Book Review—Wolf In White Van By John Darnielle

I know I’m a little old to say that a rock band changed my life, but The Mountain Goats did. The first time I heard “This Year” on The Mountain Goats thousandth album (No, they haven’t recorded a thousand albums, but damn they’re prolific) The Sunset Tree, something just clicked and I proceeded to listen […]

10-Minute Read Review—“Ghost Story” By Victor LaValle

Back in the day when I first started reviewing and I was writing for the old BSCReview (This eventually became a website called BOOMTron, and we all stopped writing for it, and put our full efforts into Spinetingler Magazine), I used to write a column called “Short Thoughts On Short Fiction”. The column was originally […]

Terribleminds Flash Fiction Challenge: 100 Words Only

I’ve been in front of the computer all morning trying my best to ignore the siren song of the internet. Needless to say, it’s been a losing battle. I’ve trolled the usual social media and news sites (all of which are overly concerned with Ted Cruz running for president) numerous times and have gone to […]

The New Mad Max Looks Shitty

There’s no easy way to say this, because I like all of the actors involved, and I absolutely love The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. But Mad Max: Fury Road looks like 200,000 pounds of runny shit.  George Miller should’ve left the franchise alone and should’ve just moved onto another project. Here’s the […]

Book Review—‘The Wilds’ By Julia Elliot

I’m going to rip off something from Matt Bell’s Facebook page for my review of The Wilds By Julia Elliot: “It’s easier for people to let go if the world is strange. In a realist story, it sometimes feels like you’re reading someone else’s story. In a certain kind of non-realist story, the slight unfamiliarity […]

Kind Of A Movie Review—Nightcrawler

  Mrs. Rawson and I went to Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, Nightcrawler, on Saturday. Here are a few random impressions. 1) “If you want to win the lottery, you have to earn the money to pay for the ticket.” 2) I’ll flat out say it: After Zodiac, End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy (Seriously, if you […]

Kind Of A Movie/Book Review—The Drop By Dennis Lehane

I saw The Drop with Mrs. Rawson yesterday (The first time I’ve actually gone to a theater to see a film in awhile.) and I read the novel earlier in the month. So, I figured instead of writing two separate reviews, I’d offer up some dual, random impressions about both. 1) First off, Lehane wrote both […]