Category Archives: Sample Essays

Some examples of essays written for APA zines. Yes, I’m that old.

Out the Window

  Defenestration is a term describing a method of murder popular during several eastern European revolutions.  It means to throw someone out a high window.  Being higher than 75 feet is considered a guarantee of fatality. On 28 November 1953, … Continue reading

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Dark Vibes, Brightly

VAULT-7 is a code name for a US/UK joint covert surveillance program using electronics and anything with a chip in it to spy on us.  The CIA created its own NSA using malware inserted, via promises of profit, paid bribes, … Continue reading

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In Darkness We Alight

Embrace the darkness.  Why? Look at the sky, at night.  Look at the universe. It is a simple fact:  Darkness subsumes all light. Stars burn out.  Darkness does not. Lucifer had to BRING light.  Prometheus had to STEAL fire. Darkness … Continue reading

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Property’s Dissent

Lilly & Her Ball/Distraction:  Property We went to The Moon, yes, but we also may have faked what the public saw, for two reasons: Nixon was thus ensured good media, and a covert military mission could be performed out in … Continue reading

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Hard Won Writing Pointers

Old writing adage:  “I am not I, he is not he, they are not they.” Never mention anything until it’s necessary. Then do so as obliquely or as concisely as possible. Pick a single story line to follow through. A … Continue reading

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“Lovecraft, Howard, and the Rest of Us, or: Is It Wong To Be Pulpy?”

  Bailed out of DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON, 1931, with Anna May Wong and Werner Toland, which kicked off a TCM tribute to Wong, and this led to some thoughts about racism, pulp, and quality. Toland played Charlie Chan, most … Continue reading

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Our Future Will Be An Avalanche

Brick and mortar stores are closing everywhere.  Even big retailers can’t sustain their physical stores.  Cost-effectiveness and newer consumer habits drive this change.  Soon, a store will be obsolete.  They’ll go to centrally-located warehouses from which they will make deliveries … Continue reading

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Or Else

Melodrama in Pulp stories focuses on conspiracy, unspeakable cults, and nefarious plots to control the world.  What strikes me is how accurate such excess can be. Look at trumpers; Putin’s oligarchs; gangsters; the Tongs; the GOP; white supremacists; survivalists; ISIL/Daeth; … Continue reading

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REH, HPL, ERB, & Me

  Started reading a collection of Robert E. Howard stories and must say, he was better than I’d recalled.  I’ve always liked his work, from Conan, Solomon Kane, and Bran Mak Morn and beyond.  The variety, depth, and the bravura … Continue reading

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Is Hollywood Losing Itself?

Kate Winkler Dawson’s Death in the Air is one of the books I spotted today at Half Price Books.  It recount the 1952 killer pea-soup fog in London, England, and the serial killer who stalked it.  It’s a case nearly … Continue reading

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