020

What follows is a list of what I read/listened to in the month of June 2020, accompanied by a short publisher’s description and my brief thoughts/reactions. NONFICTION The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus “One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus–featured here in a stand-alone edition–is a crucial exposition…


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