The First Vampire Tale

Contrary to popular opinion, Bram Stoker did not write the first English language vampire story. That credit goes to Lord Byron, in the 1820s. His epic poem, The Giaour, has some chilling vampiric scenes that later authors have applied to the legends. I have created a recording of my favorite excerpt from Lord Byron’s masterpiece. … More The First Vampire Tale

A Halloween Gift

Statuary written by Anthony Stevens edited by Stephanie Q. McGrath It was with some trepidation that I accepted the key to the family mausoleum from my father. His usually cheerful expression was quite serious as he explained that upon the passing of my sixteenth year on this Earth, I was to learn more of our … More A Halloween Gift

Happy Halloween!

First off, I love Halloween in all of its variations! Here’s a shot I took awhile back that might put you in the mood. Secondly, midnight tonight is the start of NaNoWriMo and I’m happy to report that all the preparation for my novel experience is done. Let me explain, if you will. The novel … More Happy Halloween!

Future Shock!

This is from a Panasonic commercial website… “The “i-PRO SmartHD” is drawing great attention in the Panasonic booth at the “SECURITY SHOW.” Its ability to detect age and gender of customers is being proposed here as a marketing tool for the store. Not only will it let you monitor and survey using network cameras, it … More Future Shock!

Will Rogers Quotes

“Never squat while wearing your spurs” Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash, was one of the greatest political sages the U.S.A. has ever known. Here’s a few of his sayings: 1. Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco. 2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day. 3. There are two … More Will Rogers Quotes

Paw Paw Road Trip

We visited the Paw Paw Tunnel on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park. I took more than 260 photos during the day. Here’s a couple of my favorites. I like the contrast between the solid sheets of shale and the soft beauty of the flowers. This is the obligatory east entrance photo of … More Paw Paw Road Trip

NNGC part II

I just finished working up a gallery of still images and a short video from the National Narrow Gauge Convention. You can see them on this page. There will be more to come in the near future.