Mike Sirota's Blog – Swords, Specters, & Stuff

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I started this blog in January 2012 for one simple reason: I love to write. I named it “Swords, Specters, & Stuff” because I especially love to write about writing, about books and movies in my favorite genres, about authors that mean a great deal to me. But there’s so much more than that, hence the all-inclusive “Stuff” in the title. It is “Stuff” that gives me carte blanche to write about anything, which is why you’ll see stories about special trips to Cooperstown, Sedona, and other places; about getting older; about baseball; about the otherworldly way in which I met my soul mate; about the loss of good friends, and so much more. Enjoy! And feel free to leave a comment.

 

 

Oy! Jack Miller Rides Again…Well, Soon

As one who loves to write, I enjoyed creating all my many published novels. But my comedy/sci-fi trilogy (BICYCLING THROUGH SPACE AND TIME, THE ULTIMATE BIKE PATH, and THE 22ND GEAR, all from Ace/Berkley) provided me with the most fun I ever had—and ultimately, sad to say, some heartache.

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Throwback Thursday: “We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes”

I love memorable lines from the silver screen, especially if they’re from movie favorites that I watch numerous times. A couple years ago I wrote a post titled, “She Wouldn’t Even Harm a Fly”—the great last line from the classic 1960 Hitchcock film, PSYCHO.

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Mirror, Mirror…Who’s The Deadliest Of Them All?

Big things often begin as something much smaller. Case in point: the 2013 supernatural thriller, OCULUS, a critically acclaimed—and profitable—movie that started out as a short film (28 minutes) with the lengthy title of OCULUS: CHAPTER THREE–THE MAN WITH THE PLAN.

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Throwback Thursday: Myths And Legends—Robert The Doll

Few folks know that Chucky had a real-life role model called Robert the Doll. Chucky, of course, is the murdering Good Guy doll—possessed via voodoo by the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray—who “stars” in the CHILD’S PLAY franchise, at last count seven movies. He probably never met his ancestor, but the DNA is undeniable.

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Revisited: The Future—Now Past

As the year 2017 comes to an end, I got to thinking: how in the name of Zeus’s butthole did it pass so quickly?! I guess when a year is 1/71st of your life, that’s what happens.

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Throwback Thursday: Wolf Spirits In The Old ’Hood

For the first fourteen years of my life I lived in the South Bronx, until urban decay began to set in. Through the ’60s and ’70s that part of The Bronx—especially the area around Charlotte Street—deteriorated to the point that President Jimmy Carter called it “the worst slum in America.” – Which brings me to one of my favorite old movies, WOLFEN.

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“Are There No Prisons? Are There No Workhouses?”

As a Jewish kid growing up in The Bronx—in a neighborhood of mostly other Jews—I had little exposure to Christmas, other than learning it wasn’t “our” holiday. Even so, I enjoyed many of the Christmas movies that played all through December on our 12-inch, black & white television. My two favorites were MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1951). I thought it might be fun to list some quotes from these two gems.

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Throwback Thursday: Read & Critique—Hazardous To Your Health?

From the early ’90s to the mid-’00s I facilitated numerous read & critique workshops in my home. At its height I led three of them every week, in addition to the gazillion other things I did to earn a living. As you can imagine, working closely with so many writers for nearly fifteen years can lead to some interesting stories…

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Myths And Legends: A Gateway To Hell In Kansas

An unincorporated community called Stull, located a short distance from larger Kansas cities Topeka and Lawrence, has the dubious distinction of being the Devil’s playground. That is, of course, if you believe the urban legends about the Stull Cemetery.

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