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52 Books to Madness: My Yearly Challenge

Every year I challenge myself to read 52 books and I'm happy to report that I met and exceeded my goals once again (and still have a few days left to possibly squeeze one more in). Here's the list: Smoke by Ellen Hopkins How to Write Horror Fiction by William F. Nolan The Thief of Always by Clive Barker Women by Charles Bukowski The Art of Description: World into Word by Mark Doty Beautiful Sorrows by Mercedes M. Yardley Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Back Roads & Frontal Lobes by Brady Allen Booklife by Jeff Vandermeer The Strangers by Mort Castle Mama Fish by Rio Youers Vampires, Zombies and Wanton Souls by Marge Simon Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum The Body by Stephen King The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Daughters of Lilith by Donna Lynch Death Perception by Lee Allen Howard Westlake Soul by Rio Youers Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi The Colossus by Sylvia Plath I'm Not Sam by Jack Ketchum and

THERE BE DRAGONS IN THE MADHOUSE

“Dragons do not cry. They control their emotions. That is what all dragons were taught, but I am now the only one alive to remember this lesson.”     Only Human  by  Mike Mehalek Cover Art by  Allie Raines Now for sale at Amazon What does it mean to be a human?  M eet Vincent, a most unusual dragon who has been trying to avoid answering that particular question for thousands of years, ever since his kind banished him and forced him to spend the rest of his life as a human. When a new love arrives unexpectedly, Vincent discovers that the only way to find happiness is to revisit his violent past and to confront his uncertain future. Haunting, heart-felt, and sometimes funny, Vincent discovers that even through tragedy, the things we most often try to avoid are those that make us whole. What others have said ONLY HUMAN takes you on a journey through Vincent's past lives and loves as he navigates

IT WAS MORE FUN IN HELL

Patient: Stephanie M. Wytovich Illness: Sin Treatment: Hell I spent a lot of time thinking today and yeah, as a writer that’s normally what I do every day, but today was different. Today, I didn’t just think. I figured some stuff out, too. You see, when I finished my thesis novel, I thought the best thing that I could do for myself was to step out of Hell for a little while. I needed to spend some time away from the The Seven, take a break from the fire, and stop breathing in the ashes. I didn’t want to constantly think about pain, about empty hearts, and what happens when we don’t go after the people that we love. I wanted to bury my demons for a while, and with them, their stories, their thoughts, their pasts. I wanted to look towards the light, to start a fresh project and meet new people—new characters—characters that would teach me different things about life, about love, about happiness and pain. But you know what? Life made more sense to me when I was in Hell. So I’m