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.

 

 

Guilty Pleasures: THE BLOB (1988)

Guilty Pleasures: THE BLOB (1988)

Whether you’re a casual or serious fan of horror/sci-fi films (I’m the latter), you probably associate THE BLOB with the classic B-movie from 1958. After all, it was Steve McQueen’s first starring role. In subsequent years it produced a few sequels, but the first remake came about in 1988.

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Milestones

Milestones

Two days ago (November 26th) marked the 32nd anniversary of the day Jacqueline and I met. Tomorrow (November 29th) marks our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. It has been an awesome ride…

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Myths And Legends: Haunted Truck Roads

Myths And Legends: Haunted Truck Roads

It surprised me to discover that this country harbored so many haunted roads, from East Coast to West Coast. I did write about one such road, which ran through a portion of Nebraska. But as many truckers can tell you, that is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Here’s the skinny on a couple of them.

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Going To The Dogs

Going To The Dogs

Erstwhile earthling Bernie Smith was zapped up from an Iowa cornfield to the deadly planet of Persus in my Sword & Planet spoof, THE WIZARD FROM HARRMEL. In book two, THE HORRORS OF HARRMEL, Bernie and his bride, Thanna Dora, set out on a dangerous quest after learning that her long-lost father, Skreen Dor, may still be alive.

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Throwback Thursday: Films About Writers—HOUSE

Throwback Thursday: Films About Writers—HOUSE

The 1986 comedy/horror flick, HOUSE, not only fits the bill as a film in which the main character is a writer, but more specifically, a horror writer. I’ve written about a bunch of movies in my “Films About Writers” series, and a number of them focus on those of us who write the scary stuff. Weird…

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Guilty Pleasures: CONGO

Guilty Pleasures: CONGO

You’d think that any movie based on a popular Michael Crichton novel would be a major hit. But the 1995 action/adventure film, CONGO—while it did kind of okay at the box office—suffered the vitriol of critics, and its Razzie nominations were numerous. Even so, I love this film, “deadly laser guns” and “mutant killer apes” and “talking gorillas” and “marauding hippos” and all.

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Once Again I Say: WRITE WELL, NOT FAST

Once Again I Say: WRITE WELL, NOT FAST

November is now upon us, and for many writers that means NaNoWriMo—or how many words can you write TODAY, or THIS WEEK, or THIS MONTH? The point I attempt to hammer home to ALL writers, novice and otherwise, remains valid in any month or year, and is contained in the above title.

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