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Witch HuntsWITCH HUNTS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE BURNING TIMES, co-written with Rocky Wood and illustrated by Greg Chapman, published by McFarland in June 2012.

For three centuries, as the Black Death rampaged through Europe and the Reformation tore the Church apart, tens of thousands were arrested as witches and subjected to torture and execution, including being burned alive. This graphic novel examines the background; the witch hunters’ methods; who profited; the brave few who protested; and how the Enlightenment gradually replaced fear and superstition with reason and science. Famed witch hunters Heinrich Kramer, architect of the infamous Malleus Maleficarum, and Matthew Hopkins, England’s notorious "Witchfinder General," are covered as are the Salem Witch Trials and the last executions in Europe.

For more information on the book and to view some of the illustrations, please visit Witch Hunts - the graphic novel.

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel, presented by the Horror Writers Association.

"Enlightening, entertaining, and marvelously illustrated, WITCH HUNTS is a splendid and comprehensive guide to the Burning Times." - J. L. Comeau
The Tomb of Dark Delights

"Whether you are a graphic novel fan, a horror aficionado or even a scholar of history, WITCH HUNTS is a must-have compendium of art...Glossy, defined, and above all enlightening, all three authors have outdone themselves creating a dark epoch of human history and making this an experience that far exceeded my expectations." - Matthew Tait

"Do yourself a favor and pick up this absolutely stunning non-fiction graphic novel, it is eye opening and meticulously presented. It will linger with you long after you put it down and I give it my highest recommendation." - Peter Schwotzer
Famous Monsters of Filmland


  • "Bodega Bay, 2004", A Sea of Alone: Poems for Alfred Hitchcock


  • My column on antiquarian bookselling, "From Dusty Shelves", is now running at Horror World
  • My column on Asian horror, "The East is Red", ran at FearZone and The Black Glove (both now defunct), but the reviews are archived at The East is Red Blog
  • "The Small Scream", Horror, regular column ran from 1997-1999 (television reviews)


  • Afterword for Michael Louis Calvillo's novel As Fate Would Have It (Bad Moon Books, 2009)
  • Introduction for Patrick Freivald's novel Twice Shy (JournalStone, 2012)
  • Introduction for the anthology Deep Cuts, edited by E. S. Magill, Angel Leigh McCoy, and Chris Marrs (Evil Jester Press, 2013)
  • Introduction for the fiction collection Little by Little, by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books, 2013)


  • My essay "Sisters are Killin' it for Themselves: Women in Horror" appears in Damnation's Telling Tales of Terror, edited by Kim Richards
  • My essay "The Walking Dead and The Dance of Death" appears in the BenBella book The Triumph of The Walking Dead, edited by James Lowder.
  • "Why I Keep Writing Books About Halloween" at Becky Spratford's RA for All: Horror blog
  • "Ten Classics of Halloween Fiction" at Musings of the Monster Librarian
  • A guest post at Jess Resides Here on "Five Things You May Not Know About L.A."
  • Here's one at Working for the Mandroid on the zombies in Monsters of L.A..
  • This one at Passion for Novels talks a little about the differences between writing novels and short stories.
  • "Horror and Terror, Slashers and Stumps" is a four-part discussion about the state of modern horror between myself, Christopher Conlon, Kurt Newton and Norman Prentiss
  • "How I Surprised Myself and Became a Halloween Expert", guest blog for Benjamin Kane Ethridge
  • "Halloween Misconceptions", at Kealan Patrick Burke's blog
  • My essay on the Hong Kong movie The Untold Story ("Putting the Lie to the Inner Slasher") appears in Vince A. Liaguno's slasher movie essay collection Butcher Knives and Body Counts
  • "Why Writing Horror Screenplays is REALLY Scary" appears in Writers Workshop of Horror, edited by Michael Knost
  • Some book reviews for The Black Glove: Rio Youers' End Times, Rocky Wood and Glenn Chadbourne's Horrors!, Andy Duncan's The Night Cache, Joel Lane's Black Country, and Alison Moore's When the Door Closed, It Was Dark
  • My article "Focus! How Writers Can Improve Their Productivity" is free to read at the Cemetery Dance Writers Corner.
  • "Pirates! Or, How to Protect Your Intellectual Property on the High Seas of the Internet" is free online at HWA's site
  • "Smart Broads and Tough Guys: The Strange World of Vintage Paperbacks", published in the July 2008 issue of Clarkesworld.
  • "Acts of Darkness: Writing Horror for the Small Stage", On Writing Horror, published by the Horror Writers Association and Writers Digest
  • "Screamplays! Writing the Horror Film", four-part series on writing horror screenplays, originally written for the HWA's newsletter
  • "Have Special Effects Killed Horror?", Horror #7
  • Movie reviews, Horror, various from 1997-1999 (also served as Contributing Editor for Horror during this time)
  • "Throwdown" movie reviews (with Michael Marano),




  • Wall Street Journal article on Halloween with quotes from me
  • Publishers Weekly article on used bookselling that interviewed me
  • My lists on "Top Ten Asian Horror Movies" and "Five Scary Traditional Halloween Stories" appear in Book of Lists: Horror, edited by Scott Bradley, Del Howison and Amy Wallace. You can read an expanded version of the "Halloween Stories" list at
  • Here's a zombie haiku at zombie poet laureate Ryan Mecum's site (scroll to the bottom)
  • "Growing Man" from Frames: A Gallery of Dark Delicacies, from Dark Delicacies
  • The Letter "H" in The Altruistic Alphabet, from Dark Delicacies
  • The Tiger Garden: A Book of Writers' Dreams Note: Proceeds from the sales of this fascinating book went to Amnesty International.
  • The 1996 Horror Writers Calendar
  • "The Black Death Martini", Conjuring Dark Delicacies
  • Here I am from the documentary on Halloween history that's found on the Blu-ray edition of the movie Trick 'R Treat: