The News Leader published my letter to the editor this morning. The text is below.
We need a free press; our president’s attacks are sickening
I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye with you, News Leader. Sometimes, you’re biased and salacious. You occasionally abuse grammar and punctuation, and your photo captions can be so bad they should be a drinking game. I’ve been testy with your reporters for their coverage of me personally. I’ve even criticized your treatment of your employees. I call out B.S. when I see it.
I’ve always respected you, however. I’m still a subscriber. On the balance, you’re a good newspaper. Good people work there. Staunton needs you. I respect your role in society, because the News Leader calls out B.S. when it sees it.
So when there was a mass shooting in an Annapolis newsroom last week, I was greatly saddened, not only for the pointless loss of life, but for the assault it represented on our American freedoms. I hoped someone in government would feel the same way. Someone like the U.S. president.
He started well, offering the ever-worthless “thoughts and prayers” to the victims. But then, only two days later, he asked me and others on Facebook to take his Media Accountability Survey. Because you know, journalists write “fake” news. They’re the enemy of the people.
Where is the moral leadership? President Trump’s hypocrisy, callousness and tone-deaf timing sicken me. I hope it sickens others, because it’s past time we took a hard look at what we stand for as Americans. It’s not this, and it’s not him.
I’m proud to announce another novel sale, Empire of the Goddess to Thunderstorm Books. It will come out this fall as a limited edition hardcover.
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I have an acting role somewhere in this online movie/game. Have fun!
The period for free listening of Cursed by Christ will end July 2nd. So check out the book information page to follow the links to YouTube, and hear what you’ve been missing. After that, the only way you’ll find it is through the various retailers or your public library.
Based on reader reactions, I feel I should point out something I’d assumed would be obvious. Cursed by Christ is a Southern Gothic horror novel set during the Civil War. Its title concerns the main character’s belief she is being punished. Whether she actually is or not is up to you, the reader, to figure out.
Some have wrongly assumed, without reading it, that this book is a commentary on their religion. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re really interested in my views on Christianity, then the next (as yet unannounced) novel coming out this year should be more thought provoking. If anything, Cursed by Christ is more an evaluation of the dehumanizing effects of racism, but whether it succeeds there is again up to you to decide.
The second half of my Southern gothic horror novel, CURSED BY CHRIST, is now available for free on YouTube. Today also marks its release as an Amazon eBook.
Channels such as Audible and iTunes are in the works. I’ll post those links as they come up on the book’s information page.
The first half of CURSED BY CHRIST is on YouTube for your listening pleasure. Listen to it while you drive around! Part 2 will be online May 2nd.
You can also preorder the eBook edition, which ships May 2nd.
This was a lot of fun to narrate, and it was an education in sound engineering. Fittingly, the novel has a tortured history, which you can read here.
This one’s been a long time coming. CURSED BY CHRIST is an audiobook I narrated myself. In it, a Civil War plantation mistress believes Christ is punishing her for having psychic powers. Stay tuned to learn how you will be able to listen for free.