Takei vs. Thomas

Old News #9, Monday, July 6th 2015 This Old News installment is based on what was reported in this video. Did you watch that? Okay. I will attempt to clear up some of the issues I have noticed people have had with this Hollywood vs. Supreme Court battle. Was that Racist? What George Takei said … …read more

Transcending Gender

Backstory Biernes #9, Friday, July 3rd 2015 Recently there has been a lot of talk in the media about LGBT rights and issues. These rights and issues have always been important to me in different ways throughout my life. I haven’t always been conscious of them, but looking back, they were always there. But that’s … …read more

Terrorism: A Meaningless Term? I Think Not

Old News # 8, Monday, June 29th 2015 https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/06/19/refusal-call-charleston-shootings-terrorism-shows-meaningless-propaganda-term/ I would like to preface this Old News post by saying that I agree with the author of this article on the fact that people and the media do not apply the term “terrorism” to white male Christian perpetrators of what is clearly terrorism. I am … …read more

Gary Orbro

by Steven Cuffari Gary was sitting at his microscope and computer comparing samples of chicken DNA with that of dinosaur eggs when his lab partner, Kurt, came rushing over to him shouting. “I did it dude! I did it! I found the fucking missing link!” he shouted waving a tablet around. Gary’s face went white. His … …read more

Prehistoric Parentage

Old News #7, Monday, June 22nd 2015: Prehistoric Parentage Neanderthal Neighbors http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28693371 Recent carbon dating of Neanderthal remains suggests that early modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed for thousands of years more than originally thought. As with many archaeological finds, the science of this discovery is more boring than the headlines. There are only very few … …read more

Addiction Replacement Therapy

Old News #6, Monday, June 15th, 2015: Withdrawal Precedes Addiction We can all get addicted to something–music, nature, surfing, love, heroin, cocaine, pork. But we don’t consider something an addiction if it doesn’t hurt us. Addiction is behavior. It is often repetitive, obsessive and omnipresent behavior. It is the hurt and even death that separates … …read more

It Was Chuck

by Steven Cuffari One dark night outside the emergency room at Immaculate Womb hospital, the multicolored reflections of the street lights decorated the asphalt. Klara was standing there smoking a cigarette in the adjacent parking lot, trying hard to ignore the near constant stream of emergency patients. “That shit’ll kill ya!” shouted an EMT as … …read more

There Is Always a Backstory

Dear cyberfolk, Too much backstory can turn an otherwise good story into a long-winded mess. Creating the right balance of story and backstory can be a major issue for writers. Some writers do it naturally and instinctively, others have to learn. Regardless of how you achieve it, that balance is important. Especially in short stories. Time and … …read more

Time to Read Up

Hi fellow cyber-farers, As you may have noticed, I have posted a few more new stories since “Chang and Lopez.” First, there is “Ancestral,” which will be a part of my forthcoming short story compilation On All Fours. It is the story about a young Franco-American girl in Paris who meets a long-lost cousin while researching her genealogy. … …read more

Been Busy

Hell-o peebles, I’ve been up to stuff. My Peregrine, the Crossing film development project is going forward and just keeps gaining momentum. Check out our crowdfunding campaign here on Indiegogo. It’s going slow, but it’s going! I’m back on Twitter and also now on Google+. Of course, if you’ve found this post, then you need go no … …read more

On All Fours

Dear reading peoples, After a long time, I am finally satisfied (enough) to finalize, print and distribute the stories of On All Fours. Well, for part one, anyway! I know you have all been waiting with bated breath. So you may now sit back and relax. The wait is over! Cheers, Steve

Language and Linguistics

Having been what some might call an armchair linguist for a while now, I feel the need to straighten out some things about language and linguistics in writing. I love language. I love linguistics (both theoretical linguistics and sociolinguistics). And I thought it was about time that I put some of my recent thoughts on … …read more

New Direction, Sort Of

Dear Friecks, I have a new direction for this website yet again. As you all know, I have been keeping a version of this website since 2004, always trying to do something different and new (for me personally). There’ll be some changes around here. S

Ok, I lied

Hello y’all, Sorry. I said that I was going to do something and I didn’t. But never fear. Better late than never. A good man can’t be kept down. All for one and one for all! Yeah. I don’t know either. Anyway. I will be posting more stories soon. No excuses. I’m late. I’m a … …read more

On the Horizon

Hello all, So with the posting of “Strange Things,” On All Fours, Part One comes to a close. Starting next week, I will begin posting stories from On All Fours, Part Two! First up will be an older/newer version of “Dream House.” Check out the “original” Dream House on Aphelion here. If you haven’t done so already, … …read more

“Terminal”

