One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…again.

September 29, 2009

New Nightmare On Elm Street trailer has hit the Web!

Like most of the recent reboots, this one looks stylistically beautiful. It’s great to see these ideas get an upgrade in production values. Whether they get the tone right or not remains to be seen. It looks like they are going for a pretty straight remake here – lots of the original Nightmare iconography, such as the glove in the tub and Tina’s above-ground assault, seem to be in place. I think Jackie Earl Haley is going to make a splendid Krueger, although he’s got some big shoes to fill. Looking forward to this one next year.


Hear ye, hear ye!

September 19, 2009

A couple of announcements today from your trusty town crier.

First, Fifty-Two Stitches, the print version, is now available for order from Amazon.com. 52 flash fiction stories, including my own “Sitting Up With Grandpa.” Don’t give candy at Halloween this year – be the cool house that gives scary stories!

Next, my review of the Ellen Datlow-edited, H.P. Lovecraft inspired anthology Lovecraft Unbound is now live at Dark Scribe Magazine. Enjoy!


A “Shimmer”-ing review

September 17, 2009

My review of David (First Blood) Morrell’s latest, The Shimmer, is now available at Dark Scribe Magazine.


My “Haunted” Story

September 15, 2009

Excuse a moment of gratuitous back-patting, if you will – I just read a review of Horror Library Vol. 3 which singled out my story “Toll” as one of the reviewer’s favorites. Also, it seems my humble little tale may have stirred up some supernatural activity around the reviewer. Here’s the excerpt:

“Toll” by Blu Gilliand is probably one of my favorite stories for the book, as much for the writing as for the somewhat spooky and hilarious personal experience had while reading it aloud. The storytelling is precise and creates scenes of despair, anger, confusion, and revenge as each piece of the puzzle unfolds through the short appearances of ghostly characters. It all leads the protagonist on her own short journey to uncover the truth of her child’s suffering. An emotional and gratifying story of both compassion and revenge. On a personal note, the story itself may be haunted. Strange things happened while reading this story. Needless to say, it should not be read out loud or while around any electronic devices. (I’m only half kidding about the previous three sentences.)

The entire review can be read here. Thanks Nancy!