October events!

(Sept. 24, 2018) Look for some cool events this October on the Monterey Peninsula. Cool for writers and fans of the written, and spoken, word at least. And who isn’t a fan of that? October 21 – I’ll be joining a number of authors in Carmel on Sunday, October 21, from 1-3 p.m. for aContinue reading “October events!”

Noir at the Bar – October 26th, 2018

It’s going to get mysterious and maybe even a tad illegal down in Monterey on Friday, October 26, at the East Village Coffee Lounge. Look for trench coats, a suspicious marine layer rolling in like spilled pea soup, shady-looking folks in sunglasses, or just a gaggle of writerly types skipping along in the fog. WhenContinue reading “Noir at the Bar – October 26th, 2018”

It may be dirty, but the free press is our best defense

Journalism is meant, on its best day, to provide checks and balances for those in power. Those who make decisions that ripple through our jobs, our welfare, and our checkbooks have to be held accountable for their decisions. If it weren’t for watchdogs, Americans would drown under the rule of those who care little forContinue reading “It may be dirty, but the free press is our best defense”

Chihuahua Nebula Character Guide

CHARLTON UNIVERSE Chihuahua Nebula OTHER ALIASES Chi-Town, Handsome Man, Charlie-Town PLACE OF ORIGIN Dignity’s Quiet Pond of Austere Reflection IDENTITY Sealed until the next millenium KNOWN RELATIVES Izzy, Francis Pants, Dulce, Lucy (deceased), mom, dad BIOGRAPHY Trapped in a cage, brought to a strange land of heat and pink jeeps, Charlton’s murky past is oneContinue reading “Chihuahua Nebula Character Guide”

San Francisco Comic Con Top 10

It’s a geek’s fantasy realized. A nerd’s dreams turned flesh and blood. A dad’s headache from the noise, but worth it. I’m all of that and a grumpy bag of chips. But, as most of my friends know, I’m a sucker for heroes and stories. Being a father to a younger comics/pop culture aficionado, theContinue reading “San Francisco Comic Con Top 10”

American Static: interview with Author Tom Pitts

Some writers are like doctors. They have the stuff you need right when you need it most. Tom Pitts is an author like that. Having read American Static at a time when I was thirsty for a blast of literary danger, the book was like the tall beer Tom’s holding in his author photo. ItContinue reading “American Static: interview with Author Tom Pitts”

Interview with Clean Sweep author Michael J. Clark

Not every day is peaches and cream. Some days are just terrible. But when you find a good read, it’s always peaches and cream. This was the case when I read Michael J. Clark’s debut crime novel Clean Sweep, out this month from the fine folks over at ECW Press. It’s all warm and fuzzy,Continue reading “Interview with Clean Sweep author Michael J. Clark”

Whitehurst’s Top Reads of 2017

The year 2017 will go down in history for a lot of reasons; some of those reasons being the addition of quality literature to the libraries of the world’s dwindling army of readers. Over the last year, possibly in an attempt to cower from real world political poison, I’ve disappeared into 20 books, including nonfictionContinue reading “Whitehurst’s Top Reads of 2017”

Cornell Woolrich, quit staring at me

The streets get gritty and mean. Cold shadows keep the sun from hitting the pavement and those passing by bump into you with a snort and no apologies. If you’re lucky you see a set of bleak eyes staring out from under a shaded hat, piercing you with desire, and not the lustful kind, butContinue reading “Cornell Woolrich, quit staring at me”

A Steampunk Pardon

The carriage moved quickly through the cobbled streets, but slowed to a creaking crawl when it entered Phoenix. Bridges swooped over the apex of the double-decker carriage once in the city limits, coming close to breaking the stove top pipe belching steam at its highest point. Those crossing the bridge when the large vehicle passed below recounted theContinue reading “A Steampunk Pardon”