Hallo! Here is my short story “Terminal,” by far one of my favorites. Let me know what you think! Terminal Tessa has never had any luck but bad luck. Even her suicide attempt goes awry. As a strange man follows her through her depraved neighborhood, she finally decides that it is better to live than to die, but … …read more

Terminal

by Steven Cuffari Tessa’s slight, naked body glittered in the bathtub as she swallowed one oxycodone pill after another, washing them down with vodka. In a soporific stupor, she laid her head back, bleary, and stared up at the flickering light bulb above her. Earlier, she had thought about leaving a note, but realized that … …read more

Bleeding Heart

by Steven Cuffari 1 Tom Rutherford was horrified one winter evening when his employer, the wealthy and powerful John Cartier, burst into the room hysterically crying, his suit and hands covered in blood. “Sir! What happened!” he shouted, rushing to Cartier’s aid. “It’s Alice,” he moaned. “In the bedroom!” They ran to her. Cartier fell … …read more

“Sarcophagus” Teaser

Hello! Next week, I will be posting the short story “Sarcophagus” from my book, On All Fours Part 1. Here’s something to whet your appetite: “Sarcophagus” – a short story by Steven Cuffari: A young couple are enticed to open an ancient crate that mysteriously arrives at their gallery. Going against their boss’ command, they … …read more

Hello

Just poppin’ in to say, “Hi.” Still working on the screenplay. I will also be posting the first part of my On All Fours short story compilation very soon. Just working on the layout – something simple, you know? Oh, and I will start revising Ragamuffins soon too. I’ll keep you updated. Later Fantoms, S

-The End- Again

Hello y’alls, A quick update. I finished Ragamuffins! Well, at least the first draft. Or more accurately, I ended it and placed the words “The” and “End” on the last page. So what does this mean for you? It means that I will be reading it over, proofing it and filling it out where necessary … …read more

Happy Fight Day!

Hello dear psychofants, Today is fight day! Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman at UFC 162. I am not a fanboy or – as they say in the MMA forums – a “nuthugger” of either of these guys. The history of the Middleweight division is super interesting with Silva having been on top for so long. … …read more

Berlin

Dear dears, I’m in Berlin! It’s amazing here. Still writing Ragamuffins. Or at least procrastinating finishing it. I have many other new stories that I want to start. “Coffee ” was rejected I think by the third magazine. That’s cool though. I’ll keep sending it off to different places. And I’ll send different stories to the magazines … …read more

No to Jo’

Hello my dearies, Just thought I’d update you on my “Coffee” story. It was denied promptly by Clarkesworld. Gotta love the efficiency of those guys over there. I hope they accept one of my stories that quickly one day! I submitted the story to Shock Totem. They usually take longer to get back. So more on … …read more

Cup o’ Joe, Anyone?

Hello dear foolhardy followers, I submitted my story “Coffee” to Clarkesworld today. It’s 2,500 words and is supposed to be a humorous account of how demons attack the tenants of an office building by way of their favorite drink, the eponymous beverage of the story. Wish me luck! Saludos, S

Ad Continuum

Hello dear cyberfollowers, I am happy to report to you, from my point in time and space to yours, that I have resumed writing the novel Ragamuffins. I have started Chapter 10. I think there are a few more chapters of this story to come. I know you are all depending on me to finish it. Without … …read more

Pro

Hello dear cyberhumans, How are you? I am fine, thank you. I need to get more shit done. I have this journal that I have been working on, but haven’t written in it for a long time.  It’s got nothing to do with horror, it’s just a way to get my fingers on the keyboard. I have … …read more

Little Ones Lost

She only took her eyes off them for a moment. They had been clinging to her side. Her babies, the flood waters grabbed them. Did her heart sink more then, as she clutched at what she could not grasp? Or when, after a few days, her babies returned with the tide.

Uragano

Hello dear followers, Hurricane Sandy has beaten us up from the nation of Jamaica to Jamaica, Queens. Needless to say, it’s provided some literary inspiration along with natural horror. I was taking mental notes of the images, reactions, behaviors and comments of everything that passed my senses. I will restrain myself from further comments. I know this is a … …read more

Keepin’ On

As the title says… I’m keeping on, i.e. in revision of “On All Fours” (working title) a short story collection. Stories include (working titles): Ancestral Bleeding Heart (Revisited) Dream House (Revisited) Message Mythical Sarcophagus (Revisited) Steven Strange Things Terminal The Thing That Should Not Be (Revisited) I should be finished before 2012 is over. Cheers … …read more

Comments?

