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Book Coupon, Updates and a Book Review – “Wake the Witch”

October 27, 2013

Fresh BloodHello ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the Casa!

It’s been a while since we last visited with each other and I want you to know that I’ve missed each and every one of you. Things have been busy between work, the still ongoing divorce, a return to community theater, reading, and work on various writing projects. I have found a few free moments, so I thought I’d share a bit of what’s been going on (aside from work and divorce – no real changes with either at this time). I also thought I’d mark my return with a review of the short story collection, “Wake the Witch”, edited by T.W. Brown.

Let’s start with a little bit of catching up. One of the things I’ve been working hard on over the last three months has been a role in a community theater play, “I Hate Hamlet. I play Andrew Rally, a TV star whose career has taken a bit of a hit from the cancellation of his once hot television show, L.A. Medical. He relocates to New York, the hometown of his bubbly girlfriend, Dierdre, with the thought of rebounding and is offered the role of Hamlet in a Shakespeare in the Park production. He is unsure whether he wants to play the role, that is until he meets an unexpected mentor. The ghost of John Barrymore, who many say was the greatest Hamlet ever, arrives and not only convinces Andy to play Hamlet, but also coaches him in the ways to best capture the character. It is a fun play to perform and looks to be an even more fun to watch. If you are in the Minot area around Thanksgiving, you should come and check it out.

Now for some really big news. I now have a third short story published as of a week ago in the collection, “Fresh Blood”. My story, entitled “Blood Bank”, tells about what happens when a bank attempts to foreclose on a home owned by vampires. The feel of the story is along the lines of “Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood”. It joins a collection of short stories submitted by fellow members of the Vampire Writers Support Group and is the first time a story of mine is included in a physical format (I’m ordering 5 or 6). All proceeds from the sale of the book go to charity. I’m really excited by this, so much so that I’m offering, on behalf of the VWSG, a coupon for the e-book version that makes the price $1.99 until Halloween. Just go to Smashwords, select the format you prefer, and use the coupon code SF43V. You can also find the book on in Kindle and paperback formats with more on-line locations to come.

Also, I want to congratulate Maggie Fiak for being named the 2013 Most Wicked Woman Writer and Rick Kitagawa for defeating me and Rish Outfield for the title of 2013 Master of Macabre.  Once again, even though I didn’t win, I had a lot of fun writing my story and look forward to see what Rick has in store for us contestants next year.

Wake the Witch

Now, on to the meat and potatoes, my review of the short story collection, “Wake the Witch”. Published by May December Publications and edited by T.W. Brown, this is an eclectic group of short stories all involving (as you can guess) witches, but not all in the traditional sense. Whether it is the spirit of a witch who kills everyone who crosses her lake, one conjured by unwitting college guys setting up a Halloween prank, or a capitalist who sells spells for large sums of money. I didn’t find a single story in this anthology that I didn’t like. My personal favorites is “Generational Curse” by Bennie Newsome, which is about Hansel and Gretel’s return to the gingerbread house. The best part is that all the proceeds for this book are donated to the Red Cross. My overall rating for this collection is a 4.5 out of 5. You can find this book at in Kindle and paperback formats.

I think it’s time to call it a blog post. Keep your eyes on the Casa for more updates to come. Until next we meet…

As always, if you want to leave a comment, please do so below.  Let me know your opinion  and feel free to share mine with your friends, family, and yes, even your enemies.  I’m on FacebookTwitterGoogle +, and via e-mail at  And check out my stories in the “Darwin Murders” and “Bump Off Your Enemies” anthologies available through

And remember… Why so serious?

Donald P.



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