Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I am finding my way back to lurid lit

With an article about writing itself. We as a community need to take this craft seriously. Check it out.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Inquiring Minds Want To Know......

No class this semester and I will only be offering my writing class for one more semester. I will discuss those reasons at that time.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CLOSET to be published

By HORRIFIED PRESS in their anthology WICKED GARDENS. This project was originally dead back in November 2015 but thanks to Mark Slade and Gavin Chappell the horror apartment house stands.

The galley is being developed by the editor and details with a publishing date will follow. Here is a peek at the cover.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


First draft completed. I am pleased with the direction and point of view. Revisions now....

Editor's Notes: Can we please stop it!! Every piece of fiction looks like a bad vaudeville joke

Why do we need to tokenize our fiction? Why do editors, mostly in the United States, insist on the ethnicity of characters rather than on the creativity or the intelligence of the prose?


Because society has become a check list where creativity is dashed in favor of the dreaded political correctness. If someone has problems 'identifying' with a character they are reading about I doubt very much that person has the intellectual ability to understand the story.

I am not a whale, although you may disagree because of my girth, but I understand the whale in Moby Dick.

Imagination used to be lauded. Now it is subordinated to first chapters that read like cheap jokes. Think about it; a white man, a Jewish woman, A Japanese man, an African American woman and a bisexual Swedish transsexual go into a haunted house.

Yeah, that is where we are headed.

Can we please get over the narcissistic identity politics and dial up creativity.....


I knelt before him in fear and awe. The zombie Pope blessed me from afar. I came to bathe in blood and marrow. I came from the land of tomorrow.

Don't forget TWITTER

Yes I am riffing there @josephpatchen

Monday, February 8, 2016

AFTER TASTE creeps toward print

Just notified by Horrified Press that the vampire anthology ONCE BITTEN that includes my tale is off to formatting; print is near.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Film Review: Horrors of the Black Museum, 1959.

Unlike the Scotland Yard's actual Black Museum this foray into a slight retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is better left unwatched. Michael Gough is truly contemptible but his performance cannot rise above the camp of what was intended to be a serious film.

Originally released in "Hypnovision", this is the tale of a famous crime writer who creates his own crime, i.e. murders through the hypnotism and the injection of a formula into his hapless assistant.

The supporting acting is one dimensional and amateurish. In short someone should have hid every pen, pencil and typewriter in a two mile radius when Herman Cohen and Aben Kandel decided to write this.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Thank you SXSW and its creative base for all the kind support

We are generating a lot of followers through SXSW and I want to thank all the creative artists who have given me a look, a kind word and a follow. It means a lot to be accepted and welcomed into the creative community, particularly in this country. Thank you.