Hey y’all, I’ve been MIA here for a while, but I assure you that I am still working on my stories. I have been reading the 10 stories I wrote for my book, On All Fours, and finishing off Ragamuffins. I am on Chapter 9 right now. It’s been going a bit slow, but I … …read more

In Medias Res

Hello dear public, Just a quick update. I’m in chapter six now of Ragamuffins. It’s been really fun up to this point and it’s just promising to get better. I have introduced a new main character and eight others. It’s like I’m writing a completely new story! For those who like numbers, I’m up to … …read more

Capitulos

Hello fellow psychophants, I thought I should mention, since this is my blog and all, that I have written 20,000 words and 100 pages as of today. I am on Chapter 4 of Ragamuffins. Also, just a tidbit of info, this isn’t the first novel I’ve attempted to write. I have attempted to write a novel … …read more

Novelitas

Good evening, I finished the 10th story of my book on Monday. Now I only have to revise all 10 a  final time. I have already started on my new book, “Ragamuffins.” It’ll be a short novel when I’m done. If anyone wants to read the first chapter, it’s already done. Let me know y’all. … …read more

What horror is…

Hello horror fans, I just saw “The Divide,” 2011 by Xavier Gens. You should all see it. Among other things, it explores the line between selflessness and selfishness. I really liked it. I am writing an analysis that I hope to post later. S

Almost

Hello world, I’m almost done with story #10. The Thing That Should Not Be. Once I’m done with it, I will look over all 10 stories for a final time and put them together as a book. Next project… TBD. S

About Fiction

Yo people, There are many things to say about this writer’s topic and her thoughts about it. Her name is Elif Shafak and this was shot, I believe, in July 2010 in Oxford, England. Elif Shafak: The Politics of Fiction Here’s some ramblings: Fiction doesn’t break boundaries, people do. I like what she says about … …read more

Check, check…

Y’all, Ok, so I am just checking in here with my fan base. Hi everyone. So I’ve completed a final draft of “Terminal,” a semi-final draft of “Bleeding Heart” and just now a preliminary draft of “Dream House: Revisited.” That leaves “The Thing That Should Not Be” and “Sarcophagus” to get their polish on. I … …read more

News

Hi everyone, So I’ve received a couple of rejections for “Dream House” in the past few days, and I am already shortening and revising it. I have completed a new draft of “Terminal” and I have submitted that as well. Right now, I am working on the latest draft of “Bleeding Heart.” I should be … …read more

Marketing

Hi All, Today, I submitted “Dream House” to three online publications. Wish me luck. I will try to submit more today. I will also start connecting with publications on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. I need to be more involved with different markets and in different ways. I already use social networking sites quite a bit, … …read more

What is horror?

What is horror? From day to day, week to week, I ponder this question. I don’t and won’t pretend to know the answer. But for sure, there is more than one. Death, pain, destruction… annihilation. These are the base. But what about life, love and birth. Can these things be horror as well? I believe that … …read more

Review

Hey y’all, I started reading H.P. Lovecraft‘s “At the Mountains of Madness.” I had never read it before because I have always been more interested in his short fiction. Also because I am lazy. Anyway, I was thinking that I should write a journal here about Horror stories I read and movies I see. I think … …read more

Reasons

Hey yo, One of the parts of writing/revising that I love is that you have to come up with reasons for your characters’ actions, however small those actions may be. You kind of have to anticipate your audience’s critique of your story, its inconsistencies, logical flaws and so on. Coming up with reasons for your characters’ behavior helps … …read more

En Masse

Greetings ladies and germs, Last night, I was up until 1:30 am writing mass amounts of non-horror for three hours. I will be getting paid for it, but I need to get paid for my horror! “The Thing That Should Not Be” is coming along well, but I didn’t get anything done last night since … …read more

Day Wasted?

Hello! Last night instead of working, I partied. Needless to say, alcohol has its positive and negative effects. Last night was fun, but I didn’t get any work done! It’s annoying, but sometimes life happens. Death happens too. There were a lot of really horrifying things in the news yesterday, but I won’t go into … …read more

Ouroboros

Hey, I missed a blog post yesterday. So I’ll make up for it today by posting two. This first one is about “Bleeding Heart.” First, I should say that I came up with the original idea for “Bleeding Heart” last year. It’s a supernatural horror story set in the New England/Mid-Atlantic region of the US. I … …read more

Momentum

Hi y’all, I need to feel like a rock. I got some good feedback today. The point of this blog is to keep things rolling. But just because I’m rolling, doesn’t mean I’m going anywhere. Not that I feel like I’m going in circles. Anyway, “Bleeding Heart” is going. Going fast? I don’t know. Maybe … …read more

Horror

Hello everyone, I started this blog to chronicle my efforts in getting my fiction and non-fiction published. I hope you’ll join me for the journey. Sign up for my email list! Peace, S